Pondering the Pundits

Pondering the Pundits” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news media and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

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Paul Krugman: Biden, Yellen and the War on Leprechauns

Bribing corporations with low taxes isn’t the way to create jobs.

In the summer of 2016, Ireland’s Central Statistical Office reported something astonishing: The small nation’s gross domestic product had risen 26 percent in the previous year (a number that would later be revised upward). It would have been an amazing achievement if the growth had actually happened. [..]

What really happened? Ireland is a tax haven, with a very low tax rate on corporate profits. This gives multinational corporations an incentive to create Irish subsidiaries, then use creative accounting to ensure that a large share of their reported global profits accrue to those subsidiaries.

In 2015 a few big companies appear to have gotten even more aggressive about their profit-shifting, which led to a surge in the value of production they reported doing in Ireland — a surge that didn’t correspond to anything real.

To understand the big corporate tax reform proposed by the Biden administration, what you need to know is that it’s all about the leprechauns.

Charles M. Blow: Tucker Carlson and White Replacement

This racist theory is rooted in white supremacist panic.

On Thursday, Fox News host Tucker Carlson caused an uproar by promoting the racist, anti-Semitic, patriarchal and conspiratorial “white replacement theory.” Also known as the “great replacement theory,” it stands on the premise that nonwhite immigrants are being imported (sometimes the Jewish community is accused of orchestrating this) to replace white people and white voters. The theory is also an inherent chastisement of white women for having a lower birthrate than nonwhite women. [..]

But although white replacement theory is a conspiracy theory, the fact that the percentage of voters who are white in America is shrinking as a percentage of all voters is not. Neither is the fact that white supremacists are panicked about this.

White supremacists in this country have long worried about being replaced by people, specifically voters, who are not white. In the post-Civil War era, before the current immigrant wave from predominantly nonwhite countries, most of that anxiety in America centered on Black people.

Amanda Marcotte: Derek Chauvin’s trial is a test of whether facts matter

Will the truth prevail or will we face an ugly reminder of how often facts don’t matter in the face of bigotry?

There were two scenes from Minneapolis over the weekend, one real and one satirical, that illustrate why the ongoing trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd is an intravenous line feeding a constant stream of anxiety into the national bloodstream.

First, the real: In the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center on Sunday, police killed a 20-year-old Black man named Daunte Wright who they had pulled over for an alleged traffic violation and then attempted to arrest when it was discovered he had an outstanding warrant. Police haven’t said what traffic violation Wright committed to prompt police to pull him over or what the warrant was for. Wright reportedly attempted to flee and that is when police shot him. Protesters, understandably furious that yet another Black man who appears to have been no threat at all has died at the hands of police, hit the streets of Brooklyn Center Sunday evening. They were met with a police response that’s become numbingly common: Flashbangs, tear gas and rubber bullets.

As for the satirical, the cold open on “Saturday Night Live,” comedians Ego Nwodim, Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon and Alex Moffat play four Minneapolis news anchors, two Black and two white, discussing Chauvin’s trial. The dark joke of the skit is that the two white anchors are optimistic that the overwhelming evidence against Chauvin will surely result in a conviction, with McKinnon saying, “there’s no way the jury is going to fall for” the defense’s dumb arguments. But the two Black anchors are skeptical, with Thompson hastening to say, “I’m not saying that.

What ultimately matters more? Will it be the facts or will brute power prevail over reality itself?

 
Jamelle Bouie: Republicans’ Fake War Against ‘Woke Capital’

If they really wanted to help the working class, there is plenty they could do.

The Republican Party may not have much of an agenda to sell to the public right now, but it does have an enemy with which to rally its troops: “woke capital,” or those corporations that have adopted progressive rhetoric on social issues and used their platforms to support voting rights or back movements like Black Lives Matter. [..]

Republican “woke capital” critics are not actually interested in curbing corporate influence and putting power in the hands of workers. They don’t have a problem with corporate speech as a matter of principle. They have a problem with corporate speech as a matter of politics. If the situation were reversed, and corporations were vocal supporters of “election integrity,” it’s hard to imagine that McConnell or his allies would have a problem.

“Woke” capital also does not actually exist. A Black Lives Matter advertisement does not make up for the McDonald’s exploitative relationship to labor and the environment. Amazon might take a few items deemed offensive off its shelves, but it still relies on overworked and underpaid workers in its warehouses and delivery vehicles.

