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When Rasmussen polling put Donald Trump's approval rating at 50 percent in December, Trump made sure to plug the number in a tweet and then grouse that it would be far higher (75%!) if he weren't suffering «Presidential Harassment» at the hands of Robert Mueller. Actually, Trump hasn't broken 50 percent in any single approval poll but Rasmussen, which is a very notable record as far as Gallup is concerned. The outfit began presidential polling in 1938 and Trump has hit a number of polling milestones that render his record absolutely abysmal by any objective measure. Trump became the first U.S. president to fail to break 50 percent at any time in his first six months in office Trump followed up by becoming the first U.S. president to fail to break 50 percent at any time in his first two years in office (the runner-up was Bill Clinton, whose ceiling was 59 percent during his initial bruising years in office) Trump's average approval rating for his first two years was also Gallup's lowest at 39 percent (Clinton again took second at 48 percent, with every other president at 50 percent or above) When it comes to approval ratings, Trump has been killing it, setting records left and right. The nicest thing Gallup could say about Trump’s approvals after two years was that they had been «more stable» than any other president. And by more stable, they effectively meant Trump never cracked 45 percent because he's such a drag. Trump also won't be cracking 45 percent any time soon, since Gallup's latest report put Trump's approval during the shutdown at 37 percent, just two points away from his floor thus far of 35 percent. Gallup's dip reflects the polling aggregate of other outfits where Trump's approvals have been similarly taking a hit, falling to around 40 percent as of the end of last week. While Trump's crappy approval numbers aren't exactly news, the fact that they continue to fall right as talk of his Russian ties and potential impeachment rev up is worthy of consideration. The last thing any smart politician would want when entering into an impeachment debate is to be carrying the support of slightly more than one-third of the country. That’s where this thing looks to be headed.
In my youth, my Grandma wanted me to be more like MLK, but I didn't think he had anything to offer a kid like me
Mitch McConnell has broken the Senate, and he's been aided by population changes that have made the Senate the most undemocratic it has ever been in history. GovTrack.us has crunched the numbers since 1789 and found the tipping point. It was 2017 when, «for the first time, the Senate’s decisions were often made by a coalition of states representing less than half of the country’s population.» Throughout the Senate's history, there was equilibrium; about 68 percent of senators voted for most legislation that passed, and they in turn represented about 68 percent of the population. In 2017 the median share of senators passing bills and confirming nominees dropped to 58 percent—the lowest in almost 90 years. More tellingly, for the first time ever in the Senate, a minority of the population ruled. Those senators represented just 49.5 percent of the U.S. population. Part of this is population growth in Democratic states, meaning Democratic senators are representing millions more people than Republicans are. That's reflected in the massive popular-vote advantage Democrats had in the 2018 Senate races, a nearly 60-40 popular-vote win, even with a net loss of seats. The end to the executive and judicial nominations filibuster under Democratic leadership was part of this, with McConnell shoving through nominees for so many positions that had been bottled up by Republican maneuvering under President Obama. McConnell's efforts to undo as many of Obama's actions as possible in that first year were also a factor. He used the Congressional Review Act to repeal Obama administration rules and regulations several dozen times—more than ever before. The CRA requires a simple-majority vote, and is not subject to the filibuster. So that significantly increased the number of bills the Senate considered, and the number passed with just Republican votes. It also decreased the median percentage of senators voting yes on legislation—just 54 percent, the lowest in the 30 years of available data. That 54 percent represented just 47 percent of the country—also the lowest in 30 years. On confirmations, however, it's worth noting that because Democrats continued to follow the norms of the Senate after getting rid of the filibuster for all but Supreme Court nominees in 2013, confirmations still got 80 percent support, representing 85 percent of the population. That's because committee chairs, particularly then-Judiciary Chair Patrick Leahy, didn't plough over Republicans and honored their obstruction. Which helped a lot in the 2014 election. With a newly Democratic House, the Senate won't have this glaringly undemocratic performance where legislation is concerned. That's not necessarily good, because under McConnell it will be doing the absolute minimum of legislative action possible. For example, watch McConnell refuse to bring any of the House bills to reopen government to the floor. And don't expect him to slow down the pace on nominations. With two more Republicans, the disparity on those votes will possibly increase. It's minority rule. Full stop. Worse, it's Trump rule.
There is no doubt that black voters will play a definitive role in the 2020 election cycle. For the last several years, politicians and the media have paid increasing attention to the choices and motivations of black voters and our ability to influence elections. But there is often confusion, misunderstanding, or outright ignorance about the black electorate on the part of the dominant (white) culture. Mainstream media has fallen woefully short in this regard, often boiling black voters down to a monolithic group that will always vote in lockstep with the Democratic Party, come what may. Since polling data on black voters is often incomplete or lacking altogether, it is important that we learn from the information that is already out there, especially when it is coming from black-led organizations. Going into the 2018 midterms, Black PAC, an organization dedicated to the political engagement of black voters, commissioned a large-sample poll of black voters in eight battle ground states. It discovered that there was no single issue motiving black voters in the election cycle, because black folks were concerned about a variety of things, including economic insecurity, wages, housing, health care, education, and college affordability. However, racial justice was the most motivating issue that ultimately moved black voters to head to the polls. More recently, Black PAC followed up post-midterms with black voters in those same battleground states to learn more about their reasons for voting and to mine lessons for 2020. In a telephone interview with Adrienne Shropshire, executive director of Black PAC, and Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies, Daily Kos learned more about issues faced by the black electorate in 2018.
