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Is Democracy Really in Danger in the US?

How is democracy faring these days? The conventional wisdom is that it’s doing pretty poorly, and not just in the US. Look at Hungary and Poland. Or Brazil. On the flip side, there’s the ascendancy and ...

Added January 26, 2021

The Senate Has Used the Filibuster to Block Civil Rights Bills for Decades. That’s Another Reason for Dems to Ditch It.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has a pair of priorities as his party assumes control of the Senate for the first time in six years. One is sweeping legislation that tackles every facet of democracy reform ...

Added January 26, 2021

Raw Data: Influenza Death Rates

Here’s something unexpected that I ran across by accident. Despite the fact that Black people have lower flu vaccination rates and higher hospitalization rates compared to white people, their death rate ...

Added January 22, 2021

The Insurrection Was Put Down. The GOP Plan for Minority Rule Marches On.

In 2018, Democrats swept every statewide race in Wisconsin, ending nearly a decade of Republican rule. “The voters spoke,” Democrat Tony Evers said after defeating incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. “A change ...

Added January 22, 2021

The Insurrection Was Put Down. The GOP Plan For Minority Rule Marches On

In 2018, Democrats swept every statewide race in Wisconsin, ending nearly a decade of Republican rule. “The voters spoke,” Democrat Tony Evers said after defeating incumbent Gov. Scott Walker. “A change ...

Added January 22, 2021

Biden’s COVID Plan Is Simple. Trump Could Have Done It and Saved More Than 130,000 Lives.

On Biden’s second day in office, he issued a slew of executive actions aimed at curbing the coronavirus pandemic, and they came at a particularly desperate moment. By most counts, more than 400,000 Americans ...

Added January 22, 2021

We’ve Had a White Supremacist Coup Before. History Buried It.

The parallels between the only successful coup in the United States and the failed insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6 are uncanny. On November 10, 1898 in Wilmington, North Carolina a mob inflamed ...

Added January 22, 2021

What Do We Do With Trump’s Lackeys and Enablers Now?

In 1954, Eugen Kogon worried that the “the silent gradual, creeping, unstoppable return” of the ex-Nazis seemed to be the “fate” of Germany’s new democracy. Kogon, a Christian socialist intellectual who ...

Added January 22, 2021

Biden Pledged to Fight White Supremacy. Prominent Conservatives Felt Personally Attacked.

On Wednesday afternoon, President Joe Biden’s inaugural address was a call for unity, healing, and reconciliation. In his first speech delivered to the nation as president, Biden name-checked some of the ...

Added January 22, 2021

When the Pandemic Gutted Oil Revenues, Wind Power Rescued Wyoming’s Capital City

This story was originally published by High Country News and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Robin Lockman feared the worst for her town of ...

Added January 21, 2021

“Sense of Entitlement”: Rioters Faced Few Consequences Invading State Capitols. No Wonder They Turned to the US Capitol Next.

This story was originally published by ProPublica. The gallery in the Idaho House was restricted to limited seating on the first day of a special session in late August. Lawmakers wanted space to socially ...

Added January 21, 2021

The Apprentice

On the morning of January 6, hours before a right-wing mob attacked Congress, leaving five people dead and halting the peaceful transfer of presidential power for the first time in the nation’s history ...

Added January 21, 2021

“Sense of Entitlement”: Rioters Faced Few Consequences Invading State Capitols. No Wonder They Turned to the U.S. Capitol Next.

This story was originally published by ProPublica. The gallery in the Idaho House was restricted to limited seating on the first day of a special session in late August. Lawmakers wanted space to socially ...

Added January 21, 2021

4 Years Ago Trump Talked Carnage. 2 Weeks Ago There Was an Insurrection. Today a New Chapter Began.

Today, two weeks after an armed mob stormed the US Capitol, Joe Biden was inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States. Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president, making her the first woman ...

Added January 20, 2021

There’s Still Slavery in Mauritania. That Didn’t Stop ICE From Deporting People There on Tuesday.

On the final full day of the Trump administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement deported between four and six Mauritarians to a nation the Trump administration had once punished for having failed ...

Added January 20, 2021

Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address Was a Plea for “Unity.” But Healing the Nation’s “Soul” Won’t Be Easy.

Joe Biden didn’t know how right he was. Throughout the 2020 campaign, he insisted he was engaging in a “battle for the soul of the nation.” It sounded like a highfalutin bumper-sticker metaphor, readymade ...

Added January 20, 2021

Joe Biden Becomes President to “Heal” the Nation’s “Soul.” It Won’t Be Easy.

Joe Biden didn’t know how right he was. Throughout the 2020 campaign, he insisted he was engaging in a “battle for the soul of the nation.” It sounded like a high-falutin’ bumper-sticker metaphor, ready ...

Added January 20, 2021

Trump Never Cared About His Fans. His Pardons Prove It.

With his final acts before leaving office, President Donald Trump revealed a deep contempt for his supporters—and for the platform he ran on. At around 1 am Wednesday, his last day in office, Trump undid ...

Added January 20, 2021

Liveblog: Biden Sworn in as the 46th President of the United States

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the inauguration of Joe Biden. Today’s ceremony looked starkly different from previous inaugurations in light of the pandemic. Unprecedented security measures are in place ...

Added January 20, 2021

Poet Amanda Gorman Won the Inauguration

Twenty-two-year-old Amanda Gorman just made history as the sixth and the youngest poet to perform at a presidential inauguration in the history of the United States. She follows in the footsteps of such ...

Added January 20, 2021

Jennifer Lopez Broke Into Spanish During Her Inauguration Performance, and We Are Here for It

There’s a lot to say about the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, but I just want to pause for a second to soak up one of the many moments that signaled to many of us ...

Added January 20, 2021

Joe Biden Isn’t Wasting Any Time Reversing Donald Trump’s Horrible Legacy on Immigration

As he promised during his campaign, on his first day in office President Joe Biden will attempt to reverse a number of former president Donald Trump’s most draconian immigration policies. He is sending ...

Added January 20, 2021

Liveblog: Biden Sworn in as 46th President of the United States

Happy Wednesday and welcome to the inauguration of Joe Biden. Today’s ceremony, which will look starkly different from previous inaugurations in light of the pandemic, kicks off at 12 p.m. ET. Unprecedented ...

Added January 20, 2021

Live Blog: Biden to Take Office Amid Unprecedented Challenges

Good morning and welcome to the inauguration of Joe Biden. Today’s ceremony, which will look starkly different from previous inaugurations in light of the pandemic, kicks off at 12 p.m. ET. Unprecedented ...

Added January 20, 2021

The Trump Presidency Ends With 400,000 COVID Deaths

On the final full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the United States reached another grim milestone during four years marked by plenty of grim milestones. By most measures, 400,000 people in the US now ...

Added January 20, 2021