The Agenda review: why Biden must expand the supreme court – fast

Ian Millhiser offers a perfect short read for a key moment in US constitutional history, after Republicans hijacked the court If Congress follows Joe Biden’s $1.9tn Covid relief bill with an even more ambitious infrastructure bill, the new president could quickly claim the mantle of most transformative president since Franklin D Roosevelt. Related: Biden orders commission to study supreme court expansion and reform Continue reading…

‘Putin-style democracy’: how Republicans gerrymander the map

With red states set to gain seats, the GOP is ready to disadvantage Democrats and deliver the US HouseRepublicans believe they have a great chance to win control of the US House of Representatives in 2022, needing a swing of about six seats to depose Nancy Pelosi as speaker and derail Joe Biden’s agenda. Related: On the House review: John Boehner’s lament for pre-Trump Republicans Continue reading…

‘Accident’ at Iran’s Natanz nuclear plant as new uranium enrichment starts

Spokesman says accident hit the Natanz electrical distribution grid, a day after Iran switched on new centrifugesA spokesman for Iran’s civilian nuclear programme said an “accident” struck the electrical distribution grid of the Natanz nuclear facility, a day after the government announced it was starting up new uranium enrichment centrifuges.Behrouz Kamalvandi announced the accident on Sunday, saying there were no injuries and no pollution. A mysterious explosion in July 2020 damaged Natanz’s advanced centrifuge facility, with Iran later calling the incident sabotage. Continue reading…