Joan Didion, Conservative

Why I am drawn to Didion’s earlier work and its ambiguities.

#als-hilton, #bacharach-jacob-b-1981, #books-and-literature, #bush-george-w, #california, #cancel-culture, #chappelle-dave, #conservatism-us-politics, #didion-joan, #mailer-norman, #naipaul-v-s, #new-york-review-of-books, #orange-county-calif, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #rowling-j-k, #sacramento-calif, #substack-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #writing-and-writers

2021’s Overlooked Economic Recovery

A closer look at a recovery for the record books.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #inflation-economics, #internal-sub-only-nl, #international-trade-and-world-market, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #supply-chain, #unemployment, #united-states-economy

Do We Have the Supreme Court We Deserve?

It has become a willing participant in a war for the soul of the country.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #arizona, #barrett-amy-coney, #breyer-stephen-g, #conservatism-us-politics, #gorsuch-neil-m, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #kennedy-anthony-m, #maine, #mississippi, #oconnor-sandra-day, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #senate, #souter-david-h, #stevens-john-paul, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #thomas-clarence, #trump-donald-j, #voting-rights-act-1965

How the 2020s Economy Could Resemble the 1980s

It depends on whether Jerome Powell at the Fed can pull a reverse Paul Volcker.

#federal-reserve-system, #inflation-economics, #powell-jerome-h, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-economy, #volcker-paul-a

Senate Confirms Biden’s 40th Judge, Tying a Reagan-Era Record

President Biden saw more of his judicial nominees confirmed in his first year than any president since Ronald Reagan. The Senate confirmed 18 federal judges in Donald Trump’s first year.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #democratic-party, #federal-courts-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #schumer-charles-e, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

What the New Right Sees

Why an alienated movement sees American life more clearly than its rivals.

#conservatism-us-politics, #national-conservatism-conference, #politics-and-government, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #sanders-bernard, #trump-donald-j

Kim Abeles Turns the Climate Crisis Into Eco-art

She doesn’t just make art about pollution, she makes art out of it. Now her “Smog Collectors” series is on view at California State University, Fullerton.

#air-pollution, #california-state-university-fullerton, #carter-jimmy, #culver-city-calif, #environment, #putin-vladimir-v, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #sculpture

Why Joe Biden Needs More Than Accomplishments to Be a Success

A theory of political time explains how he has become a prisoner of great expectations.

#adams-john-1735-1826, #carter-jimmy, #conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #federal-state-relations-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #income-inequality, #jackson-andrew, #manchin-joe-iii, #new-deal-1930s, #organized-labor, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #senate, #sinema-kyrsten, #skowronek-stephen, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

The Ronald Reagan Guide to Joe Biden’s Political Future

It is hard to act as an ambitious president without incurring a penalty, even if your policies are popular.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #polls-and-public-opinion, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Abortion and Covid-19, a Court Goes Rogue

The Supreme Court has empowered a lower court that is out of control.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #decisions-and-verdicts, #duncan-kyle-1972, #engelhardt-kurt-damian, #jones-edith-hollan, #louisiana, #mississippi, #occupational-safety-and-health-administration, #pitman-robert-lee, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #roberts-john-g-jr, #sotomayor-sonia, #states-us, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

How Republicans Can Replay the Reagan Era

How 2021’s echoes of the 1970s are making politics easy for Republicans.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #clinton-bill, #cold-war-era, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #inflation-economics, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nineteen-hundred-seventies, #oxford-conn, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #taiwan, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Reagan’s Long Shadow

Social welfare has been a boogeyman of the right and left since Reagan.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #manchin-joe-iii, #poverty, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #welfare-us

American Optimism, R.I.P.

Maybe it was always a myth. It’s at least a distant memory.

#clinton-bill, #internal-sub-only-nl, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Colin Powell Was My Thurgood Marshall

He was Black and Republican, a soldier and a diplomat — and his life holds a particular message for a nation whose democracy is increasingly in peril.

#black-people, #buchanan-patrick-j, #cheney-dick, #defense-and-military-forces, #gingrich-newt, #iraq, #joint-chiefs-of-staff, #obama-barack, #powell-colin-l, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #rumsfeld-donald-h, #state-department, #united-states, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam-war

Joe Manchin Should Stop Talking About ‘Entitlement’

And the left should start. 

#american-families-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bryan-william-jennings, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #community-colleges, #democratic-party, #manchin-joe-iii, #new-deal-1930s, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #sanders-bernard, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Supreme Court Has Gone Off the Rails

Justices who once derided judicial “meddling” are now meddlers themselves.

#barrett-amy-coney, #breyer-stephen-g, #constitution-us, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #gorsuch-neil-m, #gun-control, #kagan-elena, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #law-and-legislation, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roberts-john-g-jr, #scalia-antonin, #supreme-court-us, #voting-rights-act-1965

John Hinckley Jr. to Be Unconditionally Released in June

Mr. Hinckley, 66, who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, will be “untethered to the court” next year after a judge’s ruling on Monday, his lawyer said.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #barry-levine, #decisions-and-verdicts, #hinckley-john-w-jr, #mental-health-and-disorders, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Are Democratic Centrists Spouting Right-Wing Propaganda?

