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Why Is Socialism Becoming Less Scary?
A look at the new documentary, “The Big Scary ‘S’ Word” in which director Yael Bridge explores how socialist ideas that were once considered radical are now taken for granted by most Americans.
Nothing New: How US Politics Turned Tribal, From George Washington To Donald Trump
Much of what we deplore today is nothing new: nastiness, violence, intolerance, fraud, twisting the election rules, bashing the government, bias in the media, fistfights in Congress, and even a violent coup in North Carolina. We have seen it all before.
Should America Voluntarily Split In Two? Election Day May Force Us To Ask
What to do? As in a marriage that’s been bad for decades, perhaps divorce should be considered.
Boots On For The Boogaloo: A Journey Into The Dark Web Of White Supremacy
Eighty-two of the 150 channels examined in total had appeared after Christchurch, and as such were focused on preparing for violent action — disseminating instructions for how to build pipe bombs and homemade guns, survivalist manuals for the coming race war, and guides to prepare for committing a mass shooting.
Democrats Need To Be Clear About Where This Could Be Headed
The tyrant’s tell, and Pelosi’s obligation.
Trump’s Smear-And-Scream Debate Strategy
President Trump, high school debater.
Trump’s Rhetoric Breeds Radicals Who Think They’ve Been Anointed By POTUS To Fight
A President’s words always matter and until the rhetoric changes from the top, America will remain uncivil and on the brink.
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.