Jennifer Rubin
Jennifer Rubin
NeverTrump, pro-democracy opinion writer at @WashingtonPost, MSNBC contributor. “If right doesn’t matter, we are lost.”Source
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Opinion | Two stats show why Republicans are so fixated on suppressing the vote

Opinion | Two stats show why Republicans are so fixated on suppressing the vote

Why are Republicans so willing to incur the wrath of civil rights groups, to risk alienating college-educated voters and to alienate big business by engaging in flagrant voter suppression? Two statistics provide clarity.The first comes from a Democratic data firm that has compiled information on more than 98 percent of those who cast ballots last year from individual voter files. The firm finds: “Non-college educated whites dropped from 53.8% of the electorate in 2016 to 49.2% in 2020.” Moreover, “Nationally, total turnout increased by 12% relative to 2016, turnout among [Asian American and...

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Apr 21
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Opinion | George W. Bush shows how far the GOP has fallen

Opinion | George W. Bush shows how far the GOP has fallen

A recent quote from a former president: “It’s hard for Americans to understand, and I can’t really understand, why a mother becomes so desperate or how a mother becomes so desperate that she’s willing to put her children in the hands of a coyote, a smuggler. And so there’s been a lot of devastation in Central America: political upheaval, earthquakes and gangs and drug lords, and the people are totally intimidated and so they’re streaming to our border.” He added that “it’s an easy issue to frighten some of the electorate” and then condemned the GOP as “isolationist, protectionist and, to a...

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Apr 20
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Opinion | Lawmakers are trying to scale back Biden’s infrastructure plan. Why?

Opinion | Lawmakers are trying to scale back Biden’s infrastructure plan. Why?

President Biden’s $2.2 trillion has an internal logic. He understands that infrastructure includes a wide range of items, from enhanced senior care to broadband Internet access to upgrades for the electric grid to improved housing stock. These public goods are the foundations of a 21st-century economy that provides a level of prosperity for the middle and lower classes. To fund it, he proposes plus reforms that ensure big corporations pay a minimum amount in taxes and discourage them from shifting jobs and profits overseas.The White House plan has left Republicans and some moderate...

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Opinion | Biden’s rescue plan is looking like a home run

Opinion | Biden’s rescue plan is looking like a home run

A lot of good economic news emerged this week. : “First-time unemployment claims fell sharply last week to a pandemic low of 576,000, the reported Thursday. That’s down 193,000 from the preceding week’s surprise spike, an unexpectedly strong showing even as unemployment remains elevated.” On top of that, “retail sales soared in March as stimulus checks hit bank accounts, business restrictions loosened and spring weather arrived. The better-than-expected jump comes on the heels of a 2.7 percent decline in February.” In other words, after President Biden and the Democrats pump more money into...

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Apr 16
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Opinion | The media knows much less than it thinks

Opinion | The media knows much less than it thinks

The is a form of cognitive bias in which we humans tend to believe we know far more than we think. The least-informed people are often the most certain because, as Cornell University psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger put it, “those with limited knowledge in a domain suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach mistaken conclusions and make regrettable errors, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it.” Put differently: You do not know what you do not know.The current media environment aggravates this dangerous tendency because media figures are supposed to...

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Opinion | Republicans’ infrastructure talking points are crumbling

Opinion | Republicans’ infrastructure talking points are crumbling

President Biden and his advisers have begun to engage with lawmakers on his . Biden met with a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday, and he and aides have been on the phone with both Democrats and Republicans in Congress. The clear message from the administrations is that ideas and negotiations are welcome. The only nonstarter is doing nothing.Meanwhile, Republicans sound as though they’re all over the map. Despite claims to be the newly populist party of working men and women, Republican leaders on Capitol Hill have been predicting economic doom should corporations be forced to pay any...

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Apr 14
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Opinion | Democrats should cut through Manchin’s gobbledygook

Opinion | Democrats should cut through Manchin’s gobbledygook

Sen. Joe Manchin III (D-W.Va.) has made a number of seemingly contradictory comments about the filibuster. At one point, he was open to reforming it to require senators to actually hold the floor. Then he said . He suggests it is an instrument to increase debate when in fact it prevents votes from being taken and in some cases forces the majority party to resort to reconciliation.Manchin’s most bizarre comment concerned the Jan. 6 insurrection. “January 6 changed me. I never thought in my life, I never read in history books to where our form of government had been attacked, at our seat of...

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Opinion | Someone shrunk the GOP

Opinion | Someone shrunk the GOP

Perhaps pastors or friends can convince MAGA cultists that the election really was not stolen and that left-wingers did not storm the Capitol on Jan. 6. Maybe family members can prevail upon the zombie audience of right-wing media that the former disgraced president has been lying to them since he rode down the golden escalator to join the 2016 presidential race. It is a daunting task to convince people that they have been living in a parallel universe. The good news is that this is not a precondition for the rest of America to repair its functioning democracy.Even if we are unable to...

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Opinion | Republicans are trying to distract us from their goal of disenfranchisement

Opinion | Republicans are trying to distract us from their goal of disenfranchisement

Republicans and their puppeteers in the right-wing media would like to talk about anything other than the designed to make it harder to vote after an election in which there was record turnout — and zero evidence of any significant fraud.They would rather talk about Major League Baseball changing the venue for its All-Star Game or whether Coca-Cola should be against Republicans’ plans. They search for any aspect of Georgia’s voting rules that is more generous to voters than Colorado’s (where the All-Star Game is being relocated), is, on the whole, far more accessible. And they spend an...

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Opinion | Biden changed the news cycle. Thank goodness.

Opinion | Biden changed the news cycle. Thank goodness.

Whether President Biden and his staff, deep down, really think they “are starting to see progress” in negotiations with Republicans, as White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain told a small group of journalists on Monday, it is clear that the administration has settled on a communications strategy that has left Republicans befuddled and many in the mainstream media frustrated with the lack of nasty, combative rhetoric coming from the White House.Where are the Twitter fights? Why is Biden not making gaffes every day? How can his administration say nice things about Republican proposals that are...

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Apr 27
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