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Trump’s gone, but the GOP’s conspiracy theory cesspool is here to stay

Trump hasn’t even been gone a week, but conspiracy theory culture is still clearly the base of the GOP. State Republican parties have been tweeting in support of QAnon, Holocaust deniers, and spreading “false flag” lies about the Capitol siege. Rand Paul pushed election fraud lies on national TV, and […]
Trump’s gone, but the GOP’s conspiracy theory cesspool is here to stay
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I was in DC for the inauguration. The overwhelming security state felt disturbingly similar to the worst parts of the post-9/11 response.

Being in DC for the inauguration reminded me of the days immediately after 9/11. Americans were rightfully traumatized, but we almost immediately began surrendering our civil liberties in the name of “security” and “counterterrorism.” A military occupation in the nation’s capital, and calls for sweeping new surveillance and law enforcement […]
I was in DC for the inauguration. The overwhelming security state felt disturbingly similar to the worst parts of the post-9/11 response.
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Rep. Rashida Tlaib on why she’s rallying progressives to fight back against calls for sweeping new government surveillance powers after the Capitol attack

Rep. Rashida Tlaib is leading the progressive opposition to a massive expansion of the security state in the wake of the deadly Capitol attack by Trump supporters. A member of the House Democrats’ “Squad,” Tlaib warned that marginalised groups are typically the selected targets of law enforcement. Tlaib spoke with […]
Rep. Rashida Tlaib on why she’s rallying progressives to fight back against calls for sweeping new government surveillance powers after the Capitol attack
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The Trump ban across social media wasn’t censorship — it was a series of editorial decisions by media companies that call themselves social platforms

Becca Lewis is a PhD candidate in communication at Stanford University who researches online social movements and extremist groups. She says decrying Trump’s bans on social media as censorship distracts from the real issue: that companies like Facebook and Twitter are really simply media companies who use editorial intervention and […]
The Trump ban across social media wasn’t censorship — it was a series of editorial decisions by media companies that call themselves social platforms
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Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna on holding Trump accountable for the Capitol siege, ending the ‘forever wars,’ and working with conservatives to bridge America’s cultural divide

Rep. Ro Khanna of California is a third-term Democrat who wants to end America’s “forever wars,” help bridge the country’s cultural and political divides, and fight for progressive causes. Khanna also wants to hold Trump and Sen. Josh Hawley accountable for their roles in inciting the deadly insurrection at the […]
Progressive Rep. Ro Khanna on holding Trump accountable for the Capitol siege, ending the ‘forever wars,’ and working with conservatives to bridge America’s cultural divide
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Arrest Trump. He directly incited violence.

The First Amendment protects the right to express even the most repugnant, hateful speech so long as it is not a direct incitement to violence. President Donald Trump crossed that line at Wednesday’s “Stop the Steal” rally when he urged a mob to march to the US Capitol and “fight […]
Arrest Trump. He directly incited violence.
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What should we think of America now?

On Wednesday, armed insurrectionists – goaded on by the president – rushed the US Capitol in an effort to slow the democratic process. For some of those trying to make sense of it, this is an America they don’t recognise. That’s part of the problem. This is an opinion column. […]
What should we think of America now?
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This is a coup. Trump’s been leading the country toward this for 5 years.

There’s no other way to say it: Trump supporters attempted a coup. By violently breaching the Capitol, they successfully stopped Congress from certifying the election. That’s an act of terrorism against American democracy. We should be appalled, but we shouldn’t be terribly surprised. Trump has always encouraged violence and said […]
This is a coup. Trump’s been leading the country toward this for 5 years.
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Well, at least we know who the phoniest people in Washington are now

Today dozens of Republicans lawmakers in Congress will attempt a stunt vote that will briefly stall – but not stop – the congressional ceremony to confirm Joe Biden’s presidency. This is a disgraceful affront to democratic principles and the US Constitution. But at the very least it makes it that […]
Well, at least we know who the phoniest people in Washington are now
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Trump must be prosecuted, or we should just admit presidents are above the law

This isn’t just about Donald Trump. This is about the next president. And the one after that, and the one after that. Trump was caught red-handed, on tape, attempting to strong-arm Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, into inventing thousands of votes to tip the election in Trump’s favour. […]
Trump must be prosecuted, or we should just admit presidents are above the law
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Trump’s sad implosion is a good sign for Biden’s agenda

