How Should Democrats Talk About Race?

Talking about race is bad, and campaigning on it makes voters feel bad. Or so the conventional wisdom has been in past election years.

One progressive organization, though, says specifically invoking racial identity actually increases the efficacy of their message—if it’s done the right way. Demos, a liberal think tank that focuses on voting rights and civic engagement, presented new research on how to effectively use a “race-class narrative” last weekend at the annual Netroots Nation gathering of progressive activists in New Orleans. “A significant number of people in the Democratic establishment…think we should talk about economic populism only,” said Ian Haney López, a law professor at UC Berkeley and a senior fellow at Demos, at the packed panel on August 3. They’re wrong, he says. “Naming race works.”

Demos’s findings offer a potential answer to the questions swirling within the Democratic Party about the role race should play in their messaging: How can they appeal to people of color, who make up nearly 40 percent of their base, without alienating white voters—and vice versa? To win in November and beyond, progressives say, they need a multiracial coalition. To build that coalition, they need to answer this question.

Demos’s survey, which was conducted by Lake Research Partners, in collaboration with ASO Communications and Brilliant Corners Research and Strategy, tested a set of 11 “race-class narratives” with 1,500 American adults nationwide. They also did separate testing in Indiana, California, Minnesota, and Ohio. In an 18-minute online survey, respondents listened to each of the narratives, and used a slider to indicate how they felt about it: If they liked what was being said, they moved the slider to the right, for a rating higher than 50. They dragged it left when they didn’t, for a rating lower than 50.

Before the test, people were …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Politics

The White Nationalists Are Winning

The year since the white-supremacist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has been difficult for the rogues gallery of Nazis and pseudo-Nazis who championed it.

Jason Kessler, one of the organizers, was practically run out of town and faces a lawsuit that could force him to name his funders and ideological comrades. Christopher Cantwell, who put on a tough-guy act for Vice cameras but spent a lot of time crying on YouTube after a warrant was issued for his arrest, has turned state’s evidence. The anti-Semitic gadfly Tim “Baked Alaska” Gionet was banned from Twitter and has had difficulty reconstituting his online presence. Richard Spencer, the white-nationalist who lives off his family’s largesse and government subsidies, and is best known for being punched in the face, says his miniature Nuremberg rallies are no longer “fun” because of the leftist militant group Antifa. Matthew Heimbach of the Traditionalist Worker’s Party was arrested for assaulting his wife and stepfather-in-law after the latter caught Heimbach sleeping with his wife. Andrew Anglin’s website, The Daily Stormer, has had trouble finding and maintaining a host in the U.S. and abroad. One-by-one, several of the white nationalists who participated in the cowardly assault on the black counter-protester DeAndre Harris have pled guilty or been convicted.

From the looks of it, the Nazis lost the battle of Charlottesville. After all, President Trump’s handling of the aftermath of the rally, in which he said there were “very fine people” on both sides of the protest, drew bipartisan condemnation. The attempted rebranding of white nationalism as the genteel and technologically savvy Alt-Right failed, the marketing campaign faltering after the murder of the counter-protester Heather Heyer and the attempted murder of several others revealed to the nation the logical conclusion of …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Politics

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: The Space Force Awakens

Written by Madeleine Carlisle (@maddiecarlisle2), Olivia Paschal (@oliviacpaschal), and Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey)

Today in 5 Lines

In a speech at the Pentagon, Vice President Mike Pence detailed the administration’s plan to establish a Space Force by 2020.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s lead over Governor Jeff Colyers in the state’s gubernatorial primary was cut nearly in half after officials discovered an error in the vote count.

The Puerto Rican government acknowledged in a report filed to Congress that Hurricane Maria killed more than 1,400 people, far more than the official count of 64.

President Trump held a roundtable on prison reform with governors, state attorneys general, and Cabinet officials at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

In day eight of Paul Manafort’s trial, prosecutors returned to his bank-fraud charges, questioning witnesses about discrepancies in his mortgage applications.

Today on The Atlantic

Rules for Life?: Caitlin Flanagan writes about Jordan Peterson’s popularity, and why it worries many activists on the left.

Workers of the World: Missouri’s labor victory on Tuesday can’t reverse the decreasing power of unions across America. (Vauhini Vara)

A Speedy Trial: Here’s why Paul Manafort’s trial is moving so quickly. (Russell Berman)

For Love of Country: Conor Friedersdorf reacts to Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham’s comments that “in some parts of the country, it does seem like the America that we know and love doesn’t exist anymore.”

A Little Late: On Wednesday, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Russia for a chemical attack that occurred five months ago. Why now? (Yasmeen Serhan)

SnapshotFirst Lady Melania Trump’s parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs, listen as their attorney makes a statement in New York. A lawyer for the Knavs says the Slovenian couple took the citizenship oath on Thursday; they had been living in the United States as …read more

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Why Paul Manafort’s Trial Is Going So Fast

There is no dilly-dallying in the trial of Paul Manafort.

Jury selection lasted but a few hours. The federal judge presiding over the case has repeatedly reminded the lawyers of his impatience and routinely interrupts their questioning of witnesses to speed them up. The most dramatic part of the trial has quickly come and gone. The whole thing could be over in three weeks, leaving plenty of time before President Trump’s former campaign chairman has to stand a second trial on separate charges in September.

High-profile trials of deep-pocketed defendants can often drag on for months. But Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s initial prosecution of Manafort on charges of financial fraud is moving briskly along, and its speedy pace is largely due to the particular federal district court where the case is being tried.

The Eastern District of Virginia is famous in the legal community for being the nation’s original “rocket docket”—a jurisdiction where strict rules and a deeply embedded judicial culture help move cases to trial more rapidly than almost anywhere else. In civil cases, the court has been ranked first for speed year after year, but the reputation extends to criminal prosecutions as well.

The “rocket docket” label dates back decades and is closely associated with the late Judge Albert V. Bryan, for whom the federal courthouse in Alexandria—where Manafort’s trial is taking place—is named. “It was the pride of the judges that they were the quickest docket in the country,” said John Zwerling, a criminal defense attorney who’s been arguing cases there since 1970. Zwerling recalled a case in which Bryan asked the prosecuting attorney how many witnesses he planned to call. Nine, the prosecutor said. “Well, call your best four,” the judge replied.

“They are much less speedy now than they used to be,” Zwerling told me, “but they’re still …read more

Source:: The Atlantic – Politics