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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, the 28th President of the United States, served two four-year terms from 1913-1921. Among his accomplishments was the establishment of the Federal Reserve banking system and the creation of the Federal Trade Commission. He declared war on Germany in 1917, during World War I, and attended the Versailles Peace Conference ending the war. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919 for his Fourteen Point peace plan and his work toward establishing the League of Nations.   (Photo by Oscar White/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)
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.
Addressing Misconduct Will Require A Change in Police Culture. Is Police Leadership Up To The Challenge?
Policing must evolve, and it can do so by developing a Guardian culture.
Why Cops And Their ‘Unions’ Have No Place In The Labor Movement
We face a glaring contradiction with the inclusion of police in the labor movement. The struggle against racist oppression is crucial to labor’s cause, but the professionals of repression are included in one labor body after another.
Will FL’s System Of Felon Pay-To-Vote Disenfranchisement End In Time For November?
The decision to expedite Florida ex-felon voting case is a good sign for those hoping to vote in 2020.
How The GOP Gave Up On Governing In Order To Keep Winning Elections
The GOP's push to win elections at all costs opened the door to a new leader who would cement its status as a post-policy party.
The Cost To Save Our Democracy Is $4 Billion. McConnell Is Refusing To Pay It.
This chaos and voter suppression are entirely preventable. Secretaries of States and election officials should be doing everything in their power to expand mail-in voting, guarantee no-excuse absentee ballots, and expand early voting. And Congress should be providing them the resources to do so.
The US Has Become The World’s Top Exporter Of White Extremism
It’s time for the U.S. to confront this transnational movement.
It’s Time For Biden To Be More Specific On His Voting Rights Platform
Biden should be at the forefront of the democracy fight, especially as President Trump attempts to polarize voting by mail by promulgating myths about voter fraud. This requires a strong, clear, and detailed vision of what American democracy should look like. 
Super-Spreader Cops: Police Conduct, Crack Down On Protesters Endangers Everyone Amid COVID
In addition to the direct physical assaults of protesters at the hands of police, the use of tear gas, pepper spray and the arrests of citizens for non-serious alleged offenses has put us all at deeper risk of contracting the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus.
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 02: NYPD officers block the exit of the Manhattan Bridge as hundreds protesting police brutality and systemic racism attempt to cross into the borough of Manhattan from Brooklyn hours after a citywide curfew went into effect in New York City. Days of protest, sometimes violent, have followed in many cities across the country in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25th. (Photo by Scott Heins/Getty Images)
WI Dems Acted Quickly To Spur Voter Turnout In April. Can They Maintain That Momentum This Fall?
If the Wisconsin Democratic Party truly can learn and adapt on the fly, as it seems to have done in April, it could be a game-changer for the state and even the country.
Elections During A Crisis: Vote-By-Mail Is One Of Several Solutions
States should modify election procedures as necessary to deal with the rise of COVID 19. Having a diversity of avenues for voting in person, absentee, curbside, on site at hospitals and other such facilities enhances the stability of the system, maximizing the likelihood that elections may continue despite whatever unexpected threat emerges.
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Ongoing Outcry Over The Death Of Ahmaud Arbery Is Key To Returning Sovereignty To Black Americans
Certain Americans risk their lives when walking, driving, or jogging, while others can carry assault rifles into the Michigan statehouse in their unified protest. Such discrepancies point to the fact that although many enjoy some semblance of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, others are denied the right to life, period.
We Can’t Let Him Get Away With It: Trump Chose Wall Street Over Main Street
The Trump administration played a central role in crafting the CARES Act, a piece of legislation that has bailed out Wall Street and not Main Street. The designers of the CARES Act must be held responsible for their actions.
A view of messages of support outside New York Presbyterian-Queens during the coronavirus pandemic on May 12, 2020 in Queens borough of New York City. COVID-19 has spread to most countries around the world, claiming over 270,000 lives with over 3.9 million infections reported.  (Photo by John Nacion/NurPhoto)
Five Ways Immigrants Are Helping Their Fellow Americans Fight COVID-19
Trump's exclusionary rhetoric on immigrants was never true. But it is especially harmful to the United States as the country works to fight against this deadly pandemic and rebuild its economy in the aftermath.
Trump And Other Top Officials All Vote By Mail. But There’s A Reason You’d Never Know That.
For the last several weeks, Trump has used the White House podium to denigrate the very practice he’s been taking advantage of, and he’s deployed his Republican cronies to spread mail in voting conspiracies to the public. 
The Voting Rights of Florida Citizens Hang in the Balance Once Again
The trial in Jones v. DeSantis started last week.
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