So if convicted, Trump can never be president again? The Senate would need to convict him with a two-thirds majority vote, and follow that with a 50% majority vote to prevent him from holding future office. This is attractive to the many Republican senators who want to run for president themselves in 2024, and don’t want to face Trump. According to the New York Times, it is also attractive to none other than Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who is said to want Trump the hell out of the Republican party. (In a letter to his party this week, McConnell clarified that he has “not made a final decision” on how he will vote, and will do so at the trial.) … [Read more...] about Smart talking points: What happens next with President Trump’s impeachment?
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But Trump and his most radicalized supporters finally crossed a line that put Silicon Valley fortunes in jeopardy. Customers were shocked, employees were outraged, advertisers were coming under pressure. Tech companies—including Stripe, Reddit, Twitch, Shopify, and Snapchat—launched a preemptive strike to limit insurrectionist activity on their platforms and inoculate themselves from criticism. For some, ideology may have been a contributing factor. But the timing speaks volumes. Why now, instead of after Charlottesville or “stand back and stand by“? … [Read more...] about Too little, too late: The cynical calculus of banning Donald Trump
When you’re counting on a chunk of money from the government, few statements are more frustrating than “the check’s in the mail,” but that’s essentially what the Internal Revenue Service has been telling taxpayers over the last nine days who are still waiting for their $600 stimulus checks. … [Read more...] about IRS stimulus checks: Painfully slow mailed-out payments frustrate many Americans
For instance, it’s hard to talk about any application of technology in 2020 without addressing the coronavirus pandemic. This was among the motivating factors behind the launch of AI Cures, an MIT initiative that brings together researchers in machine learning and life sciences to accelerate the speed with which antivirals can be identified, evaluated, and ultimately deployed. Its applications in the face of COVID-19 are obvious, but its broader goal of elevating our defense against pathogens of all kinds will remain relevant long after the challenges of the present moment are behind us. In addition to its core research mission, the group has organized impressively inclusive events in recent months, providing a venue for presenters with backgrounds in computer science, infectious disease, cardiology, synthetic biology, and many others. … [Read more...] about An artificial intelligence scholar urges technologists to embrace humility