Republicans Want to ‘Harden’ Schools. That’s an Awful Euphemism.

Preparing schools to repel and return gunfire isn’t a mature society’s response.

#cruz-ted, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #presidential-election-of-2020, #robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Gov. Greg Abbott Is Leading Texas for Only a Sliver of Texans

What about the millions of us in the state who are not hard-right Republicans?

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cruz-ted, #houston-tex, #mass-shootings, #patrick-dan-1950, #republican-party, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Gov. Greg Abbott Has a Lot of Nerve

Republican leaders can’t be “livid” over massacres they’ve done nothing to prevent.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cruz-ted, #gun-control, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mass-shootings, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #trump-donald-j-jr, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Uvalde Needs Our Prayers After the Robb Elementary School Shooting

“In prayer, I find the answers I need or the strength I need.”

#christians-and-christianity, #cruz-ted, #grief-emotion, #gun-control, #internal-sub-only-nl, #ministers-protestant, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Debate Over Guns Unfolds in Uvalde, a Rural Texas Town in Grief

Guns are a central part of life in Uvalde, yet the deaths of 19 children and two teachers have opened rifts.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cruz-ted, #el-paso-tex-shooting-2019, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

When the Cost of Liberty Is the Occasional Massacre

Conservatives need to explain their logic on gun safety.

#cruz-ted, #firearms, #gun-control, #internal-sub-only-nl, #republican-party, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Fact-Checking Trump and Cruz at the N.R.A. Convention

The former president and the Texas senator made inaccurate or misleading claims about the efficacy of gun restrictions, gun ownership trends and school shootings.

#cruz-ted, #firearms, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

At N.R.A. Convention, the Blame Is on ‘Evil,’ Not Guns

Above all else, activists and politicians at the gathering sought to divert pressure to support popular overhauls like expanded background checks by seizing on the issue of school safety.

#cruz-ted, #firearms, #gun-control, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #trump-donald-j, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Abbott Drops Out of NRA Convention, but Trump, Cruz and Others to Speak

Gov. Greg Abbott canceled plans for an in-person appearance at the event, but former President Donald Trump was among those still scheduled to speak.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cornyn-john, #crenshaw-dan-1984, #cruz-ted, #gun-control, #houston-tex, #lapierre-wayne, #national-rifle-assn, #noem-kristi, #trump-donald-j, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

For the N.R.A. and Trump, the Show Must Go On in Texas

In a sign that it’s never “too soon” to glorify guns, G.O.P. leaders are gathering in Texas to wallow in that orgy of gun fetishism known as the N.R.A.’s annual convention.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #cruz-ted, #gun-control, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #trump-donald-j, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

When It Comes to Gun Control, Will ‘Baby Steps’ Fix Anything?

Nicholas Kristof, Frank Smyth and Kara Swisher discuss what effective gun control looks like, and whether the N.R.A. will ever let it happen.

#audio-neutral-informative, #cruz-ted, #gun-control, #kristof-nicholas-d, #smyth-frank-author, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Group Seeks Disbarment of Ted Cruz Over Efforts to Overturn 2020 Election

A group trying to hold lawyers accountable for their efforts to keep Donald Trump in power after his election loss filed a complaint against the Republican senator with the Texas bar association.

#cruz-ted, #presidential-election-of-2020, #senate, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Supreme Court Rules for Ted Cruz in Campaign Finance Case

The Texas senator challenged a federal law that put a $250,000 cap on repayments of candidates’ loans to their campaigns using postelection contributions.

#campaign-finance, #corruption-institutional, #cruz-ted, #federal-election-commission, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

What DeSantis and His Republican Allies Are Doing Will Have Grave Costs

Discarding core commitments is not a small concession to changing times but an abject desecration of everything the G.O.P. long claimed to believe.

#carlson-tucker, #citizens-united, #citizens-united-v-federal-election-commission-supreme-court-decision, #conservatism-us-politics, #corporations, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #shapiro-benjamin-a-1984, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vance-j-d

How Tucker Carlson Reshaped Fox News — and Became Trump’s Heir

As the host turned a civil war at Fox to his advantage, he found himself at the forefront of the nativist forces transforming conservative politics.

