So far, President Trump has acted much like he did in business, starting his initiatives with forceful opening shots. That’s a classic negotiating tactic, and his latest use of it appears to have come in his threat to cut federal funding to California should it declare itself a sanctuary state. “If we have to, we’ll defund. We give tremendous amounts of money to California,” Trump told Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly in an interview that aired on Sunday. “California in many ways is out of control, as you know. ... If they’re going to have sanctuary cities, we may have to do that. Certainly that would be a weapon,” he said. “Obviously, the voters agree or otherwise they wouldn’t have voted for me.” Threatening to cut funding to the nation’s most populous state — and the one with the biggest economy — was Trump’s opening gambit, even though a president cannot unilaterally cut federal funding to a … [Read more...] about Will Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ bravado translate to politics?
At the seminar. (Photo: dangcongsan.vn) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnamese and Lao experts gathered at a seminar held in Hanoi on March 28 to share experience in the operation of the political system. Assoc. Prof Le Quoc Ly, Vice Director of the Ho Chi Minh National Academy of Politics laid stress on the significance of refining the political system in each nation. In the past years, Vietnam and Laos have worked to step by step renew their political systems and renovate the Party’s leadership to build a law-governed socialist state. In Vietnam, functions and competence of the Party’s leadership, the State’s authority and the surveillance of the Vietnam Fatherland Front and other socio-political organisations have been assigned in a more specific manner. The apparatus has been streamlined to become more efficient, Ly noted, adding that Vietnam can learn from Laos’s management decentralisation from central to grassroots levels and personnel work in the election … [Read more...] about Vietnam, Laos exchange experience in political system operation
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.—After the 2016 election, Anna French gave up on politics. The 28-year-old had been in the Javits Center in New York City on election night to hear Hillary Clinton give her victory speech. She was deeply involved in nonprofit circles focused on women’s rights and international development; she and her friends had spent the months leading up to the election trading updates about the landmark presidential race.Then, Clinton lost. “At that point, I had kind of lost hope, like it was a lost cause,” French told me. “I always felt like my vote didn’t count, even though I voted. I always felt like politicians are all the same.”So when her mom, Felicia, floated the idea of running for the Arizona statehouse in 2018, well: “I just didn’t think it was a good idea,” she said. Her mom is always “very optimistic and idealistic,” she said. “I guess I was afraid that politics would be the thing that finally … [Read more...] about National Politics Has Taken Over America
Historic public impeachment proceedings got underway Wednesday, as career diplomats delivered solemn testimony about the Trump administration’s alleged misconduct in Ukraine that they found bewildering and at odds with U.S. interests.As they described a scheme by administration officials and Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, to pressure the Eastern European nation’s president to launch investigations against Democrats that would help Trump in 2020, GOP lawmakers worked to undermine the legitimacy of the hearings.The stark divide – in Congress and among the broader electorate -- over Trump’s alleged misdeeds was on full display in the House hearing room. The committee members snapped at one another about the way Democrats are managing the proceedings and their decision to shield an anonymous whistleblower from public hearings.As they did, the invited witnesses girded for a rough day. Advertisement Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. … [Read more...] about U.S. diplomats describe Trump’s effort to hijack Ukraine policy for his political benefit
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Elected judges, confirmation hearings and politicised appointments are beckoning British politicos love to wallow in American politics. A combination of a common language and a very different culture allow us to enjoy the ongoing succession of dramas and crises of that riven republic vicariously, and from a safe distance. Yet there but for the grace of God we might yet go ourselves. After today’s Supreme Court judgment quashing Boris Johnson’s prorogation of Parliament, it is no longer remotely difficult to imagine how America’s court politics could come to Britain – whether anybody actually wants it to or not. Twitter's public law establishment has already set to work robing today’s developments in the traditional ideology of the Common Law: that there are no innovations, and judges don’t make decisions but instead ‘discover’ what has always, legally, been the case. But it’s different this time. Normally this … [Read more...] about Today’s disastrous ruling will usher in US-style court politics to our legal system