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Commentary: Hate ugly politics and hypocritical politicians? Blame the voters

Commentary: Hate ugly politics and hypocritical politicians? Blame the voters

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The campaigns are still trying to make their cases, and besmirch their opponents, before voters begin locking in their ballots in just a few weeks.What I'm trying to tell you, as if you haven't already noticed, is that things are very nasty right now. They're going to get nastier the closer we get to Nov. 6.I'm sure I'm not revealing anything to you folks. We've all complained about the mudslinging and gotcha campaigning. And for that we blame the politicians and the armies of operatives and pollsters and strategists who work for them.I would suggest to you, however, that they are not the problem.We voters are the problem.Candidates savage one another on the campaign trail because it works. It can move the needle with voters. Candidates and political groups would not invest millions upo...
What Makes California Politics So Special

What Makes California Politics So Special

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OpinionWhat Makes California Politics So Special Democrats and Republicans have held to a bipartisan legacy that offers a starting point to govern a vast, diverse nation-state. By Miriam PawelMs. Pawel is the author of the forthcoming “The Browns of California: The Family Dynasty That Transformed a State and Shaped a Nation.” Aug. 18, 2018ImageJerry Brown and Arnold Schwarzenegger embraced the Party of California at a 2017 ceremony for the extension of a program to curb greenhouse gases.CreditEric Risberg/Associated PressOne day last summer, California’s most powerful Democrat stood beside the state’s most famous Republican — a fourth-generation Californian and an Austrian immigrant silhouetted against the San Francisco skyline. They had come together to ce...
Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics

Distributed teams are rewriting the rules of office(less) politics

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When we think about designing our dream home, we don’t think of having a thousand roommates in the same room with no doors or walls. Yet in today’s workplace where we spend most of our day, the purveyors of corporate office design insist that tearing down walls and bringing more people closer together in the same physical space will help foster better collaboration while dissolving the friction of traditional hierarchy and office politics. But what happens when there is no office at all? This is the reality for Jason Fried, Founder and CEO of Basecamp, and Matt Mullenweg, Founder and CEO of Automattic (makers of WordPress), who both run teams that are 100% distributed across six continents and many time zones. Fried and Mullenweg are the founding fathers of a movement that h...
Week In Politics: Security Clearances

Week In Politics: Security Clearances

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The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Parade's End

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Parade's End

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Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)Today in 5 Lines Jurors in Paul Manafort’s fraud trial ended a second day of deliberations without reaching a verdict. The judge said he has received threats and denied media requests to release the names of jurors in fear for their safety. Trump refused to say whether he plans to pardon Manafort if he’s convicted, but said that his former campaign chair is “a very good person” and that the trial is “very sad.” Trump blamed the cancellation of his military parade on Washington D.C. officials, saying they had inflated the cost. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser contradicted Trump on Twitter, claiming that she “got thru” to him about the high costs of the parade. Trump said he expects to &ldq...
Special ops shoot down Brennan and his defenders: 'You put your politics before us'

Special ops shoot down Brennan and his defenders: 'You put your politics before us'

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John Brennan rallied numerous high-powered defenders to his corner over his security clearance clash with President Trump, but some well-known special ops heroes are firing back suggesting the former CIA director got what he deserves. Kris “Tanto” Paronto, a former Army Ranger and private security contractor who was part of the CIA team that fought back during the 2012 Benghazi terror attack, accused Brennan of putting his “politics” before those in the field.  ...
Playing politics with security clearances puts us all in danger

Playing politics with security clearances puts us all in danger

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President Trump is using security clearances to punish critics. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters) By Heidi Gilchrist Assistant professor, Brooklyn Law School August 17 at 6:00 AM President Trump has revoked the security clearance of former CIA director John Brennan. In and of itself, that isn’t necessarily a problem; Brennan probably doesn’t advise current agency officials much these days. But as a former CIA analyst and now a law professor who studies national security, I find the reasons the White House gave for the move deeply alarming. Our security is at risk in an era where saying something negative about the Trump administration is characterized as “erratic conduct and behavior” and “increasingly frenzied commentary,” and becomes a reason ...
In a Divided Era, One Thing Seems to Unite: Political Anger

In a Divided Era, One Thing Seems to Unite: Political Anger

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In a Divided Era, One Thing Seems to Unite: Political AngerImageSupporters of President Trump at a rally in Lewis Center, Ohio, this month. Partisan identification is now a bigger wedge between Americans than race, gender or religion.CreditAl Drago for The New York TimesBy Jeremy W. PetersAug. 17, 2018Ken Storey was in a pique, the kind that often seizes and overwhelms the better judgment of people who follow politics closely these days.Hurricane Harvey was about to douse Texas with deadly flooding, and Mr. Storey had identified the culprit: Republicans. “I don’t believe in instant Karma but this kind of feels like it for Texas,” he tapped out on Twitter, between bites of a taco over lunch. “Hopefully this will make them realize the GOP doesn’t care about t...
Politics Of Wildfires: Biggest Battle Is In California's Capital

Politics Of Wildfires: Biggest Battle Is In California's Capital

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