#ailes-roger-e, #black-lives-matter-movement, #brimelow-peter, #carlson-tucker, #cnn, #conservatism-us-politics, #conspiracy-theories, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-ted, #daily-caller-the, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fox-business-network, #fox-news-channel, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #hannity-sean, #illegal-immigration, #kelly-megyn, #lindell-mike, #maccallum-martha, #murdoch-rupert, #neff-blake, #news-and-news-media, #obama-barack, #pittsburgh-pa-shooting-2018, #project-democracy, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #scott-suzanne, #smith-shepard, #soros-george, #stirewalt-chris, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

The Ohio Primary and the Return of the Republican Civil War

How the divides of the party’s 2016 primary campaign have risen fully to the surface again.

#cheney-liz, #club-for-growth, #conservatism-us-politics, #cruz-ted, #elections-senate, #haley-nikki-r, #house-freedom-caucus, #mcconnell-mitch, #midterm-elections-2022, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2016, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #rubio-marco, #senate, #tax-cuts-and-jobs-act-2017, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr, #vance-j-d

Mike and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

They profess to be constitutional conservatives. But that isn’t quite the whole story.

#conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #cruz-ted, #lee-michael-s-1971, #peril-book, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

Oh, Josh & Marsha & Ted & Lindsey … Sorry, Judge Jackson

At every stage, the nominee comported herself with professionalism, grace and dignity — the precise opposite of what we witnessed from some of the Republican lawmakers involved.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #blackburn-marsha, #cotton-tom, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #cruz-ted, #graham-lindsey, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ginni Thomas’s Texts Show Why Our Democracy Is in Danger  

The messages are a terrifying glimpse into the right’s madness.

#cruz-ted, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meadows-mark-r-1959, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #thomas-virginia-lamp, #trump-donald-j

Putin and the Myths of Western Decadence

Are we losing the traditional values that really matter?

#carlson-tucker, #cruz-ted, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #thomas-virginia-lamp, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Republican Senators Play the QAnon Game

On the dishonest questioning during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings.

#conspiracy-theories, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #graham-lindsey, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #qanon, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #supreme-court-us

Jimmy Kimmel: Ted Cruz ‘Outslimed Himself’ This Week

Kimmel happily reported that the children’s book Cruz singled out to make a point about race at the Senate hearings for President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee this week became a No. 1 best seller.

#cruz-ted, #desusmero-tv-program, #fallon-jimmy, #jimmy-kimmel-live-tv-program, #kimmel-jimmy, #television, #the-tonight-show-tv-program

Ted Cruz’s Daughters Attend a Private School That Is ‘Antiracist’

The Texas senator aggressively questioned Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson this week for serving on the board of a school “overflowing with critical race theory.”

#critical-race-theory, #cruz-ted, #discrimination, #education-k-12, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #race-and-ethnicity, #senate, #supreme-court-us

The Respectful Supreme Court Hearing That Wasn’t

Republicans’ hostile interrogation of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and relentless re-litigating of past Supreme Court feuds marred a historic moment.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #blackburn-marsha, #booker-cory-a, #cotton-tom, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #cruz-ted, #durbin-richard-j, #graham-lindsey, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #mcconnell-mitch, #republican-party, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Critics of Jackson’s Child Sex Abuse Sentences Backed Judges With Similar Records

Republican senators criticized Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for imposing sentences lower than prosecutor recommendations in child sexual abuse cases. Other nominees had done the same thing.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #graham-lindsey, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #senate, #sex-crimes, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Takeaways From Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Confirmation Hearings

Republicans fired off an array of political attacks, and Democrats got through their biggest hurdle to swearing in the first Black woman on the Supreme Court.

