North Carolina: Republican backed by Trump wins fiercely contested House seat

Contest in a usually reliably Republican seat had been seen as a proxy battle for next years race for the White House Republicans have won a fiercely contested special election in North Carolina, narrowly escaping what could have been a serious setback for Donald Trump and his 2020 re-election campaign. The conservative state senator Dan Bishop beat out the Democrat Dan McCready, a former marine who earned a masters degree in business from Harvard, in a race that remained neck-and-neck …

Using power builds power: meet the woman tipped to lead the labor movement

Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants, has struck a chord with activists calling for her to run for labors top job: president of the AFL-CIO Sara Nelson, the president of the small band of laundresses in Atlanta, all black women, many of them former slaves, who formed the Washing Society. In 1881, the women organized a strike for higher wages $1 for every dozen pounds of laundry and greater autonomy over their industry. Most would have …

A journey in search of the American left: fragile and feisty, hopeful and fearful

Trumps win was a devastating setback for progressives, but it also stoked them to engage politically in ways they never imagined, with pressure leftwards A few months after the 2016 election, 29-year-old Emily Marburger posted an update on a private Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, that had been set up to support Hillary Clintons failed presidential bid. Like the rest of us last November, I woke up to a situation I didnt know existed, she wrote. I knew I had to …

G7 summit: last rites of old order as Trump’s theatre looms next year

Leaders put on a show of common endeavor with awareness that meeting could be a lot worse next year when Trump will be circus master If next years a branding event at a Trump golf resort in Florida, with Vladimir Putin as de-facto co-chair, the old guard among Americas allies will look back on this years meeting in Biarritz with some nostalgia. Not much was achieved, truth be told, but that is nothing new. To avoid the embarrassment of the …

Joseph Fiennes: Ive done my bit for society Ive illustrated the patheticness of misogyny

The star of the hit dystopian drama says he doesnt like to equate Donald Trumps politics with the show. But, he adds, sometimes you just have to point out the blazingly obvious Its alluded to in the novel someday, something will happen to Fred. Quite soon. In a neutral-looking cafe in central London, Joseph Fiennes is talking about the future of his role in The Handmaids Tale. Why, though? I plead with him. Why does he have to die? Its …

Warren and Sanders give rivals Bonnie and Clyde treatment during fiery debate

Analysis: pair were dominant at event showcasing Democratic partys split personality, pitting progressives against moderates Bonnie and Clyde. Mulder and Scully. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. On Tuesday night it was Bernie Sanders who, defying predictions that they would turn on each other, instead formed a leftwing tag team against the forces of moderation at the latest Democratic primary debate on Tuesday. Warren and Sanders stood centre stage in the ornate Fox Theatre in Detroit, had the most Barack Obamas …

Trump’s friend tried to profit from Middle East nuclear deal, lawmakers say

Congressional report finds Tom Barrack tried to buy Westinghouse as he sought a related government post A billionaire friend of Donald Trump pursued a plan to buy Westinghouse Electric Corp even as he lobbied Trump to become a special envoy and promote the companys work on nuclear power in Saudi Arabia, a congressional report released on Monday. While in weekend tweets that the presidents critics denounced as racist. Mondays report was based largely on thousands of documents provided by unidentified …

Obama, the Squad, Al Sharpton: all targets of Trump’s racist attacks

Trumps tirade against Elijah Cummings is the latest in a long history of targeting prominent political leaders of color Elijah Cummings, a prominent minority Democratic congressman, and referring to questioned if the divisive approach will work, particularly as polling finds that a growing majority of Americans believe Trump has made race relations worse. Here are prominent political leaders of color that Trump has attacked in personal ways: Al Sharpton Trump on Monday directed his ire at the Rev Al Sharpton, …

Pete Buttigieg: police killing exposes mayor’s troubled history with minorities

Indiana citys black community says his handling of a tragedy is part of a pattern that leaves people of color behind At a South Bend council meeting last week, Tyree Bonds, the brother of Eric Logan, a black man shot and killed last week by a white police officer, stood up with a message for this Indiana city, whose mayor has emerged as an unexpected force in the 2020 Democratic race. Stop using [the shooting] for your own personal agenda, …

Four restaurants in the Bronx feel the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez effect

An uptick in visitors follows after New York congresswoman recommends Bronx restaurants Aurora Cerrato says it took all of one day for the AOC effect to take hold at her restaurant in Little Italy in the Bronx. When Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez the New York congresswoman, progressive rising star in the Democratic party and local Bronx celebrity tweeted about her visit to MangiPasta earlier this month, Cerrato saw an almost immediate uptick in visitors. They were like you know why Im here? …