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Analysis: The racist 'replacement theory' has it all backward

Analysis: The racist 'replacement theory' has it all backward

(CNN)Far right White supremacist groups, conservative media personalities and now are trying to inflame nativist feelings among conservative Whites by warning that liberals want immigrants to "replace" native-born Americans in the nation's culture and electorate. But that racist "replacement theory" inverts the real consequence of immigration for its target audience of Whites uneasy about social and racial change: Many of the Whites most drawn to the far-right argument that new arrivals are displacing "real Americans" are among those with the most to lose if the nation reduces, much less...

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The GOP Is Voting Against Its Base

The GOP Is Voting Against Its Base

With their opposition to President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan, Republicans are doubling down on a core bet they’ve made for his presidency: that the GOP can maintain support among its key constituencies while fighting programs that would provide those voters with tangible economic assistance.Last month, every House and Senate Republican opposed Biden’s massive $1.9 trillion stimulus plan, even though it delivered significant benefits to working-class white voters, the GOP’s foundational voting bloc, including increased health-care subsidies and expanded tax credits for families with...

Apr 9
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Analysis: When and where America's culture war was won

Analysis: When and where America's culture war was won

Adapted from " by Ronald Brownstein, HarperCollins Publishers, 2021. (CNN)Even at their moments of maximum electoral influence -- the presidencies of and , the first years of 's turbulent reign -- conservatives often lament that they have won the political battle but lost the culture. They're right. And Los Angeles during the early 1970s was the place and time it happened. In the struggle for control of popular culture, Los Angeles in those years was the right's Gettysburg or Battle of the Bulge: the moment when it definitively lost the war. The reverberations of that clash are .Los Angeles...

Mar 30
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The Biden Agenda Doesn’t Run Through Washington

The Biden Agenda Doesn’t Run Through Washington

How the president can partner directly with America’s biggest cities and suburbs—even in the reddest statesP expect a lot of cooperation from Texas. That much has been made clear by state Republicans’ behavior in just the past three months. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton led a far-fetched federal lawsuit to overturn Biden’s victory. After that failed, he brought a suit against the new administration’s plan to pause immigration deportations only two days into Biden’s presidency. Just days after that, Texas Governor Greg Abbott pledging to fight Biden’s climate-change agenda—and when a...

Mar 17
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The Biggest Thing Kamala Harris Could Do This Year

The Biggest Thing Kamala Harris Could Do This Year

The battle to protect voting rights needs a field general. Vice President Kamala Harris needs a cause to define her tenure. The second problem suggests the answer to the first: President Joe Biden could designate Harris as the administration’s point person in combatting the onslaught against voter access now advancing in Republican-controlled states.Both Biden and Harris are speaking more explicitly now than they have in the past about that threat; each delivered forceful statements last weekend on the 56th , when Alabama state troopers brutally attacked protesters marching across the...

Mar 11
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Analysis: How Dr. Seuss explains Biden's big win on Covid bill

Analysis: How Dr. Seuss explains Biden's big win on Covid bill

(CNN)The Republican Party's inability to ignite a grassroots backlash against the $1.9 trillion Democratic Covid relief bill moving toward final passage underscores the GOP's transformation into a coalition energized primarily by cultural and racial grievance -- and the opportunity that opens for to advance his economic priorities. Although every House and Senate Republican voted against the rescue plan, it has not generated anything like the uprisings against new government spending and programs that engulfed Democratic Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama during each man's first year...

Mar 9
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Democrats’ Only Chance to Stop the GOP Assault on Voting Rights

Democrats’ Only Chance to Stop the GOP Assault on Voting Rights

T battle in decades over access to the voting booth will reach a new crescendo this week, as Republican-controlled states advance an array of measures to restrict the ballot, and the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the federal legislation that represents Democrats’ best chance to stop them.It’s no exaggeration to say that future Americans could view the resolution of this struggle as a turning point in the history of U.S. democracy. The outcome could not only shape the balance of power between the parties, but determine whether that democracy grows more inclusive or exclusionary. To...

Mar 3
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Analysis: Is the GOP's extremist wing now too big to fail?

Analysis: Is the GOP's extremist wing now too big to fail?

(CNN)Congressional Republicans have crystallized an ominous question by over the January 6 riot in his impeachment trial and welcoming conspiracy theorist Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia into their conference: Has the extremist wing of the GOP coalition grown too big for the party to confront? Sanctioning Trump or Greene offered the party an opportunity to draw a bright line against extremist groups and violence as a means of advancing political goals. But the to construct such a barrier through their decisions to oppose impeachment or conviction for Trump over his role in the US...

August 28, 2020
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The GOP Cheat Code to Winning Back the House

The GOP Cheat Code to Winning Back the House

Democrats face a daunting future of severe Republican gerrymandering that could flip control of the House in 2022 and suppress diverse younger generations’ political influence for years to come, released today. Those findings underscore the stakes in Democrats’ efforts to pass national legislation combatting such electoral manipulation.The four big states to watch are Texas, Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina, where the GOP enjoys complete control over the redistricting process, says Michael Li, a senior counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice and the author of the new report on how...

Feb 11
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How Voters Feel About Josh Hawley’s ‘Attack on Men’

How Voters Feel About Josh Hawley’s ‘Attack on Men’

surprised even some allies when he recently devoted his entire speech at a high-profile national conference of conservatives to an extended analysis of why so many men appear stuck in a cycle of “idleness and pornography and video games,” as he put it.Hawley’s warnings against what he called liberals’ “attack on men” could open a new front in the culture wars that Republicans have used to . Polls consistently show that a significant majority of Republican men, and even as many as half of Republican women, believe that amid the reassessment of gender relations sparked by the #MeToo movement,...

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