Why the left should argue for more immigration but not open borders | Carlo Invernizzi-Accetti

The US needs more immigrants to maintain current levels of economic growth and welfare provision but that doesnt mean unlimited migration The idea of proposed wall on the border with Mexico (whose construction actually regulation on immigration flows. Yet this is a weak position, for at least two reasons. First, states presuppose borders. Failing to control borders is not an immigration policy, but the lack of one. Its also a position likely to reinforce the already widespread perception that immigration …

A journey in search of the American left: fragile and feisty, hopeful and fearful

Trumps win was a devastating setback for progressives, but it also stoked them to engage politically in ways they never imagined, with pressure leftwards A few months after the 2016 election, 29-year-old Emily Marburger posted an update on a private Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, that had been set up to support Hillary Clintons failed presidential bid. Like the rest of us last November, I woke up to a situation I didnt know existed, she wrote. I knew I had to …

Death and destruction: this is David Koch’s sad legacy | Alex Kotch

Anarcho-capitalism was the real cancer plaguing the billionaire libertarian. And it spread across universities, halls of Congress and the White House In 1992, billionaire industrialist David Koch was diagnosed with advanced prostate cancer and given just a few years to live. Thanks to his enormous wealth, he was able to purchase the best treatment in the world, and he survived 27 more years until his death last week. For all his adult life, hed led Koch Industries, a diversified manufacturing …

Do you know which 2020 Democratic forerunners are hawks, and which doves? | Tyler Bellstrom

Which Democrat will not only offer a different vision from Trump but truly face the questions of the next decade? We need more detail In a world where the United States is fighting forever wars, engaging with rising powers, and belatedly realizing the existential threat of climate change, the American people need to hear a coherent foreign policy. That explains why four out of the five major contenders for the Democratic nomination have recently given speeches focused on foreign policy. …

In Pete Buttigieg, venture capitalists see a campaign to invest in

VC support for Mayor Pete seems to top that of other Democratic candidates with strong ties to the industry Hes young, hes white, he went to Harvard, and he loves to talk about data. If Pete Buttigieg had a product and a pitch deck, Silicon Valleys lining up to get in on his startups seed round. But with the 37-year-old Buttigieg intent on seeking a position in the gasp public sector, tech industry VCs instead appear interested in investing in …

Nadler: Mueller has evidence of Trump high crimes and misdemeanours

House judiciary chair says its important we not have a lawless president as Robert Mueller is set to testify before Congress on Wednesday The eyes of America will be trained on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as Robert Mueller testifies before two House committees about his the 448-page report contained very substantial evidence that the president is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanours the benchmark for impeachment. Its important that we not have a lawless administration and a lawless president, the …

Trump directly involved in talks that led to Stormy Daniels payment, FBI says

Court filing says Trump and Hope Hicks spoke to Michael Cohen repeatedly as Daniels in 2016 threatened to go public with story of affair Donald Trump and his press secretary were directly involved in discussions that led to an illegal hush-money payment to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 election campaign, according to the FBI. A court filing unsealed on Thursday said Trump and Hope Hicks spoke repeatedly with Michael Cohen, Trumps longterm legal fixer, in October 2016 as Daniels also …

Alison Klayman: Bannons into the Great Man theory of history and hes certain hes one of those great men

The award-winning documentarist on persuading the far-right strategist Steve Bannon to reveal himself in her new film, The Brink Alison Klaymans documentary The Brink, follows Steve Bannon, Donald Trumps former chief strategist, in the 13 months following his acrimonious departure from the White House in 2017. It covers a period during which Bannon campaigned for Republicans such as Roy Moore, the far-right Alabama politician who was accused of sexual misconduct, and established a new pan-European populist organisation, Miles Kwok [the …

The troubling overlap between Jared Kushner’s business interests and US foreign policy | Mohamad Bazzi

A congressional inquiry has raised the possibility that Kushner supported a blockade of a US ally as payback because it would not fund his familys business In May 2017, two of Donald Trumps senior advisers, Jared Kushner and Steve Bannon, met for a private dinner with top leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The pair learned of a plan by the two American allies to impose a blockade on another US ally, Qatar, according to congressional staffers. …

Welcome to Trump’s Corrupt State the Mos Eisley cantina of world politics | Robert Reich

The administration and the Republican party are nests of lobbyists and con artists who make Greedo look like a saint Trump has been ramping up his Deep State rhetoric again. Hes back to blaming a cabal of bureaucrats, FBI and CIA agents, Democrats and enemies of the people in the mainstream media for conspiring to remove him from office, in order to allow the denizens of foreign Warren G Harding have as many grifters, crooks and cronies occupied high positions …