Trump worked to make it easier for oil and gas companies to drill on federal land. The time to get a permit to drill, for example, dropped by more than half. The administration also got rid of so-called master leasing plans, an Obama policy designed to manage drilling in sensitive areas such as national parks. On the campaign trail, Biden said that he would put new fossil leases and permits on federal land on hold on his first day in office, moving forward with new development only if it’s consistent with climate goals. The administration can also begin the review of any prior leases and permits to cancel any that were improperly issued. … [Read more...] about 7 climate actions that Biden could take on his first day
Macys thanksgiving day parade time
On Twitter, Yang admitted that he was partially to blame for the issue (can you imagine a president who accepts partial blame?) in that he is a newcomer to the debate format, which is not a natural one for him, and needed “very specific behaviors that feel very forced.” He promised that he’s a “quick study,” though, and will do better in the next debate, scheduled to take place in Detroit in just 30 days. … [Read more...] about People are mad that Andrew Yang got the least speaking time at the Democratic debate
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
Last fall, Facebook started explicitly banning accounts pushing QAnon, a conspiracy theory that depicts President Trump as a crusader against corrupt politicians involved in a child sex trafficking ring. But QAnon content continued to spread despite these efforts. The social network has again cracked down on QAnon accounts and violent content in the days following the insurrection at the Capitol. It also promised to remove content that includes the phrase “stop the steal,” a false insinuation that the 2020 election was somehow corrupted. Still, experts do not believe these efforts are enough to quell a movement that has been slowly gaining ground for years. … [Read more...] about Deplatforming is working—for now
Why does the courtesy exist? Theoretically, it facilitates past presidents in their work of continuing to further America’s interests. For example, a former president traveling abroad would want to know if, say, their dinner host was covertly undermining the United States. He’d also want to know the status of current closed-door negotiations, to be able to support the policies of the current administration. Can’t do that without a briefing. … [Read more...] about Will Trump keep getting intelligence briefings? Who decides?