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Commentary | Energy Was On The Ballot This November
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Commentary | Energy Was On The Ballot This November

Two years ago, Democrats won back control of the U.S. House by nominating largely moderate candidates in swing districts who ignored litmus test issues like the Green New Deal and refused to be defined by extreme economic and energy policies... Read More

Abolish Electoral College? Sure, and Why Not Let ‘Majority Rule’ on the Bill of Rights?
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Abolish Electoral College? Sure, and Why Not Let ‘Majority Rule’ on the Bill of Rights?
2020-11-18 12:55:25
by John Kass

When we were kids on the playground and there was an angry dispute, someone would always shout “majority rules.” And we’d vote. If the losers didn’t like the outcome, there were two options: punch the winners in the stomach or... Read More

Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics
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Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy considerations, political debate, and media attention. But, lamentably, it is often at the center for all the wrong reasons. Against... Read More

Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?
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Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?
2020-11-09 12:55:26
by Robert B. Reich

In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted, Biden has more than 75 million votes and Trump some 71 million. The Electoral College isn’t even close. But Donald... Read More

The Election of 2020 Has Ended at Last
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The Election of 2020 Has Ended at Last
2020-11-07 16:13:33
by Leonard Pitts

Forgive me for being the ant at the picnic. Certainly, this is a glad moment, an ecstatic and delirious moment. The election of 2020 has ended at last. Joe Biden is finally the president-elect and Donald Trump is finally consigned... Read More

Make America Big Again
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Make America Big Again
2020-11-07 14:18:01
by Make America Big Again

Fans of Donald Trump typically say, “I wish he wouldn’t tweet so much, but I like his policies.” As you peel back more layers of the onion, they really mean they like his tax cuts and conservative appointments to the... Read More

Springsteen Wrestles With Death
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Springsteen Wrestles With Death
2020-11-04 16:26:11
by Leonard Pitts

Bruce Springsteen is wrestling with death. You hear him as you float high above leafless trees dusted with snow. The scene, captured in creamy tones of black and white, is one of beauty almost unbearably elegiac, sacred in its stillness.... Read More

Stand Together. Vote Together. Win Together
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Stand Together. Vote Together. Win Together

I’ve been talking about the significance of the black vote for a while now. I know, you’re probably sick of hearing it. But we have to understand that, from the caucuses and primaries to early voting and Election Day, this... Read More

Happy Endings in US History Are Not Guaranteed
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Happy Endings in US History Are Not Guaranteed
2020-11-01 15:32:28
by Leonard Pitts

America is not guaranteed. There is, in other words, nothing foreordained about this country someday returning to anything approximating normal. That’s important to keep in mind as we await results of the most critical U.S. election since 1860, when Abraham... Read More

Dear Jared Kushner
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Dear Jared Kushner
2020-10-28 15:32:25
by Leonard Pitts

Dear Jared Kushner: So I see where you think you’ve figured out what’s wrong with Black people. Monday, you shared it on Fox “News.” ”One thing we’ve seen in a lot of the Black community,” you said, “which is mostly... Read More

When Horrible Things Happen to Other People's Children
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When Horrible Things Happen to Other People's Children
2020-10-23 21:20:54
by Mary Sanchez

Sometimes I worry about the soul of our nation. Politicians of all stripes go on boastful rants about their “Christian-centered” family values. Meanwhile, horrific orders — to other people’s children — are carried out on their watch. That’s key. They... Read More

We Will Not Forget
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We Will Not Forget
2020-10-21 21:20:53
by Leonard Pitts

You did not stand up. Granted, America faced neither enemy bombers nor terrorist plot, but the threat to her was — still is — no less real. Your country needed you. And you did not stand up. You told yourself... Read More

Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd
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Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd

On November 3rd, Puerto Ricans will head to the polls to answer a simple question with powerful implications: "Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the Union as a State? Yes or No.”  This is not the first time Puerto... Read More

The Public, the Personal and the Utter Hypocrisy
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The Public, the Personal and the Utter Hypocrisy
2020-10-19 21:20:52
by Robert B. Reich

Donald Trump and many Republicans insist that the decisions whether to wear a mask, go to a bar or gym, or work or attend school during a pandemic should be personal. Government should play no role. Yet they also believe... Read More

Living in an Era Where Misinformation Is Weaponized
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Living in an Era Where Misinformation Is Weaponized
2020-10-18 18:12:31
by Leonard Pitts

“Jared Kushner is under federal investigation for diverting money to terrorist organizations according to a guy I met at the gas station who told me he works for the FBI” is something I would never be allowed to publish. “Donald... Read More

Trump Nearing a Dead End on 5th Avenue
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Trump Nearing a Dead End on 5th Avenue
2020-10-12 18:09:29
by Robert B. Reich

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Donald Trump boasted in 2016. Trump’s 5th Avenue principle is being severely tested. Some 40 percent of voters have stuck by him even... Read More