As Joe Biden prepares to take office, Democrats are united and Republicans are arguing bitterly with each other. Trump’s last desperate ploy to retain power – and the infighting it has caused within the Republican party – has strengthened Biden’s governing position as he prepares to take office. Trump’s grip […]
Trump’s sad implosion is a good sign for Biden’s agenda
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7 American political ‘norms’ blown to smithereens in 2020

The Trump era has been defined by its obliteration of political norms, the accepted way for the country to be governed, elections to be conducted, and political rivals to treat one another. From Democrats whipsawing from “Believe Women” to “Respect Due Process,” to the end of political conventions as we […]
7 American political ‘norms’ blown to smithereens in 2020
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Stop lying about the relief bill

There is a lot of nonsense being spouted about the latest COVID relief package. People are trying to argue that the only thing average Americans get is the $US600 check, but that is not true. The package includes an array of programs that will help people most in need. Boosted […]
Stop lying about the relief bill
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Trump is the least patriotic president in US history

President Donald Trump loves to fondle American flags and talk blustery about “patriotism,” but he’ll do anything to get out of serving his country. He’s a shameless draft dodger and, as president, consistently put his own interests ahead of America’s. Thousands of Americans are dying every day from COVID-19, and […]
Trump is the least patriotic president in US history
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New York City as we knew it is dead. Long live New York.

During the pandemic, New York City has lost thousands of the small businesses that gave it its flavour. A coming third wave of the coronavirus has put the City That Never Sleeps on the cusp of being shuttered once again. There’s nothing to do but mourn the lost and the […]
New York City as we knew it is dead. Long live New York.
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The New York Times used to argue the best minimum wage was $0. Here’s why the paper of record now argues a healthy minimum wage is a good thing.

Paul Constant is a writer at Civic Ventures, a cofounder of the Seattle Review of Books, and a frequent cohost of the “Pitchfork Economics” podcast with Nick Hanauer and David Goldstein. In this week’s episode of Pitchfork Economics, Hanauer and Goldstein spoke with Binyamin Appelbaum, the lead writer on business […]
The New York Times used to argue the best minimum wage was $0. Here’s why the paper of record now argues a healthy minimum wage is a good thing.
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I worked with Dr. Jill Biden when I was a community college student. Her degree is more than a title — it’s inspiration for the women and underrepresented students she teaches.

Nazila Jamshidi is a graduate student at Georgetown University and an alumnus of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) where Dr. Jill Biden has been teaching in 2009. At NOVA, Jamshidi worked with Dr. Biden on women’s empowerment initiatives and says Biden’s title of doctor served as an inspiration to her […]
I worked with Dr. Jill Biden when I was a community college student. Her degree is more than a title — it’s inspiration for the women and underrepresented students she teaches.
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Fast-food chains are vultures feasting on the carcasses of independent restaurants. But, the American government killed those mum-and-pop businesses in the first place.

The death of independent American restaurants during the pandemic chains like McDonald’s and Starbucks a natural villain. Analysts say that fast food chains will likely benefit from the $US39 billion in sales linked to tens of thousands of restaurants closing across the US. But, the federal government is to blame […]
Fast-food chains are vultures feasting on the carcasses of independent restaurants. But, the American government killed those mum-and-pop businesses in the first place.
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While you weren’t looking, everything with China went off the rails

US-China relations have taken a nosedive over the last few months. Instead of focusing on the trade war, the Trump administration is laser focused on even more contentious parts of the relationship in an attempt to push US policy toward a harder line before it leaves power. Meanwhile China has […]
While you weren’t looking, everything with China went off the rails
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Shame fatigue and unscientific COVID restrictions are backfiring

If the 1980s should have taught us anything, it’s that “Just Say No” doesn’t work. And yet, “cancel everything” COVID edicts are still being dropped on a weary public. Overbroad lockdowns are producing “shame fatigue,” where people who want to be responsible during the pandemic start to tune out authority […]
Shame fatigue and unscientific COVID restrictions are backfiring
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Like I said, Trump is going to ghost us

