Category: Politics

Ian Mulgrew: IIO’s legal win over recalcitrant Vancouver police officers a sign of the times

At the end of his rookie year as head of B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office, Ronald MacDonald was talking positively about the two-year struggle to force Vancouver police officers to obey the law. He was even singing the praises of Chief Adam Palmer who — as his men thumbed their nose at giving statements about a police shooting — suggested the…

DOJ Says Russian Trolls Are Interfering Online with the Midterms   

The Russian conspirators directed their trolls on social media to call the late Arizona Senator John McCain an “old geezer,” and Special Counsel Robert Mueller “a puppet of the establishment.” President Trump, the trolls were told to say, “deserves a Nobel Peace Prize” for meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Those are just a few of the messages…

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Meddling: Now in 2018

Written by Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2) and Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal) Today in 5 Lines The Justice Department charged a Russian woman for her participation in an online disinformation campaign aimed at interfering with the 2018 midterm elections. A caravan of migrants began crossing into Mexico after a brief confrontation with Mexican police that reportedly involved tear gas. Earlier in the day,…

Confessions of an ex-voter

The first vote I ever cast was for Bill Clinton in 1996, when I was 6 years old. I have been unable to discover a tally of the official vote from that year’s Nickelodeon “Kids Pick the President” election, but I seem to remember a landslide victory for the Man From Hope. My instincts have never been partisan. Four years…

Trump is glorifying violence against journalists. This is a national disgrace.

Two things seem ever-more certain as Donald Trump’s presidency continues: First, Trump’s anti-media rhetoric is going to get a journalist killed, or at least badly injured. Second, Trump doesn’t care. We’re long past the point of debating whether to take Trump’s antagonizing rhetoric about the media seriously or literally. After a year of “enemy of the people” talk, and in…

Tribalism is not the problem

The latest meme from the Davos elite set is that America is afflicted with “tribalism.” We’re splitting up into two irreconcilable tribes, so the argument goes, and politics is becoming more and more an all-out war to the death. People like Yale Law professor Amy Chua, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), Brookings Institution fellow Shadi Hamid, Amazon…

How Tom Steyer Built the Biggest Political Machine You’ve Never Heard Of

SAN FRANCISCO—In one room, they’re building multicolored matrices matching purchases in their online store to hashtags in affiliated Twitter accounts. In another, they’re texting supporters, tracking and amping up RSVPs to the one-year anniversary town hall coming up on Saturday in New Jersey. Over at the creative pod, they’ve already cut a 30-second web ad off the idea that came…

The necessity of nationalism

Forget for a moment about the ideological divisions between liberals and conservatives, socialists and capitalists, populists and establishmentarians. The fissure that is likely to have far more of an impact on our future is the one separating those who warmly support nationalism from those who stringently reject it. In the popular imagination and conventional wisdom, the debate between nationalists and…