What conservatives know about climate change that liberals don’t – Eric Allen Been Jun 23, 2017, 8:10am EDT

Naomi Klein on identity politics, Hillary Clinton, and The Apprentice.

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In the days after the 2016 presidential election, a theory emerged to explain why Hillary Clinton lost to Donald Trump: “identity politics” — specifically Clinton’s routine appeals to women and racial minorities.

This charge was put perhaps most passionately by Mark Lilla, a humanities professor at Columbia University, in a New York Times op-ed called “The End of Identity Liberalism.” Lilla maintained that if the Democratic Party wants to appeal to more working-class white voters, it needs to treat “identity liberalism” with a “proper sense of scale.” For Lilla, focusing on diversity has meant that a generation of young Americans have “shockingly little to say about such perennial questions as class, war, the economy and the common good.”

Naomi Klein rejects such claims. In her new book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, the best-selling author and activist writes that “it’s short-sighted, not to mention dangerous, to call for liberals and progressives to abandon their focus on ‘identity politics’ and concentrate instead on economics and class — as if these factors could in any way be pried apart.”

Clinton’s loss, according to Klein, had to do with her track record, not her messaging. As Klein has it, “it was the stupid economics of neoliberalism, fully embraced by her, her husband, and her party’s establishment,” that rendered Clinton without a persuasive case to offer white workers who previously voted for Barack Obama. For Klein, you can’t fully grapple with class without also understanding the marginalized people the economy affects.

This is one of the many salvos Klein throws in her book. According to her, No Is Not Enough is “one attempt to look at how we got to this surreal political moment; how, in concrete ways, it could get a lot worse; and how, if we keep our heads, we might be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically brighter future.”

I recently caught up with Klein by phone while she was in Portland, Oregon, on her book tour. Among other things, we talked about Clinton’s “trickle-down identity politics,” how some liberals fail to understand the implications of climate change, and why Trump’s “Make America Great Again” brand makes him politically vulnerable. Here’s our conversation, lightly edited and condensed.

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Hillary Clinton celebrates ‘milestone’ victory but Sanders refuses to quit – Paul Lewis in San Francisco, Lauren Gambino in New York and Nicky Woolf in Santa Monica Wednesday 8 June 2016 06.22 EDT

Clinton cements status as presidential nominee with a win in California, but Sanders vows to keep campaign alive all the way to Democratic convention

‘I am so grateful to you’: Clinton declares victory in race for nomination

‘I am so grateful to you’: Clinton declares victory in race for nomination

Hillary Clinton has cemented her status as the Democratic nominee for president with convincing primary wins in California, New Jersey and New Mexico, calling on supporters of her rival, Bernie Sanders, to unite behind her historic candidacy.

But on a night when it became clear that Clinton would secure a majority of pledged delegates, Sanders refused to bow out, telling supporters that their fight would continue to the Democratic National Convention in July.

The senator’s defiant remarks came after Clinton effectively declared victory in her overall battle against Sanders at a rally in New York.

Clinton told supporters that she had “reached a milestone”as the first woman to be a major party’s nominee for president, and immediately framed November’s general election as a contest between two opposing visions of the future.

“He’s not just trying to build a wall between America and Mexico, he’s trying to wall off Americans from each other,” Clinton said, taking aim at the policies and slogans that have become the hallmark of her Republican rival, Donald Trump. “When he says let’s make America great again, that is code for let’s take America backwards.”

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Obama backs protests over ‘deeply disturbing’ Laquan McDonald shooting – Zach Stafford in Chicago and Joanna Walters in New York Wednesday 25 November 2015 20.28 EST

President’s comments chime with Hillary Clinton’s lament for ‘loss of so many young African Americans’ as Chicago braces for more demonstrationsScreen Shot 2015-11-26 at Nov 26, 2015 4.03

President Obama has said he was “deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald” in a Facebook message in which he also thanked the people of Chicago for their peaceful protests.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has also plunged into the heated debate following the release of a video showing the black teenager being shot multiple times by a Chicago police officer, saying: “We cannot go on like this.”

She also put the death in a national context, lamenting “the loss of so many young African Americans taken too soon” in a statement released on Twitter as Chicago continued to simmer in the wake of protests on the night the video was made public.

The city is braced for further demonstrations over the footage of 17-year-old Laquan being gunned down as he jaywalked near law enforcement, and a white Chicago officer was charged with murder in connection with the death.

“The family of Laquan McDonald and the people of Chicago deserve justice and accountability,” Clinton said.

She added that the country needed to grapple with broader questions.

“The mothers I met recently in Chicago are right: we cannot go on like this. All over America, there are police officers honorably doing their duty, demonstrating how to protect the public without resorting to unnecessary force. We need to learn from and build on those examples,” she said.

Obama reiterated this, asking Americans to “be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor”.

He added: “I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful.”

Chicago residents take to the streets after police release dashcam footage of the shooting

In Chicago, prosecutors dropped aggravated battery charges against activist and poet Malcolm London, who was arrested during demonstrations overnight on Tuesday.

“You are free to go,” judge Peggy Chiampas told London on Wednesday afternoon after he appeared in a packed courthouse.

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Is this the year of honoring Hillary? Clinton racks up accolades as she weighs 2016 run. – By Philip Rucker, Published: October 15

NEW YORK — When Sir Elton John bestowed his foundation’s first Founders Award on Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday night, it was ostensibly meant to honor her work combatting AIDS. But it came at a moment when everyone seems to be honoring the former secretary of state for something.This summer, the American Bar Association gave her its highest honor for her work as a lawyer. The National Constitution Center feted her work as a public servant. Save the Children gave her an award for . . . helping save children. Last week, Clinton flew to London to receive yet another award — this one a scroll signed by Queen Elizabeth celebrating her work as a diplomat.
In all, Clinton has racked up at least 15 awards in the nine months since she left the State Department, with more to come at the same time she is weighing a presidential campaign in 2016. Her supporters say the accolades are well deserved. But it also appears that Clinton has figured out how to leverage the awards to her political advantage, just as the groups honoring her benefit from having the would-be candidate promote their causes.
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Hillary Clinton’s 2008 slaps still sting President Obama

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“Friendship” was the main course during Hillary Clinton’s lunch with President Barack Obama this week, according to an Obama spokesman, but no one could have blamed Clinton for ordering a small side of I-told-you-so.

Much of the bombastic campaign rhetoric from 2008 — think “3 a.m. call” — proved as ephemeral as the thousands of half-melted “Hillary” candy bars Clinton’s staff handed out on Super Tuesday five years ago.

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Obama, Clinton laugh off 2016 question