Panelists discuss next steps for American liberalism

first_imgOn Friday, panelists gathered in the Oak Room of South Dining Hall to discuss the future of liberalism, as well as the future of democracy, in an event sponsored by the Potenziani Program in Constitutional Studies, the Constitutional studies minor, the department of Africana studies, and the Notre Dame College Democrats. The panelists included Tim Roemer, former Indiana congressman and former U.S. ambassador to India, Rogers Smith, professor of political science and associate dean for social sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and Dianne Pinderhughes, chair of Africana studies and professor of political science at Notre Dame.Roemer said American democracy has been in crisis for the past 15 to 20 years because of low government approval ratings, increasing polarization and flaws in the U.S. democracy.“In the last election, 70 percent of the American people thought the country was going in the wrong direction,” Roemer said.“Congressional approval ratings are in the teens, some in the single digits.“Imagine that — 8, 9, 10 percent approval rating. You’re in company with the leader of North Korea and cockroaches when you are at 9 or 10 or 11 percent popularity.”According to Roemer, divides along partisan, socioeconomic and geographical lines have also contributed to a crisis in U.S. democracy. Roemer said Democrats need to imitate Robert Kennedy and unite diverse groups in the working class.“We need to get back to that time of inclusive messaging,” he said of Kennedy.Roemer said he also was concerned about American democracy because the Economist Intelligence Unit “downgraded” the U.S. from its status as a full democracy to that of a flawed democracy.“We are now with Estonia, Chile, South Korea,” he said. “We are not that beacon to the rest of the world for what they all want to be like. So we have work to do.”Smith said liberals must respond to President Donald Trump’s nationalism with their own narrative about American identity.“…[In] this historical moment, and perhaps for decades to come, I think it is still necessary for those who seek to win authority to shape national policies in progressive directions, to build coalitions on shared accounts of national identities and purposes, what I call national stories of peoplehood,” he said.Smith said liberals should try to emulate the abolitionist movement of the Civil War era.“My argument today is that if liberalism is to have a future in the age of Trump, liberals and progressives must explicitly advance a rival vision of American national identity, one first set forth by the antebellum, anti-slavery Constitutionalists,” he said. “This rival vision argues that the nation’s first obligation is to its citizens, but it also insists that the nation exists in order to serve a still higher purpose: the gradual securing over time of the basic rights of the Declaration of Independence for all people, of all colors, everywhere.”Pinderhughes discussed the effects of Trump’s policies on American democracy and African Americans’ relation to liberalism.She said African Americans occupy a “distinctive space” in American politics, with the majority voting for Democratic candidates — though African Americans also critique liberalism.“The fact is, whether political activists, academics or the man in the street, many African Americans point to the presence of racist politics and policies that did not very sufficiently [work] to make a change in their lives, even when the president is a Democrat or the governor is a Democrat,” she said.Pinderhughes said Trump disregards the “rule of law” – laws and policies designed to check the president’s arbitrary power — and will have a long-term impact on American democracy and civil rights. According to Pinderhughes, ignoring the rule of law undercuts the efforts African Americans have made to have their civil and political rights recognized.“If there’s no rule of law for some people, there’s no rule of law for anyone,” she said. “That includes African Americans. So, the assumptions that people have been operating under are being challenged.”Tags: Africana Studies, Donald Trump, Future of liberalism, liberalism, political sciencelast_img read more

Flights at Soekarno-Hatta airport up 5 percent on first day of relaxed PSBB

