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In the new Malaysia, signs of an older, uglier politics – CNN

In the new Malaysia, signs of an older, uglier politics – CNN

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Elsewhere in Malaysia's capital, ubiquitous signs wish people a happy Lunar New Year.These, along with the minarets, churches and temples that dot the city, are small signs of the multicultural fabric of the Malaysian society, a complicated weave of Malay, Chinese, Indian and other identities. The new government -- formed by a coalition of parties which forced former Prime Minister Najib Razak from last year, is reflective of that mix. For the first time in the country's post-independence history, the dominant parties in government are multiethnic ones. The new cabinet also includes numerous Chinese and Indian Malaysians in prominent positions. But whether that will help new Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad unite the country behind a single Malaysian identity is up for debate.For decades, M...
Do Women in Politics Face a Double Standard? – The New York Times

Do Women in Politics Face a Double Standard? – The New York Times

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OpinionSupported bylettersDo Women in Politics Face a Double Standard?Readers discuss if and how gender bias and stereotypes play a role in politics, citing past presidential races. Feb. 17, 2019Image CreditCredit To the Editor:Re “How Sexism Plays Out on the Campaign Trail” (front page, Feb. 12):The notion that voters’ preference for “likable” women reinforces gender biases overlooks a whole lot of presidential history. For instance, Reagan (nice guy — wins) was more likable than Mondale (wonk — lost). Bush #2 (a guy to have a beer with) was more likable than Kerry (dull — lost).Likability has clearly has been a factor in several past elections. So the issue is not one of sexism, as the article suggests.In addition, the article ignores the f...
Donald Trump leads U.S. politics into uncharted territory – The Globe and Mail

Donald Trump leads U.S. politics into uncharted territory – The Globe and Mail

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The American political conflict – ever more contentious, more complex, more constitutional in nature in the Donald Trump era – is now entering a new, uncharted phase. By declaring an emergency to use money Congress didn’t appropriate to undertake border-wall construction Congress didn’t approve, Mr. Trump escalated the Washington struggle from a series of cold skirmishes to a hot war over the prerogatives of Congress in American civic life and the separation of powers in the U.S. system. He created new, complex layers of tension between Republicans and Democrats and – because some of his putative GOP allies have grave qualms about presidential overreach – between the executive branch and the legislative branch, where congressional efforts to terminate th...
Political, legal hits continue after Trump’s emergency declaration – Duluth News Tribune

Political, legal hits continue after Trump’s emergency declaration – Duluth News Tribune

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The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency and attempted to clarify self-contradictory comments the president had made when announcing the designation two days ago. According to Trump's Rose Garden speech Friday, his attempt to circumvent Congress and redirect taxpayer money to fund 230 miles of barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border was simultaneously urgent and not urgent. Video: President Trump declared a national emergency to build a border wall on Feb. 15. Here's what you missed. (Taylor Turner/The Washington Post)The United States was dealing with "an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people" and a wall was absolutely necessary, he claimed. "I could do the wall over a longer period of time," Trump said then. "I didn'...
Week In Politics – NPR

Week In Politics – NPR

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The president declared a national emergency in order to supplement the border security funding provided by Congress this week. The question of an emergency will likely end up at the Supreme Court. SCOTT SIMON, HOST: Going to turn now to NPR's Ron Elving. Ron, thank you for being with us. RON ELVING, BYLINE: Good morning, Scott. SIMON: You heard the congressman wrestle with constitutional and congressional authority. Is there any chance that Congress will challenge this emergency declaration? ELVING: The House might do that. The House might well do that, but the Senate isn't likely to. If they wish to, they might have included more of a preventive measure against this in the funding deal that they just passed. And as the congressman just ...
Column: The real emergency is our trivial politics – Valley News

Column: The real emergency is our trivial politics – Valley News

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WashingtonWhen House Speaker Nancy Pelosi learned that President Donald Trump would declare a national emergency to shift around money to finance his border wall, her denunciation was predictable. But her way of expressing outrage was not. The issue she used to make her point was important on many levels.Observing the “unease” even among many Republicans over Trump’s abuse of his power, she noted that “if the president can declare an emergency on something that he has created as an emergency — an illusion that he wants to convey — just think of what a president with different values can present to the American people.”And then she recalled the slaughter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018, when 14 students an...
Amazon was not prepared for New York City politics – Quartz

Amazon was not prepared for New York City politics – Quartz

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Three months after selecting New York City as the site of a sprawling new headquarters, Amazon got cold feet. “We’ve decided not to move forward with our plans,” the company said on Feb. 14. “For Amazon, the commitment to build a new headquarters requires positive, collaborative relationships with state and local elected officials, who will be supportive over the long-term.”Amazon announced in November it would split its next headquarters, and 50,000 jobs, between Virginia and the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens. The decision followed a yearlong search conducted like a beauty pageant for American cities and widely criticized in the press. New York state governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio cheered Amazon’s decision, in a r...