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The Democrats Now Face A Historic Opportunity For Structural Change
If Democrats sweep the White House, Senate, and House of Representatives this fall, they will have an opportunity to repair the nation’s broken systems, not just make new policies.
A 6–3 Conservative Court Could Hobble Future Presidents’ Climate Actions
A court with another conservative nominee is bad news for climate action. Here’s a threat assessment.
So What Is The ‘McConnell Rule,’ Really?
McConnell has always honored a straightforward principle when it comes to judicial selection.
The Right’s Long War On Howard Zinn Reaches The White House
Conservatives have been upset about kids reading ‘A People’s History of the United States’ for years, worrying that it stirs up trouble. Now Trump has taken up the cause.
The Blue Wall Of Silence
Cops are at the crux of this cultural war of neoliberalism vs. fascism. They are sworn to uphold the constitution and laws of freedom while also operating legal torture chambers and killing people of color. And they are able to hold these two completely contradictory values at the same time, as long as they don't speak or think about it.
Athletes’ Racial Justice Protest Last Week Made History. But It Wasn’t the First Wildcat Strike in Pro Sports
Pro athletes have gone on strike before over wages, pensions and working conditions, but these protests are about racial justice. It is no accident that Black players, who have talked about their own experiences being racial profiled by police officers, took the lead in organizing the walkouts.
Russia Got What It Wanted
Fifty shades of chaos is now the paint on America’s portrait, spread by the hands of Putin and Trump, no matter what any investigation may find.
The Incredibly Short Rise And Fall Of A Black Republican
The Republican Party of the 1980s had an appeal, at first.
The GOP Remains Loyal To Corporations And Lobbying Groups Over Americans. COVID Hasn’t Changed That.
Trade associations sound innocuous but the term obscures what they really are: lobbying groups that advocate for policies that benefit specific business interests. Among the groups that could potentially qualify for loans under Collins’ and Rubio’s bill are PhRMA, the nation’s top drug lobby, and the American Chemistry Council, which represents big chemical and fossil fuel interests.
Never-Trump GOPers Must Support Democracy Reform To Cleanse Party When He’s Gone
The warning signs that Trump is willing to steal the election -- the sabotage of the postal service, the fight against mail-in ballots -- are unmistakable. After the election, never-Trump activists should turn their fire on the Republicans who enabled Trump, and de-legitimize their influence on the political process.
The Same Racist Rhetoric Used To Oppose D.C. Statehood Keeps The Federal Government Dysfunctional
The venom behind Cotton’s assertion that, “Washington is a city, with all the characteristics of a city, not a state” is a continuation of anti-urban policies that demonize Black and Brown communities as undeserving of federal dollars.
How America Can Get Coronavirus Contact Tracing Right
Decades of research shows that the provision of public goods and services like contact tracing should be done by public employees. States and localities can reassign employees or directly hire new staff.
Trump’s Racist Appeal To The Suburbs Is Backfiring
Trump is trying, and failing, to build a new wall — between cities and their suburbs.
Why Maine’s Ranked Choice Voting System Could Spell Doom For Susan Collins’ Already-Tough Reelection Bid
Susan Collins’ ability to win under these rules is affected by her standing in the state, the configuration of the slate of candidates, and a pattern of partisan polarization toward ranked choice in Maine.
The Army Should Rename Texas’ Fort Hood For Baseball Pioneer Jackie Robinson
Robinson served at Fort Hood from April to November in 1944.
Today’s Congressional Hearing Will Test Big Tech’s Simplest Algorithm: If An Ex-Regulator, Then Hire
The tech companies set to testify before the House today knew for years that a reckoning was in the works. They’ve been building up their defenses, and a key component of that defense is the antitrust enforcement officials who take a trip through the revolving door to the benefit of corporate clients.
The Unlikely Winner In The SCOTUS Trump Tax Cases: Summer Zervos
The Zervos case could be important in an election year because it could shed light on Trump’s mistreatment and alleged sexual assault of women for female voters who make up a key voting bloc.
Why I Still Have Questions For Bill Barr, One Year After Our Last Conversation
It’s been a turbulent thirteen months since I interviewed Barr — both for America and for how justice is carried out in it. As I have observed his work in the Trump administration, I have come to perceive his commitment to presidential authority as relativistic and inextricably entwined with his own subjective “sense of justice.”
The Making of ‘Saint Hillary’: Exploring The Media’s Early Role In Defining The First Lady
Insecure as they were, the hyper-partisans who targeted the Clintons found she could be demonized in a way that hurt him indirectly and, given her own political potential, degraded her future prospects.
What Do Protests Accomplish? 5 Global Lessons From Demonstrations Over Floyd’s Murder
From #BlackLivesMatter to #MeToo, international affairs taught this sexual health educator and ex-State Department staffer an important lesson. To achieve racial justice, we must think globally — creating and sustaining a secure world in the U.S. and beyond.
Biden’s Path To Debate Victory Is Simple: Prove He’s Not Who Trump Says He Is
Trump has painted himself into a deep corner when it comes to the public’s expectations about Biden’s performance.
The Return Of A Native Son
The full scope and dimensions of black voices matter, not just the ones performing blackness for white media.
COVID-19 Might Not Sideline Expansion Of Ranked Choice Voting Reform In These Key States
The most well-known benefit of RCV is ensuring that the winner of an election receives support from the majority of voters. This is critical in heavily contested elections.
Nail In Coffin? Facing Toughest Race Yet, Collins Forced To Answer For Kavanaugh Vote
Susan Collins’ purported centrist credentials have relied in part on her stance as an advocate of reproductive rights. That sort of positioning works well in Maine. But, with her vote for Kavanaugh, Collins lost endorsements that could prove detrimental to her reelection.
November’s Election Could Strain Mechanics Of Democracy To The Breaking Point
During a pandemic, Election Day efficiency is all about poll workers: without enough poll workers, there won’t be enough polling places. Like almost every other city in the United States, it was clear that DC was going to lose a huge percentage of its poll workers in the primaries, because they skew older and are at higher risk for COVD-19. Those losses materialized as expected.
Woodrow Wilson Was Even Worse Than You Think
An incorrigible white supremacist, his racism was fundamental even to his “idealistic” plans for a peaceful post-WWI world order.