Israeli politics is being dragged into the grubby realm of reality TV

As Benjamin Netanyahu demands a televised showdown with his corruption accusers and Roseanne Barr prepares to address the Knesset, the poverty of public discourse is never more apparent by Jonathan Cook Jan 13, 2019 Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu commandeered the country’s airwaves last week in what many assumed would prove a moment of profound … Continue reading Israeli politics is being dragged into the grubby realm of reality TV

Kamala Harris’ Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

The senator’s new book shows the difficulty of translating short-form virality into a substantive text. by Hannah Giorgis Atlantic Jan 11, 2019 The Truths We Hold: An American Journey BY KAMALA HARRIS PENGUIN PRESS Depending on whom you ask, Kamala Harris is either a hip Hillary Clinton or a political Beyoncé. Since the election of Donald Trump, … Continue reading Kamala Harris’ Political Memoir Is an Uneasy Fit for the Digital Era

The Wall (Echochamber Friday)

It's ah... Echochamber Monday because we forgot to do it Friday. So we don't become frogs in a well, let's see how the other half lives by intentionally reading some stuff we wouldn't ordinarily read. Everyone is talking about the wall and the accompanying government shutdown these days. What are they saying? First Law of … Continue reading The Wall (Echochamber Friday)

The downside of doing good with a market mindset

  by David Campbell Conversation Jan 10, 2019 Billionaires made some eye-popping donations in 2018. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced plans to spend US$2 billion to help the homeless and create a network of free preschools. Media mogul and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pledged $1.8 billion to Johns Hopkins University, his alma mater. … Continue reading The downside of doing good with a market mindset

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Takes the Democrats Back to the Future

Isaac Chotiner interviews This month, Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives, after their sweeping electoral victory in November. And the biggest political stories in the country, aside from the fight over Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, have focused on the unabashedly leftist members of the incoming class of House freshmen. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has … Continue reading Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Takes the Democrats Back to the Future

New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics

The Integrity Initiative mobilized an international disinformation campaign across Europe. Now, with government and right-wing foundation money, this massive “political smear unit” is infiltrating the US. By Max Blumenthal and Mark Ames GrayZone Jan 8, 2019 A bombshell domestic spy scandal has been unfolding in Britain, after hacked internal communications exposed a covert UK state … Continue reading New Documents Reveal a Covert British Military-Intelligence Smear Machine Meddling In American Politics

That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist

by  Philip Bump  Washington Post Jan 9, 2019 The revelation on Tuesday that Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, shared polling data with a colleague in Ukraine who had ties to Russian intelligence predictably kicked up a furor of speculation about the significance of the move. This is what one of the Russia-Trump collusion scenarios looks like: … Continue reading That sophisticated, specific Russian 2016 voter targeting effort doesn’t seem to exist