Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Michael A. Cohen December 22, 2018 I think Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is one of the best things to happen in American politics in quite some time. Which is why I worry that she may be flying a tad too close to the sun.Since upsetting congressman Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary this past summer, she’s become a full-fledged political phenomenon: a fresh, eloquent, authentic voice for progressive policies that need more attention in Washington. Even as major media depict the American working class as white men in baseball caps whiling away the day in Midwestern diners, Ocasio-Cortez — a young Latina urban-dweller — speaks to different, often forgotten constituencies. Since arriving in Washington, she’s pushed the House Democratic leadership to focus more aggressively on climate change, and her call for a Green New Deal could become the progressive … [Read more...] about For Ocasio-Cortez, the sky’s the limit — but is she flying too close to the sun?
close Video Kurtz: A sobering poll for a divisive news business 'MediaBuzz' host Howard Kurtz weighs in on the Politico and Morning Consult poll that lays the blame for a divided country at both President Trump and the mainstream media. If there is one overriding theme to the coverage of Donald Trump's presidency, it's that he is dividing the country, tearing it apart, fueling the rage and possibly even political violence. Strip away objections to his policies, to his personality, to his Twitter insults, to his spur-of-the-moment management style, and it comes down to the journalistic view that the president has done almost nothing to unite America. A major problem with this mindset is that most of those in the media fail to consider that their business is also contributing to the deepening divisions. That simply doesn't comport with their self-image. Most journalists believe they are neutral seekers of truth. Most commentators believe they are offering honest opinions … [Read more...] about More blame a divided America on the media than on Trump
What do you get when you mix football fanaticism with partisan politics? Some flaming hot Twitter burns. Assemblyman Ray Walter, R-Amherst, on Monday posted a photo on Twitter apparently taken near where the Patriots parked their team plane before that night's game against the Bills. The plane – humbly painted with New England's colors, name, logo and Super Bowl trophies – was in the background while the Amherst Republican stood in the foreground giving a thumbs down. Walter made a "Deflategate" joke in the tweet while wishing the Bills good luck. (The team, sadly, scored just six points in losing once again to the Patriots.) Hopefully the only thing deflated tonight is Brady’s pride! Go Bills! Beat the Patriots! @buffalobills #GoBills #NEvsBUF #BillsMafia #MNF pic.twitter.com/OqVB7YF3m0 — Ray Walter (@RaymondWWalter) October 29, 2018 Jimmy Vielkind, a Wall Street Journal reporter who covers state government and politics, retweeted Walter's post and noted a … [Read more...] about The Bills fizzled on the field, but the politicos burned on Twitter
POLITICS 09/26/2018 08:04 pm ET And voters on both sides of the aisle say they're paying attention to the fight over Supreme Court appointments. By Ariel Edwards-Levy With Brett Kavanaugh set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the Supreme Court nominee’s numbers are underwater, according to a new round of polling. Surveys out this week from YouGov for HuffPost and for The Economist, from Morning Consult for Politico, and from Marist for PBS NewsHour and NPR all find public opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination outstripping support for it by between 3 to 6 points, joining previous polls that also found him earning negative ratings. For a Supreme Court nominee, that’s deeply unusual ― as NBC noted last week, it’s the first time dating back to 2005 that a judge hasn’t been favored for confirmation to the high court. Determining exactly how much of that unpopularity is owed to the sexual … [Read more...] about Brett Kavanaugh’s Poll Numbers Are Firmly In The Red
Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris penned an op-ed on Monday suggesting that “God is laughing at Brett Kavanaugh,” noting the supposed irony that Kavanaugh once investigated Bill Clinton’s infidelity only to have the Senate Judiciary Committee and the media now investigate a sexual misconduct allegation brought against the Supreme Court nominee. Harris wrote his op-ed one day after the Washington Post revealed that California psychology professor, Christine Blasey Ford, is the woman that now accuses Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both in high school in the 1980s.Ford alleges that back in 1982, a 17-year-old Kavanaugh and a friend of his pulled Ford into a room during a high school party in suburban Maryland, forced her onto a bed, and groped her over her clothing before she was able to escape. The Politico chief noted the irony in this accusation considering that Kavanaugh spent his early 30s … [Read more...] about Politico Editor-in-Chief: ‘God Is Laughing at Brett Kavanaugh’