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Recently, and not the first or last time, issues involving the black community have been workshopped without input from one of the groups it affects most. On August 4,  University of Virginia historian Allida Black, Princeton University history professor Sean Wilentz, journalist Anne Applebaum, presidential historian Michael Beschloss, Vinay Reddy,...

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  • September 7, 2022

Critical Race Practice. Organizers have canceled plans for an afternoon of speeches and performances commemorating the centennial on Monday of the Tulsa massacre. This reminds us that the early 1920s was a mass othering of America that includes events like the Wall Street bombing of 1920, whose death toll was exceeded in the Tulsa...

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  • May 28, 2021

As usual, Ali Velshi delves deeper into the flesh. While most laugh at Alabama yoga silliness, he used Jennifer Rubin to explain the reality. This is why Velshi is must-see TV See full episodes here. Ali Velshi highlighted a story that proves the lengths the GOP would go to in order...

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  • May 23, 2021

After a black woman received two low-balled appraisals for her home, her friend’s white husband played the owner, and the appraised value doubled. Appraisal increased when black woman owner became a white man See full episodes here. One can fight outward racism overtly. After all, it is easy to see....

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  • May 22, 2021

The land of nonsense has now been proposed, because the new America First Caucus decided they’ll advance the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like neoclassical architecture promoted by fascist movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits...

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  • April 16, 2021

The new America First Caucus advances the demand of the previous guy that all future public buildings should look like the neoclassical architecture often called Federalist. Not coincidentally it also is the official state facade style promoted by  authoritarian movements in the last century. The RWNJ culture war is a battle of wits fought by...

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  • April 16, 2021

If anything a nightly rant by David Letterman about Madoff marked the 2000s, with $65 billion swindled. x T***p surprised some observers by not pardoning Madoff (through brokerage) & by not staging a Kent State massacre of protesters; but he more than made up for these omissions by facilitating the...

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  • April 14, 2021

Actually, had Spielberg reduced the running time, the film 1941 might have been a classic. The classic film history teaching exercise would be to edit it down to 2 hours. Craig Lindsey’s article argues for the Pogo conclusion that the enemy is us when we allow fear to take over. 2020 did that...

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  • April 2, 2021

CSPAN-TV is covering it live, among others.  x Live this afternoon: President Biden is holding his first formal White House press conference since taking office. Special coverage from @NPR begins at 1p, on-air and online. https://t.co/GsJh9t0M3V pic.twitter.com/Nlj5Bn6p1n— WRVO Public Media (@WRVO) March 25, 2021 < p class=”is-empty-p”> x This is...

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  • March 25, 2021

More than 110 million Covid-19 vaccinations have taken place in the United States, of which about 90 million happened after Joe Biden took office. The 100 million vaccination pledge will be reached about March 20. Alaska and Mississippi are the first two states to widen eligibility to all adult residents. But...

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  • March 16, 2021

More than 110 million Covid-19 vaccinations have taken place in the United States, of which about 90 million happened after Joe Biden took office. The 100 million vaccination pledge will be reached about March 20. Alaska and Mississippi are the first two states to widen eligibility to all adult residents. But...

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  • March 16, 2021
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The sparse number of actual carbon capture and sequestration projects plus weak carbon markets amplify the problems of the climate crisis yet to be revisited, post-Trump. Two heartland examples in North Dakota and Texas show how there are several interlocking problems addressing the climate crisis that must be included in future environmental policy. More specifically...

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  • February 28, 2021

Statue of the “other guy” arrives at CPAC, the annual owning the libs festival and meat market. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) is underway in Orlando, Florida, opening with a 2020 election conspiracy supercut, a video heralding cancel culture “victim” Gina Carano and a gold statue of ousted president Donald Trump raising eyebrows in the Hyatt Regency lobby...

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  • February 26, 2021

Panelist Audie Cornish in her NPR-style pushed back when Chuck Todd seemed to create collective blame for future insurrections. Panelist Audie Cornish checks Chuck Todd See full episodes here. Americans are not used to real instability. They have never had a President like Donald Trump, one without morality, self-reflection, humanity,...

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  • February 14, 2021

Insurrection, per dictionary: “an act or instance of rising in revolt, rebellion, or resistance against civil authority or an established government.” Trump's lawyer says he's innocent because 'clearly there was no insurrection' x Here are the four questions Raskin left off with last night. Trump's team answered none of them....

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  • February 12, 2021

Slowly we turn…. more Trump revelations ahead as his recorded talks with Putin are now available to Biden and Ukraine releases tapes of Giuliani hectoring them to investigate Biden. Then again there’s the distant hope that a vain Trump will be frustrated enough to testify before the Senate. Maybe a cat lawyer...

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  • February 10, 2021

NPR's White House Correspondent “tactically ruthless” question was the one every Progressive wanted an answer for sooner than later. He asked the “tactically ruthless” question. x x YouTube Video See full episodes here. NPR Correspondent Geoff Bennett did not disappoint. He pretty much went for the jugular most professionally. After all, we...