A lot of what they think they know just isn’t so.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #denmark, #income-inequality, #infrastructure-public-works, #labor-and-jobs, #national-debt-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

What Sandra Day O’Connor Stood For on the Supreme Court

Forty years after her appointment as the court’s first female justice, it’s worth reflecting on the path she took.

#abortion, #admissions-standards, #affirmative-action, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #american-civil-liberties-union, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #arizona, #breyer-stephen-g, #constitution-us, #discrimination, #federal-state-relations-us, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #marshall-thurgood, #mccain-john, #oconnor-sandra-day, #obama-barack, #phoenix-ariz, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #rehnquist-william-h, #religion-state-relations, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government

Review: ‘Fiasco,’ a Look at How America Got to Where It Is

An absorbing account of the Iran-contra scandal avoids lecturing, but the lessons are unavoidable.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #epix, #fiasco-radio-program, #fiasco-tv-program, #iran-contra-affair, #neyfakh-leon, #north-oliver-l, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #slow-burn-radio-program, #television, #united-states-politics-and-government

Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Paved the Way for Donald Trump’s America

If Democrats want to create an enduring coalition to prevent the unraveling of democracy, they must return to their labor roots.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #collective-bargaining, #labor-and-jobs, #organized-labor, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wisconsin

It’s Morning in Joe Biden’s America

And the president deserves a lot of the credit.

#american-rescue-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inflation-economics, #labor-and-jobs, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Maybe Trump Wasn’t the Worst President Ever?

He hasn’t dislodged James Buchanan from the bottom ranking, but history is unlikely to be kind to him.

#buchanan-james, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden and Putin Are Meeting. Here’s How to Make Progress.

They must manage a relationship that has gone sour so things don’t get worse, and figure out how to cooperate where they need to.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #clinton-bill, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #geneva-switzerland, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #navalny-aleksei-a, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-international-relations

Raymond Donovan, 90, Dies; Labor Secretary Quit Under a Cloud

He faced fraud charges when he left the Reagan administration, but a jury acquitted him, leaving him to ask, “Which office do I go to to get my reputation back?”

#building-construction, #deaths-obituaries, #donovan-raymond-j, #frauds-and-swindling, #labor-department-us, #new-jersey, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #schiavone-construction-co, #united-states-politics-and-government

On Pride and the Song of the Cicadas

The cycles of queer progress.

#bush-george-w, #cicadas-insects, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Joe Biden, the Reverse Ronald Reagan

Four decades later, another elder statesman seeks to transform Americans’ ideas about the size of government.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-politics-and-government

Fear of Contagion Won’t Depress Our Sex Lives Forever

As we creep back toward normal, what should we do about the rise of sexually transmitted infections?

#abstinence-sexual, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #moral-majority, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #sex, #sex-education, #sexually-transmitted-diseases

Their Lawsuit Prevented 400,000 Deportations. Now It’s Biden’s Call.

Trump tried to end a 30-year program that shielded migrants, many fleeing conditions that U.S. foreign policy helped foster. What does America owe them?

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #carter-jimmy, #el-salvador, #immigration-and-emigration, #politics-and-government, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-international-relations

On a Storied Stretch of Fifth Avenue, a Symbol of Irish America Reels

The American Irish Historical Society’s mansion on Central Park has long symbolized the ascent of immigrants in the United States. It’s now on sale for $52 million, but many are citing mismanagement and asking the attorney general to intervene.

#american-irish-historical-society, #books-and-literature, #cahill-kevin-m, #carey-hugh-l, #central-park-manhattan-ny, #fifth-avenue-manhattan-ny, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #irish-repertory-theater, #irish-americans, #john-paul-ii, #joyce-james, #korelitz-jean-hanff, #moynihan-daniel-patrick, #muldoon-paul, #museums, #new-york-city, #oreilly-ciaran, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #st-patricks-day, #theater, #upper-east-side-manhattan-ny

Rush Limbaugh and the Petrification of Conservatism

An extraordinary career for the man, a long defeat for his ideology.

#ailes-roger-e, #fox-news-channel, #limbaugh-rush, #nineteen-hundred-nineties, #radio, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j

Letter to a Young Republican

How should you spend your life?

#cotton-tom, #eisenhower-dwight-david, #palin-sarah, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #romney-mitt, #roosevelt-theodore, #sasse-benjamin-e, #united-states-politics-and-government

Presidents’ Day Auction Offers Lincoln’s Hair and Other Oddities

The auction feeds a thriving market for private collectors. Among the items: photographs, a lottery ticket signed by Washington, a Kennedy sweater, and a check from Donald J. Trump.

#archives-and-records, #auctions, #collectors-and-collections, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #lincoln-mary-todd, #lincoln-robert-todd, #memorabilia-and-souvenirs, #presidentsday, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-martha-1731-1802

Republicans Denounce Budget Reconciliation in Stimulus Package Talks

Whether lawmakers love budget reconciliation or hate it depends on whether they’re in the majority. Democrats who are defending its use now protested it when they were in the minority.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #federal-budget-us, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

George Shultz: Last of the Postwar Statesmen

The human touch was at the heart of everything achieved by George Shultz, the former secretary of state who died on Saturday.

