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#ClimateStrike: Thanks to Greta Thunberg, the kids are all right

Among the millions of people worldwide who marched in the Global Climate Strike, the majority by far were students and young people. College students. High school students. Grade school students. They carried homemade signs with strong messages to adults who are failing to do their jobs to save the planet for generations to come. “I’m […]

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A Trump dynasty? Only in sales to suckers

Trump reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale raised eyebrows and invited overall derision when he predicted that the Trump family would turn into a political dynasty that would last for decades. “I just think they’re a dynasty,” he said at a retreat for California Republicans. “I think they’re all amazing people … with amazing capabilities. I […]

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Students plan a worldwide climate strike on Sept. 20. It’s time for adults to join the fight

Prepare to hear a lot of news about the climate crisis the last week of September. A solid week of climate action is scheduled for Sept. 20-27 in the U.S. and around the world. The impetus is the movement started by climate activist Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish teenager who is taking a year off […]

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Republicans want more GOP women in office. Good luck with that.

The Republican Party, finally noticing a lack of lawmakers in their ranks with two X chromosomes, apparently is trying to elect more GOP women to Congress and state legislatures in 2020. Actually, let’s restate that: Republican women are trying to elect more GOP women. The response from the the male leaders and the party as […]

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How many voters are Republicans willing to lose over guns?

Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, and too many Republicans are showing their continued allegiance to a weakened National Rifle Association by refusing to consider meaningful gun safety laws. But they could pay a stiff price in the next election. Immediately after the weekend of the El Paso and Dayton mass shootings, which killed 31 people and […]

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When will the media finally admit that the Trump economy hasn’t been ‘great’?

Throughout the presidency of Donald Trump, the media has parroted the GOP talking point that the economy is “great” (or “booming” or “strong” or “humming along” or whatever word Republicans happened to be using on any given day). Never mind the fact that the economy Trump inherited from President Obama was doing pretty well, thank […]

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Despite outcry over mass shootings, don’t look to Republicans for meaningful gun safety measures

The National Rifle Association might be losing money and its stranglehold on political influence, but it’s still got a toehold in the White House. And that means its $30 million investment to back the 2016 election of Donald Trump is paying off. No matter how incensed and grieving the public is after the recent mass […]

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Forget polls. What will Democrats eat and what policies will they tout at the Iowa State Fair?

For presidential hopefuls, the food stands at the Iowa State Fair are as obligatory a campaign stop as making a speech at the Des Moines Register Soap Box. What candidates eat could count as much as the policies. Speeches are fine, but what really gets a candidate’s mug on TV are shots of them chowing […]

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No surprise: States with the most guns have highest rates of domestic violence gun deaths

A new study confirms what anyone who pays attention to domestic violence already knows: The presence of a gun raises the chance of a fatality, and the victim is most likely to be a woman. As a tweet from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America puts it, “Gun violence IS a woman’s issue.” […]

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Ignore conservatives’ advice on how to pick the Democratic presidential nominee

Spare us from supposedly well-meaning conservative pundits telling the world whom the Democratic Party must — and must not — nominate for president. They’re out of step with the times. It’s still more than six months until the first votes in the Iowa caucuses, a year before the Democratic National Convention, and nearly 16 months […]

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