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  • February 2, 2021

“Trump advisers were privately reckoning with his loss even as the former president and many of his supporters engaged in a conspiracy theory-fueled effort to overturn the election.” The post-mortem, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO, says the former president suffered from voter perception that he wasn’t honest...

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  • February 2, 2021

The Rand corporation think-tank reports that there are bipartisan efforts to set up a 1/6 commission, but the reality is that there’s still so much fact-finding and discovery ahead. Trump mob actions go back far but gained importance in events like Trump’s trips to Arizona and Oklahoma, where armed elements chose...

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  • January 27, 2021

It’s now moving toward that Trump resignation, because impeachment is moving forward and even McConnell has appeared to favor it. Unlike Nixon, perhaps the death of Sheldon Adelson, a major Trump backer, among other defections will not require the approach of major GOP luminaries to pressure Trump to resign. For...

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  • January 12, 2021

Desperate disinformation failed miserably as so many Trumpists were obsessed with selfie declarations of their assault on the Capitol yesterday.  Because they wanted trophies and attention-seeking recognition, many familiar “alt-right” white supremacists revealed themselves, as well as some public officials and even at least one police chief. x There is no...

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  • January 8, 2021

The inner parts of the machines replaced with other farts… We are now left with fart jokes as punctuating the revelations of Trumps attempt to extort votes in Georgia, designed more like a way to GOTV for the GOP tomorrow… Trump lights a match with gasoline everywhere.  This isn’t the first...

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  • January 4, 2021

Hope can see that there is light despite all of the darkness. -Desmond Tutu Trump can hold a grudge for a few months before exploding in a tearful rage and firing anyone who had dared to tell the truth about Trump’s reckless disregard of the Covid disaster. This time around, Dr....

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  • January 3, 2021

The Trump crazies are now, metaphorically speaking, slitting their own throats as uncontrolled Covid infections rage through their communities. These simpletons have turned their very lives over to an incompetent, impotent, and illegitimate buffoon and his administration along with Fox News and the GOP. NPR’s All Things Considered radio show has...

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  • January 2, 2021

Unlike one of her predecessors, who had numerous connections to the Trump impeachment and its hinky relations with the Russian oligarchs, Jennifer Granholm will combine clean energy policy and economic recovery. Even without explicit support for the GND, this is a direction 180 degrees from the prior administration's kowtowing to...

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  • December 16, 2020

“In order to flip the election, Trump would need 37 Biden electors to flip their vote. There have been 16 total since 1900. Being a faithless elector is now illegal in 33 states.”  x Stephen Miller on Fox & Friends says “an alternative” group of electors is also voting today: “As...

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  • December 14, 2020

x Biden: “We both know tensions are high. They can be high after a tough election…But remember, we have to remain calm, patient. Let the process work out as we count all the votes…your vote will be counted. I do not care how hard people try to stop it. I...

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  • November 7, 2020

Brooks Brothers riot of intimidation returns from 2000: x Wow. Actually identical now to the Bush 2000 playbook. https://t.co/zTtsayW1a4 — Dan O'Sullivan (@Bro_Pair) November 4, 2020 GOP millennium tribute band x A Detroit elections officials attempting to deescalating an increasingly tense situation outside the ballot count at TCF Center. republican...

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  • November 4, 2020

Several things became clearer tonight with dueling town halls. Trump cannot disavow the support he gets from the QAnon cult even as it now consorts with white supremicist terrorists. Biden promised to have a position about expanding SCOTUS prior to election day. And Trump continued to lie, with some ridiculous...

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  • October 16, 2020

A US aircraft carrier is the first named for an enlisted sailor and first named for an African American. The 15 billion dollar carrier was announced the USS Doris Miller in January on Martin Luther King's day. Doris (Dorie) Miller is the brave sailor who took over an anti-craft machine gun shooting...

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  • September 29, 2020

A US aircraft carrier is named for an enlisted sailor and African American named Doris “Dorie” Miller. The 15 billion dollar carrier was announced the USS Doris Miller in January on Martin Luther King's day. Doris (Dorie) Miller is the brave sailor who took over an anti-craft machine gun shooting at...

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  • September 29, 2020

This needs attention: Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath on Thursday called on state Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) to release the grand jury report in the killing of Breonna Taylor. “Breonna's family and Kentucky deserve to know what happened the night she was killed. The fact that the grand...

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  • September 26, 2020

Trump went to Ohio today to draw attention away from what will continue to be news as his crimes catch up to him. Remember that what Trump really wants among many other things is to kill off Social Security, so aside from actually killing off the elderly with incompetent health...

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  • September 22, 2020

The summary of today's Trump presser: Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse x Trump actually offers a defense of Kyle Rittenhouse, his right-wing supporter who killed two protesters. “I guess he was in very big trouble, he probably would've been killed.” pic.twitter.com/XFBtDOHP8y— Pod Save America (@PodSaveAmerica) August 31, 2020 x To be...

