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1  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Who has had a worse first year in office? on: May 16, 2017, 10:23:36 pm
Hoover?
2  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TrumpCare comes back from the dead (...and lives!) thread on: May 04, 2017, 01:19:35 pm
It has 217 votes
3  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TrumpCare comes back from the dead (...and lives!) thread on: May 04, 2017, 01:16:07 pm
WHICH DEMOCRATS ARE VOTING YES???
4  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TrumpCare comes back from the dead (...and lives!) thread on: May 04, 2017, 01:14:44 pm
16
5  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TrumpCare comes back from the dead (...and lives!) thread on: May 04, 2017, 01:14:06 pm
14 defections
6  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: The TrumpCare comes back from the dead (...and lives!) thread on: May 04, 2017, 12:19:14 pm
Is the vote at 1:30?
7  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Gubernatorial/Statewide Elections / Re: Puerto Rico status referendum - June 11 on: April 29, 2017, 08:37:42 am
So you think they'll vote for independence? Because they're certainly not content with the status quo
8  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: Spanish elections and politics on: April 25, 2017, 06:03:20 am
Apparently someone detained in the Lezo case (Pablo González?) has a kid at my university, by word of my old Spanish professor. Not sure who they are though.
9  Other Elections - Analysis and Discussion / International Elections / Re: 2017 French Presidential Election on: April 18, 2017, 07:56:18 pm
And it's the first time that Macron leads in this poll.

Two men have been arrested as they planed an imminent attack during the presidential elections. The candidates were advised last week. It's unclear at this point if the suspected terrorists targeted a particular candidate.

Damn, had the terrorist attack actually happened it would have been a game changer. Difficult to say who'd benefit, but I guess it'd help Le Pen and hurt Macron.

Something like that happened here in 04 and it changed the polls by around 9 points. (prediction was PP+4 result was PSOE+5 or so)

Wasn't that mostly because it turned a lot of people against the Iraq War, rather than just being a terrorist attack effect?
10  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Have you heard of the preceding politician on: April 05, 2017, 10:05:37 am
He ran aground Sam Brownback, right? I've heard of that guy.

Tareck El Assaimi
11  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Have you heard of the preceding politician? on: April 04, 2017, 11:15:09 pm
Claro que sí

Jimmie Davis
12  General Politics / Individual Politics / Re: Have you heard of the preceding politician? on: April 04, 2017, 02:15:56 pm
No

Íńigo Errejón
13  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Do Millennials want stay at home gays? 1 in 5 identity as LGBT on: April 02, 2017, 03:18:49 am
What does "gender nonconforming" mean in this context? There are lots of ways to be gender nonconforming and none of them make you LGBT or have any real bearing on your sexual or gender identity.
14  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Paraguayan Senate secretly votes to allow presidential reelection, riots ensue. on: April 01, 2017, 04:52:47 am
Interestingly this also paves the way for Fernando Lugo (ousted by Congress in 2012) to run again, and from what I've heard he's still quite popular.

So Paraguay had the same system as Mexico (you're getting one term and you'll never have another)?

Yep, as do quite a few other Latin American countries. Anti-dictatorship measures.

I know Guatemala had this system. So does Chile, except in Chile you can be elected to another term after waiting out, same with Peru.

It's more interesting how many countries had one-term limit but abandoned it (Brazil, Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia...) under Democratic governments. Itamar Franco couldn't run in 1994, despite having freaking 80% approvals.

Of course, some dictators were never bothered with formal term limits, ruling, while out of office, throught figureheads, like Trujillo or the Somozas.

Personally I like the principle "OK, you've got your 4/5/6 years, so better use them wisely."

Weren't there proposals to do that in the US? Rutherford Hayes had proposed a sexenio-type system IIRC, although of course it never went anywhere.
15  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Paraguayan Senate secretly votes to allow presidential reelection, riots ensue. on: April 01, 2017, 04:30:13 am
Interestingly this also paves the way for Fernando Lugo (ousted by Congress in 2012) to run again, and from what I've heard he's still quite popular.

So Paraguay had the same system as Mexico (you're getting one term and you'll never have another)?

Yep, as do quite a few other Latin American countries. Anti-dictatorship measures.
16  General Politics / International General Discussion / Re: Autogolpe in Venezuela: The Last Vestige of Democracy Ends on: April 01, 2017, 04:12:55 am
Looks like Maduro is attempting to calm things down by condemning the judiciary.
17  General Politics / International General Discussion / Paraguayan Senate secretly votes to allow presidential reelection, riots ensue. on: April 01, 2017, 04:02:18 am
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/01/paraguays-congress-set-on-fire-after-vote-to-let-president-run-again

Interestingly this also paves the way for Fernando Lugo (ousted by Congress in 2012) to run again, and from what I've heard he's still quite popular.
18  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The “Who is running in 2020?” tea leaves thread on: March 29, 2017, 04:57:17 pm
Susan Sarandon is the worst person on the list.

Most of the others are good. However, calling something the "People's Summit" is a bit Orwellian, as it suggests conservatives are not people. Further, holding more of these events will continue to erode Bernie's brand because he associates himself with far leftists who don't have the personal likability of himself (as a safe white-bread far leftist from a rural state). This was part of the problem with his Ellison endorsement as well.

Was William Jennings Bryan Orwellian for being a Populist?
19  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: BREAKING: Trump claims Obama wire tapped Trump Tower. on: March 28, 2017, 05:34:31 pm
If he's not going to share with the committee why is he on the committee?
20  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Flynn says he's going to "spill the beans" on Trump's Russian connections to FBI on: March 25, 2017, 06:05:01 pm
"May have"? Hm...
21  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AHCA Whip Count on: March 24, 2017, 10:13:03 am
Oh, man, if this bill gets less than 200 votes...
22  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AHCA Whip Count on: March 22, 2017, 10:34:31 pm
Patrick McHenry apparently says they have the votes?

https://twitter.com/pdmcleod/status/844718726385750016

Saying "Yep, we're going to be good" while fleeing reporters doesn't inspire much confidence. They could very well work out a deal, but I wouldn't go on what McHenry said while running out of the building. 

Mhm. It all depends on how many HFC members they can sway (and how many moderates they can keep) with these last-minute changes.
23  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AHCA Whip Count on: March 22, 2017, 10:07:08 pm
Patrick McHenry apparently says they have the votes?
24  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: AHCA Whip Count on: March 21, 2017, 03:24:27 pm
Is the Thursday vote a 100% final up-or-down vote?
25  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / 2020 U.S. Presidential Election / Re: The “Who is running in 2020?” tea leaves thread on: March 21, 2017, 11:59:40 am
Ugh
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