On Friday, November 6th I told you that President Donald Trump – having lost the presidential race – would probably ghost America. It appears I will be correct. He’s now telling aides he may go to Mar-a-Lago for Christmas and not return. Of course, that doesn’t mean he’ll leave us […]
Like I said, Trump is going to ghost us
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Together we can move forward — with inclusive minds

For more than 50 years, Special Olympics promoted a model of inclusivity focused on getting people together on playing fields, ball courts and running tracks. But over the last two decades Special Olympics, through its Unified Champion Schools program, has worked in schools to foster an “inclusive mindset” in students. […]
Together we can move forward — with inclusive minds
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Schmidt and Cece had the ideal pandemic wedding on ‘New Girl’

This article contains spoilers for “New Girl.” Schmidt and Cece get married in the season five finale of “New Girl.” Schmidt ends up having to attend the reception virtually, and the couple later get married with just their parents and roommates in attendance. Combined, the two celebrations make for a […]
Schmidt and Cece had the ideal pandemic wedding on ‘New Girl’
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Democrats flouting their own COVID rules isn’t just elitist hypocrisy — it’s a danger to public health

Democrats think of themselves as the “party of science,” but a lot of prominent Democratic politicians have acted like they’re immune from COVID. While imposing restrictions on travel on gatherings, they have taken unnecessary pleasure trips and attended maskless indoor parties. We’ve come to expect COVID-denialism from Trump-sycophantic Republicans, but […]
Democrats flouting their own COVID rules isn’t just elitist hypocrisy — it’s a danger to public health
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Republicans sold out democracy to appease Trump’s loser tantrum

The dumbest of coups is almost over, no thanks to Republicans who stood idly by while President Donald Trump assaulted the democratic process and left the US’s coronavirus response rudderless. Now that it’s all over but the shouting, Republicans are slowly trickling out and conceding Biden was elected president. But […]
Republicans sold out democracy to appease Trump’s loser tantrum
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Trump’s embarrassing, incompetent, humiliating, very sad coup

President Trump’s legal team is attempting to overturn the result of the election, which according to experts is essential a coup attempt. The attempt has produced some genuinely sad moments that make the embarrassing electoral loss look even worse. This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of […]
Trump’s embarrassing, incompetent, humiliating, very sad coup
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Voter-fraud debunking journalist Isaac Saul talks about his viral election thread and why the conspiracy theories put poll workers in danger

Since election night, journalist Issac Saul has been documenting and debunking as many voter fraud conspiracy theories as possible in an ever-growing Twitter thread. “It took off immediately, and the new lies just kept pouring in,” Saul told Business Insider Columnist Anthony L. Fisher. Saul says these conspiracy theories are […]
Voter-fraud debunking journalist Isaac Saul talks about his viral election thread and why the conspiracy theories put poll workers in danger
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This is what it looks like when things fall apart

At a press conference on Thursday, Rudy Giuliani’s hair dye dripped down his face while he spit conspiracy theories at a crowd of reporters who seemed (at best) embarrassed for him. This is what it looks like when things fall apart. Trump and his people have nothing but lame-duck power […]
This is what it looks like when things fall apart
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Cuomo is obliterating his own (undeserved) COVID hero myth

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo threw a fit when asked by reporters whether or not New York City schools would be open the next day. Casual Cuomo observers were shocked by the “Lov Gov”‘s fumbling belligerence. They shouldn’t be. He’s got a long track record of being a prickly, thin-skinned […]
Cuomo is obliterating his own (undeserved) COVID hero myth
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Trumpworld’s faux-intellectual grifters are helping him debase democracy with bogus ‘voter fraud’ claims. And Republicans rake in the cash.

Trump lost the election, by a lot. Because he’s too weak to admit he’s a loser, he’s damaging democracy. Internet “sceptics” are amplifying his fake voter fraud claims by engaging in baseless speculation couched in faux intellectual inquiry. The sceptics created smoke in search of a fire, but these gullible […]
Trumpworld’s faux-intellectual grifters are helping him debase democracy with bogus ‘voter fraud’ claims. And Republicans rake in the cash.
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To combat the COVID-19 economic downturn, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy passed a millionaire’s tax. Here’s why he says that’s good for everyone.