Capital is capital, and, culture war agitation notwithstanding, the Republican Party is more than willing to back its interests when it matters most.

Paul Butler: How toxic masculinity helped kill George Floyd

Cop machismo is an important way of understanding police violence against people of color.

The topic of “toxic masculinity” comes up more in conversations about #MeToo than about Black Lives Matter, understandably so. But cop machismo is an important way of understanding police violence against people of color. It helps explain why Derek Chauvin pressed his knee against George Floyd’s neck — continuing for two minutes after Floyd’s pulse stopped — and why three other officers chose to keep the crowd at bay rather than save Floyd’s life.

Much commentary on the broken relationship between police and African Americans focuses on anti-Black bias and structural discrimination. While it’s hard to overstate the role that race plays in policing, gender matters, too. Legal scholar Frank Rudy Cooper has described encounters between the police and African Americans as “Who’s the man?” contests. Some cops perform their masculinity by showing off their power and control over Black bodies. [..]

The final moments of Floyd’s life included a tragic conversation between him and Charles McMillian, an older African American man who told Floyd to do what the police told him, saying “You can’t win.” “I am not trying to win,” were the last words Floyd said to anyone at the scene other than the police officers who now charged in his death.

“Who’s the man?” contests are not actually contests in any meaningful sense. The police always win — at least in the short term. They have the guns and the authority of the law. But for bullying police officers intent on acting like men, too much power is never enough.

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Long-Term Care: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver explains the industry behind nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and why long-term care needs fixing.

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The Breakfast Club (Adventure)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

President Franklin Roosevelt dies; The American Civil War begins with the attack on Ft. Sumter; Yuri Gagarin is the first man to fly in space; Space Shuttle Columbia lifts off on its first mission; Late night TV host David Letterman born.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.

William Feather

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Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for our readers who can’t stay awake to watch the shows. Everyone deserves a good laugh.

Saturday Night Live

Minnesota News Cold Open
News anchors (Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Alex Moffat,

Chris Redd, Ego Nwodim) have an on-air debate about the current racial issues in America.

Weekend Update: Bruce Springsteen and Barack Obama on Their Podcast Renegades

Bruce Springsteen (Beck Bennett) and former President Barack Obama (Chris Redd) stop by Weekend Update to discuss their friendship and their new podcast Renegades.

Weekend Update: New Dick’s Sporting Goods Store & Taylor Swift Re-Records Album

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like Tyler Perry developing a new Madea TV series.

Weekend Update: Matt Gaetz Venmo Sex Scandal

Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week’s biggest news, like President Joe Biden’s new executive actions on gun control.

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The Real “Border Crisis” – SOME MORE NEWS

Hi. In today’s episode, we take a look at the border and explore how maybe the real crisis is that there is one.

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The Breakfast Club (Fresh Baked Cookies)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club!

AP’s Today in History for April 11th

President Harry Truman relieves Gen. Douglas Mcarthur of his command in Asia; Napoleon Bonaparte banished to Island of Elba; American soldiers liberate first Nazi concentration camp; Idi Amin deposed as Uganda’s President; Apollo 13 blasts off.

Breakfast Tune “Hard Times” and “Camptown Hornpipe” performed by Rhiannon Giddens, Banjo l Met Music

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Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition

Pondering the Pundits: Sunday Preview Edition” is an Open Thread. It is a selection of editorials and opinions from around the news medium and the internet blogs. The intent is to provide a forum for your reactions and opinions, not just to the opinions presented, but to what ever you find important.

On Sunday mornings we present a preview of the guests on the morning talk shows so you can choose which ones to watch or some do something more worth your time on a Sunday morning.

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The Sunday Talking Heads:

This Week with George Stephanopolis: The guests on Sunday’s “This Week” are: Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm; and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS).

The justice panel guests are: Pierre Thomas, Chief Justice Correspondent for ABC News; Dan Abrams, ABC News chief legal correspondent; and Terr Austin, ‎host and legal analyst at Law and Crime.

The round table guests are; Former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ); former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (??); Rachel Scott, ABC News congressional correspondent; and Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for The New York Times.

Face the Nation: Host Margaret Brennan’s guests are: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA); Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY). California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond; and Scott Gottlieb, former FDA commissioner.

Meet the Press with Chuck Todd: The guests on this week’s “MTP” are: Secretary of State Anthony Blinken; and Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR).

