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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during a debate with Democratic challenger Amy McGrath in Lexington, Ky., Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (Michael Clubb/The Kentucky Kernel via AP, Pool)
Sen Republicans’ Special Interest-Fueled Obstruction Delayed The Inevitable
Despite their best efforts, Senate Republicans’ attempts to sink or damage Biden’s nominees ultimately failed because the American people saw through them.
Baseball Has Always Been Political
Baseball is a business and, like any business, it engages in politics to protect its profits and power, often to the detriment of its employees and consumers.
Into The Factory: Liberals Should Revisit Lessons Learned From Workers’ Aspirations In The 1960s 
The Students for a Democratic Society learned lessons about the priorities of the working class that summer that the modern-day Democratic Party should consider revisiting -- especially after President Biden made little headway with those voters in 2020.
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 13: Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) walks through the Senate subway before the start of the fourth day in the Senates second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump on February 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 55-45 in favor of calling witnesses in the trial to decide on if Trump should or should not be held responsible for the January 6th attack at the U.S. Capitol. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Raphael Warnock
Georgia’s Unique And Bloody History With Voter Disenfranchisement
This is not the first time Georgia has disenfranchised Black voters following a Black person's electoral success.
Democrats Should Ignore Calls For A Skinnier For The People Act
There’s no reason to believe a smaller, less effective bill would stand any better shot at gaining any Republican votes.
Dems Are Running Out Of Time To Quickly Strip Damaging Trump Rules From The Books. Here’s What They Can Do This Week
Lawmakers who wish to make use of the CRA to strike Trump’s rules have until April 4 to introduce their resolutions of disapproval, after which point they’ll have five to seven weeks more in which to consider and vote on them.
Violence Targeting Asian Americans Shows The Cost Of GOP’s Grievance Politics
Republicans regularly employ grievance politics and divisive rhetoric as a mask for the lack of a policy platform and their deeply unpopular economic agenda.
Enough Greenwashing: To Fix Climate, Big Finance And Gov’t Need To Get In The Game
A growing number of investors see carbon intensive industries as increasingly poor investments, a trend that could accelerate as the Biden administration puts government muscle behind our economy’s renewable revolution.
Forget Trump’s All-White, All Evangelical Council: Biden’s Faith Office Is Good News In Age Of Christian Nationalism
The differences between the Biden and Trump faith-based offices highlight how faith can harm a democracy on life support and how faith can help heal it.
UNITED STATES - MARCH 04: Colin H. Kahl, nominee for Defense undersecretary for policy, is seen before his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing in Dirksen Building on Thursday, March 4, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
GOP Objection To Biden Nominee Just More Bad Faith From Sens Who Looked The Other Way For Far-Right Extremists
Republicans have already signaled that their opposition to Kahl has little to do with his experience, but instead that they want to make it a proxy fight over President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal. 
Jan 6 Gives Us Yet Another Reminder That We Need To Know How Corporations Spend Money In Politics
The most recent lesson in the materiality of corporate political spending is the behavior of publicly traded companies after the January 6th insurrection.
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Biden Exec Order Will Aid Voters Long Left Behind: Those Affected By The Criminal Justice System
This executive order represents the first time the federal government has ever taken action to ensure justice-involved voters can participate equally in our democracy, and it has great potential.
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 10: On the day of a Republican presidential debate, striking workers attend a rally in Upper Senate Park with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., to call for a minimum wage of $15, November 5, 2015. Many of the low-wage workers hold jobs on Capitol Hill. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
A Living Wage Should Be A Constitutional Right
FORT WORTH, TX - FEBRUARY 16: Pike Electric service trucks line up after a snow storm on February 16, 2021 in Fort Worth, Texas. Winter storm Uri has brought historic cold weather to Texas and storms have swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. (Photo by Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)
What So Many Of The Misleading Narratives About Texas Miss
The state is facing more than an electricity crisis.
BURLINGTON, IA - AUGUST 07: Former Vice President Joe Biden delivers remarks about White Nationalism during a campaign press conference on August 7, 2019 in Burlington, Iowa. (Photo by Tom Brenner/Getty Images)
Resignation of Trump-Appointed US Attorneys Is Just The Start Of DOJ’s De-Trumpification
If we don’t want to live in Trump’s world, we have to get rid of his infrastructure.
Christian Nationalism’s Role In The Insurrection Was Four Decades In The Making
Nothing in recent history has exposed the lies of Christian nationalism more clearly than a riot at the U.S. Capitol, waged in the Christian God’s name.
New Dem-Majority Senate Must Assess Financial Reg Appointees Through Climate-Tinted Lens 
It is no longer tolerable to confirm nominees who lack awareness of the scale of our climate emergency and the immense work needed to address it across all aspects of American life.
The Dismal Reality of WallStreetBets
Wall Street lost at its own game, and now they’re trying to make the little guy pay.
Not Another ‘Bipartisan’ Panel: GOP Could Help Fix Democracy By Not Undermining Elections To Begin With
Instead of disingenuous bids for “bipartisan” probes that propel voter fraud myths, the path forward must begin by framing the problem honestly. 
Vaccine Skepticism And A Failed Coup: How Disinformation Is Striking Back
It was one thing to know data, but it’s quite another thing to know how to interpret it. That requires critical thinking or experts to explain statistics, two elements lacking on social media. 
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06:  Protesters gather on the second day of pro-Trump events fueled by President Donald Trump's continued claims of election fraud in an to overturn the results before Congress finalizes them in a joint session of the 117th Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times)
Gerrymandering Created The Vacuum Trump Needed To Inspire Faux Coup. Here’s How Dems Can Fix It
It’s no coincidence that the vast preponderance of those who incited the insurrection by objecting to the counting of electoral votes were politicians who owed their perpetual re-election to gerrymandering. 
Yesterday Was Just The Beginning
While the election of Joe Biden as President was confirmed, the country will need to brace for conflict left in Trump’s wake.
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 10: Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., speaks during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup on judicial nominations and the “Online Content Policy Modernization Act,” in Dirksen Building on Thursday, December 10, 2020. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Unfortunately, The 2024 Republican Race Has Begun
Americans’ Trust In The Vaccine Has Fallen. Here’s How The Gov’t Could Frame The Rollout To Restore Trust.
It is not enough for political elites to tell us the vaccine is safe.
A CFPB Snap Back: Reinvigorating The Bureau Will Be Crucial To Post-Trump Recovery
The Trump administration pulled the consumer financial watchdog’s teeth. It’ll be up to Biden to give its bite back.
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