This is Linda Cartwright's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Linda Cartwright's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Linda Cartwright
Washington, DC
Recent Activity
Former Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., has been dead for 63 years, but the political tools and techniques he pioneered are as fresh as today’s headlines, says the Free Library of Philadelphia, one of the world’s biggest public library systems. So, “as Americans struggle to understand the long-term impact of a presidential administration like no other, the Free Library is proud to present a virtual lecture series in which some of the nation’s most respected historians, thinkers and commentators explore the life of an American demagogue and the dangerous legacy he left behind,” says a library blog post. To sign... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Citizen Cartwright
WPost analysis: 'The incredible courage of Myanmar’s protesters' Supreme Court makes it more difficult for undocumented immigrants to fight deportation Amy Coney Barrett issues her first signed majority opinion for Supreme Court, a loss for environmentalists What’s changed in the Senate’s coronavirus relief bill Acting Capitol Police chief asks Defense Department to extend National Guard presence AP: Documents show depth of Jan. 6 chaos at Capitol Georgia Republican leaders who stood up to Trump back voting bills FiveThirtyEight: 'How much longer can this era of political gridlock last?’ Politico analysis: Scores of political groups sidestepped Facebook ad ban Catnip may... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Citizen Cartwright
Nations doing worse outnumber those doing better by the biggest margin since the negative trend started in 2006, according to the annual assessment of political rights and civil liberties released Wednesday by Freedom House, a Washington-based pro-democracy think tank and watchdog. The report downgrades the freedom scores of 73 countries, representing 75 percent of the global population. And “those affected include not just authoritarian states like China, Belarus, and Venezuela, but also troubled democracies like the United States and India,” Freedom House says. India drops this year from the category of “free" to “partly free,” meaning less than 20 percent... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
NYTimes: Germany puts its main opposition party under surveillance to protect democracy from far-right extremism Britain, 4 other nations to fast-track development of modified coronavirus vaccines to deal with variants NYTimes: Biden administration puts limits on counterterrorism drone strikes, commando raids outside war zones House passes sweeping voting rights, ethics bill House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to prohibit racial and religious profiling, end qualified immunity for police U.S. Capitol Police warn of possible plot by militant group to breach the Capitol on Thursday Biden strikes stimulus deal with Senate Democrats, limiting $1,400 payments for higher earners Transportation... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
As you know, this blog is about “we, the people” being informed so we can keep our democracy going. But “civics and history education has eroded in the U.S. over the past fifty years, and opportunities to learn these subjects are inequitably distributed,” according to the initiative Educating for American Democracy. “Dangerously low proportions of the public understand and trust our democratic institutions. Majorities are functionally illiterate on our constitutional principles and forms. The relative neglect of civic education in the past ­half-century — a period of wrenching change — is one important cause of our civic and political dysfunction.”... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Biden administration announces first sanctions on Russia in Aleksei Navalny case FBI Director Christopher Wray warns violent ‘domestic terrorism’ is growing in U.S. WPost: Supreme Court appears inclined to uphold voting laws lower court found unfair to minorities Senate confirms Cecilia Rouse as Biden’s top White House economist on 95-4 vote Senate confirms Gina Raimondo to be Commerce secretary on 84-15 vote Biden’s budget nominee Neera Tanden withdraws nomination amid opposition over her controversial tweets U.S. infrastructure gets C- in report card from American Society of Civil Engineers Reuters: How private equity squeezes cash from America's dying coal industry Study:... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
As Republican state lawmakers around the country are working to enact laws making it harder to vote, the Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear its most important election case in almost a decade, which will determine what judicial scrutiny those restrictions will face, says The New York Times. The case centers on a remaining provision of the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits voting practices that discriminate on the basis of race. Civil rights groups are worried that the court, now with a six-justice conservative majority, will use the opportunity to remove the teeth of that provision, Section 2. The provision... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Myanmar military deploying digital arsenal of repression in crackdown China charging ahead with a national digital currency Chinese vaccines sweeping much of the world despite concerns about efficacy, safety House Democrats strike deal with moderates on changes to elections-law bill H.R. 1 Senate confirms Miguel Cardona as Biden’s education secretary on 64-33 vote Georgia House passes Republican bill rolling back voting access NYTimes: Trumpism grips a post-policy Republican Party as traditional conservatism fades How private equity extracted hundreds of millions of dollars from a company accused of Medicare fraud Narrative medicine being taught at 80 percent of medical schools to... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
