Yogesh Deshpande

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Jeff Sessions: a poor, misunderstood man exempt from normal rules | Richard Wolffe

Pity the amnesiac attorney general. The Senate intelligence committee is not the first time his good name has been tarnished by ‘appalling lies’<p>Jeff Sessions is an oft-misunderstood man. Time and again, he has found himself the innocent victim of dishonorable accusations that he, a plainly …

Donald Trump

How the corporate sector is wrecking America’s health—and what to do about it

<i>The Obamacare repeal that passed the House is an unpopular and defective bill that would hurt the poor, the sick, and older workers, by raising deductibles and premiums on health policies for these highly vulnerable groups. Yet there is also a real opportunity in the Senate to make something</i> …

Health Care

I f**king hate science

<b>(AP/Dennis Van Tine)</b><p>Neil deGrasse Tyson’s streamlined astrophysics book and the perils of popular scientism<p>John Semley<p>May 7, 2017 3:00pm (UTC)<p>In late July 2014, a Twitter user named @dogboner posted a photo of a man on a subway train working on his laptop, accompanied by the caption, “Some guy …

Stephen Hawking

Bill Nye says I convinced him that philosophy is not just a load of self-indulgent crap

Bill Nye, the science guy, is now a budding philosopher.<p>It’s a big turnaround for Nye, who last year dismissed philosophy as useless and misguided. That prompted a strong backlash, including a piece that I wrote: “Why are so many smart people such idiots about philosophy?”<p>“Thank you for writing …

Bill Nye

Sanctions, spies, and oligarchs: Putin’s pet bank and its meeting with Jared Kushner

Jared Kushner, US president Donald Trump’s son-in-law, is to be the latest White House official grilled over the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, the New York Times reports (paywall). In December Kushner met with Russian ambassador Sergei Kislyak alongside fired former national security adviser …

You can’t be socially progressive and economically conservative

If you want to be socially progressive, you have to support initiatives that foster social progress, like education equality, women’s health resources, criminal justice reform, universal healthcare, workplace equality, and so on. These initiatives either cost taxpayer money, require governmentally …

High School

Throughout history, the best ways to reduce inequality have been disease and destruction

How do you solve a problem like inequality? Economic policymakers have been grappling with this for a long time, with varying degrees of urgency. The search for solutions has become increasingly serious since the 1980s, when inequality began rising again, recently reaching historic highs.<p>But the …

Income Inequality

West Coast states form a wall against Trump’s reactionary agenda

I went to an inaugural ball a few weeks ago — the one in Washington state, not the one in Washington, D.C. — and got a good sense of the official resistance that is rising on the West Coast against the policies of the new Trump administration.<p>Jay Inslee celebrated the advent of his second term as …

How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind

Self-Care Lessons for the Resistance<p>Since the election, a lot of people not previously involved in activism have jumped in with both feet. The ACLU …

Donald Trump’s use of fascist language forebodes a dark American future

On Jan. 20, US president Donald Trump was sworn in on the steps of the capitol building in Washington DC, and promptly gave a dark and foreboding inaugural speech that depicted a nation in crisis. Pundits and analysts around the world noted Trump’s chest-thumping “America First” rhetoric as …

Donald Trump

Demonetisation: This ‘surgical strike’ has cost the RBI its credibility | analysis

Despite shorter bank queues, the demons of demonetisation will continue to haunt India for a very long time. This decision by Prime Minister Narendra …

India

Don’t set goals for yourself—instead, create systems that make it easy for you to succeed

A lot of my friends are spending the month of January “going dry” or giving up sugar or training for marathons. I can relate. As a Type-A, goal-oriented masochist, I tend to make deeply ambitious New Year’s resolutions each year. Witness Exhibit A: My resolutions from 2016. I’m embarrassed to say …

Project Management

Democrats in the Wilderness

Inside a decimated party’s not-so-certain revival strategy.<p><b>Standing with some 30,000 people in front of</b> Independence Hall in Philadelphia the night before the election watching Hillary Clinton speak, exhausted aides were already worrying about what would come next. They expected her to win, of …

Government

Why Trump Can't Let Go

He has a lot more than money wrapped up in his self-named business.<p>When Donald Trump stood up in front of a throng of reporters as well as loyal, cheering paid staffers Wednesday at Trump Tower in New York, there was the theatrical stack of folders of papers on the table next to the lectern, and …

The GOP will never find a plan it likes more than Obamacare—and Republicans can never admit it

