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Opinion | Voting Should Be Easy. Why Isn’t It? - The New York Times
For too many Americans, registering to vote is an obstacle course.
14 hours ago by noiseguy
The Guardian view on Theresa May’s Brexit strategy: failing on two fronts | Editorial | Opinion | The Guardian
The banal truth is that the EU asserted its combined interests as a multi-member union (with Ireland benefiting from collective solidarity), while the UK wasted months failing to even understand its own interests. The backstop impasse has arisen at the collision point of two contradictory British objectives. One is Mrs May’s capitulation to Brexiter demands for severe rupture from EU markets. The other is her commitment to honour the Good Friday agreement.

It should be obvious what has to give. The refusal to countenance long-term participation in the single market and customs union was made rashly, without consideration for the economic implications, back in 2016. The unwisdom of that choice has been highlighted by every subsequent turn of events. It is not a stance that can comfortably command a majority in parliament. Instead of adapting to political realities at home and abroad, broadening the scope of what Brexit might entail, Mrs May has narrowed her options on both fronts. She is struggling to get a deal and struggling to persuade a domestic audience that the deal she might get is worth having.

Fear of defeat in parliament lies behind government moves this week to limit the opportunities for MPs to amend the motion approving or rejecting Brexit terms. Ministers are hoping to arrange what has been advertised as the “meaningful vote” as a binary choice between the prime minister’s deal and no deal at all. Such a stark menu would, it is imagined, intimidate MPs into accepting any kind of orderly withdrawal over the prospect of a chaotic one. This desperate manoeuvre reveals an administration that has run out of ways to win arguments around Brexit and is resorting instead to procedural subterfuge.

In Brussels this week, Mrs May played for time and was indulged by EU leaders. Their post-summit statements exuded weary patience and cautious optimism. They recognise that the main obstacles to progress are in Westminster and that the onus is on the British prime minister to find some room for manoeuvre at home. Since that is the requirement for success in the negotiations, Mrs May should be thinking of ways to keep options open – and so allowing parliament to put options on the table, too. Instead, the prime minister seems determined to keep closing down channels for potential compromise. It is neither an honourable nor an effective strategy.
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Opinion | How Sears Was the Amazon of Its Day - The New York Times
It was a technological wonder — until the retail landscape changed and new innovation, and greedy owners, arrived.
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2 days ago by noiseguy
Opinion | The Saudi Cover-Up Crumbles - The New York Times
Evidence mounts of a ghastly crime in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. President Trump still seems inclined to buy the kingdom’s lame denials.
1  editorial 
2 days ago by noiseguy
Massachusetts needs more green power. Should Maine be the conduit? — Editorials — Bangor Daily News — BDN Maine
Central Maine Power Co. has proposed to build a new 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to bring hydro power from Quebec to the New England electrical grid, to fulfill Massachusetts’ goals of using more renewable energy. To build it, the company needs a certificate of public convenience and necessity from the Maine Public Utilities Commission, among other state and federal permits.
bangordailynews  editorial  maine  cmp 
3 days ago by eversourcenh
Opinion | There May Soon Be Three Internets. America’s Won’t Necessarily Be the Best. - The New York Times
A breakup of the web grants privacy, security and freedom to some, and not so much to others.
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3 days ago by noiseguy

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