The House is expected to debate what Democrats and Republicans agree would be the biggest overhaul of American elections law in at least a generation, says The Associated Press. And the Supreme Court is to hear its most important election case in almost a decade, says The New York Times (more on that tomorrow). H.R. 1, Democrats' 791-page bill, would touch virtually every aspect of the electoral process — striking down hurdles to voting erected in the name of election security, curbing partisan gerrymandering and curtailing the influence of big money in politics. Republicans see those measures as threats that... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
Ethiopia’s war leading to ethnic cleansing in Tigray region, U.S. report says Countries calling on drug companies to share vaccine patents Biden says strikes in Syria sent warning to Iran to ‘be careful’ Senators hope for more Saudi sanctions in wake of Khashoggi report release Biden hails House passage of $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill Senate Democrats nix 'Plan B' on minimum wage hike they floated after parliamentarian’s ruling Justice Department to appeal judge’s ruling that finds eviction moratorium is unconstitutional WPost: Biden is hiking the cost of carbon, which will change the way U.S. tackles global warming Biden revokes... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Citizen Cartwright
I had the second dose of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine yesterday and seem to be having the full range of reactions. See you Monday. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
If confirmed by the Senate, the nominees to the Board of Governors would bring additional Democratic scrutiny to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, a major Republican donor whose tenure has been mired by slow service and politicization, says The Associated Press. Democrats have been pressing President Biden to nominate a slate of potential governors who could oust DeJoy. The postmaster general is hired and fired by the board, not the president. Biden’s nominees are Ron Stroman, a former deputy postmaster general; Amber McReynolds, a mail voting advocate who leads the nonprofit National Vote at Home Institute; and Anton Hajjar, the former... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Australia's Parliament passes law to make Google, Facebook pay for news Biden lifts Trump-era ban blocking most legal immigration to U.S. Biden signs executive order aimed at securing 4 critical U.S. supply chains Capitol repair, security, mental health costs in wake of attack will exceed $30 million, official tells Congress Federal judge clears the way for California to enforce its net neutrality law Black Lives Matter launches Survival Fund amid wait for federal coronavirus relief Cherokee Nation addresses bias against descendants of African Americas enslaved by the tribe before the Civil War Vox: QAnon’s future, explained by 8 experts Politico... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
The takeaway from Tuesday’s joint hearing of two Senate committees is consistent with what I learned about politics and bureaucracy in my first political science classes and after 9/11. Bureaucrats tend to point fingers elsewhere when things go wrong. They’re reluctant to act on their own, without sign-off from higher-ups. Coordination across jurisdictions is problematic. Training is unlikely for situations that are unlikely. And so, we have this lead, from The New York Times: "Three former top Capitol security officials deflected responsibility at a Senate hearing on Tuesday for security failures that contributed to the Jan. 6 riot, blaming other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Ghana is first nation to receive coronavirus vaccines through U.N.-backed COVAX initiative for lower-income countries Having won Syria’s war, President Assad is mired in economic woes Iran officially starts restricting U.N. inspections of its nuclear facilities Federal judge bans enforcement of Biden’s 100-day deportation pause Fed Chairman Powell tells Senate committee economic recovery is incomplete, high inflation unlikely Hearing for Rep. Deb Haaland, first Native American pick to run Interior Department, focuses on fossil fuels Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as U.N. ambassador on 78-20 vote Tom Vilsack confirmed for second stint as Agriculture secretary on 92-7 vote FiveThirtyEight: Possible reasons... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
In the middle of the night, tears are rolling down my face as I read what President Biden said on Monday evening as he marked the "truly grim, heartbreaking milestone” that more than 500,000 Americans have died of the coronavirus. "That’s more Americans who have died in one year in this pandemic than in World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War combined,” he said. "That’s more lives lost to this virus than any other nation on Earth.” But after noting that unwelcome measure of American exceptionalism, he immediately pivots in his comments to each person who’s been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Afghan peace talks resume, but path forward is anything but certain Facebook says it soon will lift its ban on Australians sharing news At confirmation hearing to be attorney general, Merrick Garland says he’ll prioritize combating extremist violence Fraud checks, errors slowing small-business relief loans under renewed Paycheck Protection Program FCC broadband plan includes $50 monthly subsidy for millions of households Supreme Court sets the stage for release of Trump tax returns State lawmakers defying governors in a coronavirus-era battle for power NYTimes: 'What’s really behind corporate promises on climate change?’ Vox: 'Now is the time to revolutionize policing' Watch... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