With Barack Obama in his final days in the Oval Office, congressional Republicans on Jan 11. set in motion the process to repeal his signature healthcare law. But in Obama’s farewell address earlier this week, he took a moment to call the GOP’s bluff. “[If] anyone can put together a plan that is …

Health Care

How One Video Game Unflinchingly Tackles Racism With History And Raw Interactions

It's 1968 in New Bordeaux, La. On the surface all looks tranquil as you drive through the bustling city in your red Pontiac, tapping your foot to Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang."<p>But as you take a sharp left down a winding back alley, an alarming sight gives you pause. Behind you, trucks painted with the …

Corporate giants like Apple and Alphabet sucked the life out of tech in 2016—but they won’t last forever

Technology concentrates power. The great Maciej Ceglowski warned us of this three years ago, in his epic talk/essay Our Comrade the Electron. But this year, more than ever, we learned how true this concept really is. Paradoxically, as more and more people reap the benefits of modern technology, the …

Startups

This Is What It’s Like to Read Fake News For Two Weeks

I lived Michael Flynn Jr.'s media diet so you wouldn’t have to.<p>A few weeks ago, perplexed by the persistence of fake news, I attempted to think like someone I wasn’t. On December 13, I created a dummy Twitter account. More of a clone, actually. I chose to emulate Michael Flynn Jr., the 33-year-old …

Liberals risk becoming a permanent minority in America | Daniel T Rodgers

Faced with an existential threat, here are the things they must do to reinvent themselves<p>What will liberalism do in the new, terrifying world the 2016 election has inaugurated? More than any other presidential election in a century, its outcome turned not on issues but on resentment and alienation. …

Political Science

Barack Obama: I'm 'confident' I could have won a third term as president

The president claimed in an interview that most Americans still have progressive politics<p>Barack Obama has said he believes he would have won a third term in office were he eligible to run in the 2016 presidential election, while also casting a skeptical eye at the UK Labour party under Jeremy …

Progressive causes see 'unprecedented' upswing in donations after US election

One man wrote a check for $10,000 to an organization that helps women get elected to office, saying he was “embarrassed” that Donald Trump won the presidential election.<p>Someone else walked into the office of an organization advocating for immigrant rights and handed over a bag of cash he had just …

Dear Mr. Obama: You Are Still the President

In the four weeks since the election, which seem like four centuries, Donald Trump has dominated the news and done real strategic and economic damage with his stream of intemperate tweets. For a reckoning of the chaos that his tweets about Taiwan and China have already induced, please see these</i> …

Facebook’s walled wonderland is inherently incompatible with news

• Facebook is above all an advertising machine. A fantastic one. I encourage everyone to explore its spectacular advertising interface and, even better, to spend a few bucks to boost a post, or build an ad. Its power, reach, granularity, and overall efficiency are dizzying.<br>• Facebook’s revenue system …

Digital Advertising

The unbearable sadness of being Taiwan, a liberal island other democracies refuse to talk to

An island, a territory, a self-governing entity, a renegade province, a breakaway part of China, the place formerly known as Formosa—call Taiwan any of those things, but never a country, a state, or a nation.<p>The simple fact that it took a phone call between US president-elect Donald Trump and …

China

Donald Trump’s infrastructure plan won’t work while he’s president

• The right kind of infrastructure spending will take several years to have any perceptible economic impact; there is no instant gratification here, given the nature of projects and the current low level of US unemployment.<br>• Interest rates are rising in anticipation of such spending, making borrowing …

Donald Trump

Stephen Hawking: Automation and AI is going to decimate middle class jobs

In a column in The Guardian, the world-famous physicist wrote that "the automation of factories has already decimated jobs in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job destruction deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative …

Artificial Intelligence

World leaders beware: a photo with Trump will expose your soul | Stuart Heritage

Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, Barack Obama and Nigel Farage are all destined to be remembered for how they looked when they were photographed with the president-elect<p>You could get lost in that photo of Donald Trump and Mitt Romney, couldn’t you? Every time you look at it, another new detail rises to …

Elizabeth Warren is demanding to know whether taxpayers are getting their money’s worth from Trump’s transition

Senator Elizabeth Warren is demanding answers about a Trump transition that she sees as in chaos. Warren, along with Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings, sent a letter on Wednesday, Nov. 23 to the comptroller general of the Government Accountability Office to request a review of the transition. …

Under Donald Trump, the US will no longer be the beacon of the free world | Richard Wolffe

Other nations look to America as an example. The president-elect’s attitude to his business interests won’t help efforts to spread good governance<p>Somehow Donald Trump manages to dumb down everything. Somehow he manages to lower the bar to the point where he can play by a different set of rules. And …