Given how well our economy is doing, Donald Trump is a surprisingly unpopular president. The only president who’s been less popular at any point in his term to date has been Harry Truman. Yet if the past is any measure (and I think it is), we know he’s going to play to his base. We’re going to see and hear about issues like the caravan and the wall even more as 2020 approaches. He knows he has to stoke racial fires in order to prevent people from voting differently after his first two years of tax cuts for the wealthy. Because his chances of reaching out beyond his base are low, the second part of the Republican strategy is to try to sow cynicism, fear, uncertainty, and doubt within the various constituencies that could align against him. We will see character attacks from all angles seeking to divide us. Already, we’re hearing that Kamala Harris is not black enough and that she inhaled marijuana. We’re hearing that Amy Klobuchar is angry with her staffers. That Beto O’Rourke isn’t progressive enough. Simultaneously, the entire field of Democrats is too progressive and what we really need is a billionaire centrist. Also, that Kirsten Gillibrand doesn’t eat chicken right. Some of this negative coverage may be seeded by various special interests who don’t want an actual populist, or it may just be the nature of the daily news cycle. If it bleeds, it leads—and these days, the competition for bleeding on the internet is fierce. As we get closer to the election though, look for more fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Much more of it will be seeded and eventually, they’ll only have one candidate to smear. Make no mistake though, this will be the strategy: try to divide any opposition, convince people not to vote, and/or bring other candidates down below Trump. The question then is: How do we fight back against a level of negative campaigning that might be above anything we’ve seen before?
A scholarly experiment to figure out how Spotify works (and how to trick it)
Yeah, he's doing it again. The theoretical sitting president, the guy in charge of our military and our nuclear weapons, is freaking out about comedy skits on Twitter again. Donald Trump has had a difficult few months. His party was decimated in the midterm elections. His top campaign and business aides keep getting indicted for things they did during his own election. A gaggle of the loudest voices on the Fox News network convinced him he needed to shut down the federal government in order to demonstrate «strength»; when that effort predictably collapsed he mounted a one-man play on the White House lawn declaring that his desires were now a national emergency because China, and duct tape, and a blur of other incoherent phrases. So now he's going to pout about the mess he finds himself in, yet again, with a presidential musing that maybe what we need in our nation these days is retribution against television programs that make fun of him. xNothing funny about tired Saturday Night Live on Fake News NBC! Question is, how do the Networks get away with these total Republican hit jobs without retribution? Likewise for many other shows? Very unfair and should be looked into. This is the real Collusion!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 17, 2019 This is self-evidently deranged. The man can blurt out casual demands that we «look into» television shows making fun of him, suggesting «retaliation» is in order, as if he has never so much as heard of our Constitution or its protections, much less swore an oath to any of it. Retribution against satirists is the hallmark of the worst and stupidest autocrats. Obsession with self-image at the expense of every other public norm is the reflex of a malignant narcissist. Apparently jetting off to his own private golf course, yet again, hasn't improved Dear Leader's mood.
As prepared for delivery on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019 at the annual combined meeting of the American Beverage Association and the Nuclear Energy Institute. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity today. I come to you with a simple message. I’m a billionaire and I’m running for president of the United States of America. I seek the highest office in the land not because I want to, but because it is simply the popular demand of our time. Across our great nation, there is a groundswell of support—in the penthouses of San Francisco, the boutique venture capital firms of Seattle, in the boardrooms of Wall Street and from the Burning Man profiteers in Silicon Valley—for a new “Vital Center” to challenge the deadly stranglehold of the two political parties who share equal blame for our current predicament. To turn my back and ignore the growing chorus of previously unemployed political consultants dreaming of a Centrist Independent to save them would be an act of selfishness unworthy of my personal brand. My message to Republicans and Democrats alike has been clear. Call me. If nominated, I will run. If elected, I will serve. But if that call never comes, I cannot rest. I cannot escape history. The American people demand a leader with the courage to speak in truisms and platitudes. The United States needs a president unafraid to instantly criticize the proposals of others, and instead bravely offer vapid bromides about “innovation,” “team-building,” and “best practices” to confront the challenges of our age. From Maine to the Mexican border, from Portland to the Panhandle of Florida, Americans are yearning for a chief executive who won’t shrink in the face of opportunity for self-aggrandizement. And that’s why I want to be your president. Because I am such a leader. And MY STORY IS THE AMERICAN STORY. Mine is an inspiring riches-to-more-riches tale. I made my money the old-fashioned way: I inherited it.
