Even good old earthquakes, wildfires, and boat capsizings feel simple and wholesome now — innocent, accidental tragedies instead of officially mandated ones.
Anything but this same slow, inexorable drive toward autocracy, barbarism, and extinction, each day’s headline falling like another blow from the truncheon.
There’s a spectrum of possible responses to this onslaught, ranging from addictive immersion to total isolation.
Some of my friends wisely decided after the election to devote themselves to a single issue, so as not to fracture their attention and deplete their energies — a policy that proves hard to implement when you’re trying to dedicate yourself exclusively to, say, climate change, and then the government starts locking children in cages seemingly for sheer, sadistic fun.
Chinese debt has become the methamphetamines of infrastructure finance: highly addictive, readily available, and with long-term negative effects that far outweigh any temporary high.
Why does this matter? Because in Africa and elsewhere, governments have secured massive loans from Beijing using strategic assets—such as oil, minerals, and land rights— as collateral. If borrower nations find themselves unable to repay the loan, China can claim the strategic asset.
Sri Lanka recently learned this the hard way and handed over control of the port of Hambantota, giving China a strategic foothold along a busy trade waterway.
I know of what I speak, because I helped shape the tradition I’m now attacking: I came up in New York’s nascent political blogosphere in the early 2000s, then got a job as part of the launch of Politico, conceived unapologetically as a “needle in the vein of political junkies.”
I broke news every day, for years, on obscure staffers and tactics, and shared my readers’ obsession with the horse race. To my mild discomfort, my colleague Jonathan Martin’s and my blogs were actually illustrated with on-the-nose pen-and-ink caricatures of ourselves sitting on a wooden fence watching a literal horse race.
With vacancies abounding in the White House and more departures on the horizon, there is growing concern among Trump allies that the brain drain at the center of the administration could hardly come at a more perilous time.
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s swirling probe of Russian election interference and potential obstruction of justice by Trump has reached ever closer to the Oval Office, and the upcoming midterm elections could grant his political adversaries the power of subpoena or, more worryingly, the votes to attempt impeachment.
Nine current and former White House staffers and administration allies expressed concerns Thursday that the West Wing is simply unprepared for the potential troubles ahead.
This summer has been defined by “a series of unforced errors that only add to the insecurity about November,” lamented one senior House GOP aide.Things were bad for Trump last summer as well, when he suggested that “both sides” were to blame for violent clashes at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville that left one counterprotester dead and many injured.
But unlike last year, this summer has seen Trump wade into controversy after controversy, distraction after distraction.
The Greensboro-based court also raised the possibility of directing the GOP-dominated legislature to redraw the maps by mid-September so they could be in effect for the fall elections or getting an outside expert to do so. The printing of ballots has been delayed while other fall election matters are in court.
Johns Hopkins’ hiring program for ex-offenders exemplifies a growing trend: hospitals taking on the more fundamental needs of patients, from employment to housing, transportation, proper food and even legal aid.
Research suggests that addressing these and other social and environmental factors may improve the health of traditionally vulnerable populations while cutting costs substantially.
“Between 40 and 60 percent of an individual’s health is determined by things that happen outside the doctor’s office or hospital walls that, traditionally, health care has not touched,” says Kate Sommerfeld, president of social determinants of health for ProMedica, a Toledo, Ohio-based health system serving northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.
Now, that’s changing as hospitals nationwide are tackling some of the leading drivers of health in their communities …