first_imgAwaluddin also explained that the increase in the number of flights at the airport, which is located in Tangerang, Banten, had a direct impact on the 19 airports operated by PT Angkasa Pura. He said the rise in air traffic was a sign of growing public trust in air transportation in line with the safe travel campaign run by Soekarno-Hatta International Airport over the last three months.Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan announced the reintroduction of the transitional PSBB in the capital on Sunday, almost a month after reimposing the strict PSBB on Sept. 14. The transitional PSBB will stay in place at least until Oct. 25.“We implemented the emergency brake policy [by reinstating the full-fledged PSBB] for about a month, because the number of cases had been getting out of control. After the number of new cases became more stable, we started to release the brake gradually, step by step,” Anies said in a written statement on Sunday.  #covid19taskforce #mothermessage #wearmask #keepyourdistance #washyourhand #socialdistance #avoidcrowd #usesoap The number of flights at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport went up by 5 percent on the first day of relaxed large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in Jakarta.“By 7 p.m. on Monday, the number of flights at Soekarno-Hatta airport had reached 454, higher than the 430 flights recorded the previous day,” Muhammad Awaluddin, the president director of airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II, said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.Awaluddin said the figure was quite surprising, because Sunday was usually the busiest time for the airport. “However, on Monday, the first day of the transitional PSBB in Jakarta, flight traffic was 5 percent higher than on Sunday,” he said. Editor’s note: This article is part of a public campaign by the COVID-19 task force to raise people’s awareness about the pandemic.Topics : Read also: Soekarno-Hatta Airport to facilitate ‘no-destination’ flights amid economic downturnAnies said the decision was based on the number of daily new cases, the daily mortality rate and the trend of total active cases, which had flattened during the past few weeks. From Sept. 11 to 25, Jakarta recorded 16,606 new positive cases, or a 31.74 percent increase from the previous week, while between Sept. 25 and Oct. 9, it recorded 15,437 new infections or a 22.39 percent increase of new cases.During the transitional period, workplaces in 11 essential industries — including health, food, energy, communications, finance, logistics and daily needs retail — will be allowed to operate at full capacity, while nonessential businesses may allow up to 50 percent of their employees to work on premises.Restaurants will be allowed to serve dine-in customers at 50 percent of their maximum capacity, while houses of worship are also allowed to reopen. Anies said that, during the new transitional PSBB, businesses that were allowed to open had to record each visitor in a physical or digital guest book to assist with contact-tracing of positive cases. Visitor details to be recorded include the name, phone number, identity card number (NIK) as well as the time of the visit. The data must be handed over to the Jakarta administration regularly. (iwa)last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNBA-NETS-IRVING OUTKyrie Irving out at least a week with right knee sprainNEW YORK (AP) — Nets guard Kyrie Irving will miss at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.Irving was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to Washington. He and Wizards guard Bradley Beal became entangled while battling for a loose ball. Irving’s knee twisted as he landed on the court, causing him to stay down for a couple minutes before taking the jump ball and heading to the locker room.Irving was less than two weeks removed from returning to the lineup after missing 26 games with a right shoulder injury. Simpson closed with a 2-under 69 for a 17 under total.WORLD WCUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GBrignone wins super-G in overall leader Shiffrin’s absenceROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won a women’s World Cup super-G after overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin sat out the race.The American three-time overall champion decided to skip the races in the 2014 Olympic resort after winning the previous super-G and a downhill in Bulgaria a week ago. The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers were tied 10-10 before Jennifer Lopez and Shakira began the halftime show. It’s the fourth time a Super Bowl has been tied at halftime.The Niners struck first with a Robbie Gould (gohld) field goal on the team’s opening possession, but the Chiefs countered with a 74-yard drive that was capped by Patrick Mahomes’ quarterback sneak from the San Francisco 1. Harrison Butker’s 31-yard field goal put Kansas City ahead by seven early in the second quarter. The 49ers tied it on Jimmy Garoppolo’s (gah-RAH’-poh-lohz) 15-yard scoring pass to Kyle Juszczyk (YOOS’-chehk).San Francisco appeared to get into field goal range just before halftime, but George Kittle’s 42-yard reception was wiped out by an offensive pass interference call on the tight end with six seconds left.Garoppolo was 9-for-11 for 89 yards and an interception that set up a Kansas City scoring drive. San Francisco also piled up 88 yards rushing on the Chiefs by halftime.Mahomes completed 12 of his 18 passes for 104 yards and no interceptions. The win left the Italian 270 points short of Shiffrin’s leading tally. Murray finished with 29 saves and Patric Hornqvist provided the go-ahead tally, one day after the forward underwent a dental procedure. Sidney Crosby had an assist in his 50th career game against Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn), who was held off the scoresheet.Eller scored twice for the Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Hurricanes pulled out a 4-3 win over the Canucks on Justin Willliams’ second game-winning shootout goal in four games since returning to Carolina. Nino Niederreiter (NEE’-dur-eye-tur), Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and Andrei Svechnikov (SVEHCH’-nih-kahv) scored in regulation to back James Reimer, who made 32 saves. Vancouver’s winning streak ended at five games despite Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson’s two goals.