#blackburn-marsha, #booker-cory-a, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #durbin-richard-j, #graham-lindsey, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #politics-and-government, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Caught in a Culture War, Georgetown Day School Holds Fast to Its Mission

After Republicans attacked the school during Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, parents, students and alumni said they firmly embraced its values.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #black-people, #conservatism-us-politics, #critical-race-theory, #cruz-ted, #georgetown-day-school-washington-dc, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-party, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Where, In This Senate Circus, Is Ketanji Brown Jackson?

Her Supreme Court nomination hearing is a digressively ugly free-for-all.

#cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #sasse-benjamin-e, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #the-1619-project-a-new-origin-story-book, #trump-donald-j-jr

During Supreme Court Hearings, Ted Cruz Invokes Dr. King, and Scholars See a Familiar Distortion

In the confirmation hearings of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, the senator cited the famous “I Have a Dream” speech to suggest King would have opposed race-conscious policies.

#1776-commission, #affirmative-action, #critical-race-theory, #cruz-ted, #hemmer-nicole, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #kendi-ibram-x, #race-and-ethnicity, #shelby-tommie, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Poised Supreme Court Nominee, and ‘Nasty Politicians’

Readers were impressed by Judge Jackson’s performance in the face of G.O.P. senators’ attacks. Also: Troops’ mental health; Trump and Ukraine; supporting teachers.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blackburn-marsha, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #education-k-12, #graham-lindsey, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #manafort-paul-j, #mental-health-and-disorders, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #suicides-and-suicide-attempts, #supreme-court-us, #teachers-and-school-employees, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

Pledging to ‘Stay in My Lane,’ Jackson Defends Her Record

As Republicans suggested she was soft on crime, particularly when it came to child sexual abuse, and an extremist on matters of race, the Supreme Court nominee pushed back.

#courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-and-criminals, #cruz-ted, #durbin-richard-j, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #republican-party, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #sex-crimes, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Ketanji Brown Jackson Faces GOP Attacks on Race and Crime

Grilling Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first Black woman nominated to the Supreme Court, conservative senators painted her as a jurist who had coddled criminals and embraced “woke” education.

#black-people, #child-pornography, #critical-race-theory, #cruz-ted, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #qanon, #race-and-ethnicity, #republican-national-committee, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Opioids, Chronic Pain and Addiction

Readers respond to a guest essay by Maia Szalavitz about the opioid crisis. Also: The Republicans and the Ukraine war.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #opioids-and-opiates, #pain, #republican-party, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-politics-and-government

These Senators Grilling Judge Jackson Have Ambitions Beyond Senate

Four of the senators on the panel grilling Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson are known to have dreams beyond the walls of the U.S. Senate.

#cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jackson-ketanji-brown-1970, #presidential-election-of-2024, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #sasse-benjamin-e, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government

Trucker Protest Moved by More Than Opposition to Covid Mandates

The demonstrators camped outside Washington are rallying against Covid restrictions, but are fueled by a far broader set of right-wing grievances.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #hagerstown-md, #health-and-human-services-department, #kennedy-robert-f-jr, #masks, #republican-party, #sullivan-daniel-scott-1964, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youngkin-glenn-a

Republicans Once Silent on Russia Ratchet Up Attacks on Biden

Even as they praise the bipartisan congressional response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Republicans are increasingly eager to blame President Biden for the devastation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #kennedy-john-neely, #republican-party, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #united-states-politics-and-government

War in Ukraine Rallies Support in Congress for More Military Spending

A bipartisan consensus in Congress to increase the Pentagon’s budget is growing stronger as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has created a sense of insecurity.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #defense-department, #federal-budget-us, #house-of-representatives, #luria-elaine-goodman, #malinowski-tom, #omar-ilhan, #putin-vladimir-v, #risch-james-e, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #senate, #slotkin-elissa, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government, #young-todd-1972

Some Takeaways From Texas’s 2022 Primary Elections

Republicans’ turnout swamped Democrats’, while progressives claimed wins in the first elections of the 2022 midterms.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cisneros-jessica, #cruz-ted, #cuellar-henry, #democratic-party, #elections, #house-of-representatives, #orourke-beto, #republican-party, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

CPAC: A Bacchanal of Right-Wing Pageantry, Passion and Grievance

CPAC was once about conservatism. Now it’s just Trump. 

