Elizabeth Warren's latest fight with Facebook over allegations of censorship is the latest piece of evidence that Democrats running for president see big tech companies as enemies of the progressive agenda, rather than the allies they once were. Warren’s complaint last week that the social media giant "has too much power" might have been a shock coming from a prominent Democrat just a few years ago, when Barack Obama’s public appearances with CEOs like Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey were typical for a party seeking to boost its appeal to tech-savvy young voters. Story Continued Below But this year’s Democratic presidential field is sounding a much different message — from Bernie Sanders’ complaints about Amazon’s wages and tax avoidance to Amy Klobuchar’s pledge to enact data privacy laws. The hard turn against the technology industry from prominent Democrats represents a major cultural change in the party — and a real … [Read more...] about Why liberals and big tech companies broke up
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President Donald Trump on Friday signed a deal for far less money than he wanted to start to put up a tiny fraction of a slat-fence variety of the long-promised border wall he says he’s been building but hasn’t. It was clearly a loss. He still called it a win. “Nobody’s done the job that we’ve done on the border,” Trump said in the midst of his meandering Rose Garden remarks. “No matter the money, we’re getting it done. Whether it’s $8 billion or $2 billion or $1 1/2 billion, it’s going to build a lot of wall. We’re getting it done.”Story Continued Below Trump declaring a national emergency on the Mexican border: a first. Trump painting over inconvenient facts: not at all a first. His whole life, from courtrooms and boardrooms in New York to the suites and the jangling halls of his casinos in New Jersey to his unlikely political ascent and now his two-plus haywire years in the White House, Trump unceasingly has … [Read more...] about Can Trump Spin a Wall From Nothing?
The night before last week’s National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump was hosting religious leaders and lawmakers for dinner at the White House when he spotted Democratic Senator Chris Coons — and pounced. Trump confronted the Delaware lawmaker — who attended the event as the Prayer Breakfast’s official Democratic co-chair — over the issue of abortion, creating a tense scene in the White House’s Blue Room, according to three sources familiar with the exchange.Story Continued Below Trump leaned in close to Coons, who calls himself “a practicing Christian and a devout Presbyterian,” and laced into the Democratic senator over controversial moves to change statewide policies on abortion that have roiled New York and Virginia politics in recent weeks. “He was in his face about it,” said one person familiar with the exchange. The person described Trump as extremely “worked up.” “He saw a Democrat in the … [Read more...] about ‘He was in his face’: Trump fumes over abortion, courts evangelicals
Karen Matthews, Associated Press Updated 6:40 am PST, Sunday, January 27, 2019 In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, photo Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks during a public advocate candidate's forum at the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York. Mark-Viverito is considered a front runner in the field of 22 candidates seeking to succeed Letitia James as New York City's public advocate. less In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, photo Melissa Mark-Viverito speaks during a public advocate candidate's forum at the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York. Mark-Viverito is ... more Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Photo: Mary Altaffer, AP Image 1 of / 10 Caption Close Image 1 of 10 In this Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019, photo Melissa … [Read more...] about New York pols vie to become city’s official ‘loudmouth’
Todd Spangler Detroit Free Press Published 6:00 AM EST Jan 25, 2019 WASHINGTON — Yes, she called the president of the United States a less-than-respectful name that got her national attention. And, yes, she thinks boycotting Israel in the name of helping Palestinians gain better living conditions is protected by the First Amendment. She’s aware that hundreds of thousands of people have signed a petition for her own impeachment — and that’s just in the mere three weeks since she was sworn into Congress. But none of this is what U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib wants to talk about. She wants to talk about car insurance. “My district has some of the highest car insurance rates in the country,” Tlaib said, launching into a gripe well known to anyone who lives in Detroit about costs and the fact that credit scores are used to help set insurance rates, which can hurt people with limited finances or bad credit. “One of the … [Read more...] about Rashida Tlaib’s had quite the month; here’s what’s next