Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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All but six senators supporting objections to the counting of Arizona’s electoral college votes slunk away when it came time to cast final votes. Consider those who remained the Dirty Half Dozen: Republican Sens. Ted Cruz (Tex.), Josh Hawley (Mo.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (Miss.), John Neely Kenned…

Wednesday, January 06, 2021
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In its most recent exercise of liberal democracy, the state senate of Massachusetts voted 32-8 to override Gov. Charlie Baker’s veto of what is called the Roe Act.

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Like the little boy haunted by ghosts in the horror movie “The Sixth Sense,” President Donald Trump sees dead people everywhere. He thinks at least 5,000 of them voted in Georgia during the presidential election and were part of a broader conspiracy that deprived him of a victory in the state.

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In a world in which lawmakers honored their oaths, Republicans would have voted to impeach President Donald Trump for his conduct detailed in the Mueller report or for attempting to extort Ukraine to help his reelection. They would have forced him to resign or induced him not to run in 2020.…

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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The U.S. economy runs on immigration. Immigrants support crucial industries, pay huge amounts in taxes, take care of children and the elderly, sustain American innovation and — perhaps most importantly — make the country a more attractive destination for multinational investment.

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As if an attempted coup, insulting the “totally incompetent and weak” Supreme Court (including three appointees who supposedly were his big gift to conservatives), and refusing even to comment on the covid-19 surge did not make it clear, President Donald Trump’s recent actions should show he…

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One of the highest compliments I ever received came at the end of a speaking engagement when an old gentleman walked up to me and said, “Son, listening to you is like a dose of good medicine.”

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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Pastor Tony Spell is a man who takes his texts seriously. He believes in the plain truth of the Bible and the First Amendment. And that’s why Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, La. will be having Christmas services as usual this year.

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There was never a question of who would quit. As a preschool teacher in Cedar Rapids, Samantha Roy made less than one-fifth of her husband’s salary. Now, Roy, 37, is managing virtual learning for their four kids and feels like she’s falling apart. She represents a phenomenon that sociologist…

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes various gatherings and holiday celebrations with family and friends. It is no recent news that this year is very different from last year, especially when it comes to planning holiday celebrations. Despite the declaration of a countywide mas…

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A spate of surveys shows a significant majority of Americans (maybe 60%, a couple of polls report) thinks President-elect Joe Biden won the election. (This is akin to “What color is George Washington’s white horse?”) That means 40% or so of Americans are utterly deluded. And with a new appre…

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It’s my fervent hope the two Georgia Senate runoff elections are the last time conservatives will be forced to vote for Republicans because no conservative alternatives exist. For over 30 years conservatives have been told by the rich who run the Republican Party that we have no choice but t…

Wednesday, December 09, 2020
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He came in by ambulance short of breath. Already started on oxygen by the paramedics. Still, he was clearly laboring just to breathe. He looked sick. Uncomfortable. Scared. As we got him over to the gurney and wrestled his shirt off to switch to a hospital gown, there was one thing that we a…

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As the country stared into the abyss of a once-in-a-generation health and economic crisis earlier this year, Congress responded by passing five bills totaling approximately $3 trillion in relief to stave off disaster. Most economists agree that this prompt action kept millions out of poverty…

Wednesday, December 02, 2020
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In politics, conventional wisdom embodies a narrative created by like-minded individuals who promote it relentlessly until it achieves credibility and acceptance by a broader audience.

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The global Internet no longer exists. There are already two Internets: the borderless and largely free Internet that you and I use every day; and the Chinese-style Internet walled off from the rest of the world and heavily surveilled by state authorities. Increasingly, other countries are st…

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The definition of insanity — doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result — is an apt description of the post-election punditry. After yet another election in which polling proved wildly misleading in multiple ways (e.g., the popular-vote margin for president, th…

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
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With the Pentagon’s announcement that U.S. forces in Afghanistan will be cut in half — to 2,500 — by inauguration day, after 19 years, it appears the end to America’s longest war may be in sight.

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When the final chapter is written on the impact Donald Trump’s presidency has had on government, it will tell the story of an administration that has undermined its capabilities in ways that are both well-known and under the radar. At best, this administration has sabotaged its own success. …

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Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and other members of President Donald Trump’s legal team, in spouting their bizarre, incoherent conspiracy theories about voter fraud, have made clear they want to overturn the election in large part by excluding ballots from Black voters. Without Wayne County, M…

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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ABC’s “This Week” made the poor journalistic choice on Sunday to air interviews with Trump voters who made irrational, fact-free claims — or simply revealed their inability to cope with reality. Sorry, but a Trump voter declaring he simply cannot believe President-elect Joe Biden got 78 mill…

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A few days after the election last week, when things were still a bit murky, I made an offhand remark to some friends about what kind of hat I should crochet for the march that would be taking place the day after Joe Biden’s anticipated inauguration.

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In a welcome break from increasingly grim news about the pandemic, Pfizer reported encouraging results last week from its COVID-19 vaccine trial. And Moderna made a similar announcement Monday. But the path to vaccine-based protection will require more than just the science working in our fa…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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Karl Rove, an influential Republican strategist, wrote in The Wall Street Journal that President Trump’s political prospects are “more dire” than they were four years ago. “In such a bizarre year, anything is possible. But possible doesn’t mean likely. As insurance, Republicans better fight …

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It’s time for Americans to plan for a very different kind of Thanksgiving. Many of us need to be prepared to accept a Thanksgiving where we do not see our loved ones in person — or if we do, only with serious precautions.

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When Amy Coney Barrett was nominated to a judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals in 2017, Sen. Dianne Feinstein was taken aback by the Notre Dame law professor’s Catholic convictions about the right to life.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
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It wasn’t too long ago that the news was filled with reports of violent protests in Portland, Oregon; Seattle; Washington, D.C., and other cities around the nation. And then ... silence. Networks and newspapers are going wall-to-wall with analyses of every syllable uttered by President Trump…

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Democrats should put an end to the Supreme Court confirmation charade. The Republican Party picks a right-wing judge off a list approved by right-wing advocates based on her record of hostility to abortion rights and to the court’s 2012 ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act and her skepti…

Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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On the one hand, to hear Senate Republicans tell it, Democrats are barely this side of evil incarnate. They “have hung the American people out to dry,” said Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., this month. They “stand for radical leftism and hating Trump,” claimed Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in August.

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Voters who do not want to be ruled by unelected judges want President Donald Trump to nominate and the Republican Senate to confirm the next Supreme Court justice. If Democrats deploy outrageous delaying tactics such as conducting a sham impeachment — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., re…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Recent reporting on President Donald Trump’s private contempt for U.S. troops resonates because it echoes what he has said in public. His decision to lie to Americans about the COVID-19 virus threat, reported in Bob Woodward’s new book “Rage,” has now been acknowledged by Trump. That, too, m…

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The convenient catchall “women of color” is an easy descriptor in a world obsessed with shorthand and acronyms. But, as Black women, we stiffen. The phrase evokes the subtlety and complexity of identities erased over the span of 401 years.