If mom doesn't approve of your gay wedding, Sarah Cunningham will gladly serve as a «stand-in mom» for the nuptials
If you are a loyal Democrat and the U.S. Senate is the epicenter of your political universe, then let’s face it: the 2018 cycle was a buffet of awfulness for you. The final outcome was not an unmitigated disaster, by any means—if you factor in Doug Jones’ 2017 win, the Democrats only suffered a net loss of one seat in a cycle where they were defending a near-record high proportion of seats. But that accomplishment, such as it was, also underscored the reason why the cycle was huge amounts of “meh” for Democrats interested in the U.S. Senate. There was precious little offense, and a ton of defense (hey—that reminds me of a certain recent sporting event). The 2020 cycle, however, is different. Last year, the Democrats were defending 24 Senate seats, fully 10 of which were won in 2016 by President Trump. Meanwhile, the GOP was defending only nine. This time around, the class of 2014 will be up for re-election. 2014, as Democrats recall with a wince of pain, was a fantastic Republican year, particularly in the U.S. Senate. But in that pain from half a decade ago lies an opportunity for Democrats, because the field is nearly a reversal of 2018. In 2020, the Republicans will be defending a total of 22 Senate seats, versus just 12 Senate seats for the Democrats. And in those nearly two dozen red Senate seats up for grabs next November, there are a number of opportunities present for Democrats, certainly enough to reverse the current 53-47 Republican majority and propel the Democrats into the Senate majority. As with any election, however, prospects vary. Some races are bound to be tossups, and some are the longest of longshots. This piece, therefore, is an exercise in speculation, since top-tier candidates are far less likely to embrace what looks, on paper, to be a career-killing political suicide mission. To which we say: So what? With just under 21 months to go, there is no harm in speculating to our heart’s content. What if Democrats could get their most enticing candidate in every Senate race, even the ones which seem out of reach in today’s political climate? And, let’s bear in mind, this is a wish list. It is most definitely not a list of real, declared, or even prospective candidates. So, please, for the love all creatures big and small, spare the world the breathless tweets of “Steve Singiser of Daily Kos Elections reports that Sharice Davids is running for the U.S. Senate in Kansas!” Additionally: We certainly concede that the choices listed here are eminently debatable—in fact, that’s half the fun! We will offer the “top of the list” candidate, and then you can head to the comments to tell us why we’re completely off our collective rockers in our choices.
Linkage with RBI's compliance and inspection reports to be strengthened
IdeaPads, Yogas and more -- all on sale through Feb. 25.
Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, which currently owns 24 percent in the full service carrier, is a strategic partner and is expected to pump in around Rs 1,400 crore.
India on February 15 announced the withdrawal of the MFN status for Pakistan, following the deadly terror attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama in Jammu and Kashmir.
Some of the key lenders include Templeton MF, DHFL Pramerica MF, Indiabulls MF, IndusInd Bank and Yes Bank.
India is already a major trading partner of Nepal with free movement of goods, services and labour.
In two back-to-back symposia a cross-disciplinary cohort of scientists will present the first comprehensive investigations of how humans interacted with plant and animal species in different cultures worldwide through time.
Australia has the highest rate of mammal extinction in the world. Resettlement of indigenous communities resulted in the spread of invasive species, the absence of human-set fires, and a general cascade in the interconnected food web that led to the largest mammalian extinction event ever recorded. In this case, the absence of direct human activity on the landscape may be the cause of the extinctions, according to an anthropologist.
Synthetic networks may increase the availability of some data while still protecting individual or institutional privacy, according to a statistician.
While the polyester leisure suit was a 1970s mistake, polyester and other synthetic fibers like nylon are still around and are a major contributor to the microplastics load in the environment, according to a materials scientist, who suggests switching to biosynthetic fibers to solve this problem.
Cooking, cleaning and other routine household activities generate significant levels of volatile and particulate chemicals inside the average home, leading to indoor air quality levels on par with a polluted major city.
For a limited time, Humble Bundle is offering up $151 worth of Steam codes for 13 2D games made with GameMaker Studio. If you want a good representation of what can be done […] The post Geek Deals: Get 13 2D Games for $12 with Humble Bundle appeared first on Geek.com.
Here’s one way to make waste management fun: A futuristic, urban ski resort built on top of a waste incinerator in Denmark is set to open to the public this spring. Towering 279 […] The post This Ski Slope Is Built on Top of a Waste-Treatment Plant in Denmark appeared first on Geek.com.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Negro Leagues Baseball Museum is celebrating the 100th anniversary of a Kansas City meeting that sparked the league with a yearlong celebration. The Kansas City Star reports that the museum in the 18th and Vine District has announced the festivities will begin Feb. 13, ...
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The National Park Service is collecting input on a plan to add seasonal housing for employees who provide concessions services in Yellowstone National Park. The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that the plan includes 25 RV sites and a bath house near the west entrance, along with ...
ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia lawmaker is seeking protection for people who break into cars to rescue pets in hot weather. Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick is proposing legislation that would protect people from a lawsuit if they damage a vehicle to rescue an animal in danger, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported . ...
South Korean artist Sun-Hyuk Kim (previously) cuts, welds, melts, and curves pipes and wires into structures that are part human anatomy and part twisted plant root systems. The branch-like metal blood vessels create the outline of limbs, abdomens, and heads, as well as the trees that appear to have sprouted from them. Made entirely of stainless steel, the sculptures are meant to signify our imperfect and incomplete existence in relation to the natural world. More
As a rule five draft selection, Brad Keller was a surprising success with Kansas City last season
J.D. Gibbs, the son of the legendary Joe Gibbs, passed away at age 49 after a years-long battle with a degenerative neurological disease. He was honored and remembered during the 11th lap of the 2019 Daytona 500, as the late Gibbs wore No. 11 as a football player.
Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang each had two goals, and the Pittsburgh Penguins climbed back into playoff position with a 6-5 win over the New York Rangers
Cumberland has 27, Cincinnati beats Wichita State 72-62
No ball boys were chosen for Napoli's game against Torino on Sunday
Kenny Goins had 10 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 11 Michigan State finished the game with a 20-2 run, beating Ohio State 62-44