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


Inaugural Cheoah River Release

first_imgWelcome back, Cheoah! The boater world has missed you. Cheoah River MapThis weekend, paddlers of the Southeast can look forward to the first release of the season for the Cheoah River in Graham County, N.C. This class IV-V river boils down to nine miles of intense, tumultuous, and wild whitewater action.The Cheoah holds a treasured spot as one of the most popular rivers in the region, but take note: this isn’t a run for the faint of heart. Over the course of its journey through the Tar Heel State, the river drops about 150 feet per mile – including a twelve-foot plummet over Bear Creek Falls – and stands as one of the steepest sections of whitewater nationwide.For those ready to take on the challenge, the Cheoah is now open for business. Get psyched, stay safe, and dive into this incredible whitewater experience.For release dates on the Cheoah, as well as other Southeast classics like the West Fork of the Tuck and the Tallulah, check out American Whitewater’s schedule here.last_img read more


Man City to discipline Walker after hosting ‘sex party’ during lockdown

first_img Walker is the second high-profile Premier League player to have been caught flouting the government’s guidelines after Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. The Villa captain went to a party last weekend and was pictured next to a road in slippers, just hours after he posted a video urging fans to stay safe at home on social media. Grealish apologised and was fined and disciplined by Villa. Football is on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak and City will now look into Walker’s conduct. A club statement said: “Our staff and players have been working to support the incredible efforts of the NHS (National Health Service) and other key workers in fighting the effects of the COVID-19 coronavirus in any way we can. Kyle’s actions in this matter have directly contravened these efforts. read also:Do As I Say: City’s Walker wants public indoors but hosts sex party “We are disappointed to hear the allegations, note Kyle’s swift statement and apology, and will be conducting an internal disciplinary procedure in the coming days.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The England defender, 29 has apologised after the Sun newspaper reported that he invited two call girls to his flat on Tuesday. On Wednesday Walker posted on social media, urging the public to follow government guidelines on social distancing. Britain reported 621 more deaths from COVID-19 as of 1600 GMT on Saturday, taking the total toll to 4,934. “I want to apologise to my family, friends, football club, supporters and the public for letting them down,” Walker said in a statement. “There are heroes out there making a vital difference to society at the moment and I have been keen to help support and highlight their amazing sacrifices and life-saving work over the past week.”Advertisement Loading… Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from Manchester City after reportedly breaking coronavirus lockdown conditions by hosting a “sex party” even though he has advised people to stay at home. Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesIt’s Time To Show How Bad Some Women Can Really BeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid ArmageddonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more