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We Can’t Build Back Better Without Black Workers 
It’s time to focus on the Black unemployment rate to ensure that we keep public investment going until all workers are doing well -- not just the ones who always have. 
How Matt Gaetz’s Legal Problems Could Lead to Campaign Finance Violations
Politicians are not allowed to use campaign funds to pay for personal criminal defense.
Markup Of For The People Act Revealed Depth Of GOP’s Adherence To Disinfo
The Senate panel markup of S.1 included fiery speeches and intense disagreements, giving us an accurate picture of the long and hard fight ahead.
Want To Restore Balance To The Supreme Court? Expand It.
As court expansion becomes more mainstream, it’s becoming clearer that it’s the only way to restore balance to the Supreme Court.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30:  Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) looks on as Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin delivers the annual financial stability report to the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee on January 30, 2018 in Washington, DC. Mnuchin said the Treasury can extend the government's debt limit suspension period into February before it exhausts its borrowing ability.  (Photo by Pete Marovich/Getty Images)
The Rules Dems Could Change To Keep The Tom Cottons Of The Senate From Delaying Biden Noms’ Confirmations
For now, it’s just one Senator threatening to hold up a small number of nominees, but if his tactic is successful at hamstringing their partisan rival, it’s only a matter of time before other Republicans follow Tom Cotton’s lead.
The Quietly Transformational Biden Presidency
SCOTUS Taking Up 2nd Amendment Case Could Mean Cuts To Broad Swaths Of Gun Regulation
The fact that the Court may soon strike down a regulation on the public carry of weapons will have deep political significance.
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.
on June 5, 2018 in Los Angeles, United States.
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.
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