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Hey, Howard Schultz: We don’t need another unqualified, inexperienced billionaire as president

When you’re white, male, and super-rich, you must think that the rest of the world owes you their attention. And too many in the media (many also white, male, and wealthy, if not super-rich) are treating the teases from former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz about running as an independent as the most important story in […]

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Nancy Pelosi: The real master of the ‘Art of the Deal’

Can we finally retire the narratives against Nancy Pelosi? You remember the ones — they come up every election season. They’re false, they’re unfair, and after Pelosi stood her ground against Donald Trump, they should be put to bed once and for all. She can’t be effective. Excuse me, but who led the fight for […]

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The human costs of the Trump shutdown

Make no mistake: Donald Trump’s decision to throw temper tantrums and keep the government shut down until he gets his $5.7 billion border wall is hurting people. And the shutdown is going to hurt a lot more people before it’s over. The worst-off, of course, are those employees who won’t get paid and are genuinely […]

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Coal is dying, and Trump knows it

Of all the empty promises Donald Trump made on the campaign trail in 2016, perhaps the cruelest one was the vow he made to coal miners that the coal mining industry would come roaring back. It hasn’t. And it never will. In the first year of the Trump presidency, the administration announced with much fanfare […]

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2018 voting gender gap is becoming an abyss

The figures are stunning, but they’re really not surprising. The energy of women voters to turn out in this year’s midterm elections has been building since November of 2016. There have now been a few polls conducted after the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court — a move that was supposed to make […]

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Today’s grandmothers should call out Trump, as this GOP grandmother did to Nixon in 1974

The recent passing of my husband’s uncle brought the inevitable sorting of photos, papers, letters, and other memorabilia. Unearthed in all of this was a letter my husband’s grandmother wrote to Richard Nixon in 1974 asking him to ‘fess up to his part in the Watergate conspiracy. It’s doubtful that he followed her advice (or […]

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We don’t need an anonymous op-ed to tell us Trump is nuts

The political world is agog, agape, and aghast about the anonymous opinion piece in The New York Times trashing Donald Trump. The Times essay, described as being written by “a senior official in the Trump administration,” delivers the news of a “resistance” within the White House itself, trying to protect the country from the worst […]

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The racist stain of Trump’s presidency

Whatever happens to Donald Trump, however long it takes before he’s out of office, there’s one area where it will be hard to stop the spread of his poisonous politics: his stoking of racial hatred. Trump and Republicans keep trying to turn the murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts, allegedly done by an immigrant […]

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Trump tariffs hurting farmers, and GOP could pay a price in midterms

You get what you vote for. Farmers in rural America overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election. Figures from Pew Research show that 62 percent of voters in small towns and rural areas—men and women both—voted for Trump. And now those farmers are seeing the results of those votes as the trade war […]

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How deep are ties between Russia and the GOP?

Recent events have driven home the point that Russian influence in American Republican politics is more prevalent than previously thought. The examples are numerous — and very serious: Donald Trump’s rejection of the conclusion of U.S. intelligence services about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and Trump’s embrace of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s denial […]

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