#conservatism-us-politics, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #guilfoyle-kimberly, #nunes-devin-g, #patel-kashyap, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2024, #schlapp-matt-1967, #trump-donald-j, #trump-donald-j-jr

Uproar Over ‘Crack Pipes’ Puts Biden Drug Strategy at Risk

President Biden has made “harm reduction” a central pillar of his plan to fight a record number of drug-related deaths, but a conservative backlash is threatening the effort.

#addiction-psychology, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cocaine-and-crack-cocaine, #cotton-tom, #cruz-ted, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #hypodermic-needles-and-syringes, #manchin-joe-iii, #united-states-politics-and-government, #west-virginia

Unable to Agree on Russia Sanctions Bill, Senate Settles for a Statement

A bipartisan push to pass the “mother of all sanctions” collapsed after Republicans insisted on imposing broad penalties before an invasion and Democrats, backing the White House, refused.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #law-and-legislation, #menendez-robert, #putin-vladimir-v, #risch-james-e, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Biden Is Right to Nominate a Black Woman to the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court must be an representative institution in touch with all of American life.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #arizona, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #bork-robert-h, #brennan-william-j, #conservatism-us-politics, #cruz-ted, #discrimination, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #law-schools, #legal-profession, #oconnor-sandra-day, #race-and-ethnicity, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #senate, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #women-and-girls

Supreme Court Seems Ready to Back Ted Cruz on Campaign Finance

Mr. Cruz challenged a federal law that caps repayments of loans from candidates to their campaigns from postelection contributions.

#campaign-finance, #cruz-ted, #senate, #supreme-court-us

Welcome to the ‘Well, Now What?’ Stage of the Story

It’s been a very long year for Joe Biden. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #buttigieg-pete-1982, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #harris-kamala-d, #presidential-election-of-2024, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

New Sanctions for Russian Gas Pipeline Fall Short in Senate

The measure pitted Ukraine’s president, who was pushing for the penalties, against the Biden administration, which successfully lobbied Democrats to oppose them.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cruz-ted, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #senate, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zelensky-volodymyr

Was the Jan. 6 Attack on the Capitol an Act of ‘Terrorism’?

A sharp rebuke of Senator Ted Cruz by the Fox News host Tucker Carlson has heightened a legal and semantic debate over a charged term.

#carlson-tucker, #cruz-ted, #fox-news-channel, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

Germany Wants Its Russian Pipeline. German Allies Aren’t Sure It’s a Good Idea.

The Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany pipeline could offer plentiful natural gas. But tensions with Vladimir Putin are keeping it out of reach.

#cruz-ted, #energy-and-power, #europe, #gazprom, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-2, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine

Deal With Ted Cruz Sets Stage for Russia Pipeline Fight in Early 2022

The Texas Republican leveraged his obstruction of diplomatic nominees into a Senate vote that could complicate President Biden’s efforts to defend Ukraine.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #burns-r-nicholas, #cruz-ted, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #pipelines, #putin-vladimir-v, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Republicans, Basking in Tuesday’s Victories, Diverge on What Comes Next

Looming over a gathering of Jewish conservatives in Las Vegas were questions about whether former President Donald J. Trump should remain the face of the party.

#christie-christopher-j, #conservatism-us-politics, #cruz-ted, #desantis-ron, #las-vegas-nev, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-election-of-2024, #republican-jewish-coalition, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

The Voters Democrats Say Are Crucial to Flipping Texas

Young people who are unregistered or do not vote consistently are the focus of an ambitious new push to turn Texas blue, a long-elusive goal for Democrats.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #campaign-finance, #cruz-ted, #democratic-party, #houston-tex, #jackson-lee-sheila, #mcallen-tex, #midterm-elections-2022, #orourke-beto, #steyer-thomas-f, #texas