You may not be ready for next year's elections, but in political time, they're coming up fast. Even politicians who aren't running for president are crafting their stump speeches. Which means that at some point you're almost certain to hear someone announce, sternly, "I. Will. Not. Compromise." And if you're there in the crowd and agree with his or her position, you may even join the applause. Which is understandable, but let me tell you why, far from applauding that line, I shy from politicians who use it. In a democracy, being able to compromise -- and knowing how -- is a core skill for governing. Shouting "No Compromise!" may fire up the crowd, but it's a recipe for failure when it comes to getting things done in office. In fact, it was a core skill even before we had our current system. Pretty much every sentence in our Constitution was the product of compromise, crafted by people who felt passionately about the issues they confronted yet found a way to agree on language that … [Read more...] about Compromise is the essence of our democracy
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Follow recent figures showing a rise in anti-semitic attacks in France, Euronews' Hassan Refaei asked Pascale Alhadeff, director of the Jewish Museum in Brussels what she made of the current situation. Her answers were sent on email. Four years ago, four people were killed when a gunman opened fire at the museum. Question Hassan Refaei: French government statistics published last week that nearly 500 anti-Semitic attacks happened in the country last year, an increase of 74 percent in comparison with 2017. In your opinion, is this escalation in anti-Semitism intensifying in France in particular, or perhaps you find that it is a wave moving throughout Europe, and what is the specificity of France in this context? Pascale Alhadeff: Anti-Semitism remains pervasive across the EU and has become disturbingly normalized. The phenomenon is not limited to France. The escalation and specificity of France is that it is taking place within a context of social protests. Anti-Semitic acts happened … [Read more...] about What is anti-semitism and why is it spreading in Europe?
POLITICS 12/18/2018 05:00 am ET People like Mason with felony convictions can’t vote. Why is that? By Sam Levine “Shut Out” is a three-part podcast series produced by HuffPost. We don’t make it easy to vote in America. A citizen can be disenfranchised for a typo, a scrawled signature or for a felony. Then there are the politicians who tout “voter fraud” when it’s a proven myth. Host Catherine Saint Louis and reporter Sam Levine examine why we should be worried about the weakening of our democracy with 2020 on the horizon. Crystal Mason couldn’t believe it when a police officer told her she was being arrested for illegally voting. She was handcuffed, prosecuted and eventually imprisoned for her so-called crime. Mason didn’t even want to vote in the 2016 election, but her mother insisted. So one day after work, she drove to the polling place where she’d always voted and cast a provisional ballot. Mason … [Read more...] about Why Is America OK With Banning Felons From The Voting Booth? ‘Shut Out,’ Episode 2
0 Have your say Political adverts on Facebook and other social media are a Wild West that allows foreign states and unscrupulous companies to undermine elections while maintaining almost total anonymity, but the world’s democracies are finally waking up to the threat, says Jess Garland, director of policy and research at the Electoral Reform Society. Another vote is never far away. But even outside of election time, campaigning rumbles on.Each day, a lot of cash is spent influencing political debate. These days though, that’s not just people delivering leaflets and buying billboard space, it’s organisations and individuals targeting potentially millions of people on Facebook, Twitter, Google and everywhere else online.At the weekend, we learnt that an anonymous website was behind a £250,000 pro-Brexit advertising campaign urging voters to “bin Chequers”. We have no idea who is behind it.It’s fair to say people … [Read more...] about Jess Garland: Here’s why UK election rules are a cheaters’ charter
Ben Nadler, Associated Press Updated 5:37 pm PDT, Tuesday, October 23, 2018 This combination of May 20, 2018, file photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta. The final stretch of the hotly contested Georgia governor's race is being consumed by a bitter political battle over access to the polls. Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican gubernatorial candidate, says that Democrat Stacey Abrams is fighting for immigrants without legal status to cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election. Abrams' campaign says that's untrue and Kemp is trying to deflect from his own record of making it harder for legal citizens to vote. less This combination of May 20, 2018, file photos shows Georgia gubernatorial candidates Stacey Abrams, left, and Brian Kemp in Atlanta. The final stretch of the hotly contested Georgia governor's race is being ... more Photo: John Amis, AP … [Read more...] about Abrams, Kemp spar over voting access in Georgia debate