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Becerra Confirmation Crucial to Addressing Health Inequities Deepened by the COVID-19 Pandemic
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Becerra Confirmation Crucial to Addressing Health Inequities Deepened by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has become more complicated, despite the breakneck speed of vaccine development. The country is facing the dual challenges of combating the spread of new variants of the virus while coordinating a nationwide vaccination effort.... Read More

How to Spot the Moderate
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How to Spot the Moderate
2021-02-20 04:08:33
by How to Spot the Moderate

Can you spot the moderate? Ok, not Joe Manchin. That’s too easy. Spot the other one. You found her! Rep. Sharice Davids, the first congressional Democrat from Kansas in a decade was recently re-elected to her second term. A former... Read More

Stop Protecting Big Banks: End the War on Cryptocurrencies
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Stop Protecting Big Banks: End the War on Cryptocurrencies

On the day President Joe Biden was sworn into office, he ordered a freeze on the blizzard of last-minute rules that the Trump Administration tried to ram through in its final days. They were a grab bag of favors to... Read More

Macron is Becoming Everything Trump Should Have Been
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Macron is Becoming Everything Trump Should Have Been
2021-02-16 03:57:00
by Rachel Marsden

The gatekeepers of the establishment status quo don’t have Donald Trump to kick around anymore. Except that Trump’s voters — more than 74 million of them — aren’t going anywhere. These are people who chose Trump despite all of the... Read More

Trump is History; it’s Biden who’s Changing America
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Trump is History; it’s Biden who’s Changing America
2021-02-15 03:54:00
by Robert B. Reich

While most of official Washington has been consumed with the Senate impeachment trial, another part of Washington is preparing the most far-ranging changes in American social policy in a generation. Congress is moving ahead with President Joe Biden’s American Rescue... Read More

Vaccine Education is the Key to Saving Our Communities
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Vaccine Education is the Key to Saving Our Communities

All eyes are on the vaccine rollout. We’ve all observed the challenges our government has faced supplying and distributing vaccines, as well as some of the early learnings. It would be easy to point fingers or poke holes in the... Read More

Right-Wing Media Bad for American Business
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Right-Wing Media Bad for American Business
2021-02-09 03:49:00
by Leonard Pitts

‘You think we’re bad for America?’ Sean Hannity of Fox “News” asked that question of Ted Koppel four years ago as the latter was interviewing him on “CBS Sunday Morning.” Yes, answered Koppel, “because you’re very good at what you... Read More

This is Not a Feel-Good Story
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This is Not a Feel-Good Story
2021-02-04 15:27:00
by Leonard Pitts

This is not a feel-good story. Of course, it’s easy to see why it has been positioned as one. Certainly, it contains all the elements: vulnerable people, heart-rending need, someone going above and beyond. But this is not a feel-good... Read More

Erasing Classic Literature for Kids
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Erasing Classic Literature for Kids
2021-02-03 15:05:00
by John Kass

When I was a boy about 11, I committed a crime that changed my life. I stole a book. I was a book thief. I found it in another kid’s desk and began reading, hiding it behind some boring textbook,... Read More

It is Different, Being Us
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It is Different, Being Us
2021-02-02 15:35:00
by Leonard Pitts

An open letter to African-American people: February marks the 95th observation of what started as Negro History Week and later became Black History Month. I wanted to use the occasion to talk about what being Black means, about how it... Read More

Republican Party Needs to Move on From Trump and Decide What it Stands for
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Republican Party Needs to Move on From Trump and Decide What it Stands for
2021-02-02 15:20:00
by Rachel Marsden

Donald Trump destabilized the Republican Party, and it’s still stumbling around like it’s punch-drunk. The GOP needs to get its act together fast or risk handing the Democrats free rein to change the face of America. President Joe Biden wasted... Read More

Josh Hawley Blind to Irony
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Josh Hawley Blind to Irony
2021-01-31 14:51:00
by Leonard Pitts

So last week, Sen. Josh Hawley complained that he was being “silenced.” He lodged this complaint on Fox “News” and in The New York Post. As social media observers promptly pointed out, that’s a level of media exposure that effectively... Read More

What’s it Going to Take to Shock the GOP Back to Itself?
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What’s it Going to Take to Shock the GOP Back to Itself?
2021-01-26 15:16:00
by Leonard Pitts

What is it going to take? For years, that question has weighed upon the rest of us – and even some of its own members – as we watched the Republican Party slide ever deeper into a morass of political... Read More

We Need to Close the Coverage Gap for Independent Workers
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We Need to Close the Coverage Gap for Independent Workers

In her 1980 hit “9 to 5,” Dolly Parton laments that the traditional workplace is “enough to drive you crazy if you let it.” Four decades later, people seem to be taking this to heart, as one-in-five workers today are... Read More

Making Peace With Our Land of Immigrants
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Making Peace With Our Land of Immigrants
2021-01-22 15:45:00
by Mary Sanchez

The biracial daughter of immigrant parents stood before a bilingual Latina Supreme Court justice and swore allegiance to the nation. If that’s not what you saw at the inauguration, then your perspective is likely shaped from experiences different from mine.... Read More

