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The Republican Party has embraced American fascism

Both President Trump and his Vice President have refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if they lose the election. Militia groups emboldened by Trump tried to kidnap a Democratic Governor. A GOP Senator tweeted that America is not a democracy. The GOP has embraced American fascism. Our […]
The Republican Party has embraced American fascism
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Trump doesn’t respect science, or the American people

The president ridiculed safety precautions, held a superspreader event, contracted COVID, was hospitalized, is now back at the White House, and the American public has no idea if he’s even been tested, much less if he’s still contagious. Trump said COVID will “miraculously” disappear and rejected the reality of climate […]
Trump doesn’t respect science, or the American people
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Donald Trump just kicked the US economy in the teeth

President Donald Trump on Tuesday tweeted that he has ordered the White House to stop negotiating with Democrats in the House of Representatives on another round of economic aid for the country. He says negotiations will resume after the election This is terrible news for the economy and the stock […]
Donald Trump just kicked the US economy in the teeth
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Trump’s constant lying has finally caught up with him

When the American public has questions like, “Did the president become so incapacitated by COVID that he needed medical intervention to breathe?” the expectation is that we’ll get something approximating a straight answer. But Trump is a fount of conspiracy theories, disinformation, and childish fantasizing, and his White House is […]
Trump’s constant lying has finally caught up with him
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Donald Trump doesn’t care about you

Donald Trump doesn’t care about you. It’s more obvious now that he has COVID-19 than it ever has been before (and it was obvious before). The timeline of when Trump knew he may have been exposed, or might be sick, is fuzzy. But we know he likely had some idea […]
Donald Trump doesn’t care about you
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Trump’s positive COVID-19 result is a reality test

Trump has tested positive for COVID-19, which means he now faces another test – a reality test. A few weeks before the election, we will see if Trump can accept his diagnosis and change his behaviour. World leaders have tested positive before. When UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson got sick, […]
Trump’s positive COVID-19 result is a reality test
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Andrew Cuomo is shamelessly trying to memory-hole his coronavirus nursing home fiasco

Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-positive residents. They did, and thousands died. Cuomo’s administration quietly rescinded the order and later released a report absolving itself of responsibility for the spike in nursing home deaths. The governor has resisted calls for transparency or an independent investigation as “ugly […]
Andrew Cuomo is shamelessly trying to memory-hole his coronavirus nursing home fiasco
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Trump’s Middle East accord is the illusion of peace

Israel normalized relations with the Arab states Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, in an accord partially brokered by the Trump administration. These are only the third and fourth Arab states to recognise Israel. That makes this a very big deal. But it’s hardly “the dawn of a new Middle East,” […]
Trump’s Middle East accord is the illusion of peace
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Any rich person could pay off Donald Trump

Donald Trump leads an expensive lifestyle and, at least on paper, his businesses aren’t keeping up. The New York Times obtained Trump’s tax returns, and they show that he has hundreds of millions in liabilities coming due that make him a liability to the United States of America. That’s because […]
Any rich person could pay off Donald Trump
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Trump may have chosen a Supreme Court justice over the stock market

It looks like the fight over Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s seat has sunk negotiations between Democrats and Republicans for another coronavirus aid bill. That means Trump may have just unwittingly chosen a Supreme Court seat over the US economy and the stock market. The market had been selling […]
Trump may have chosen a Supreme Court justice over the stock market
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Look at all these GOP hypocrites

Check out this Washington Post video mashup of Senate Republicans cynically reversing their stance on Supreme Court nominations in an election year. Back in 2016, when a vacancy opened in February, Republicans argued they couldn’t fill the seat until a new president was elected. Now they’re saying the opposite because […]
Look at all these GOP hypocrites
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‘One Billion Americans’ author Matt Yglesias on increasing immigration, encouraging larger families, and why he signed the ‘infamous Harper’s letter’

The Vox cofounder’s new book, “One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger,” is a somewhat “off the wall” plea for America to think bigger. A lot bigger. Yglesias argues for massively increasing the population as the best method to maintain global economic dominance and to keep China from overtaking […]
‘One Billion Americans’ author Matt Yglesias on increasing immigration, encouraging larger families, and why he signed the ‘infamous Harper’s letter’
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No one is coming to save the global economy this time

During the financial crisis, two countries kept the global economy from cratering even further than it did – China and India. Unfortunately this time around – in the economic crisis caused by the corornavirus pandemic – no country is coming to save us. India has been on lockdown for months, […]
No one is coming to save the global economy this time
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Stop making excuses for the ‘protesters’ that act like bad cops

