Manic Monday Markup 11/23/15…
…And the World:
We begin today in Argentina where the reign of the Kirchner family has come to a close. Opposition leader Mauracio Macri defeated Daniel Scioli, president Cristina Fernandez’s endorsed candidate by a narrow margin in a runoff. Fernandez, her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, and their Peronist political party have ruled Argentina for eight years and the election of Macri, a right-wing candidate, marks a profound shift for the country. While the Kirchners had clearly overstayed their welcome, some voters feared Macri would take the country too far to the right.
As Fernandez often stood up for left-wing autocrats like those in Venezuela, Argentina’s relationship with the US has been fraught of late and Macri may change that.
Brussels remains in lockdown as police attempt to search for suspects in the Paris attack that happen on November 13 and left 130 dead. Schools and the transportation links remain frozen and 21 have been arrested in Belgian authorities’ dragnet. The BBC reports that some newspapers are wondering if Belgium is a failed state for not curbing or even monitoring the extremism developing within its borders.
Meanwhile, France continues its strikes against Daesh* also known as ISIL or the Islamic State.
Politico Europe has a wide-ranging interview with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose anti-migrant comments (he says all the terrorists are migrants, an inaccurate statement to put it lightly) will no doubt get plenty of attention.
Kenya’s president vows new legislation to crack down on corruption and money laundering.
Canadian provinces’ premier warn Prime Minister Justin Trudeau not to meddle with the progress on climate change they had made despite Trudeau’s predecessor Stephen Harper.
In one of the most amazing races of 2015, Democratic Louisiana State Rep John Bel Edwards overcame numerous obstacles to defeat Republican US Senator David Vitter in their state’s gubernatorial contest. Power Post lays out a bunch of dimensions, namely how Daesh’s attack on Paris may have affected the race and how Democrats moved to blunt whatever impact it might have had.
Relatedly, Vitter, already a flawed candidate—to be kind—came out of the race profoundly damaged and will not run for reelection to the US Senate next year. While Dems are celebrating the gubernatorial contest, Vitter’s retirement probably costs Democrats a potential Senate pickup in the Pelican State.
The Louisiana Legislature, though Republican dominated, has been on board with expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but outgoing governor Bobby Jindal opposed it. Edwards committed to the expansion on the trail, but he said, while announcing his transition team, there are legal niceties to figure out before expansion can occur.
President Obama has forcefully defended America’s welcome to those fleeing war and persecution, perhaps speaking to history as he does.. His former advisor David Axelrod, the son of a refugee, applauds his former boss, but says Obama could have made a better argument that also allayed Americans fears.
Though polls abound their accuracy should always be subject to scrutiny (or be outright ignored), one survey found that Hillary Clinton is more trusted than any of the Republican candidates on terrorism.
The former Benghazi committee staffer who claims he was wrongfully terminated has also sued Chairman Trey Gowdy for defamation.
The New York Times considers Princton’s fraught relationship with one of its most famous alumni, Woodrow Wilson, an ardent segregationist.
Connecticut House Democrats hope to resolve the state’s budget deficit by Christmas.
The top Republican on the House Science Committee resorts to bullying tactics to combat facts he does not like.
The State of Things:
Language matters. After refusing to sign a GOP letter on Syrian refugee following his own declaration that he was “not interested” in hosting more refugees until he knew more, Baker has restyled his position as welcoming, but wants to know more. Our commonwealth’s stain as a haven for fear and xenophobia, is over.
In a related vein, Joan Vennochi, notes Seth Moulton’s criticism of Baker, whether political or sincere (probably both), was a rare display of Democrats taking on the governor with stratospheric approval ratings, if ones that are probably composed mostly of air.
Worcester’s at-large Council recount has been called off.
The Globe observes that the legislature “sputters” to the close of its 2015 session. The body returns to formal session in January.
“Mahty” will be getting on the Clinton train. Boston’s Mayor will endorse Hillary Clinton on Sunday.
Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse lays out his agenda for the next term beginning in January.
The Big Three automakers all saw their labor pacts with the United Autoworkers ratified, with Ford coming in last. Later votes at some plants had trended against ratification, but the final wave sealed the four-year deal, which works to reduce the two-tiered benefits for new and veteran workers. The ratification ends the first significant round of contract negotiations out of the shadow of the auto bailout.
Elsewhere in the auto industry, an anti-union group that favors laws that undercut unions by allow workers to enjoy union benefits without paying dues, has complained that IG Metall, a German union has not filed paperwork with the Department of Labor. IG Metall is establishing a pressence in Tennessee and helping the UAW in the efforts to organize workers at Volkwagen’s Chattanooga plant. The vote, slated for next month, involves a smaller number of workers than the organization drive that failed in 2014.
The Fourth Estatements:
The Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian has been sentenced to prison according to Iran.
The Post looks into the demographic problem that faces NPR: an aging audience.
A print renaissance? The heady prices for which the former owner of The Financial Times and shares in The Economist sold those stakes make some wonder.
MGM promised it was not going anywhere last week and said the cost of the project had risen to $950 million. A breakdown of that increase was not given in MGM’s press release on its presentation in Springfield last week.
City and state officials and Congressman Richard Neal held the annual ceremony at the JFK eternal flame in Forest Park. Yesterday marked 52 years since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
Springfield tax rate hearings have been set.
No enough time in today’s Markup has been given to the insane pandering and fearmongering happening on both sides of the Atlantic after the attacks in Paris. From Donald Trump Muslim
registry monitoring to Orban’s comments on migrants and terrorism, the rhetoric is disgusting, shows little appreciation for history and IS what Daesh wants. Today we award the Tweet prize to Guy Ziv, a professor at American University public service school. His tweet today, which included a subtweet about the rise in the polls Marinne Le Penn, the leader of a right-wing French party, has experienced. Truly, the answer to Daesh’s violence in the Middle East and their assault on the homeland is not to give way to the discrimination upon which it feeds. Lamentably, it seems too often the West does exactly that.
— Guy Ziv (@ZivGuy) November 23, 2015
*Today, WMassP&I breaks from Associated Press style in reference to the self-proclaimed Islamic State or ISIL/ISIS. Rather than lend the entity any air of credibility, we have opted to use the Arabic acronym for them, Daesh, which does not lend them the same legitamacy as using the term “state” would. AP style has abandoned ISIL and ISIS, too, but referencing them as merely extremist fighters or the like is not sufficient in our mind. As an added bonus, Daesh hates being called such.