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Baron Wormser: Conspiracy and Character

Not so strangely, the events of January 6 have a Roman cast to them as a vengeful, self-styled emperor urges the plebeians to attack the Capitol

June 24, 2022 · 3 Comments

Ellen McGrath Smith: An American Dream

I dreamed I bought a gun. At a Rite-Aid. 
It was heavy, brightly colored, a girl-gun.

June 8, 2022 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Small Bodies Drop

The U.S. has 4% of the world’s population, and 46% of its guns; its gun violence is soaring, with over 45,000 dead in shootings in 2020, an increase of 35%; gun violence is now the leading cause of death among young people; there have been two dozen school shootings so far this year.

May 31, 2022 · Leave a comment

Jenny Breen: The ‘Raw Judicial Power’ of Samuel Alito Is an Attack on Dignity, Autonomy, and Progress

What is the end game here for the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority? It’s not pretty.

May 6, 2022 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Rape as Opportunity

Despite the longtime support of up to three-quarters of Americans for that fundamental right, GOP lawmakers have introduced 536 bills in 42 states to restrict or outright ban abortion, all in lethal preparation for SCOTUS’ anticipated reversing or at least gutting of Roe when it hears arguments on Mississippi’s post-15-week abortion ban in June.

May 5, 2022 · Leave a comment

Lisa Graves: Who Bankrolled Ginni Thomas as She Sought to Overthrow the 2020 Election?

And who funded the $1.5 million ad buy attacking Ketanji Brown Jackson and promoting justice Thomas?

May 4, 2022 · 1 Comment

Thom Hartmann: Like a Bizarre Johnny Appleseed, Trump Has Planted the Seeds of Extreme Antisocial Behavior—And It Cannot Be Ignored

We’ve always had authoritarians among us, but they’ve been given an opening they never had before.

February 21, 2022 · 1 Comment

Abby Zimet: Still Ripping Things Up, Still Bewilderingly Roaming Free

Somehow, brazen crimes by the former fascist-in-chief keep surfacing. (Feel free to stop now if you understandably don’t want to read any more about this affront to humanity. Lamentably, it’s … Continue reading

February 10, 2022 · 7 Comments

Stephanie L. Harper: A Crown Most Unroyal

Some humans really don’t object to dying
as much as they hold dear an asshat’s right
to choose to spread disease over complying

February 9, 2022 · 7 Comments

Thom Hartmann: Will US Turn Away From Fascism and Abandon This GOP Death Cult Before It’s Too Late?

The current Republican Party is unsustainable: the public is both exhausted & increasingly sickened by Republicans who appear to be devoid of any principles whatsoever.

February 9, 2022 · 4 Comments

Abby Zimet: These Are Not the Best of Times

On the vital, longtime, increasingly bonkers battleground of culture wars that are our schools and our kids and what they can learn, it keeps getting worse. A new report finds … Continue reading

January 28, 2022 · 7 Comments

Jesse Jackson: Congress Must Defend Democracy Against Those Who Are Trying to Destroy It

A minority party—grounded in the white South—is intent on taking and keeping power, despite the will of the majority—even if democracy itself is destroyed in the process.

January 6, 2022 · Leave a comment

Michael Waldman: The GOP’s Next Coordinated Attempt to Steal an Election Won’t Be So Amateurish

Proponents of the Big Lie are removing obstacles to stealing elections in states around the country.

November 17, 2021 · 4 Comments

John Feffer: GOP Destroying Democracy With Claims They Are Saving It

America desperately needs a dose of its own medicine of democracy promotion.

August 30, 2021 · 2 Comments

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