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Dominion Voting Systems’ Legal Rampage Against Trump’s Grifters

Five days later, Newsmax gave Lindell an interview to discuss the fact that Twitter had banned Lindell’s account for spreading election disinformation and then had banned MyPillow’s corporate account because Lindell had used it to circumvent the ban on his personal account. Newsmax knew that the discussion of those bans was an invitation to have […]

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No One’s Buying the Republicans’ Deficit Fearmongering Anymore

It’s a much harder task to sort the “winners” and “losers” of a global pandemic. While it was possible to chide those who took out loans with too-good-to-be-true terms back during the build-up to the subprime mortgage collapse, it’s more difficult to label people “undeserving” in the wake of the coronavirus crisis. The fact that […]

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The Supreme Court Could Demolish Another Pillar of the Voting Rights Act

Largely siding with the DNC is Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, a Democrat who oversees the state’s election system. She told the Supreme Court that the other side’s reading of Section 2 would immunize a broad swath of state election laws from review under the VRA’s remaining provisions. “In a radical departure from the […]

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Rush Limbaugh Made America Worse

You could fill shelves of books with Limbaugh’s vile statements. He spent decades denigrating gay people, mocking people with AIDS, and fighting against equal rights for LGBTQ people. He suggested that Jesse Jackson looked like “all composite pictures of wanted criminals” and compared watching NFL games to watching the “Bloods and the Crips without weapons.” […]

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Andrew Cuomo Wishes He Were Ron DeSantis

Not long ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was amiably shrugging off speculation that he was the leading candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2024 presidential nomination. An August poll found that he was leading in nearly all demographics—the first choice of men, women, voters over 30, and white voters; he led in every region except […]

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The Capitol Riot Killed “Both Sides” Journalism

When the vast majority of Senate Republicans voted against convicting Trump—just as the vast majority of House Republicans voted against impeachment—it was a dark day for America. But let us not overlook that it also was an invalidation of the trauma experienced by those who thought they would perish in the attack that day, including […]

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Would Everyone Please Have Some Pity for Poor Donald Trump?

Five people died when Trump supporters besieged the Capitol last month, including Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. Two other Capitol Police officers have since died by suicide. Others suffered a host of physical injuries from their clashes with pro-Trump rioters, including brain damage, fractured bones, bruises, and lacerations. One officer lost an eye. More than […]

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Trump’s Guilt Is Far Beyond a Reasonable Doubt

In a healthy, functioning democracy, that would be all that was necessary. “Senators, America, we need to exercise our common sense about what happened,” Maryland’s Jamie Raskin, the lead House manager, told senators on Wednesday. “Let’s not get caught up in a lot of outlandish theories here. Exercise your common sense about what just took […]

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The Damnable Senators of the Republican Party

Some Republican senators appeared moved by the presentation. Others were not. “Well, you know, I mean, you have a summer where people all over the country were doing similar kinds of things,” Missouri Senator Roy Blunt said after the presentation, apparently referring to the George Floyd protests and riots last year. “I don’t know what […]

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The Historical Revisionism of Trump’s Impeachment Defense

Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial begins on Tuesday, and both of the legal teams have now filed their final briefs before the main event. Managers from the House of Representatives, who will serve as de facto prosecutors, submitted their five-page response to Trump’s answers to the impeachment charges on Monday afternoon. The Trump team’s answers […]

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Trump’s Final Defense of His Presidency May Be His Most Deranged

This is a perfectly Trumpian mishmash of nonsense. His lawyers constantly refer to him as the forty-fifth president, as if calling him the “former president” would inflict some sort of psychic damage upon his wounded soul. It emphasizes how Trump is the victim here, not the people injured or killed last month because of him. […]

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The GameStop Saga Is the First Post-Trump Story

For much of the past week, one story has dominated the news: The share price of GameStop, a brick-and-mortar retail chain that sells physical copies of video games in the cloud computing age. A few weeks ago, we would have found it remarkable that any kind of news event could be fashioned from these raw […]

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The Trump Era Could Have Been Much, Much Worse

“Have to take serious look at appropriate individual targets, to bring greatest impact,” he wrote in shorthand notes seized by federal agents. “Professors, DR’s, Politian’s [sic], Judges, leftists in general. Look up tactics used during Ukrainian civil war. During unrest target both sides to increase tension. In other words provoke gov/police to over react which […]

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Biden’s Bipartisan Dream Is Already Over

In December 2017, President Trump signed an executive order dramatically reducing the sizes of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah, opening the door to oil and gas drilling on formerly protected land. Last week, as part of a flurry of first day executive actions, President Biden signed an order launching a […]

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Mitch McConnell Is Killing the Filibuster

So if Democrats control the Senate, why couldn’t they just pass the organizing resolution with fifty votes and Harris? That’s how legislatures are supposed to work, right? Because McConnell could simply filibuster it. And as long as 40 other Republican senators stand by him, the Democrats can’t actually force him to hand over full control […]

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Can the White House Press Briefing Be Saved?