Paul Constant is a writer at Civic Ventures, a cofounder of the Seattle Review of Books, and a frequent cohost of the “Pitchfork Economics” podcast with Nick Hanauer and David Goldstein. In this week’s episode of Pitchfork Economics, Goldstein and Hanauer spoke with New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy about his […]
To combat the COVID-19 economic downturn, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy passed a millionaire’s tax. Here’s why he says that’s good for everyone.
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Of course Trump is trying to burn it all down. What else did you expect?

President Trump’s refusal to admit that he lost the 2020 election to President-elect Joe Biden has made things extremely stressful here in the United States. But at least everyone is behaving exactly as expected. Trump is in denial, and the GOP is talking loud, but the Trump campaign’s legal challenges […]
Of course Trump is trying to burn it all down. What else did you expect?
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MAGA mean kids want you to be nice to them about Trump losing

MAGA media types have taken delight in “Leftist Tears” for years, but now that President Donald Trump has been resoundingly defeated, they demand sensitivity for their feelings (and Trump’s!). The same Trumpists who’ve called Democrats delusional crybabies for not accepting election results are also, now, not accepting election results – […]
MAGA mean kids want you to be nice to them about Trump losing
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Brace yourself for the most dangerous 73 days of Trump’s presidency

Trump’s political invincibility is shattered, and with it, his presidential immunity to criminal probes. He’s got nothing left to lose, so expect him to break stuff on his way out of the White House. A lame duck Trump is a Trump with all the power and none of the accountability. […]
Brace yourself for the most dangerous 73 days of Trump’s presidency
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Biden won the Electoral College. Now he should call for it to be abolished.

Black voters across the country – especially in Atlanta and Philadelphia – helped secure Joe Biden’s Electoral College win. But thanks to the way the Electoral College works, their votes count less than their white counterparts. If Biden wants to push back against the narrative that the Democratic Party takes […]
Biden won the Electoral College. Now he should call for it to be abolished.
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Donald Trump is probably going to ghost us

Do you see Donald Trump clapping politely at Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day? Me neither. My bet is that after Biden wins and the GOP turns his back on him, Trump will ghost us. He can’t face losing, so he’ll probably go to Mar-a-Lago for Christmas and never come back. This […]
Donald Trump is probably going to ghost us
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Progressive economic policies enjoy broad bipartisan support, but progressive candidates don’t. Here’s what Democrats need to do to attract these voters.

Paul Constant is a writer at Civic Ventures, a cofounder of the Seattle Review of Books, and a frequent cohost of the “Pitchfork Economics” podcast with Nick Hanauer and David Goldstein. He writes that President Donald Trump’s win in Florida – largely driven by the traditionally Democratic Miami-Dade Country – […]
Progressive economic policies enjoy broad bipartisan support, but progressive candidates don’t. Here’s what Democrats need to do to attract these voters.
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Trump’s speech was pathetic, but his authoritarianism is still dangerous

With his presidency all but over, Trump insisted reality isn’t real at a Thursday press briefing. He’s following the maxim of his former troll-whisperer Steve Bannon: “flood the zone with s—.” The president blathered baseless assaults on a democratic process that has no shortage of independent observers vouching for its […]
Trump’s speech was pathetic, but his authoritarianism is still dangerous
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Americans have declared the Drug War is over

Drugs won big on Election Night. In all seriousness, it wasn’t so much a win for drugs as it was a win for Americans, who after almost a century of Drug War have finally declared prohibition to be a failure (again). But the War on Drugs drags on, and until […]
Americans have declared the Drug War is over
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It wasn’t a disaster, but this election shows the fragility of American democracy

Armed militias didn’t intimidate voters, the postal service didn’t collapse under the weight of millions of absentee ballots, and despite long lines people were able to vote. Given the circumstances – a once-in-a-century pandemic, a bitterly-divided electorate, and months of social unrest – it’s tempting to call this “success.” But […]
It wasn’t a disaster, but this election shows the fragility of American democracy
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Police unions are enemies of reform. It’s time we take them head on.

