As Biden must realize, this is the last moment when his term could still be anything. It might be one depressing capitulation after another, with the saving grace of just getting past the pandemic. It might be a shockingly progressive success, in which a historically diverse coterie of advisers and outside activists nudge him out of a centrist bubble and into the realm of making a substantive difference in people’s lives. (Either way, Republican politicians and pundits will react by rediscovering that deficit-spending is Bad, and railing against the scourge of gaffes.) … [Read more...] about What looking back at Trump’s inauguration tells us about Biden’s presidency
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The study comes as regulators and social media companies consider how to reform social media in the wake of this month’s Capitol riot in Washington, D.C., and the reputation platforms have built for triggering addictive behavior and political division. Its goal is to create a set of criteria that platform designers and the public can look at as they consider how to build social media that can be popular, inclusive, and beneficial. While social media sites function in many ways like traditional public spaces such as parks or town squares, most weren’t designed with civic good or societal well-being in mind, the researchers argue. … [Read more...] about These 14 principles could help big platforms create healthier social media
It’s hard to transition from one day knowing the world’s intelligence secrets to the next day being all alone in America, pocketing $400,000 speaking fees and tens of millions in book deal cash. To soften the blow, former presidents continue to receive intelligence briefings and access to classified information. Except today’s outgoing president is . . . different. Here are a few things to know as Donald Trump leaves the White House for the last time. … [Read more...] about Will Trump keep getting intelligence briefings? Who decides?
Is the $1,400 figure definite? Nothing’s definite! This is America in 2021. Both sides of the aisle support stimulus checks for coronavirus relief, and economic distress is on the upswing, so $1,400 checks may well hold, or they may even go higher: Republicans, including Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, have pushed for $2,000 checks. Anything could happen, though. … [Read more...] about Biden stimulus update: What the new president and Senate could mean for third checks
"I made this record in isolation during quarantine. It was a weird year, but I tried to capture that feeling. I hope you get a chance to check it out, I can send a download if you'd prefer." https://t.co/hgxKfPlUx1 … [Read more...] about The internet has hilarious guesses about the letter Trump reportedly left for Biden