Is Pete Buttigiegs version of hope and change enough to take on Trump? | Geoffrey Kabaservice

The 37-year-old mayor from Indiana has his vulnerabilities, but has become a contender for the presidency in just a few months On a November evening a dozen years ago, Barack Obama who at the time was the 46-year-old junior senator from Illinois last weeks Iowa Democratic party Liberty and Justice Celebration pulled off an New York Times/Siena College poll finds that among likely Democratic voters in Iowa, Elizabeth Warren now holds a narrow lead, followed closely by Bernie Sanders, Buttigieg, and former vice-president Joe Biden, with the rest of the pack far behind. That finding obviously is encouraging for Buttigieg, who has moved from unknown to contender in just a few months, and for Warren, who has risen steadily throughout …

Liberty and Justice for Democrats in Des Moines but no clear Iowa star

There was no Beto, and there was no Obama-esque dynamite at the big dinner just Warren v Biden on healthcare again Andrew Yang brought a stand-up comedian. Kamala Harris held a block party and danced with drum majorettes. Bernie Sanders led a march against corporate greed. But it was Elizabeth Warren who stole the show before it even started by nailing her an electric speech that lit up the race against Hillary Clinton. This year there was no shortage of candidates looking to replicate that moment before 13,000 people in a sports arena, the largest event in the history of what was previously the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, named for two former presidents until the party decided to stop honouring slave owners. …

Pete Buttigieg: race is between me and Warren as new poll puts him fourth

After Post-ABC poll has Biden ahead nationally with Warren in second, Buttigieg attacks senators Medicare for All plan as polarising Pete Buttigieg is fourth in a four-strong pack clear of the Democratic presidential field, according to to be broadcast on Showtime on Sunday, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, said the race is getting to be a two-way between him and the Massachusetts senator. A world where were getting somewhere is that world, he said, where its coming down to the two of us. According to the Post-ABC poll, former vice-president Joe Biden leads nationally among likely primary voters, with 28% support, from Warren in second on 23%, Vermont senator Bernie Sanders on 17% and Buttigieg on 9%. Asked on …

National Coming Out Day marked by worry over supreme court LGBTQ case

As court considers workplace discrimination protections, revellers and activists ponder fragile state of their rights National Coming Out Day festivities across the US were tempered this year by anxiety that some LGBTQ people may have to go back into the closet so they can make a living, depending on National Coming Out Day, first observed in 1988 and marked every 11 October though events happen over several days. Philadelphias annual language in the supreme court this week about whether the 1964 Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ people from employment discrimination including a question by conservative chief justice John Roberts that appeared to show confusion about gender transitions and questions about bathroom use by liberals Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg …

Not the Messiah: Trump insists ‘chosen one’ China trade war remark was a joke

President made initial claim about policies towards Beijing, leading many observers to question the presidents mental state Donald Trump has twice insisted he was just joking when he claimed to be the chosen one to take on China over trade. Speaking to reporters in Washington on Friday night, then in two tweets from the south of France on Saturday morning, the president said the comment was an instance of sarcasm and insisted it was a joke. When I looked up to the sky and jokingly said I am the chosen one at a press conference two days ago, referring to taking on Trade with China, little did I realize that the media would claim that I had a Messiah complex, …

Trump’s Fourth of July celebration helped bankrupt DC security fund

In a letter to the president, the citys mayor said the fund is running a $6m deficit for the fiscal year Donald Trumps Salute to America Fourth of July event in Washington and subsequent protests cost the District of Columbias security fund $1.7m, a sum that has contributed to the bankruptcy of the fund, according to the mayor of Washington DC. according to the Washington Post. ABC news featured a rally and a bombastic show of military might, including F-22 Raptors, a B-2 stealth bomber and six Blue Angel F-18s flying over the Washington monument. The controversial event also included two Abrams tanks and two Bradley fighting vehicles.

This Fourth of July, Trump will star in a movie of his own making

We will view the presidents remake of Gladiator, the Oscar-winning tale of a debauched and self-venerating Roman emperor Donald Trump won the presidency but never scored an Emmy for the Apprentice despite 15 seasons and 192 episodes. Come this Independence Day, however, the president will star in a movie of his own making. On the Fourth of July, the president will produce and take center stage in his own remake of Gladiator, Ridley Scotts Academy Award-winning tale of a debauched and self-venerating Roman emperor. Broadcast and filmed before a live audience from the Lincoln Memorial, Trumps extravaganza looms as a cinematic production befitting his politics and persona. flanked by the service branches brass, Trump will seek to honor himself as …

Trump to preside over Fourth of July celebrations with military show despite criticism

White House aides have reportedly been struggling to draw crowds to event because of last minute arrangements Donald Trump will preside over Fourth of July celebrations on Thursday with a speech about patriotism and a modest show of military might that critics say is politicizing an important holiday and wasting taxpayers money. Trump, who has long admired displays of autocratic overtones of the Washington DC event. The president will deliver remarks on the steps of the Lincoln memorial in the early evening, and celebrations will feature fireworks, a flyover by Air Force One and a display of tanks. Trump has been accused of attempting to emulate a Soviet-style military parade, which are today associated with authoritarian regimes in China or …

A leftward shift: Communist party USA sees chance as progressives surge

In Chicago, an American party derided and feared for 100 years looked eagerly to a brighter future As the Communist party USA kicked off its 100th anniversary celebration, Jarvis Tyner called for delegates and guests at the national convention in Chicago to set the record straight about one of American politics biggest historical bogeymen. The truth is the communist party isnt out to hurt you, Tyner, vice-chair of CPUSA and its candidate for vice-president in 1972 and 1976, told a large and diverse crowd. It will set you free. The remarks, met with applause, came on the first day of CPUSAs 31st national convention and at a moment in American politics in which democratic socialism and progressive ideas are increasingly …

It’s not enough to break up Big Tech. We need to imagine a better alternative | Evgeny Morozov

Presenting tech companies as Americas greatest menace may appeal to voters, but it does little to chart an alternative future As Facebook all but pleads guilty to a severe form of data addiction, confessing its digital sins and promising to reinvent itself as a privacy-worshiping denizen of the global village, the foundations of Big Techs cultural hegemony appear to be crumbling. Most surprisingly, its in the United States, Silicon Valleys home territory, where they seem to be the weakest. Even in these times of extreme polarization, Trump, who has habitual outbursts against censorship by social media platforms, eagerly joins left-wing politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in presenting Big Tech as Americas greatest menace The recent call by Chris …