We’re in an overcautious moment when it comes to criticising incidents of violence and property destruction when they’re even tangentially related to the protests against police brutality and racism. The protest movement is righteous, and protesters deserve respect. But opportunists and violent vigilantes should not be conferred undeserved legitimacy by […]
Stop making excuses for the ‘protesters’ that act like bad cops
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Social media is a parasite, it bleeds you to live

Social media apps are designed using the same psychology as casino slot machines. They entice you with menial rewards to keep you coming back, even when you know it’s doing you harm. When I deleted social media apps from my phone, I found myself newly endowed with time, mental bandwidth, […]
Social media is a parasite, it bleeds you to live
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There needs to be a reckoning in the fashion industry

The fashion industry has long been under fire for human rights abuses. But the COVID-19 crisis is shining a new light on those abuses. Without a system that allows consumers to hold companies accountable, the abuses will persist. Nicky is a writer and speaker who primarily covers arts and culture. […]
There needs to be a reckoning in the fashion industry
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You can be both social and safe during the pandemic

Politics have largely influenced responses to the pandemic. Science shows there are safe and responsible ways to enjoy outdoor dining and other social activities. Until a proper treatment arrives, we have to find reasonable ways to live while also reducing harm to others. Noah Friedman is a writer and producer […]
You can be both social and safe during the pandemic
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Trump is your dangerously gullible uncle on Facebook

President Trump spreads conspiracy theories all the time. But last night, he went too far, even for Laura Ingraham. He claimed shadowy figures were controlling Joe Biden and sending black-clad antifa members on planes to wreak havoc. When pressed for details, he said the story was “under investigation.” The fake […]
Trump is your dangerously gullible uncle on Facebook
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Trump’s socialist moment(s)

Hello, everyone! Thanks for reading. A brief note to say that this will be our last edition of “Insider Today” for a while. Our intrepid leader, David Plotz, has concluded his six-month break from entrepreneuring and has settled on his next adventure, which will be launching a cool new podcast […]
Trump’s socialist moment(s)
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‘Law and Order’ for thee but not for me

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “When we take the court and represent Milwaukee and Wisconsin, we are expected to play at a high level, give maximum effort and hold each other accountable. We hold ourselves to […]
‘Law and Order’ for thee but not for me
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The RNC is turning into one long right-wing Youtube video

The 2020 Republican National Convention is starting to sound a lot more like a right-wing Youtube channel than a major party convention. Instead of thoughtful, principled Republicans making the case for the GOP, the RNC has trotted out a line of Trump sycophants courting have dropped in phrases popular with […]
The RNC is turning into one long right-wing Youtube video
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Trump isn’t as special as his supporters say he is

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Advancing their anti-Christian, anti-conservative, anti-Donald Trump narrative was all that mattered.” –Kentucky high school student Nicholas Sandmann, in an RNC speech attacking the media for its coverage of his 2019 encounter […]
Trump isn’t as special as his supporters say he is
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Guess who’s NOT speaking at the RNC

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “They want to enslave you to the weak, dependent, liberal victim ideology to the point that you will not recognise this country or yourself.” –Kimberly Guilfoyle, Trump campaign fundraiser and Donald […]
Guess who’s NOT speaking at the RNC
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The GOP’s platform is… Donald Trump

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “For now, and for my beloved children, it will be less drama, more mama.” – Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, announcing that she’s leaving the White House at the end of August. […]
The GOP’s platform is… Donald Trump
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‘Twilight of Democracy’ author Anne Applebaum on the rise of authoritarianism, the dangerous power of conspiracy theories, and why she signed the ‘Harper’s letter’

Few are more in-tuned with the politics and culture of Eastern Europe than the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and historian Anne Applebaum, who has lived in Poland since before the fall of communism. Her new book, “Twilight of Democracy: The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism,” focuses on the assaults on liberal democratic […]
‘Twilight of Democracy’ author Anne Applebaum on the rise of authoritarianism, the dangerous power of conspiracy theories, and why she signed the ‘Harper’s letter’
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Those ‘Biden is senile’ attacks now seem like a huge mistake

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “It’s my No. 1 priority between now and Election Day.” – Postmaster General Louis DeJoy testifying on Friday before the Senate, saying delivering mail-in ballots is the Postal Service’s most important […]
Those ‘Biden is senile’ attacks now seem like a huge mistake
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Have you noticed that a lot of Trump advisers get arrested?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is a group of nuts and kooks and he ought to disavow them,” – former Bush administration senior advisor Karl Rove on Trump’s embrace of the QAnon conspiracy theory. WHAT’S […]
Have you noticed that a lot of Trump advisers get arrested?
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Trump has officially turned the GOP into the QAnon Party