Make America Good Again
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Make America Good Again
2021-01-20 14:34:54
by Make America Good Again

As Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take office today, their charge is simple: return normalcy and stability to Washington. After four years of a Trump-led cult that sapped our country of its dignity at home and respect abroad, it’s time... Read More

America No Longer Lives in an Unpresidented Time
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America No Longer Lives in an Unpresidented Time
2021-01-19 20:40:00
by Leonard Pitts

And so we reach the end of an unpresidented era. The reference is, of course, to one of Donald Trump’s many Twitter misspellings, this one found in his 2016 description of the seizure of a US. navy drone. He meant... Read More

Questions About Foreign Dealings Still Unanswered as Trump Leaves Office
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Questions About Foreign Dealings Still Unanswered as Trump Leaves Office
2021-01-19 15:05:00
by Rachel Marsden

We now know at least three things about the Trump administration that raise unanswered questions as the president leaves office. First, that he had cutouts — associates and loyalists — stumbling around the world, wheeling and dealing and using Trump’s... Read More

When Politics Become too Personal: What We Didn’t Talk About at Sunday Dinner
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When Politics Become too Personal: What We Didn’t Talk About at Sunday Dinner
2021-01-12 15:54:00
by John Kass

In the pre-COVID-19 days, there were those large, intergenerational Sunday dinners when nothing was off the table for discussion in America. Even now, if we were sitting down together, we’d talk of President Donald Trump lying to his supporters about... Read More

Politics and Governing Should Be Boring
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Politics and Governing Should Be Boring

A lot of my friends on both sides of the aisle are eloquently touching on the meaning of Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol, so I’m going to try and cover things I’m not seeing in the news but that should... Read More

So What Now?
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So What Now?
2021-01-10 16:53:00
by Leonard Pitts

So what now? A few things, actually. But before we get to them, we must recognize last week’s insurrectionist rampage at the Capitol for what it was. It is being seen, and not wrongly, as the angry response of delusional... Read More

Seditious Members of Congress Must Be Held Accountable
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Seditious Members of Congress Must Be Held Accountable
2021-01-04 16:44:00
by Robert B. Reich

I’ve been in or around politics for over a half-century now, and I never imagined how low and loony the Republican Party would become. Twelve Republican senators say they will object to President-elect Joe Biden’s victory on Wednesday when Congress... Read More

I Miss Going to the Movies
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I Miss Going to the Movies
2020-12-30 20:53:00
by John Kass

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need,” said Marcus Tullius Cicero. Old Marcus could have been talking about coping with these pandemic lockdowns, but he wasn’t. Happily, I have a home library, but no... Read More

Georgia's Long History of Voter Suppression
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Georgia's Long History of Voter Suppression

Now that Donald Trump's baseless lies about voter fraud have been summarily dismissed by the courts, perhaps some attention can be paid to the true threat to free and fair elections: not voter fraud but systemic and massive voter suppression.... Read More

Trump’s Presidency Has Tested the Broken Windows Theory
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Trump’s Presidency Has Tested the Broken Windows Theory
2020-12-28 21:16:00
by Robert B. Reich

Most of the 74.2 million Americans who voted to reelect Donald Trump — 46.8 percent of the votes cast in the 2020 presidential election — don’t hold Trump accountable for what he’s done to America. Their acceptance of Trump’s behavior... Read More

Adios Betsy DeVos; Glimmers of Hope for the Equalizing Promise of Public Education
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Adios Betsy DeVos; Glimmers of Hope for the Equalizing Promise of Public Education
2020-12-25 20:40:00
by Mary Sanchez

Very soon Betsy DeVos will slip away from her stint in government and escape back into the philanthropic networks that spawned her. President-elect Joe Biden is making good on his promise as a candidate, vowing to replace DeVos with someone... Read More

Yes, Mom, I’m Here.
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Yes, Mom, I’m Here.
2020-12-22 21:15:00
by John Kass

My mother is 90 years old, one of the elderly isolated in nursing homes, unable to hug and kiss her children, alone because of the pandemic. And this will be our first Christmas apart. She lived with us for 25... Read More

As Patients Embrace Telemedicine, Health Insurers Must Act
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As Patients Embrace Telemedicine, Health Insurers Must Act

Virtual care is the fix for a lot of what’s broken with healthcare in America today. As patients embrace the conveniences of telehealth, medical professionals are recognizing that the pandemic model is here to stay. It’s time for the insurance... Read More

Trickle-down Economics Doesn’t Work but Build-up Does
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Trickle-down Economics Doesn’t Work but Build-up Does
2020-12-21 15:12:00
by Robert B. Reich

How should the huge financial costs of the pandemic be paid for, as well as the other deferred needs of society after this annus horribilis? Politicians rarely want to raise taxes on the rich. President-elect Joe Biden promised to do... Read More

After the Election: Governing by Grown-Ups
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After the Election: Governing by Grown-Ups

"What do we do now?” —Bill McKay, “The Candidate” The smoke has cleared: the Electoral College has certified the result, the highest courts have refused to intervene, and even many leading Republicans have accepted the inevitable. As if Joe Biden... Read More

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