Post-election outlook: Little cooperation

first_img Each party has reasons to crow, as D.C. power realigns, analysts say Democratic and Republican strategists came together at Harvard Kennedy School on Wednesday to unpack the election results at a session called “Midterms 2018: What Just Happened?” Both parties trumpeted victories, and the panelists agreed that political cooperation may get even rarer in the next two years.“I don’t think it was a wave election,” said Douglas Heye, a Republican strategist and CNN commentator. “I see it as an unfortunate continuing of a realignment. So much of what we saw indicates that urban and suburban areas are going blue, and rural areas are going red, and there is a lot of ugly rhetoric on both sides. There is virtually no Republican Party in California, and no Democratic Party in Mississippi. The country is coming to a place where we don’t trust each other and we don’t like each other anymore. Where I have a problem with the president is in his rhetoric, which doesn’t help things.”Moderator Margaret Talev, the Bloomberg News White House correspondent and Fall Resident Fellow at the Institute of Politics (IOP), asked the panel what effect the midterms might have on President Trump’s agenda and style.“He’ll definitely go full speed ahead,” replied Marc Lotter, the former press secretary to Vice President Mike Pence. Trump, he said, is “not governed by ideology. He is willing to negotiate. He thinks in terms of delivering on the promises that he’s made. So the question is: Will there be a willingness [from returning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats] to give him something he can sign?” Related But the midterms were above all a victory for checks and balances, said CNN political commentator and IOP Spring 2018 Fellow Symone D. Sanders. Arriving late after a delayed flight, Sanders first noted an “untold story” of the midterms: “Many folks have said that the Democratic Party has forgotten the Midwest, but they just picked up a lot of Midwestern seats.”She also promised a number of investigations after the House flips over. “Come January when the next Congress is sworn in, I think we can absolutely expect that there will be questions on Trump’s tax returns. The Democrats ran on checks and balances across the country, and you have to exercise your oversight. I want to know how we failed in dealing with Puerto Rico.”Still, Sanders warned that we probably won’t be seeing Trump’s taxes anytime soon. “You have to go to court to get those,” she said. “And the next court, and the next court,” Heye added.The atmosphere occasionally got lively, especially after Lotter suggested that Democrats’ animosity toward Trump far surpasses that of Republicans toward previous President Barack Obama. “Republicans may have opposed Obama’s policies, but they didn’t hate him as a man. They didn’t wake up every day questioning the legitimacy of his presidency,” he said. Some viewers disagreed.Heye said that both sides can shoulder some of the blame. “A lot of the rhetoric that is used toward the president I find to be very unfortunate. And some of the rhetoric [toward Obama] was blatantly racist. When a president is asked a hundred times to show his birth certificate, by what turns out to be his successor, that turns out to be a problem.”The panelists also warned against jumping to any conclusions about the 2020 election. Noting how quickly things can change, Sanders said, “Hillary Clinton in 2016 lost in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, and last night we picked up seats in those states.” Lotter said that Trump will be in a favorable position as long as the economy remains strong. “After the Gulf War, no serious Democrat would run against President George H.W. Bush. But then we went into recession.”One telling moment came at the end of the panel, when Talev posed four questions as the news broke that Trump had fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions: Who will be the next Attorney General? Will it matter? Will the Robert Mueller investigations continue? And is something crazy about to happen?The other panelists nodded in agreement as Heye answered the questions in order: “I don’t know, I don’t know, I don’t know, yes.” And the winner is: Who you think it islast_img read more

Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

first_img December 06, 2017 Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all commonwealth flags at the Capitol Complex and throughout the state to be lowered to half-staff on Thursday, December 7, 2017, in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.This year marks the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor in which more than 2,400 Americans lost their lives.On December 7th, commonwealth flags shall be lowered to half-staff at sunrise and remain lowered until sunset. The United States Flag should also be lowered to half-staff during this time.All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute. Governor Wolf Orders Flags to Half-Staff in Honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Daycenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Cricket News Wanted to bat in tough conditions to prepare for 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup: Rohit Sharma

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. “We lost four wickets upfront, there is a learning there for us as how we should bat when the ball is swinging and conditions are not easy. The guys now know come the situation how to do it. The run rate was not great in first 30 overs but we still managed to get to 250, which is a big positive,” Rohit said.‘Massive achievement’India won a series in New Zealand after 10 years and their 4-1 scoreline is the best in the country ever since they started touring New Zealand in 1967. Rohit said the achievement was massive.“New Zealand have got great balance. They bat deep and have a quality bowling line-up, we saw a bit of glimpse of that in last game where they challenged us, so for us 4-1 is a great achievement,” Rohit said.The Indian skipper also hailed Rayudu’s contribution and said the knock would boost his confidence and if he played in a similar vein in tough conditions, India’s chances will receive a major boost. Rohit, though, stressed on the need to try out some combinations as India look to cover all bases for the tournament.“We want to be very well prepared for the World Cup, so we wanted to try out all our combinations. If the series was on line, we would have played with two spinners and three seamers and Kedar being there, but with the series won, we wanted to try out combination. Because we will be playing nine games in World Cup, and anything can happen, injuries, being out of form, so we wanted to try our every combination,” Rohit said.India will now be aiming to break their jinx in Twenty20 Internationals, having never won a game in New Zealand. The first match will take place in Wellington on Wednesday. India won a series against New Zealand for the first time in 10 years.India’s 4-1 scoreline is the best in New Zealand ever since they started touring the country.India won a bilateral ODI series for the first time in Australia. New Delhi: Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team ended the ODI series Down Under on the ultimate high. After winning a bilateral ODI series for the first time in Australia, India ended their 10-year pain in New Zealand on the ultimate high by winning the final ODI in Wellington by 35 runs to clinch the five-match series 4-1. Rohit, who took over as the captain for the Hamilton ODI after Virat Kohli was rested, started his tenure with a disastrous loss as the team was bowled out for 92. In Wellington, the team started off poorly but were rescued by fine knocks from Ambati Rayudu (90) and a 22-ball blitz from Hardik Pandya to boost India.Speaking after the end of the match, Rohit said the plan to bat first on a difficult wicket was made keeping in mind the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup which will be played in England. “I had a look (of the pitch) before the toss and knew that there was moisture, which would be helpful for the fast bowlers initially. As a team we wanted to see how we face the challenges because come the World Cup we will be put into those situations,” Rohit said.Trent Boult and Matt Henry picked up two wickets at the start, with Henry accounting for Rohit (2) and Shubman Gill (7) while Boult sent back Shikhar Dhawan (6) and MS Dhoni for 1. Rohit acknowledged that batsmen have to back themselves while facing the new ball in swinging conditions. highlightslast_img read more