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Who’s helping women run for office? These groups

If you’re a progressive woman aiming to make a difference in public service, there are a lot of other women willing to help you out. The 2018 midterm election saw a record number of women run for office. There were 235 women candidates for the House and 22 for the Senate. The winners were lopsided […]

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Impeachment hearings offer a civics lesson for students

“How come the president is doing stuff he’s not supposed to do?” That was the question posed to me by my seventh-grade tutoring student. She’s studying for an upcoming test on the U.S. Constitution, and in 2019, you can’t teach the Constitution without having the biggest lesson on U.S. government staring you in the face. […]

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Trump trade war claims more victims: GOP candidates

Donald Trump’s trade war with China is piling up a quite a list of people who have lost jobs, livelihoods, and sometimes their homes: farmers, autoworkers, and factory employees. Now you can add Republican politicians to the list. An academic paper from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business aims to answer the question, Did Trump’s Trade […]

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A new president will rejoin the Paris climate pact, but that’s not nearly enough

As promised, climate denier Donald Trump has made it official — on the first day he legally could, his administration declared that it wanted out of the landmark climate agreement adopted nearly four years ago. After campaigning that climate change was a “hoax,” Trump announced in June 2017 that the U.S. would withdraw from the […]

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How bad are the GOP’s election chances in 2020?

Political prognosticators have been sounding the 2020 doom-and-gloom alarm for the Grandstanding Obsequious Party for a while now. And although any speculation at this point is just that — speculation — there is evidence that Republicans might face trouble up and down the ballot. One of the traditional barometers for a party’s chances in the […]

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One year after Tree of Life shooting, U.S. Jews fear rising anti-Semitism

One year ago, a white supremacist gunman shot and killed 11 worshipers in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh in the deadliest single attack on Jewish Americans. The U.S. Jewish community is still feeling the effects of that tragedy in multiple ways, through both anxiety and actual attacks. The Pittsburgh mass shooting occurred during […]

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Manufacturing slump undercuts Trump claims of economic strength

Of all the ridiculous arguments Donald Trump makes for his reelection, perhaps none is repeated more often than his claim that the U.S. economy is “the greatest economy in the history of our country.” The claim is gibberish, of course, which is why the claim (or some variation thereof) continually rates three out of four […]

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Political murder is headed to the cradle of democracy

The ancient sites may be fragile, but they still have much to teach us. We’re off to Greece to see the wonders of the Parthenon, the Temple of Apollo, the site of the first Olympic Games, and more. Maybe the Oracle of Delphi will give us a hint on who’s going to win the 2020 […]

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Impeachment support grows in polls. How’s it playing back home?

We can see how the arrow of public opinion is moving in favor of the impeachment — and even the removal — of Donald Trump. At the same time, there are doom-and-gloom stories warning Democrats, especially those in swing congressional districts that flipped from red to blue in 2018, that impeaching Trump will be done […]

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Trump impeachment is now all but certain

“I would like you to do us a favor though. … There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great. Biden went around bragging that he stopped the […]

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