In a three-way video-link, President Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron reaffirmed the trans-Atlantic alliance at the Munich Security Conference on Friday. But even amid the "palpable sense of relief among allies at Biden’s full-throated commitment to mending frayed U.S.-Europe relations, plenty has changed over the past four years in ways creating new challenges," says The Associated Press. China has cemented its place as a fierce economic competitor on the continent as the United States has reconsidered long-held national security and economic priorities embedded in the transatlantic alliance. Populism has grown throughout much of Europe. And... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
U.N.’s top human rights body opens session as Myanmar, other concerns loom China censors the internet. Why doesn’t Russia? How confusion, inaction at U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 delayed troop deployment Disappointed by down-ballot losses in 2020, Democratic interest groups joining forces to examine what went wrong AP explainer: Trump’s acquittal by Senate may not be the end of efforts to keep him from seeking presidency again Erik Prince, Trump ally, pushes back against U.N. report accusing him of breaching arms embargo on Libya Across the U.S., signs of the risks posed to aging infrastructure by increasingly extreme weather NASA... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
The Biden administration on Thursday took a major step toward restoring the Iran nuclear deal the Trump administration abandoned, offering to join European countries in what would be the first substantial diplomacy with Tehran in more than four years, reports The New York Times. In a series of moves intended to make good on one of President Biden’s most significant campaign promises, the administration also backed away from a Trump administration effort to restore U.N. sanctions on Iran that had divided Washington from its European allies, the Times says. The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
Release of U.S. intelligence report on Khashoggi killing could push U.S.-Saudi Arabia relations to new low Tension increases between Congress, Biden administration over the way White House cyberpolicy should be run Robinhood CEO defends actions in GameStop saga at House Financial Services Committee hearing Trump-McConnell rift divides Republican donors South Carolina enacts ban on nearly all abortions; Planned Parenthood sues NASA's Perseverance rover lands safely on Mars to look for signs of ancient life Ford loses track of dangerous Takata air bags, forcing 2 recalls Medicare cuts payments to 774 hospitals — including some marquee medical centers — over patient... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
I take the point of people who've long said we shouldn’t be spending money on space exploration when we have so many problems on our own little dust speck. But one of the reasons I write this blog is because I want to understand as much as I can about being alive before it’s over — and share what I find out. Also, it inspires me to see people cooperating on doing something well amid the many messes we humans make. So, starting at 2:15 p.m. EST and the expected touchdown of NASA's Perseverance rover at about 3:55 p.m. EST,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
'Wildly unfair': U.N. says 130 countries haven't received a single coronavirus vaccine dose Facebook blocks Australians from getting news on its platform over proposed laws to make it pay for journalism NYTimes: McConnell’s strategy has Republican Party in turmoil and Trump on attack Vox: Policies that can help dismantle racial inequities in education, housing, health, policing and more NYTimes: 'The internet is splintering' Vox: 'How to avoid losing all your money on investing apps' During coronavirus pandemic, U.S. life expectancy drops the most since World War II Pfizer, Moderna vaccines show reduced antibody response to South Africa variant, but significance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
The headlines seem to me to speak for themselves this morning — so I’ll just wish you a good day! Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright
China increases online controls with new rule for bloggers In Britain, where TV news is regulated to avoid political bias, 2 new outlets bring challenges using Fox playbook Biden focuses on K-8 schools in recasting benchmark on resuming in-person learning Biden administration rushing to close coronavirus-sequencing gap as variants spread House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer says earmarks will be revived this Congress, and they’ll be bipartisan Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson sues Trump, accusing him of inciting Capitol riot Trump attacks McConnell in statement released by his PAC NYTimes: Winter storms this week offer glimpse of America’s future, as climate... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2021 at Citizen Cartwright