Commentary: Don't tread on our competitors and suppliers
As a new and growing social media platform, Parler has experienced firsthand some of the types of misconduct by Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google detailed in the recently released House Antitrust Report on Big Tech. You might think that if anyone would support the solutions offered by the House Democrats and Republicans — as well as the just-filed antitrust suit against Google — it would be us.Apple once threatened to remove Parler from its app store unless we agreed to remove from our platform member-generated content that it deemed offensive. The company will not permit us to implement part...
Tribune News Service
Will Bunch: Trump, TV pundits don't have a fracking clue about Pennsylvania and fossil fuels
Both President Donald Trump and a small army of TV talking heads were on full alert at Thursday night’s debate for a Joe Biden “gaffe” that could change the dynamic of an election that the incumbent seems to be losing by a large margin. And when the Democratic nominee said near the end of the 95-minute session that a Biden administration would “transition from the oil industry” while fighting climate change, Trump and the pundits pounced.An unusually animated Trump claimed that “basically what he’s saying is he’s going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember that Texas? Will you remembe...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Commentary: Elect Biden, then give him power
This January, if Biden enters the White House, he’ll inherit a humongous mess — and not just because the place is rife with the coronavirus.Many people worry that a Biden administration won’t accomplish much. At a time that cries out for systemic change, Biden is a longstanding centrist.Yet the two presidents who brought us the most important progressive legislation of the 20th century were also longstanding centrists who inherited giant messes. Critically, both of those presidents — Franklin D. Roosevelt and Lyndon B. Johnson — faced pressure by mass movements shortly after they were elected....
Tribune News Service
College political groups shift to Zoom, social media amid pandemic
ORLANDO, Fla. — Ahead of the first presidential debate in late September, the College Republicans at UCF posted a bingo card on Instagram with spaces reading, “Trump calls Biden ‘sleepy Joe,’” “Candidates share an awkward elbow bump,” and, “Moderator can’t control the debate.”The pandemic created a need for a revamp of the group’s website and a stronger focus on virtual strategy to connect with students, said its president, Didi Malka. Among the changes: A social media manager was added to the board of directors.“In terms of social media, we have definitely upped the ante,” he said.Hannah Anto...
'I voted for a guy named Trump,' the president says after voting in person in Florida
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Donald Trump has voted twice by mail since becoming a Palm Beach County resident one year ago. But on Saturday, like so many other Florida Republicans, Donald Trump voted for Donald Trump in person.Trump cast his ballot at the Palm Beach County main library in West Palm Beach at around 10 a.m. Trump voted alone in a private room at the library, according to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany. Outside, Trump supporters waved flags and chanted, hoping to catch glimpse of the president.He emerged from his private voting room around 10:17 a.m. With libra...
Commentary: Will the US return to global stage or pull further inward?
U.S. presidential elections rarely turn on voters’ views on foreign policy. Domestic issues such as the economy and health care, including the coronavirus pandemic this year, are almost always seen as more important by voters.But foreign policy can turn on the outcome of elections. And that is especially true this year, when not only the major party candidates but their partisan supporters offer starkly different visions for America’s role in the world.The foreign policy differences between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are well known. Trump offers an “America Firs...
Fabiola Santiago: This Bay of Pigs vet in Miami is all in for Joe Biden, rejects GOP's socialist attacks
Maybe it’s too late.Less than two weeks before Election Day, people already are voting in record numbers.But finally, somebody with credibility and authority — a Bay of Pigs veteran, no less — is addressing the most damaging accusation by the Donald Trump campaign and the Florida GOP against Joe Biden and down-ballot Democrats.Democrats are socialists. Democrats are Communists.Voting Democrat is a betrayal to the cause of a Cuba, Venezuela, Nicaragua.Failing to follow the Trump cult? You must be an infiltrado, an agent of the Castros, an ill-born Cuban (cubano mal nacido, a favorite insult of ...
Dahleen Glanton: Black support for Trump is a mirage, despite what foul-mouthed rappers say
If you have been paying attention to the news lately, it might appear as though African Americans are abandoning Democrats and lining up to vote for Donald Trump.That would be a disaster for Democratic challenger Joe Biden, who has no chance of becoming president unless Black voters turn out for him in large numbers.The polling organization FiveThirtyEight reported Monday that Trump is losing ground with white voters but seems to be gaining momentum with Latinos and African Americans, particularly young Blacks.Trump always has had the support of a handful of high-profile African Americans such...
Florida to investigate all COVID-19 deaths after questions about 'integrity' of data
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Florida, which has reported the deaths of more than 16,400 people from COVID-19, now says the public may not be able to trust any of those numbers.The state Department of Health on Wednesday ordered an investigation of all pandemic fatalities, one week after House Speaker Jose Oliva slammed the death data from medical examiners as “often lacking in rigor” and undermining “the completeness and reliability of the death records.”House Democrats then blasted the House Republicans’ report as an insult to coronavirus victims and an attempt “to downplay the death toll.”The pol...
Seinfeld stars reunite for Texas Democratic Party virtual fundraiser
The cast of “Seinfeld” will reunite Friday for a virtual fundraiser event for the Texas Democratic Party.Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander, who played Elaine Benes and George Costanza in the show, will join “Seinfeld” creator Larry David for the event called a “Fundraiser About Something.”The virtual reunion will be livestreamed on Friday at 8 p.m. Eastern, according to a news release from the Texas Democratic Party.The trio will discuss behind-the-scenes stories about their favorite “Seinfeld” episodes, according to the news release.“Texas is a battleground state, period,” Louis-Dreyfus...