Democrats partying like 2006 as Republicans deal with scandals | TheHill


Democrats are partying like it’s 2006, which was the last time they snatched the majority from House Republicans. But August doesn’t tell you much about upcoming elections. Actually, September is when the cruel electoral winds shake loose some House seats.

Source: Democrats partying like 2006 as Republicans deal with scandals | TheHill

Trump, Omarosa, and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language | Vox


Trump’s dehumanizing rhetoric is one more ingredient to potentially make America a more hostile place. The science of dehumanization clearly explains why.

Dehumanization is a mental loophole that allows us to dismiss other people’s feelings and experiences

If you think of murder and torture as universally taboo, then dehumanization of the “other” is a psychological loophole that can justify those acts.

Look back at some of the most tragic episodes in human history and you will find words and images that stripped people of their basic human traits.

During the Nazi era, the film The Eternal Jew depicted Jews as rats.

During the Rwandan genocide, Hutu officials called Tutsis “cockroaches” that needed to be cleared out.

Source: Trump, Omarosa, and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language – Vox

GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape | TheHill


Senate Republican leaders are focused on passing legislation that appeals to independent and swing voters in the final weeks before the midterm elections — instead of throwing red meat to the base of the Republican Party.

It’s a unique strategy from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has publicly acknowledged that Democrats could win back control of the upper chamber this fall. McConnell’s game plan contrasts with the election-year rhetoric and tweets of President Trump, who has highlighted divisive issues such as immigration.

Source: GOP’s midterm strategy takes shape | TheHill

Dems make history in Tuesday’s primaries | TheHill


Democrats have been making history this cycle as more female, LGBT and minority candidates run for Congress — and win.

Republicans have already indicated that they plan to weaponize Medicare for all, arguing that it’ll spook more moderate voters in competitive seats. But Democrats who ran on this platform will ensure that it’ll likely remain a campaign issue — provided they continue to talk about it frequently in a general election.

Source: Dems make history in Tuesday’s primaries | TheHill

As more women run for office, U.S. state legislatures are poised to change | Reuters


Nationally, if women candidates are as successful as they have been for the past two decades – their historic rate of victory is about 60 percent – the number of women in state legislatures could reach an all-time high of about 40 percent, according to an analysis by Reuters of state ballots and historic campaigns.

Source: As more women run for office, U.S. state legislatures are poised to change | Reuters

The West Must Face Reality in Turkey by Richard N. Haass | Project Syndicate


The relationship between Turkey and the West has long been predicated on two principles, neither of which obtains any longer. The first is that Turkey is a part of the West, which implies that it is a liberal democracy. Yet Turkey is neither liberal nor a democracy. It has effectively been subjected to one-party rule under the Justice and Development Party (AKP), and power has become concentrated in the hands of Erdoğan, who is also the AKP’s leader.

Under Erdoğan, checks and balances have largely been eliminated from the Turkish political system, and the president controls the media, the bureaucracy, and the courts. The same failed coup that Erdoğan cites as grounds to imprison Brunson has also served as an excuse for detaining thousands of others. At this point, it is impossible to see how Erdoğan’s Turkey could ever qualify for EU membership.

Source: The West Must Face Reality in Turkey by Richard N. Haass – Project Syndicate

Shares regain footing as lira pulls out of nosedive | Reuters


The rot also stopped for the South African rand, the Russian rouble and the Brazilian real. Argentina’s central bank unexpectedly raised interest rates by 5 percentage points on Monday. Even so, the peso hit a record low.

“These things get very volatile in both directions once you have had a really big move,” Saxo bank’s head of FX strategy John Hardy said. “To suggest this thing is over, you would have to see that Turkey is isolated… I’m not there yet and I don’t think the market is there yet.”

Source: Shares regain footing as lira pulls out of nosedive | Reuters

Turkey crisis deepens as lira hits new low | TheHill


The Turkish lira sunk 7 percent Monday after dropping roughly 20 percent Friday amid growing concerns over the country’s economy and souring ties with western allies. One lira traded as low as $7.24 by Monday afternoon, half of its value from a year ago.

Investors have become increasingly worried about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s stewardship of the country’s economy. Erdoğan’s reluctance to accept higher interest rates amid rampant inflation and mounting foreign debt has spurred fears among analysts that Turkey’s once-vibrant economy could soon crash.

Source: Turkey crisis deepens as lira hits new low | TheHill

Mueller-Trump confrontation over rule of law would make America stronger


By all accounts, Mueller is the opposite of reckless. So it is understandable why he would want to do everything in his power to amicably resolve his “dispute” with Trump over his testimony and avoid the constitutional crisis that calling the president’s bluff and issuing a subpoena would surely bring.

But there is more at stake in this confrontation than determining exactly how the Russians conspired to interfere with a U.S. election. As serious as that is, a threat to the rule of law is even more serious, and that is exactly what we face in Trump’s persistent claims that the president is not subject to the courts.

They say that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger and that’s certainly true with respect to America’s legal institutions.

Those institutions have been shaped through principled confrontation rather than expedient compromise going all the way back to Marbury v. Madison, which firmly established the principle of independent judicial review and is one of the cornerstones of our constitutional system of government.

Source: Mueller-Trump confrontation over rule of law would make America stronger

Dangers to the First Amendment if foreign campaign dirt is criminal | TheHill


In each of these hypotheticals, the information is provided by a foreign national. In each of these hypotheticals, the information is at the core of the First Amendment.

Defenders of the unconstitutionally broad interpretation of this statute might argue that all of the information contained in the above hypotheticals could be given directly to the media, which would then publish it. That may well be true, but if the information was first given to a political candidate or campaign, it could not be transmitted by that candidate or campaign to the media. To do so would be to circumvent the statute by laundering the information through the media.

Source: Dangers to the First Amendment if foreign campaign dirt is criminal | TheHill