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The Matt Gaetz allegations show how QAnon corrupts its followers

The Matt Gaetz allegations show how QAnon corrupts its followers

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersYou'd think adherents of the would feel vindicated by leaked allegations of sexual misconduct toward a minor by a sitting member of Congress.After all, abuse of children by powerful people, especially federal officials, is one of the movement's biggest purported concerns. But Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is the subject of just such a leak, and the QAnon response is not crows of vindication.Gaetz in a Justice Department investigation — a months-long inquiry that began during the administration of former President...

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Stop Saying We Can't Go Back to Normal After Vaccines

Stop Saying We Can't Go Back to Normal After Vaccines

The cultural views of elite white liberals are not popular with many minorities.In Massachusetts, Malinda Harris argues, civil asset forfeiture routinely violates the right to due process.President Biden did not mention the famed author in his Read Across America Day speech.We can justifiably hope for normalcy by Independence Day.State officials euthanized six of Julie Hall's animals, including Sassy, a blind raccoon, and Po, a one-legged crow.

Mar 4
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Is our 2-party system getting dangerous?

Is our 2-party system getting dangerous?

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersAmerican partisan identification has hit a new low, Gallup published this week reveal. Fully 50 percent of U.S. adults now consider themselves political independents, while the Republican and Democratic Parties each get an even 25 percent of the remainder. Gallup also a record high of 62 percent of Americans agree both parties "do such a poor job representing the American people that a third party is needed."Conventional wisdom these shifts are "dangerous to democracy." But what if they're literally dangerous?...

Mar 3
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Are pandemic relief checks making UBI inevitable?

Are pandemic relief checks making UBI inevitable?

MenucloseSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersMajor crises can effect rapid changes in public opinion that otherwise would have required years or even decades to develop. Among the permanent opinion shifts of the COVID-19 pandemic, I expect to see a new — and perhaps even bipartisan — move toward universal basic income (UBI) or something like it, an evolution influenced by Americans' experience with pandemic relief checks, both the fact of them and the drawn-out political fights surrounding their passage.UBI is exactly what it sounds like: a government...

Dec 31
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What would actually happen if Trump tried the 'martial law' idea?

What would actually happen if Trump tried the 'martial law' idea?

MenucloseSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersPresident Trump could "basically rerun an election" by sending the military into swing states, said Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, in a Newsmax . Martial law isn't a big deal, Flynn continued. "It's not unprecedented," he said. "I mean, these people out there talking about martial law like it's something we've never done — martial law has been instituted 64 times."Flynn isn't alone in his open enthusiasm for precisely the military junta scenario the president's supporters have spent...

Dec 23
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Call it the Trump vaccine if you must

Call it the Trump vaccine if you must

MenucloseSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersIn the spring we wondered if a vaccine for COVID-19 would even be possible. Then, early projections said the development process might take multiple years, putting the first public distribution around this time next year or even later, which is horrible to contemplate even as a now-avoided hypothetical.Instead of that timeline, we got this one — , frankly, in which highly effective vaccines were developed and safety tested in record time. Distribution began in the United States this week. It will take a few...

Dec 17
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Stop Saying Lockdown Is 'Not That Hard'

Stop Saying Lockdown Is 'Not That Hard'

The justices declined to intervene on behalf of Republicans who challenged absentee voting in Pennsylvania.Ka’Mauri Harrison is accused of bringing a BB gun to school. But he never left his house.San Mateo County Health Officer Scott Morrow, who supported last spring's stay-at-home orders, airs his misgivings about reviving that policy.Policymakers "must not penalize residents for earning a livelihood, safeguarding their mental health, or enjoying our most cherished freedoms," said Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes.Seeking to join a last-ditch effort to overturn Joe Biden's victory, the...

Dec 10
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The Foreign Policy Questions Trump and Biden Should Answer

The Foreign Policy Questions Trump and Biden Should Answer

The  for the final presidential debate this Thursday—assuming it happens—is broad. In just an hour and a half, President Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden will be asked to address the COVID-19 pandemic, American families, race, climate change, leadership, and national security.These are all worthwhile topics, but the latter is uniquely important for this office. The president does not have the Constitutional power to start new wars, whatever  may suggest, but he does have the power to end them, and our country has a lot of wars overdue for conclusion. American voters deserve careful...

October 22, 2020
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Don't worry: The military dislikes Trump too much to help him steal the election

Don't worry: The military dislikes Trump too much to help him steal the election

MenuSee More Speed ReadsPresident Trump's Wednesday to a peaceful transition of power should he lose the election has exacerbated all the worries raised by about serving an unconstitutional third term. No American president should dally with declining to cede power rightfully lost, and anger over the president's comments is justified. But panic, fortunately, is not.I understand fears about dissolution of democratic norms and the apparently nonexistent floor in of Republican officials in Trump's thrall. But Trump lacks two necessary things for the coup attempt some of his critics anticipate,...

September 25, 2020
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