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"When the forgotten Americans are working class, white and from battleground states, they get labeled “forgotten” and everyone pays attention to them. But when the forgotten Americans are poor and black with no electoral clout, they are, simply, forgotten."
When Donald J. Trump assumes the presidency and lays out his agenda for our country, he will likely proclaim himself, as he did in the campaign, the voice of "the forgotten Americans." To Trump, these “forgotten Americans” are the white working-class Rust Belt voters who catapulted him to the presidency, people who see themselves as an aggrieved silent majority whose diminished social and economic status never gains the attention of a coastal eli...
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Will we soon have the surreal pleasure of watching a Repubican controlled Senate impeach a Republican President? Or will McConnell punt?
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Punt.
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"[T]his is not just some abstract 'war on science,' this is a war on your children’s future, a war on human civilization."
As Trump’s team and others move climate denial and fake news into the mainstream, the media seems paralyzed.
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In a nutshell: "All people should be able to vote without it costing them anything. Inventing a problem that doesn’t exist (in-person voter impersonation and double voting) to deny these folks their right to vote is wrong."
They target communities where getting an ID is a hassle.
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Number 13 sure rings a bell. As do most of the others.
In 1995, Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco wrote a piece for The New York Review of Books on fascism.1 As part of the a
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Harry Reid sums it up pretty well.
<strong><em>Washington, D.C. – </em></strong><em>Nevada Senator Harry Reid released the ...
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???????
At a first, superficial glance, a Plantoid is “a welded mechanical sculpture on display in a public space — an aesthetic ornament that...
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No doubt.
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Interesting
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Tell me about it. Number one on the Republican docket is to take away my health insurance.
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This NPR reporter needs to pull his head out of his ass. Why? Because, after everything they've done and said for the last 8 years, handing every branch of the federal government to the Republicans IS the worst case scenario. No ifs, ands or buts.
The Democratic campaign of 2016 came down to relying on two categories: minority voters and Trump's character issues. There were lots of both, to be sure, but not quite enough of either.
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“It’s not about racism” (fl. 2016- ) is a phrase I have been hearing in the days since Donald Trump was elected US president. Some people, most of them Black, say Trump mainly won…
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And it begins.
“Because of Obamacare, Medicare is going broke,” Ryan said. This is false.
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The Destruction of Language
Introduction
In the midst of space
and banners is a littered waste
that yields more pointing
than parsing–so much has passed
that an account of intervals
(a promise, a perspectiveless
taste) measures meaning (a sacred,
a whole sacred as less whole) and so,
in the midst of lunch and logistics
and yesterday's paper, and more news
buried, and a belatedly unfurnished
reaction to the blemished
brains of big science
on the back page, there is no
account of the dim wondering
what our position is now.

"Then the sight of you
this morning, in the light, sometimes
the interval ..." 
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