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  • August 31, 2020

The Marist Poll shows Joe Biden has a 53% to 42% national lead over Trump, the largest lead ever for this poll. Marist is rated as an A+ poll by 538. In the Marist late June poll Biden’s lead was 52% to 44%. In February it was 50% to 44%....

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  • August 14, 2020

The Marist Poll shows Joe Biden has a 53% to 42% national lead over Trump, the largest lead ever for this poll. Marist is rated as an A+ poll by 538. In the Marist late June poll Biden’s lead was 52% to 44%. In February it was 50% to 44%....

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  • August 14, 2020

“To Joe, I would say stop playing politics with the virus. Too serious. Partisan politics has no place here,” the president says while delivering an attack on his election opponent from the White House briefing room. Expect a brag on the Israel UAE agreement, a dodge on sabotaging the postal service,...

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  • August 13, 2020

NPR's Noel King interviewed the Iowa Postal Workers Union President, Kimberly Karol. I urge you to read the entire transcript. (It’s not long.) She has been at the USPS for over 30 years, yet she has never seen anything like this. Louis DeJoy, a Trump flunky, was appointed as postmaster general. He...

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  • August 13, 2020

Trump is trying to scare suburbanites perhaps on the basis of race (low-income housing signifying more diversity) but today he suggested that middle class PoC would agree because Trump probably believes, “who doesn’t hate the poor?” The problem comes from simultaneously insulting women he deems “nasty”. x Watched @billmaher last week...

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  • August 13, 2020

Here’s some good news today out of Arizona: #AZPOP #POLL: #Presidential race in #Arizona (Change Since July)@JoeBiden (D): 49% (+/- 0) @realDonaldTrump (R): 45% (+1) N=603, MoE +/- 4.0%, Survey Conducted 8/3/20 – 8/4/20 — OHPI (@OHPredictive) August 10, 2020 #AZPOP #POLL: @realDonaldTrump Favorability Rating in #Arizona Total Favorable: 47%...

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  • August 10, 2020

 If as the Trump campaign says, “Joe Biden is an empty vessel for the radical left,” Trump’s septic tank overflows for the radical right. Needless to say, RWNJ’s will claim that Joe Biden is as much a tool for something something left-wing as Trump isn’t a dupe for all kinds...

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  • August 4, 2020

Pay no attention to another Trump attempt to violate the Constitution like a sex slave. The #TrumpVirus begat a #TrumpSlump. x It worked. Trump’s nonsense talk about delaying the election dominated the very few reporter questions Trump allowed at his briefing. That was exactly what Trump wanted. Nothing about the...

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  • July 31, 2020

Community policing can happen even if it’s been talked about for half a century against a backdrop of paramilitary enforcement and military intelligence. Sadly, the change must be serious and even more radical, requiring even greater defunding/retraining and anti-corruption. x LA Mayor Eric Garcetti is speaking right now about police reforms....

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  • July 28, 2020
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This week I attended (remotely) the Rethinking Economics Festival and encountered challenging pluralist discourses like a platform economy (noting that most of such work is populated by women), decolonizing the Eurocentric position in disciplines, or “fully-automated luxury communism”. I thought I’d share some resource items and make a few observations....

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  • July 26, 2020

Yesterday’s Trump presser only needed a whiteboard and a Sharpietm to draw the path to a quarter-million US deaths. x The U.S. has now confirmed 4 million coronavirus cases — just 15 days after hitting 3 million. Federal health officials have said the actual number of cases is likely 10 times higher...

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  • July 24, 2020

The New York Times has a good piece out about Joe Biden’s campaign and hpw it’s giving him a great shot at winning Wisconsin: There are a range of ways Mr. Biden can build a general election coalition in a battleground state like Wisconsin. He could focus on winning back...

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  • July 19, 2020

The mask wearing photo-op was a ploy to divert attention from his other troubles like Russian bounties, retaliation against Alex Vindman, and the Roger Stone clemency. And then there’s his claim that playing lots of golf is better because he plays faster, now that his play up to now is...

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  • July 12, 2020

Trump is losing the sprawl vote as he doubles down on empty threats, demanding schools reopen even as he has little actual authority. There is slippage even as Trump ads threaten the loss of police, since most people understand that police do need to change how they operate, even in...

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  • July 8, 2020

Oh my God, can you even imagine? x President Trump: “You put the wrong person in office, you'll see things that you would not have believed are possible.” pic.twitter.com/DNQjJOkkNk— The Hill (@thehill) July 3, 2020 < p class=”is-empty-p”> TRUMP: “We built the greatest economy in the history of the world,...

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  • July 3, 2020

Facebook said it has removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 Pages and 106 groups that comprise the violent Boogaloo-affiliated network. An advertising boycott is beginning against Facebook. x The real reason big brands are joining the Facebook boycott? It could be a “handy excuse” to cut ad spend,...

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  • July 1, 2020
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