The Democratic Party Is Most Successful When It's at Its Broadest Big Tent
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The Democratic Party Is Most Successful When It's at Its Broadest Big Tent

The Democratic Party is most successful when it’s at its broadest, attracting everyone from far-left democratic socialists to center-left moderates. Most of the time, the metaphor we use is that of a “big tent.” But the Rev. Jesse Jackson put... Read More

The 30 Minutes That Matter
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The 30 Minutes That Matter
2020-10-08 14:30:45
by The 30 Minutes That Matter

Last night marked the 32nd Presidential or Vice Presidential debate that I remember closely watching and there are several trends that persist. First, and most importantly, viewer responses are typically very subjective. As America becomes more polarized, the vast majority... Read More

COVID-19 Makes Trump a Wartime President
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COVID-19 Makes Trump a Wartime President
2020-10-06 15:50:02
by Mary Sanchez

PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, it wasn’t long before the chaos began. Those who lament the lack of transparency and the mixed messaging from the White House regarding the president’s condition are... Read More

America’s Voting Systems Need A Glow Up
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America’s Voting Systems Need A Glow Up

As 2020 has shown, our future is not set in stone. There is no telling when the COVID-19 pandemic will be over or when the next crisis might arise. This uncertainty only cements the fact that our democracy must meet... Read More

Rational People, Party Politics and Our Patriotic Duty
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Rational People, Party Politics and Our Patriotic Duty
2020-10-05 11:54:58
by Rachel Marsden

PARIS — It’s almost that time again. As another U.S. presidential election ramps up, so does the frequency of remarks along the lines of: “If (the candidate I oppose) wins, I’m moving to (state that overwhelmingly supports the candidate I... Read More

How Should We Begin to Rethink Policing?
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How Should We Begin to Rethink Policing?
2020-10-02 11:46:27
by Mary Sanchez

The nation is screaming Black Lives Matter. The president keeps communicating that they do not. Among the latest evidence of the disconnect is the fact that a federal judge halted President Donald Trump’s version of how policing will reform. The... Read More

What Trump Said About the Proud Boys Was Unconscionable
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What Trump Said About the Proud Boys Was Unconscionable
2020-10-01 11:46:25
by John Kass

President Donald Trump’s failure to loudly and forcefully condemn white supremacists in his debate with Joe Biden was an unmitigated disaster that may have cost him a chance at reelection. What Americans witnessed in the chaotic dumpster fire of a... Read More

To America’s Eight Year Olds...Stand By
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To America’s Eight Year Olds...Stand By

Twenty-eight years ago, I watched all three presidential debates at home with my dad. The I992 campaign gave America an incumbent Republican president widely viewed as a WWII hero, experienced in public policy and clearly a decent man debating a young,... Read More

There Is a Fire in the House of Democracy
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There Is a Fire in the House of Democracy
2020-09-30 11:46:24
by Leonard Pitts

Just last week, the headlines were inescapable. They stemmed from a story in The Atlantic detailing what amounts to the Republican Party plotting a coup. Which is to say, cooking up Electoral College schemes designed to keep Donald Trump in... Read More

Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea
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Checking China’s Diplomatic Piracy in the South China Sea
2020-09-18 19:14:08
by Craig Singleton

China appears keen to bring piracy back as an instrument of foreign policy, but the days of eye patches and wooden legs are long gone. Instead, Beijing’s most effective raiding parties prefer business suits and briefcases, thus allowing them to... Read More

We Give a Damn Too Late
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We Give a Damn Too Late
2020-09-16 14:50:39
by Leonard Pitts

LOS ANGELES - We gave a damn too late. Sometimes, I think that will be the legacy of this generation. Or maybe I’m just tired of seeing people walking around without masks as if a pandemic had not taken almost... Read More

Trump’s Many Lies No Longer Shock Us
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Trump’s Many Lies No Longer Shock Us
2020-09-13 14:50:39
by Leonard Pitts

We weren’t going to normalize this. Remember that? Remember the way many of us solemnly vowed we would always maintain the ability to be outraged, hold on to our capacity for shock? Well, after almost four years that have passed... Read More

What Was in It for Them?
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What Was in It for Them?
2020-09-09 14:50:38
by Leonard Pitts

The American Cemetery at Normandy sits on a bluff overlooking the beach where, on June 6, 1944, American soldiers waded ashore to begin the invasion of France. The old battlefield is marked with shell craters and gun pits offering mute... Read More

Why Trump Could Win a Second Term
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Why Trump Could Win a Second Term
2020-09-08 14:50:28
by Rachel Marsden

It would be a huge mistake to write off the 2020 U.S. presidential race result as a foregone conclusion. Many did so in 2016, taking as a no-brainer that Hillary Clinton would defeat Donald Trump. Some self-deluded Clinton supporters found... Read More

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