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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Tomorrow, Tomorrow – The Atlantic

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Tomorrow, Tomorrow – The Atlantic

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What We’re Following TodayIt’s Wednesday, April 17. ‣ Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday issued an order directing immigration judges to deny some immigrants a chance to post bail, another step meant to discourage immigrants from seeking asylum in the United States.‣ Barr will hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. ET tomorrow, the day the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller is due to be released.‣ Sixty medical professionals across five states were charged with involvement in the illegal prescription of more than 32 million pain pills.Here’s what else we’re watching:Mueller arrives at his office in Washington. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)The White House Isn’t Worried: Mueller’s final report is set to be released tomor...
Politics Lost in Translations – The New York Times

Politics Lost in Translations – The New York Times

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Wouldn’t it be nice to have a president who could speak another language?O.K., no fair saying it would be nice to have a president who could speak one.We’re thinking about the Democratic candidates now. Pete Buttigieg seems to be the name of the moment, and you can’t help noticing his linguistic talent. The Buttigieg folk say that besides English, he’s proficient in Spanish, French, Italian, Maltese, Norwegian, Arabic and Dari, a variation of Persian.Let’s go out on a limb and say he’s got this résumé category sewn up.Buttigieg picked up Arabic in college and Dari when he served in the military in Afghanistan. He reportedly learned Norwegian in order to read novels by Erlend Loe, most of which haven’t been translated into English. Thi...
Kyrgyzstan’s neighbours have too little politics, but it has too much – The Economist

Kyrgyzstan’s neighbours have too little politics, but it has too much – The Economist

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AT THIS TIME of year the wild cherry blossom spreads from the valley floor up the flanks of the mountains that form the glorious backdrop to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s laid-back capital. Kyrgyzstan itself used to be the democratic flower of Central Asia, surrounded by hulking autocracies. But democracy has not served the 6m people of the former Soviet republic particularly well, even if they would not swap it for the dictatorships of their neighbours. Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest countries in the region. Worse, the government’s petals are beginning to fall.The people of Kyrgyzstan are proud that two revolutions, in 2005 and 2010, pushed corrupt presidents into exile, albeit at the cost of considerable bloodshed during the second uprising. After these events, voters approved cons...
Alberta’s foray into leftist politics sets stage for strong opposition – Reuters

Alberta’s foray into leftist politics sets stage for strong opposition – Reuters

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CALGARY, Alberta (Reuters) - Alberta’s New Democratic Party crashed out of government after Tuesday’s provincial election, but one of the most inexperienced parties ever to take office in Canada will likely become the strongest opposition the western province has ever seen. Alberta New Democratic (NDP) leader and Premier Rachel Notley, flanked by her son Ethan and husband Lou Arab, reacts to her loss at her election night party in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, April, 16, 2019. REUTERS/Candace ElliottThe NDP became the first one-term government in Alberta history when the United Conservative Party tapped into voter concerns about the economy and a struggling energy sector to win a majority. The UCP were elected or leading vote counts in 63 out of 87 seats as of midday on Wednesday....
Buttigieg Bashes GOP for Embracing ‘White-Guy Identity Politics’ – National Review

Buttigieg Bashes GOP for Embracing ‘White-Guy Identity Politics’ – National Review

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2020 Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg speaks at a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa, April 16, 2019 (/Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters) Southbend, Ind. mayor and 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg suggested in a recent interview that the strain of populism harnessed by President Donald Trump represents a “white-guy identity politics.” “By far the political movement that is most based on identity politics is Trumpism. It’s based on white-guy identity politics. It uses race to divide the working and middle class,” Buttigieg told the Associated Press when asked whether Trump relied on racial animus to win the White House. “There are a lot of strategies to blame problems on peop...
Buttigieg: Trump uses ‘white guy identity politics’ to divide | TheHill – The Hill

Buttigieg: Trump uses ‘white guy identity politics’ to divide | TheHill – The Hill

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South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegButtigieg responds to protesters yelling about 'Sodom and Gomorrah' O'Rourke declines to sign pledge barring fossil fuel money On The Money: Conservatives rally behind Moore for Fed | White House interviewing other candidates | Trump, Dems spar on Tax Day | Budget watchdogs bemoan 'debt denialism' MORE (D) said President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump tears into 'crazy' Bernie Sanders after Fox News town hall Trump claims supporters were kept out of Fox News's Bernie Sanders town hall Overnight Defense: Trump vetoes measure to end US-role in Yemen war | Poland close to deal on base jokingly called 'Fort Trump' | Iranian lawmakers vote to label US Mideast forces as terrorists MORE uses "white guy identity politics" to divide the ...
Economic predictors are ignoring politics at their peril – Axios

Economic predictors are ignoring politics at their peril – Axios

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When it comes to making predictions about the world economy, policymakers and asset managers are whiffing because they are failing to account for the increasingly dysfunctional state of global politics.The big picture: The world's top economic concerns — Brexit, the U.S.-China trade war — are the result of policy decisions rather than unavoidable shocks.Why it matters: IMF officials, whose forecasts are used by top central bank officials and finance ministers in a majority of the world's countries, can't say how they're incorporating politics into projections."We do see that policy uncertainty, and in many cases bad decisions are a root cause for financial distress," IMF financial counselor Tobias Adrian told Axios at the organization's spring meetings last week.Asked specifica...
5 things to know for April 17: Notre Dame, schools threat, politics, Indonesia, China – CNN

5 things to know for April 17: Notre Dame, schools threat, politics, Indonesia, China – CNN

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1. Notre Dame fireWe still don't know at this point exactly what caused the fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral, but a French prosecutor says there's nothing so far to suggest it was an intentional act, so it was "likely accidental." As the investigation into the blaze ramps up, so does the fundraising effort. French President Emmanuel Macron wants Notre Dame rebuilt in five years, and so far, more than $700 million in donations has been pledged. Despite the damage, people were thrilled to hear that the cathedral's iconic Rose windows survived, as well as the Great Organ, which has pipes dating back to the Middle Ages. So, just how will a Gothic masterpiece like Notre Dame be rebuilt? Possibly with the help of lasers. You can click here if you'd like to contribute to the restoration effo...

On Politics: Trump’s United Base of America – The New York Times

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Good Wednesday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today._____________________• In his two years in office, Donald J. Trump has become president of the United Base of America, making little effort to expand his coalition beyond the voters who propelled him to the White House in the first place. While other presidents sought to broaden their public support, Mr. Trump is heading into his re-election campaign sticking with his own tribe.• Mr. Trump vetoed a bipartisan resolution that would have forced an end to American military involvement in Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, rejecting an appeal by lawmakers to his own deeply rooted instincts to withdraw the United States from bloody foreign conflicts.• The Trump administration took an...
The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Fair and Balanced (and Bernie) – The Atlantic

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Fair and Balanced (and Bernie) – The Atlantic

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What We’re Following TodayIt’s Tuesday, April 16.(Christophe Petit Tesson / Pool / AP)The Fall of Notre-Dame: The centuries-old Paris cathedral caught fire on Monday night; Rachel Donadio, reporting from Paris, described the collective horror of thousands of Parisians watching the famous landmark burn. “In a way, it is a death,” she wrote. Restoring Notre-Dame—which President Emmanuel Macron has pledged to do—will be a massive undertaking. Fortunately, meticulous laser scans gathered from an American historian could be an invaluable aid to those working to rebuild parts of the cathedral that were lost.Performances of Patriotism: Late last week, President Donald Trump tweeted a video about Representative Ilhan Omar of Minnesota that questioned her patr...