— Pierre-Luc Dubois (look doo-BWAH’) scored twice and added an assist to send the Blue Jackets to their seventh win in eight games, 4-3 over the Canadiens. Columbus netminder Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LIH’-kihnz) made 27 saves and improved to 10-2-0 since replacing injured starter Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh). The Jackets are 11-2-1 since New Year’s Eve, pushing them one point ahead of the Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division. NBA-SCHEDULERockets rally past PelicansUNDATED (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets were able to cool off the surging New Orleans Pelicans while staying atop the NBA’s Southwest Division.Harden fell one assist shy of a triple-double as the Rockets guard delivered 40 points and 10 rebounds in a 117-109 victory over the Pelicans. New Orleans led 97-92 until Harden nailed a 3-pointer that sparked Houston’s comeback.Russell Westbrook added 22 points for the Rockets and Ben McLemore had 22 off the bench. Rookie sensation Zion Williamson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:— Giannis Antetokounmpo’s (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-pohz) 30 points and 19 rebounds were among the Bucks’ highlights in a 129-108 rout of the Suns. Fellow All-Star Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which shot 49.5% and made 15 of 38 from 3-point range. The Bucks rebounded from Friday’s setback against Denver and avoided just their second losing streak since the start of last season.— Terence Davis scored a career-high 31 points and the Raptors picked up their team-record 11th consecutive victory by ripping the Bulls, 129-102. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) added 17 points for Toronto, which outscored the Bulls 69-39 in the second half to beat Chicago for the 12th straight time. The Raptors were without guard Norman Powell, who broke the ring finger on his left hand in Friday’s win at Detroit.— Andre Drummond had a double-double and the Pistons rallied from an early 21-point deficit to beat the Nuggets, 128-123 in overtime. Drummond had 21 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out midway through OT. Reggie Jackson added 20 points and Bruce Brown scored 19 as Detroit ended a five-game losing streak. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SUPER BOWLChiefs, Niners tied at halftimeMIAMI (AP) — Super Bowl 54 is a dead heat through 30 minutes. TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPENDjokovic wins 8th Australian titleMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has won a record-extending eighth Australian Open championship, beating Dominic Thiem (teem) 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times.It’s the 17th Grand Slam title for Djokovic, who has five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open. Only Roger Federer’s 20 and Rafael Nadal’s (nah-DAHLZ’) 19 top Djokovic’s Grand Slam count.Djokovic’s victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Nadal. Thiem is 0-for-3 in Grand Slam finals.PGA-PHOENIX OPENSimpson rallies to win Phoenix OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Webb Simpson rallied late in regulation to beat Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and capture the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open.Simpson birdied the final two holes of regulation to force a playoff before sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win it. Finau missed an 18-foot birdie try in the playoff. Update on the latest sports Illinois led 62-61 before going scoreless over a 3:59 stretch, ending the drought in the closing seconds.NHL-SCHEDULEPens hold off CapsUNDATED (AP) — A month ago it appeared the Washington Capitals were poised to run away with the NHL’s Metropolitan Division title. The Pittsburgh Penguins have changed all that by winning 16 of their last 21 games to get within four points of the Caps with one game in hand.Brandon Tanev (TAN’-ehv) scored the eventual game-winner and Matt Murray stood tall during a last-minute onslaught to help the Penguins secure a 4-3 victory in Washington. Tanev’s goal with 2:33 remaining gave the Pens a seemingly comfortable 4-2 lead, but Lars Eller put the pressure back on Pittsburgh by scoring just 15 seconds later. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLHawkeyes rally past IlliniIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has won a Big Ten matchup of top-25 teams.Luka Garza contributed 25 points and the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes ended Illinois’ seven-game winning streak by downing the 19th-ranked Illini, 72-65. Garza was held scoreless for the first 15 minutes before finishing 9-for-16 from the field, including a career-high four 3-pointers. He also had 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season.Joe Wieskamp and CJ Fredrick each had 18 points for the Hawkeyes, who hit five of their last seven shots. February 2, 2020last_img read more

