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Steven Rosenfeld: GOP Resists Voting By Mail In Red States

Many conservative politicians are resisting best-practice reforms intended to protect voters from the Covid virus.

May 22, 2020 · Leave a comment

Peter Lake: Failing the State

Rickety, broken even, as American government and society in many ways are, they have not, until of late, been simply failed. Rather they have been, and are being, failed by the Trump administration and the Republican Party

April 29, 2020 · 6 Comments

Peter Lake: How to Get Reelected Republican Style

Trump is not an aberration but the natural consequence of central strands in Republican party politics and political maneuver over the last thirty years.

April 18, 2020 · 2 Comments

John Edward Simms: The Last White RINO

A conservative Republican comes to terms with what his party has become.

February 24, 2020 · 8 Comments

Karl Evers-Hillstrom: Senators overseeing impeachment trial got campaign cash from Trump legal team members

Former independent counsels Ken Starr and Robert Ray, who investigated then-President Bill Clinton around the time of his impeachment, each made large campaign contributions to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) last year before joining Trump’s legal team.

January 31, 2020 · Leave a comment

Thom Hartman: How America Broke Up With The Democratic Party

Many grassroots Democrats separated from their party in the 1990s, and the 2020 election may be the last chance to save the marriage.

December 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Timothy Joseph: What the Roman senate’s grovelling before emperors explains about GOP senators’ support for Trump

The Roman Senate declined from a long-held position of authority to become a body almost wholly reliant on the whims of the emperor.

December 12, 2019 · Leave a comment

Abby Zimet: Sticks & Stones

GOP Says Dems Can’t Call Lying Power-Abusing Crook, Conman, Bigot and Demagogue A Lying Power-Abusing Crook, Conman, Bigot and Demagogue.

June 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

J. Edwin Benton: What happens to rural and small-town Trump voters after Trump is gone?

Residents of rural and small-town communities believe they are not getting their fair share of government attention and vital resources compared to urban dwellers.

April 12, 2019 · 1 Comment

Marc Jampole: A House of Cards

Trump supporters and the GOP are building a house of cards on Attorney General William Barr’s four-page interpretation of the Mueller report.

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Reich: Trump’s End

This morning I phoned my friend, the former Republican member of Congress. ME: So, what are you hearing? HE: Trump is in deep sh*t.  ME: Tell me more.  HE: When … Continue reading

December 26, 2018 · 3 Comments

Video: How to talk to a conservative about politics

Robb Willer studies the forces that unite and divide us. As a social psychologist, he researches how moral values — typically a source of division — can also be used … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · 3 Comments

Sharon Fagan McDermott: Sodden

About the Kavanaugh hearings…   Awash, amuck in gunk and mud, the slogging bile of the rain Doused and logged, the watered tier of dying garden suddenly slippery, sopping, drenched. … Continue reading

October 17, 2018 · Leave a comment

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