This administration appears to be well-organized and disciplined. Its early appointments are full of familiar Beltway hands, most of whom have decades of experience. There are no Kayleigh McEnanys or Omarosas or Johnny McEntees. There are no bombthrowers; no one who sees administration experience as a pathway to a lucrative post-politics career in partisan media; […]

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Trump’s Final Act of Extraordinary Corruption

Donald Trump’s presidency died on Wednesday as it lived: in a last-minute torrent of corruption. His final batch of pardons doled out mercy to a motley crew of personal and political allies, rap artists, well-connected ex-businessmen and financiers, and a few deserving recipients. Hours later, he signed an executive order to remove restrictions on his […]

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The Hard Truth About Joe Biden

In January 1973, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., a 30-year-old county councilman who won an upset election by just over 3,000 votes, was sworn in as one of the youngest senators in the nation’s history. Today, at 78, he will take office as our oldest elected president. The 48 years Biden has spent in national politics […]

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The Call Is Coming From Inside the House (and Senate)

How in the world did we get here? I could cite no shortage of structural factors. The collapse of the legislative process means that most members now play a more performative role in Washington than a substantive one, which incentivizes outlandish or viral behavior over more durable accomplishments. A decade of extreme partisan gerrymandering created […]

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Democrats Shouldn’t Just Restore American Democracy. They Should Reinvent It.

The supposed stewards of democracy in our government have made basic civic participation something closer to a luxury good than a universal right. Poverty and racism are clear barriers to voting and running for office; lack of transportation, the fact that elections aren’t national holidays, outright voter suppression, a dearth of public campaign finance laws—all […]

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Trump’s Impeachment Can’t Wait

Unlike in last year’s impeachment saga, Congress actually has considerable cross-partisan support to act. A number of leading conservatives have backed Trump’s removal, including once-stalwart Trump defenders such as National Review and the Wall Street Journal editorial board. “This was an assault on the constitutional process of transferring power after an election. It was also […]

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Next Week Might Be Too Late to Impeach Trump

Unlike in last year’s impeachment saga, Congress actually has considerable cross-partisan support to act. A number of leading conservatives have backed Trump’s removal, including once-stalwart Trump defenders such as National Review and the Wall Street Journal editorial board. “This was an assault on the constitutional process of transferring power after an election. It was also […]

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The Violent Crescendo of the MAGA Conspiracies

“For one day, on January 6th, you, Vice President Pence, will be the most powerful man on earth…On that day, you and you alone will have the power to set not just America, but all of humanity free—or you will have the power to sentence us all to slavery.” Thus wrote the anonymous blogger Neon […]

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The Corporations Funding the End of Democracy

The following is a non-exhaustive list of them, as documented on the committee’s publicly available IRS Form 8872s: 1-800 Contacts, 3M, Amazon, Anheuser-Busch, Autozone, Bank of America, Best Buy, Boeing, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Capital One, Charter Communications, Chevron, Citigroup, Coca-Cola, Comcast, ConocoPhillips, Deloitte, Dominion Energy, DraftKings, Ebay, Eli Lilly, ExxonMobil, Facebook, Farmer’s Group, FedEx, Freedom Financial, […]

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The Dangerous Historical Precedent for Ted Cruz’s Shameless Electoral College Gambit

What’s deeply troubling, however, is that any senators besides Cruz, for whom political stunts are his stock-in-trade, would consider it in the first place. Other Republican senators, such as Nebraska’s Ben Sasse, have publicly indicated that their colleagues know Trump’s claims are baseless but support them anyway, out of political expediency and raw ambition. But […]

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The Case for Giving Workers Ownership Rights

Full worker cooperatives comprise a small portion of the American economy today. An annual survey by the Democracy at Work Institute and the U.S. Federation of Worker Cooperatives, in 2018, estimated that there are around 800 of them, and those that were verified by researchers employed fewer than 7,000 workers. But around 14 million workers […]

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The Conservative War Against the Black Church

Conservatives claim long-standing tradition for their suspicion of the political, citing scripture on the supremacy of the spiritual realm, ignoring scripture on structural sin, and generally pretending that Jesus and centuries of his followers didn’t make broad demands for a new society and instead sought merely crumbs for the poor and outcast. History, however, reveals […]

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Jen O’Malley Dillon Fell Into Joe Biden’s Unity Trap

In the primary, people would mock him, like, “You think you can work with Republicans?” I’m not saying they’re not a bunch of fuckers. Mitch McConnell is terrible. But this sense that you couldn’t wish for that, you couldn’t wish for this bipartisan ideal? He rejected that. From start to finish, he set out with […]

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Republicans for Recession

In March, a partisan Republican calculus on whether to assist state and local governments might have been screw ’em, it’s only the blue states. That’s what Trump would be saying out loud the following month. But there was also much reason to fear that a second Great Depression was brewing, for which Trump would be […]

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Bill Barr Will Go Down in History as Trump’s Worst Enabler

But the strategem worked, giving Trump a political boost as Barr turned his efforts towards counter-attacks. He launched multiple investigations into the Russia investigation’s origins and tactics, including one by U.S. attorney John Durham that failed to produce any results before the November election. On December 1, Barr revealed that he appointed Durham as a […]

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HUD Deserves Better Than Marcia Fudge

But the chronic disinvestment in HUD carries over to its leadership. The position of HUD secretary has historically been treated by Republican and Democratic presidents alike as a reward for good behavior—more like an ambassadorship doled out to political loyalists than a post for subject-area experts at the peak of a long career. Former San […]

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