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San Francisco Mayor Edwin Lee, temporarily appointed to the post after Gavin Newsom won the California lieutenant governor’s race, is making a run for a full term — and he’s getting some creative help:

Much of the Silicon Valley business, sports, and arts community seems to be behind him. But notice that this ad is not paid for by the candidate, but by San Franciscans For Jobs and Good Government, a local Super PAC funded by Silicon Valley “investor angel” Ron Conway and Napster creator Sean Parker. So even the fun ads are a reflection of the corrosive influence of money on our politics.

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Reprinted with permission from Responsible Statecraft

The Treasury Department's nine-page "2021 Sanctions Review" released on Monday makes vague recommendations for "calibrating sanctions to mitigate unintended economic, political, and humanitarian impact." Unfortunately, it offers few tangible policy suggestions on how to end the high humanitarian
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In New York City, a statue of Thomas Jefferson has graced the City Council chamber for 100 years. This week, the Public Design Commission voted unanimously to remove it. "Jefferson embodies some of the most shameful parts of our country's history," explained Adrienne Adams, a councilwoman from Queens. Assemblyman Charles Barron went even further. Responding to a question about where the statue should go next, he was contemptuous: "I don't think it should go anywhere. I don't think it should exist."

When iconoclasts topple Jefferson, they seem to validate the argument advanced by defenders of Confederate monuments that there is no escape from the slippery slope. "First, they come for Nathan Bedford Forrest and then for Robert E. Lee. Where does it end? Is Jefferson next? Is George Washington?"

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