Tag: State of the Nation

Are Paralegals the Key to Affordable Legal Advice?

Limiting the practice of law only to licensed lawyers probably made sense at the time, given that lawyers were largely solo practitioners. While some offices employed legal assistants, the creation of a professional class of paralegals didn’t begin until the 1960s, as legal work became increasingly complex. Today, legal services are an outlier in terms […]

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The Vindication of Joe Biden

New York isn’t an outlier, either. New Jersey’s 7th is rated basically a draw by Cook. Virginia’s 2nd is R+2. Texas’s 15th, a majority-Hispanic district, is R+1. McCarthy, or whoever the new speaker is, will have roughly eight to 10 first-term incumbents representing swingy districts. They will be begging their leadership not to go all […]

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Who Said It: Elon Musk or Mr. Burns?

The Simpsons’s Mr. Burns and Elon Musk share an eerie number of similarities. Each is the richest person in his respective universe—Springfield for the former, planet Earth for the latter. They boast about their green energy initiatives of electric cars and nuclear power plants, but use their power to advance right-wing politics and fuel their […]

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The January 6 Committee Is Wrapping Up. Here’s What Mehdi Hasan, Laurence Tribe, and Other Experts Hope It Accomplishes.

As Trump’s Big Lie festers among the Republican Party and political norms continue to erode, we at The New Republic are pretty concerned about the future of small “d” democracy, both in the U.S. and abroad. So we’ve started a series we’ve termed Democracy Watch, wherein we will regularly survey experts, writers, and generally interesting thinkers on a […]

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The Office Workers of Kyiv Hit the CrossFit Gym—for Weapons Training

For Poloviy, with time came the recognition that the war would be a matter of months or years, not days. He began to feel that every citizen should have the basic skills not just to deal with a Russian invasion, but to handle any unexpected, catastrophic events. His friends in the course feel the same. […]

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Michael Bennet Authored the Democrats’ Most Successful Pandemic Aid Program. Why Is His Senate Reelection Shaky?

Kaite Dunn, a social worker and Denver-based parent of a young son, told me that the monthly $300 disbursement gave their family “breathing room,” helping them address childcare costs, groceries, housing, and the other bills, big or small, that quickly stack up to overwhelm even a middle-class family. But beyond their personal experience, Dunn, who […]

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Is Gretchen Whitmer the Democrats’ Next Presidential Nominee?

But fast-forward to final months of the campaign, and Whitmer’s situation isn’t as it once was—and neither is the political dynamic of the country. To the casual observer, everything that might have gone right for Whitmer seemed to have fallen into place, setting up what should be an easy election night in November. Rather than […]

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How an Underground Network of Ministers and Rabbis Helped Women Get Abortions Before Roe

Some of these precautions implemented by the service were too burdensome for those who needed help the most. In a New York magazine article from August 1969, journalist Susan Brownmiller describes a scene in which a woman calls Reverend Moody to ask about abortion care. The pastor, nervous that the line could be tapped by […]

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Defund Social Workers

If social workers are by and large earnest, gentle, well-intentioned individuals, they are also unavoidably narcs. In their defense, mandated reporters go through trainings that usually focus on how and when to make a call, not what happens after. Trainings are often “vague,” said Joyce McMillan, the founder of JMacForFamilies, whose children were removed from […]

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Stephen Miller Spent the Trump Years Testing the Bounds of Executive Authority. Now He’s Testing the Legal System.

In addition to America First Legal, CPI last year spawned the Center for Renewing America, another culture-war group, headed by Russ Vought, former director of Trump’s Office of Management and Budget, and the Election Integrity Network, chaired by Cleta Mitchell, who was on the famous phone call where Trump urged Georgia Secretary of State Brad […]

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There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be a Scammy Nonprofit

While Charity Navigator initially placed an advisory on QL+, noting the allegations in the Los Angeles Times, it removed any mention of the scandal, following communication between the two parties and what a Charity Navigator official described as proof of “corrective action.” In internal emails, the QL+ leader also expressed a need to focus on […]

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Amazon’s Global Quest to Crush Unions

The “Amazon Way” manifests differently country to country. In Sweden, the company uses third-party workers; in France and Italy, collective bargaining is predominantly sectoral, and Amazon chooses to identify itself with the sector that pays the least. In France, for example, it tried to designate itself as a small business, or, as Hoffman put it, […]

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How Red States Use Regressive Grocery Taxes to Feed the Rich

Advocates at Alabama Arise have pushed a cap on the FIT deduction as the way to raise the revenue needed to repeal the grocery tax. But it’s generally been difficult to sway conservatives to support any tax increase. Still, Gundlach said, this past session was the closest the campaign had gotten in more than a […]

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The Endless Shame of Guantanamo Bay

Wilner met with the families in Kuwait, visited Amnesty International, and “learned more information that a lot of these people really may not be the right guys,” as he later put it. He discovered that bounties were being offered in Arab and Muslim countries to anyone who turned over individuals to the United States, even […]

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