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Roundup



  • Patsy Takemoto Mink Blazed The Trail For Kamala Harris – Not Susan B. Anthony

    by Judy Tzu-Chun Wu

    Patsy Takemoto Mink, elected in 1972 as the first woman of color in Congress, deserves recognition as a pioneering advocate for gender equity and the rights of Americans Caribbean and Pacific territories, and for preparing a path for Kamala Harris's election as Vice President. 



  • An FDR-Size Executive Order for Biden

    by Thomas Geoghegan

    Joseph Biden should issue an executive order requiring federal contracts go to firms with collective bargaining agreements in place, boosting wages, strengthening organized labor, and stimulating economic recovery. 



  • American Democracy Was Never Supposed to Work

    by Richard Kreitner

    "Merely ousting Trump is not enough without addressing more fundamental weaknesses in our political system, especially an outdated Constitution that continues to serve a minority of wealthy and white citizens and to curb any movements that might threaten their wealth and power."



  • What The Bunker Mentality Really Means

    by Benjamin Carter Hett

    Trump's refusal of contradictory information will prolong his contestation of a doomed reelection bid and subvert effective responses to COVID. Its most dangerous effect could be to spawn a "backstabbing" narrative that keeps the Republican party tied to bitterness and division. 



  • The World Is Never Going Back to Normal

    by Anne Applebaum

    American allies can read the newspapers, and have adjusted their expectations of American leadership accordingly in the last four years. It's unlikely a Biden administration can restore American leadership. 



  • Trump’s Presidential Library Will Be A Shrine To His Ego

    by Paul Musgrave

    If former presidents aren't interested in hosting official presidential papers at a library center, there is little oversight of how they tell the president's story. Any future Trump presidential center will likely not function as a library at all, but as a propaganda organ for Trumpism. 



  • Trump has Changed the Way Evangelical Christians Think about the Apocalypse

    by Thomas Lecaque

    Evangelicals have largely avoided interpreting the COVID-19 pandemic as a sign of the end times because doing so would also demand that they recognize their champion Donald Trump as a morally degenerate leader. The apocalyptic rhetoric that flowed freely under Obama has been silent this year. 



  • Against Returning to Normal

    by David Walsh

    Liberal pleas to return to a "normal" defined by bipartisan consensus ignore the long legacy of ideological conflict and the pursuit of division as a political strategy by the conservative movement. 



  • The Never-Ending Crisis of the Electoral College

    by Bruce Bartlett

    "The inane system our founders developed to choose the president is an anti-democratic remnant of the slavery era that only benefits the GOP"--a longtime political observer endorses the National Popular Vote Compact as a way to circumvent the Electoral College without a constitutional amendment.



  • Trump’s Big Election Lie Pushes America Toward Autocracy

    by Timothy Snyder

    "A claim that an election was illegitimate is a claim to remaining in power. A coup is under way, and the number of participants is not shrinking but growing. Few leading Republicans have acknowledged that the race is over."