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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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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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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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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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Trump lost farm votes over his China trade war. Now climate change may cost him more.

Donald Trump is counting on the votes of the nation’s farmers to propel him to another electoral victory in 2020. But given all the ways they’re being hurt by his policies, he better think again. Nearly 70 percent of the nation’s farmers cast votes for Trump in 2016. It’s likely that many from that group […]

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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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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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Of course Trump’s tweets were racist. But they’re a losing proposition in the long run

Donald Trump’s tweetstorm telling four Democratic congresswomen of color to go back to the “crime-infested and corrupt” countries they came from reflected the kind of racism he espoused during his campaign and throughout his presidency. He’s planning to double down on that racism to try to win reelection, and immediate polls showed that his standing […]

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