#cold-war-era, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #nixon-richard-milhous, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shevardnadze-eduard-a-1928-2014, #shultz-george-p, #state-department, #ussr-former-soviet-union

George P. Shultz, Influential Cabinet Official Under Nixon and Reagan, Dies at 100

He carried one of Washington’s weightiest résumés — labor secretary, treasury secretary and budget director for Nixon and secretary of state under Reagan as the Cold War waned.

#bechtel-group, #cold-war-era, #deaths-obituaries, #hoover-institution, #iran-contra-affair, #nixon-richard-milhous, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shultz-george-p, #theranos-inc, #united-states-politics-and-government

An Appalled Republican Considers the Future of the G.O.P.

Yuval Levin traces the party’s path from Ronald Reagan to Marjorie Taylor Greene.

#american-enterprise-institute-for-public-policy-research, #conservatism-us-politics, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #levin-yuval, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-politics-and-government

Women’s Health Isn’t a Geopolitical Game

Presidents have played politics with women’s lives for long enough.

#abortion, #amfar-the-foundation-for-aids-research, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #law-and-legislation, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #united-states-politics-and-government

The First Post-Reagan Presidency

So far, Joe Biden has been surprisingly progressive.

#a-promised-land-book, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #bernstein-jared, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #conservatism-us-politics, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #democratic-party, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #emanuel-rahm, #environment, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #food-stamps, #hawley-josh-d-1979, #house-of-representatives, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #khanna-ro, #leftism-us-politics, #liberalism-us-politics, #minimum-wage, #national-debt-us, #new-deal-1930s, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2020, #primaries-and-caucuses, #progressivism-us-politics, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #recession-and-depression, #republican-party, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #sanders-bernard, #senate, #skowronek-stephen, #stimulus-economic, #tax-credits-deductions-and-exemptions, #taxation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #warren-elizabeth

Sharpshooters, Protesters, a Secret Train Trip

The inaugural of President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. is not the first to take place at a tense moment in American history.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #carter-jimmy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #grant-ulysses-s, #hayes-rutherford-birchard, #inaugurations, #lincoln-abraham, #national-mall-washington-dc, #nixon-richard-milhous, #obama-barack, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #roosevelt-franklin-delano, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden Will Be the Oldest President to Take the Oath. Who Were the Youngest and Oldest?

Until Joe Biden is sworn in on Wednesday, President Trump holds the record for the country’s oldest chief executive. At 42, Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest.

#age-chronological, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #inaugurations, #presidential-transition-us, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

My Joe Biden Story

In a career as a journalist, I had never encountered a politician like him.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #constitution-us, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #plagiarism, #privacy, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

2020 Was the Year Reaganism Died

The government promised to help — and it did.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-aid-relief-and-economic-security-act-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

When Did Republicans Start Hating Facts?

A straight line runs from Reagan to the Trump dead-enders.

#creationism-and-intelligent-design, #environment, #global-warming, #income-inequality, #longevity, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j

Roger Jepsen, Senator From Iowa and Reagan Ally, Dies at 91

A voice for farmers, he lost a re-election bid after it was disclosed that he had joined a health spa that was shut down on prostitution charges.

#agriculture-and-farming, #deaths-obituaries, #elections-senate, #iowa, #jepsen-roger, #politics-and-government, #reagan-ronald-wilson

‘The Reagans’ Review: Making America Great Again, Round 1

A four-part Showtime documentary takes a hard look at Ronald Reagan’s presidency and sees a wrong turn.

#content-type-personal-profile, #documentary-films-and-programs, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-nancy, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #showtime, #television, #the-reagans-tv-program, #tyrnauer-matt, #united-states-politics-and-government

Was Reagan a Precursor to Trump? A New Documentary Says Yes

“The Reagans,” a new Showtime docu-series, presents Ronald Reagan as an early practitioner of dog-whistle politics. But some historians and journalists disagree with that position.

#content-type-personal-profile, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-nancy, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #showtime, #television, #the-reagans-tv-program, #trump-donald-j, #tyrnauer-matt, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Long Shadow of the Reagan Years

The upheavals of our current era did not begin with Donald Trump, nor will they will end now that he has been defeated.

#presidential-election-of-2020, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Biden Can Rule America in Spite of Everything

It won’t be easy, but coming after a self-styled “disrupter” opens up its own possibilities.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party, #grant-ulysses-s, #jefferson-thomas, #johnson-andrew, #lincoln-abraham, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-transition-of-joseph-r-biden-jr, #presidents-and-presidency-us, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #republican-party, #senate, #truman-harry-s, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

George Shultz Speaks Out for Renewing U.S. Leadership Overseas

At a moment when the United States has pulled back from its allies, the former secretary of state lamented the Trump administration’s allergy to international accords.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shultz-george-p, #treaties, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations