By Dashiel Bennett, The Atlantic Wire, March 30, 2012
Police in France arrested 19 suspected Islamic militants on Friday morning, including some who may be tangentially connected to the man who shot seven people in Toulouse this month. While none of the suspects have been directly connected to the recent attacks, some were members of a banned Salafist group that Mohamed Merah may have been linked to. The raids took place in the early morning hours in the cities of Toulouse, Nantes, Le Mans, and in the Paris, where police say they also seized automatic weapons. No formal charges have been filed yet, but President Nicolas Sarkozy says there could be more raids and the suspects will likely be expelled from France.
The writer focuses on the failures of the British ruling class, but I tend to see it as a global phenomenon. It's easy to blame uninformed Brexit voters for lashing out at what they (rightly) see as an accelerating loss of conttol. But national and even supranational political leaders also seem inept and directionless when it comes to managing the side-effects of globalization. The difference is that the poor and underemployed grasp what is happening to their lives, while the elites delude themselves that they have a handle on things and even solutions they can offer the masses (whether they personally believe in them or not -- see Corbyn, Johnson). I just read that Thomas Piketty had been advising the Labour Party in the run-up to the referendum but resigned in frustration.
f there were any doubt that Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren are the “it” couple of the moment in Democratic politics, it was silenced here Monday when they took the stage together for the first time.
The two nerdy wonks and feisty grandmothers, who built rival power centers on the political left but this spring gradually became allies, together electrified a crowd of thousands by locking their arms, punching the air and excoriating Donald Trump.
Older voters skip the media run polls by higher numbers, not wanting to spend time after voting by answering a bunch of questions.And "The news media uses exit polls to get a sense of “why” voters did what they did, not to validate the election results. They’re not going to spend millions more dollars to increase the accuracy of early exit polls."