What We’re Following Today
It’s Thursday, February 7.
New on the Left: Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Senator Ed Markey of Massachusetts unveiled an outline for a “Green New Deal”—a highly ambitious policy package to remake the U.S. economy and cut carbon emissions. The legislation is a nonbinding resolution, meaning that even if it passes, it wouldn’t on its own create any new programs.
Trouble in Virginia: Several 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have called for an investigation into the sexual-assault allegations against Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax. Meanwhile, yet another state political official has become embroiled in a race-related scandal: Republican state Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment reportedly helped oversee a yearbook that featured racist photographs and slurs. On this latest podcast episode of Radio Atlantic, Alex Wagner and the staff writers Vann Newkirk and Adam Serwer discuss what’s rotten in the state of Virginia, and what these revelations say about race and politics across the South.
Boxed In: President Donald Trump, with his push for restrictions on immigration and a wall along the southern border, is steering the Republican Party toward the preferences of a small subset of voters, argues Ronald Brownstein. And in so doing, he may be walling off the GOP from the rest of America.