• December 7, 2021

get ready for a campaign on freedom and hope

Josh Frydenberg has been busy. Yesterday, the treasurer made nine media appearances, for a total of 24 in the past week. Each time, Frydenberg returned to the same phrase: If he was not vaccinated at 70 or 80%, when? “If we don’t open up to 70, 80%, [insert name of host], when do we open?…

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ISIS Terror Threats Threaten Afghanistan Evacuation, Pentagon Assessment Warns

The window for evacuation is narrowing due to new threats, the assessment indicates, a possible motivation for the military to conclude its operation before the weekend, one of the sources said. Defense Department officials told congressional staff on Tuesday that they are trying to mitigate the threats as best as possible, according to a source.…

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Proud Boys frontman now says he’s not proud of his crimes – Mother Jones

Proud Boys frontman Enrique Tarrio during a rally in Portland, Oregon on September 26, 2020Dinner Allison / AP Fight against misinformation. Get a daily summary of the facts that matter. Sign up for free Mother jones Newsletter. Enrique Tarrio, the boastful “president” of the violent far-right group known as the Proud Boys, says he is…

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Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly are dangerous – ignore their buffoonery

It may seem that Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly have a lot of money and little common sense, but their anti-vaccine quackery will put the lives of Australians at risk. (Images: AAP) On Monday, two of the fiercest forces in Australian politics combined to contest the upcoming federal elections. Former Liberal MP Craig Kelly announced…

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Recall the Recall | Monthly Washington

This reform of the Progressive Era only serves to create mischief in our hyperpartisan era. August 23, 2021 | 2:00 PM California Governor Gavin Newsom speaks to reporters at Carl B. Munck Elementary School in Oakland, California, on August 11, 2021 (Santiago Mejia / San Francisco Chronicle via AP, Pool, File) The progressives of the…

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Merkel’s Conservatives Hit All-Time Low In Polls As Elections Approach – POLITICO

Things are not looking good for Germany’s conservative alliance just five weeks before Election Day, as it fell to all-time lows in a new poll. In a poll published early Sunday morning, the conservative alliance of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and the Christian Social Union (CSU) fell three percentage points, placing on par with…

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Airlift from Afghanistan Continues Amid Widespread Threats and Criticism: Mother Jones

US Marines confront Afghans waiting to join evacuees at Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport.Lance Cpl. Nicholas Guevara / US Marine Corps via AP Fight against misinformation. Get a daily summary of the facts that matter. Sign up for free Mother jones Newsletter. Amid threats, delays, chaotic scenes and a cascade of criticism, the US military…

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Texas’ assault on transgender rights

Gage Skidmore / Flickr FOr just a moment in late May, ACLU of Texas defender Adri Perez felt able to breathe. A Republican-dominated state legislature had introduced about 30 anti-transgender bills. A bill limited the participation of trans people in youth sports. Another classified as “child abuse” gender affirming surgeries for youth. But the legislative…

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The battle for the pandemic is fraught with false hopes, secrets, and mysteries.

So many people, bodies, and businesses framed as critical to our response to the pandemic have dramatically faded or quietly faded away. (Image: Private Media / Gorkie) Remember the National COVID-19 Commission? Scott Morrison’s handpicked group of business leaders who were supposed to help guide us through the pandemic, but disappeared from sight after talking…

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Sorry, you cut there: Elections in the COVID era

What can a politician do when he can’t shake a hand, kiss a baby, or, as the Prime Minister apparently likes to do, balance an acrobatic child on his palms? The answer is the same unfortunate virtual reality that thousands of home-based workers have faced in the past 18 months: Zoom calls. The leaders are…

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