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Democrats have a better option than court packing

Democrats have a better option than court packing

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersWith the unfortunate death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Republicans are licking their chops at the prospect of a 6-3 conservative supermajority on the nation's highest legal body. This would be an obvious violation of the "principle" Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced in 2016 to prevent Democrats from filling Antonin Scalia's seat after he died, but McConnell was lying then just as he's lying now about the .One potential nominee is Amy Coney Barrett, a hard-line social conservative...

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How the Trump-Russia story was buried

How the Trump-Russia story was buried

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersThe biggest political story of 2016-19 was largely wrapped up this August, and it only made a blip in the news. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) published the of its enormous investigation into how the Russian government influenced the 2016 election, this time focusing on how the Trump campaign was involved (what has become known as "Russiagate"). Remarkably, the committee is led by Republicans due to their Senate majority — a reasonable sign it was a credible investigation. Since then, there...

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Clinton pollster: It's the health care, stupid

Clinton pollster: It's the health care, stupid

MenuSee More Speed ReadsStanley Greenberg is a Democratic Party strategist and former pollster to Bill Clinton. For many years he has conducted deep investigations into voter attitudes using both polls and focus groups. As described in , recently he looked into the attitudes of working-class Americans about health care and the coronavirus pandemic, and found a desperate desire for someone to just make the broken system work.Part of Trump's 2016 margin of victory among white working-class voters in particular, Greenberg found, was down to how unsatisfactory they found ObamaCare. A "big part...

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The American economy is still in dire straits

The American economy is still in dire straits

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersThe August jobs report was published Friday morning, and the news is . On the plus side, the headline unemployment rate fell to 8.4 percent. Something like half of the job losses created by the coronavirus pandemic have been recovered. On the negative side, just 1.4 million jobs were created, and a big chunk of them were temporary census work. The number of permanent job losses , and for . More broadly, it has been a month since most of the coronavirus rescue measures expired, putting an extra drag on...

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Why do all these anti-Semites keep appearing in the Republican Party?

Why do all these anti-Semites keep appearing in the Republican Party?

MenuSee More Speed ReadsOn the second night of the Republican National Convention, a member of the Trump campaign's advisory board named Mary Ann Mendoza was scheduled to speak. That same day, containing ancient gutter anti-Semitism — including crack-brained allegations that Jews were conspiring to make "The Goyim Destroy Each Other," and a recommendation to read the notorious anti-Semitic forgery . (The thread also contained repeated references to the QAnon conspiracy, suggesting this has become a pipeline to flagrant hatred of Jews.) Mendoza's speaking slot was canceled.Republicans were...

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The Trump campaign: Re-elect the president because he is presiding over hellish chaos

The Trump campaign: Re-elect the president because he is presiding over hellish chaos

MenuSee More Speed ReadsDuring the first night of the Republican National Convention, the party leaned heavily into apocalyptic scaremongering about a future Biden presidency. "They'll disarm you, empty the prisons, lock you in your home, and invite MS-13 to live next door," (R-Fla.). The Democrats have run Baltimore "into the ground," said Kim Klacik, a GOP nominee for Congress in Maryland. "Abandoned buildings, liquor stores on the corner, drug addicts, guns on the street, that's the normal in many neighborhoods," she added.Now, it is true there has been a moderate uptick in murders in...

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