The nation’s largest police union used a two-year-old boy – whose mother had just been violently thrown to the ground by Philadelphia police after breaking her car’s windows – as a prop in a social media post. Under a “Blue Lives Matter” banner, police unions demand hate crime protections while […]
Police unions are enemies of reform. It’s time we take them head on.
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Disney is killing movie theatres

At the beginning of the year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced movie theatres shut, and movie studios began to experiment with wider straight-to-streaming releases. The Hollywood giant followed suit, releasing their big blockbuster movies – “Mulan” and now “Soul” – on Disney Plus. However, the Walt Disney Company’s streaming playbook poses […]
Disney is killing movie theatres
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The real Trump Derangement Syndrome is ‘Orange Man Good’

Trump supporters reflexively insist President Donald Trump’s critics have “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and that their only argument is “Orange Man Bad.” By nearly every objective metric, Trump’s presidency has been a failure, and he has contributed to this country’s partisan division perhaps more than any single person over the past […]
The real Trump Derangement Syndrome is ‘Orange Man Good’
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Latinas still endure one of the widest pay gaps of any group. On Latina Equal Pay Day, here’s what policymakers, organisations, and companies can do to combat pay discrimination.

Latinas endure some of the largest pay gaps of any group – in 2019, they had to work 22 months to make what white men earned in 12 months. Equity can only be achieved if policymakers, companies, and organisations work together to combat pay discrimination. Vote for politicians who support […]
Latinas still endure one of the widest pay gaps of any group. On Latina Equal Pay Day, here’s what policymakers, organisations, and companies can do to combat pay discrimination.
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‘Cult of Smart’ author Fredrik deBoer on the taboo of admitting some kids just aren’t good at school, why ‘equality of opportunity’ is bunk, and why he believes in a culture of forgiveness over cancellation

Fredrik deBoer is a writer, academic, and avowed Marxist who has contributed to outlets as varied as The New York Times, Politico, Gawker, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, and Jacobin. He’s also been a teacher at both the high school and college levels, and he just published his first book, […]
‘Cult of Smart’ author Fredrik deBoer on the taboo of admitting some kids just aren’t good at school, why ‘equality of opportunity’ is bunk, and why he believes in a culture of forgiveness over cancellation
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A Harvard Business School professor believes businesses can build a just and equitable form of capitalism — here’s how, and why now’s the time

Paul Constant is a writer at Civic Ventures, a cofounder of the Seattle Review of Books, and a frequent cohost of the “Pitchfork Economics” podcast with Nick Hanauer and David Goldstein. On the latest episode of Pitchfork Economics, Harvard Business School professor Rebecca Henderson discusses how business could help create […]
A Harvard Business School professor believes businesses can build a just and equitable form of capitalism — here’s how, and why now’s the time
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AOC’s snub of a tribute to an assassinated Nobel Peace Prize winner sure makes it seem like all Israeli leaders are too problematic for the progressive left

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was supposed to speak at a left-wing peace advocacy group’s online memorial for the late Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, on the the 25th anniversary of his assassination., After backlash from progressives, AOC bailed on the event, which was held the same night she played a video game […]
AOC’s snub of a tribute to an assassinated Nobel Peace Prize winner sure makes it seem like all Israeli leaders are too problematic for the progressive left
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This is the ‘Seinfeld’ presidential campaign, because it’s about ‘nothing’

“Seinfeld” is the enduringly popular sitcom that claimed to be about “nothing.” Even though this election arrives during a pandemic, mass unemployment, and paradigm-shifting social upheaval, the campaign leading into this election is also basically about nothing. We could be talking about what the next administration will do about Iran’s […]
This is the ‘Seinfeld’ presidential campaign, because it’s about ‘nothing’
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The Republicans are fundamentally unserious people

If it feels like nothing is getting done in America right now, that’s because there isn’t. In large part that is because the Republican Party is made up of unserious people, only interested in perpetuating their own power. The President cannot be taken seriously when he says he wants to […]
The Republicans are fundamentally unserious people
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‘Totally Under Control’ filmmaker Alex Gibney on Trump’s hapless coronavirus response, Jared Kushner’s ridiculous PPE strategy, and the breakdown of America’s institutions

“Totally Under Control” is the new film codirected by the Oscar-winning documentarian Alex Gibney that depicts the Trump administration’s hapless early response to the coronavirus. From Trump’s lies about COVID-19’s lethality, to Jared Kushner’s ridiculous plan to have young volunteers armed with private laptops and Gmail accounts be in charge […]
‘Totally Under Control’ filmmaker Alex Gibney on Trump’s hapless coronavirus response, Jared Kushner’s ridiculous PPE strategy, and the breakdown of America’s institutions