To fulfill Dr. King's dream we must drop the fantasy of a post-racial America and get real
The Atlantic has what passes for an end-of-year, beginning-of-year review of the Trump presidency's 50 worst and/or most outlandish moments ... so far. It has already been outstripped by events. Calling a once-mistress «horseface,» getting laughed at by the collected U.N. General Assembly, or having an irredeemable penchant for blaming everyone else in the room but himself are indeed poor qualities for a supposed president, but it's difficult to even place them alongside and became the target of a U.S. counterintelligence investigation after a series of presidential actions appeared to suggest the nation's elected leader was working on behalf of a hostile foreign power. There should probably be separate lists, is what I'm saying. One for the treason parts, and one for everything else. Or one for the treason parts; one for the incompetence parts; one that just lists off the collected sins of character that render him unfit for office, regardless of the treason or the incompetence; and another purely gaffe-related one. Trump posing with the orb of power was a wee fun moment, to be sure, but cannot be compared to Team Trump's construction of child prisons in a white-nationalist-fueled effort to terrify, through a program of mass detention and family separation, would-be asylum seekers. So that's another list. You could come up with 50 separate instances in which Trump and his subordinates promoted explicitly or implicitly racist policies, each lauded in white nationalist circles, or made white nationalism-promoting statements under the auspices of the presidency. You could probably cull all 50 by going through individual court filings. Oh, but there's also extremely credible evidence suggesting that Donald J. Trump has engaged in a lifetime of financial and tax crimes. Remember that? That broke and washed away again in a matter of weeks, as each new revelation about the Trump campaign's interactions with Russia made mere tax fraud seem piffling in comparison. But the New York Times put in the work, and the New York Times doesn't have a fraction of the documents that federal and state prosecutors have access to, and the shrieking narcissist appears to have been caught dead to rights on that one. It isn't likely to gain much attention until after he has left office and the rest of his «legacy» has been better dispensed with, but it's not likely prosecutors will merely forget that the nation's worst president also continues to be a shameless tax cheat. How many lists is that? And should we bother compiling any of them before investigators are willing to tell us just what Donald Trump knew about his campaign's ties to Russian espionage efforts, or just why he has made such elaborate attempts, as president, to sabotage investigations of those acts? At this rate, the odds would seem to be non-zero that the worst American president ever will also be the first American president to seek asylum in a foreign country to avoid U.S. prosecutors. Not high, mind you. But not zero. Perhaps the odds-makers should start compiling some lists of their own?
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If you leave something on the internet long enough, someone will hack it. The reality is that many device manufacturers make it far too easy by using default passwords that are widely documented, allowing anyone to log in as “admin” and snoop around. Often, there’s no password at all. Enter “Shodan Safari,” a popular part-game, […]
Facebook last year grounded its ambitious plan to develop a solar-powered drone to beam internet across the world, but the company isn’t done with the concept, it seems. The social media giant is working with aeronautics giant Airbus to test drones in Australia, according to a new report from Germany’s NetzPolitik. Using a request under […]
According to a leaked image from Evan Blass, Samsung’s new flagship device could come in three different versions — the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung Galaxy S10+ and the Samsung Galaxy S10E. That new leak lines up with previous leaks. As you can see on the photo, the new devices don’t have a notch. They […]
The world of the dinosaurs just got a bit more bizarre with a newly discovered species of freshwater shark whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from the popular 1980s video game Galaga.
Tesla can now deliver Model 3 vehicles to European customers. The automakers midsize sedan was recently granted approval from RDW, the Dutch regulator and European authority tasked by Tesla to approve the vehicle for European roads. The approval comes just ahead of the vehicle’s European introduction next month. Right now, it’s been reported that a […]
A reusable water bottle is an eco-friendly way to make sure you’ve always got liquid refreshment within reach. Unfortunately, it’s easy to forget that they’re also a great breeding ground for bacteria. Those […] The post This Rechargeable Cap Uses UV Rays to Kill Germs in Your Water Bottle appeared first on Geek.com.
PARIS (AP) - French President Emmanuel Macron's former security aide, at the heart of a damaging political scandal, told a Senate commission Monday that he turned in his two diplomatic passports after being fired last summer but they were returned to him two months later. Alexandre Benalla said the passports ...
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RENO, Nev. (AP) - The resort city of South Lake Tahoe is walking the tightrope between enforcing a voter-approved ban on vacation home rentals in residential areas while also awaiting the outcome of a lawsuit filed against that very same law. The Reno Gazette Journal reports the South Lake Tahoe's ...
It’s new year so you know what that means. It’s time for a new list of Nintendo Switch games to check out. We’re not talking about the big games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate or […] The post Play These Nintendo Switch Games In 2019 appeared first on Geek.com.
Were a T. Rex and shark neighbors 65 millions years ago? Scientists at Chicago’s Field Museum discovered the remains of a freshwater shark — whose tiny teeth resemble the alien ships from an […] The post Prehistoric Shark Species With ‘Spaceship-Shaped’ Teeth Discovered, Named After Arcade Game appeared first on Geek.com.
Duke freshman Zion Williamson is the front-runner for national Player of the Year on the men's side — depending on preference of a specific award. But what about the women? There is no shortage of talent in the women's game, and it's not just subjected to Connecticut or Notre Dame. In 2017-18, South Carolina's Aja Wilson swept all the major Player of the Year awards, but we might not see the same thing this season. As we settle into the second half of the season, here are 10 women's contenders (in alphabetical order) who can take home at least one of the national Player of the Year awards for 2018-19. Kristine Anigwe, F-C, California, Sr. The 6-foot-4 Anigwe begins the week as the nation's leading rebounder (15.2 rebounds per game) and among its top scorers (22.7 points per game). Last month, Anigwe became the third player in Cal history to reach the 2,000-point mark. She's also scored at least 30 or more points twice this season. Kalani Brown, C, Baylor, Sr. Depending on who is doing the talking, Brown migh
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