The panel guests are: Peter Alexander, NBC News White House correspondent; Helene Cooper, Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times; Amna Nawaz, correspondent for PBS NewsHour; and Ashley Parker, White House reporter for The Washington Post.

State of the Union with Jake Tapper and Dana Bash: Mr. Tapper’s guests are: Secretary of Transportation Peter Buttigieg; Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R-AR); and Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC).

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The Establishment covers Matt Gaetz’s underage sex scandal

The Establishment dives into Biden’s new infrastructure bill, the underage sex allegations against Rep. Matt Gaetz, and more with legendary filmmaker Rob Reiner.

Virtue Signal rocked by Matt Gaetz scandal

Virtue Signal discusses the Matt Gaetz scandal, marijuana legislation, and more with the New York Times’ Kara Swisher. Plus, Kylie writes her own COVID vaccine PSA song.

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The Breakfast Club (Follow Your Dream)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

Follow your dreams, believe in yourself and don’t give up.

Rachel Corrie

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Modern Marvels: How the First Computer Changed the World

From colossal devices designed to save the world to mind-expanding, world-shrinking machines, we trace the evolution of mice and menus.

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The Breakfast Club (Dare To Think)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We’re a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we’re not too hungover we’ve been bailed out we’re not too exhausted from last night’s (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:00am (ET) (or whenever we get around to it) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it’s PhilJD’s fault.

This Day in History

American Civil War effectively ends; Iraq celebrates collapse of Saddam Hussein’s regime;NASA announces first seven astronauts dubbed the Mercury Seven; Marian Anderson performs at the Lincoln Memorial; Prince Charles marries Camilla Parker Bowles.

Breakfast Tunes

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

We must dare to think ‘unthinkable’ thoughts. We must learn to explore all the options and possibilities that confront us in a complex and rapidly changing world.

J. William Fulbright

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Late Night Today

Late Night Today is for our readers who can’t stay awake to watch the shows. Everyone deserves a good laugh.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Doral Miami Has Some Interesting Speakers Coming Up

You’re really going to want to stick around for that last one.

Gaetz-Gaete: MAGA Die-Hards Stand Behind Creepy Florida Congressman

In the latest edition of nobody’s favorite recurring segment, Stephen has an update on embattled Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, and the conservative women’s group that is backing him amid troubling allegations of sex crimes.

New Reality Show Combines “The Real World” With “Space Camp”

The new series “Space Hero” aims to put a new spin on the reality competition show format, with contestants living together and vying for a spot on a rocket to the International Space Station.

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

McConnell Wants Corporations Out of Politics Unless He Benefits

Mitch McConnell warns corporations to stay out of politics with one caveat, the U.S. and Iran talk through European diplomats, and Siri’s voice will no longer default to a female-sounding voice.

NFTs – If You Don’t Know, Now You Know

NFTs, or nonfungible tokens, are a new craze breaking out in the world of cryptocurrency, but what are you actually buying?

The Daily Show’s Bracket of Bulls**t: Pandemic Edition WINNER

What was the most annoying thing that happened during the pandemic? Michael Kosta and Roy Wood Jr. reveal the winner of The Daily Show’s Bracket of Bulls**t: Pandemic Edition!

Jimmy Kimmel Live

Totally Innocent Matt Gaetz Sought Preemptive Pardon from Trump

Five states in the U.S. account for nearly half of the new COVID-19 infections, health officials have seen a rise in what they call “vaccine hesitancy” due to people feeling sick after their second shot, Will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas is teaming up with Honeywell to offer what they call “The Super Mask” for a lot of money, Peter Frampton liked our “Mask Shirt” idea, Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz reportedly asked Trump for a pardon about four months ago which was denied by the White House, Don Jr. was on the Victory Channel last night to celebrate the three month anniversary of his father causing a riot, Rudy’s son Andrew Giuliani says he is considering a run for Governor of New York, a film is in the works about the Easter treat Peeps, and since WrestleMania is coming up this weekend, we invited The Miz to go undercover and give some of our staffers performance reviews.

The Late Late Show with James Corden

Speaker Trump Can’t Be a Thing, Can It?

James Corden is ready to get things rolling until Reggie Watts takes a moment to decide when it’s right to open his can of water. After, James dives into the headlines including republicans strategizing a way to install Donald Trump as Speaker of the House. And a headline about baby talk sparks a discussion about Late Late Show employees’ pet names with their significant others.

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