Tag: Politics and Government

There’s Nothing Wrong With Open Borders

The internet expands the bounds of acceptable discourse, so ideas considered out of bounds not long ago now rocket toward widespread acceptability. See: cannabis legalization, government-run health care, white nationalism and, of course, the flat-earthers. Yet there’s one political shore that remains stubbornly beyond the horizon. It’s an idea almost […]

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After Defeat on Brexit Plan, Theresa May Faces No-Confidence Vote

LONDON — After suffering the worst parliamentary defeat in modern times over her plans for leaving the European Union, Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, braced for another day of turmoil on Wednesday, when she will face a vote of no confidence in her battered government. On Tuesday Mrs. May lost […]

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News Analysis: Amid Parliament’s Brexit Rebellion, a Tectonic Shift in How Britain Is Governed

LONDON — The annals of British politics are filled with stories about the government’s iron-fisted, sometimes terrifying control of parliamentary affairs. One former Labour cabinet secretary, Jack Straw, recalled his first encounter as a young member of Parliament with his party’s enforcer, who stopped him in a corridor and grabbed […]

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Britain Is a Nation in Desperate Need of a Driver

LONDON — This week, as an anxious Britain prepared to witness Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plan crashing to defeat, Nicholas Soames, Winston Churchill’s grandson, tweeted out one of his grandfather’s solemn warnings from the 1930s. Mr. Soames, a Conservative politician, repeated lines from a poem, by Edwin J. Milliken, […]

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Venezuela Opposition Declares Maduro Illegitimate, and Urges Defections

CARACAS — Leaders of Venezuela’s opposition on Tuesday set in motion a plan to try to oust President Nicolas Maduro and create a caretaker government until new elections can be held. The National Assembly, the opposition-controlled legislative body, declared Mr. Maduro illegitimate, hoping to trigger a Constitutional mechanism that would […]

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How to Make New York as Progressive on Criminal Justice as Texas

In New York, prosecutors operate within a draconian system that gives them free rein to leave defendants in the dark about their cases for months or even years. In cases big and small, state law authorizes prosecutors to withhold key evidence from defense attorneys and their clients until the eve […]

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Live Briefing: Brexit Vote: Parliament to Decide on E.U. Withdrawal Plan

For Britain, the big vote is finally here. After two and a half years of negotiation, argument, predictions and posturing, Parliament will finally decide on Tuesday on a bill that dictates the terms of Britain’s departure from the European Union, one of the most closely watched votes the lawmakers are […]

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As Leaders Scramble to Stop No-Deal Brexit, Many Voters Dismiss the Panic

SUNBURY-ON-THAMES, England — Britain has been buffeted with high-level warnings in recent days of the grave risks of leaving the European Union without an agreement: A million lost jobs. An 8 percent drop in gross domestic product. Idle factories. Insulin shortages. Capital flight. A plummet in the pound. But at […]

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Bangladesh’s Farcical Vote

Sheikh Hasina has done marvels for Bangladesh over nearly 10 consecutive years as prime minister. Per-capita income in what was one of the poorest and least developed countries in the world has grown by nearly 150 percent, and the proportion of the population living in extreme poverty has dropped from […]

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With New Voting Laws, Democrats Flex Newfound Power in New York

ALBANY — After years of lagging behind other states, New York was set to radically overhaul its system of voting and elections on Monday, taking up several bills that would allow early voting, preregistration of minors, voting by mail and sharp limits on the influence of money. The bills, which […]

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Theresa May Races to Save Her Brexit Deal From a Historic Defeat

Ahead of a vote on her Brexit plan that could go down to a humiliating defeat in Parliament, Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain was fighting on Monday less to avert the loss than to limit its scale. In that vein, Mrs. May enlisted fresh promises from Europe’s most senior […]

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Mayor of Gdansk Dies After Being Stabbed at Polish Charity Event

WARSAW — The mayor of the port city of Gdansk in northern Poland, an advocate of gay and lesbian rights and a leading critic of the right-wing government’s anti-migrant rhetoric, died on Monday after being stabbed at a public charity concert Sunday night, the minister of health told reporters. Mayor […]

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Israel, in Rare Admission, Confirms Strike on Iranian Targets in Syria

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel acknowledged on Sunday that Israeli forces had attacked Iranian weapons warehouses in Syria, after years of ambiguity over involvement in specific attacks on the country. “We worked with impressive success to block Iran’s military entrenchment in Syria,” Mr. Netanyahu said at the […]

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Greek Leader Calls for Vote of Confidence After Minister Quits Over Macedonia Deal

LONDON — Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called on Sunday for an “immediate” vote of confidence in the Greek government, hours after the defense minister announced that he would quit the governing coalition in protest of a deal ending a dispute with Macedonia over its name. Defense Minister Panos Kammenos’s decision […]

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Nicaraguan Supreme Court Justice Slams His Former Ally, President Ortega

A Nicaraguan Supreme Court justice who was President Daniel Ortega’s closest legal adviser before he resigned this week accused the president and his wife of running a brutal government that tramples on civil rights and is driving the nation to the brink of civil war. The justice, Rafael Solis, was […]

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Brexit and the U.S. Shutdown: Two Governments in Paralysis

ImageLeft, pro- and anti-Brexit demonstrators outside Parliament in London last month. Right, a view of the Capitol during the government shutdown in Washington.CreditAndrew Testa for The New York Times LONDON — In Parliament, lawmakers are mired in gridlock over Britain’s departure from the European Union, with no clear path forward. […]

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Trump Furloughed Me. Should I Take Up Pole Dancing?

Monday, Jan. 7 5:30 a.m. It’s the first full day I am furloughed, but I’m not sleeping in. My wife goes to a hot yoga class on Monday and she gets up at 5:30 a.m. to get there on time. I get up then, too, because she needs every light […]

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Congo’s Almost Free Election

The Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Zaire, is one of the richest countries of the world in natural resources. But it also has a long and dismal history of colonial exploitation, dictatorial rule and war that has left its citizens among the poorest people of the world. That is […]

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Editorial Observer: John Bolton’s Wars

It’s temping to pity John Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser. Tempting because it falls to the irascible but experienced Mr. Bolton to try to explain, or even undo, the president’s more impulsive and erratic foreign policy decisions. Pity because of the mortifying contortions required. This past week Mr. Bolton […]

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