Former Dodger Pedro Martinez among four elected to Hall of Fame

first_imgMcGwire was listed on 10 percent of ballots. Former Dodgers Kent (14 percent), Fred McGriff (12.9), Gary Sheffield (11.7) and Nomar Garciaparra (5.5) also fell short of induction. All will remain on the ballot next year.Johnson, the 6-foot-10 left-hander who ranks second all-time in strikeouts, led all players with 534 votes (97.3 percent). Martinez was next with 500 votes (91.1). Both pitchers were on the ballot for the first time.Smoltz (455 votes, 82.9 percent) was inducted on his first ballot appearance and Biggio (454, 82.7) his third.Martinez said that he honed his famous intensity while climbing the Dodgers’ minor-league ladder.“As I was coming up in the minor leagues, I was faced with a lot of adversity,” he said. “Those adversities drove me to make sure every step I took, I was aware of. … Half an hour before the game I became a serious, focused person. The negativity out there, telling me ‘No, I can’t,’ when I knew I could transform my mindset, my body. “Everybody I saw out there, I saw as a challenge. I saw everybody as an enemy, I saw everybody like in the jungle — I kill to survive. That’s the chip on my shoulder everybody thought I had.”Dodgers management had concerns about Martinez’s slight frame when they traded him. A serviceable leadoff hitter and second baseman, DeShields’ career did not approach Hall of Fame standards. He was an outstanding base stealer who played three seasons in a Dodgers uniform then was allowed to walk as a free agent. Martinez pitched four seasons for the Expos, winning the 1997 National League ERA title at age 25. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1998 and won four American League ERA titles over the next seven years. Martinez retired after the 2009 season with a 154 career ERA-plus, second all-time.Martinez credited his older brother Ramon, a Dodgers pitcher from 1988-98, for his veteran tutelage early in his life.If he had never been traded to the Expos, Martinez said, “I probably would have developed into what I wanted to be, eventually.”Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio and Johnson will be inducted July 26 as part of the Hall’s induction weekend July 24-27 in Cooperstown. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Martinez needed only three minor-league seasons to break in, reaching the majors in 1992 at age 20. He pitched parts of two seasons in Los Angeles, mostly as a reliever, then was traded to the Montreal Expos in November 1993 for Delino DeShields. History might regard this as one of the most lopsided trades of all-time. Martinez won 10 games before the trade and 209 after.“I did have faith that I could do something special for my family once I was given the opportunity,” Martinez said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “I took advantage of it. I appreciated it. I respected it. I did it with integrity. I did it like there was no tomorrow.”There is no tomorrow for manager Don Mattingly, whose 15th and final chance to be voted into the Hall of Fame as a player passed quietly. He was named on 50 ballots, or 9.1 percent of the 549 ballots cast. To gain induction, a player must be listed on 75 percent of ballots.Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of all ballots. He has seen his support increase each of his three years on the ballot, up from 57.8 in 2013 and 62.2 percent in 2014.center_img Former and current Dodgers dominated the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Hitting coach Mark McGwire is 10th on the all-time home run list. Jeff Kent hit 351 home runs as a second baseman, more than anyone, including 73 with the Dodgers. Former 62nd-round draft pick Mike Piazza injected even more power to the catching position.None of them, however, became a Hall of Famer on Tuesday. The only inductee with Dodger ties was a 5-foot-11 pitcher from the Dominican Republic whose time in Los Angeles was brief but memorable.Pedro Martinez will be joining Craig Biggio, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson in Cooperstown, N.Y. It’s the first time three pitchers have been voted into the Hall of Fame in the same year.History — and now a bronze plaque — will credit the Dodgers for signing and developing one of the greatest pitchers of all time. last_img read more