It’s possible that President Donald Trump has changed the Republican Party forever, turning the “Party of Lincoln” into the Party of the Paranoid Racist Internet Troll. Trump’s embrace of far-right fringe candidates and the QAnon conspiracy theory are horrible, but predictable. Congressional Republicans refusing to rebuke them is a full-on […]
Trump has officially turned the GOP into the QAnon Party
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So you can just lie to Congress now?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Our state appetizer, calamari, is available in all 50 states.” – Rhode Island Democratic Party Chair Joseph M. McNamara, interrupting his state’s roll-call endorsement of Joe Biden to tout the local […]
So you can just lie to Congress now?
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Bill Clinton shouldn’t speak at the DNC

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Let me be as honest and clear as I can: Donald Trump is the wrong president for our country. He has had more than enough time to prove that he can […]
Bill Clinton shouldn’t speak at the DNC
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You don’t have to do this, DNC

Political conventions are overlong infomercials for partisanship and nominee hero worship. Neither sounds appealing, right? That’s why they’re also “shows.” Entertainment is hard. It’s best to leave them wanting more. Get in, hit hard, get out. That wasn’t the philosophy held Monday evening on night one of the Democratic National […]
You don’t have to do this, DNC
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Trump’s brilliant plan to steal the election

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “The involvement of the Secretary of HUD and MyPillow.com in pushing a dubious product at the highest levels should give Americans no comfort at night about their health and safety during […]
Trump’s brilliant plan to steal the election
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Voting in this election is turning into a slow-motion tragedy

We saw this coming for months, and yet the federal government and many states have done little to guarantee every eligible citizen can cast a ballot and be confident it will be counted correctly. Now Trump is openly admitting he’ll block additional funding for the US Postal Service (USPS) to […]
Voting in this election is turning into a slow-motion tragedy
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Where are the so-called ‘constitutional conservatives’?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “In the end, it looks like climate change actually claimed him as a victim.” – climate scientist Ryan R. Neely III, mourning the death of acclaimed scientist Konrad Steffen, who helped […]
Where are the so-called ‘constitutional conservatives’?
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Don’t let Cuomo hide from his coronavirus nursing-home disaster

Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York is adamantly opposed to an independent investigation into his administration’s coronavirus response, insisting it’s all part of an “ugly politics” drummed up by his conservative media critics. But the public has a right to know whether his decision to force nursing homes to accept […]
Don’t let Cuomo hide from his coronavirus nursing-home disaster
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Kamala Harris’ biggest weakness is now her strength

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “She’s certainly not hostile to capitalism. She’s solidly in the left-centre of the party, which is what I think this country needs right now.” –Ralph Schlosstein, co-Chief Executive Officer of Evercore […]
Kamala Harris’ biggest weakness is now her strength
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The Russian vaccine is terrifying

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and, I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks.” –Russian President Vladimir Putin, announcing that Russia has approved the Gamaleya […]
The Russian vaccine is terrifying
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It doesn’t matter (during the campaign) who Biden chooses as his running mate

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “The president is determined to spend what we need to spend,” –Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, encouraging Democrats to return to negotiations over the coronavirus relief bill. WHAT’S HAPPENING The college football […]
It doesn’t matter (during the campaign) who Biden chooses as his running mate
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‘Hatemonger’ author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, white nationalism, and performative cruelty

Investigative reporter Jean Guerrero spoke with Business Insider about her new book “Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda.” She describes Miller’s style of policy-making – which includes zero tolerance border enforcement and the deliberate separation of families as “the performance of cruelty.” Guerrero also talks about […]
‘Hatemonger’ author Jean Guerrero on Stephen Miller, white nationalism, and performative cruelty
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A pathetic excuse for waiting too long on the relief bill

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Pushing the pause button meant seeing how what we have already done is working… It allowed us to learn the coronavirus didn’t mysteriously disappear. It’s still here.”–Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell […]
A pathetic excuse for waiting too long on the relief bill
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How bad will the wave of evictions be?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “No, I haven’t taken a test. Why the hell would I take a test?” – Joe Biden, responding to a question about whether he had taken the “person woman man camera […]
How bad will the wave of evictions be?
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Let’s talk about his face for a minute

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “This is an open robbery. The world is watching and God is watching that how President Trump is turning the once great America into a rogue country,” –Hu Xijin, editor-in-chief of […]
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Election Day will be a fiasco unless we act now. Like, right now.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “All of our scenarios ended in both street-level violence and political impasse.” – Rosa Brooks, the co-organiser of the Transition Integrity Project, a group of 80 former officials who modelled what […]
Election Day will be a fiasco unless we act now. Like, right now.
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Trump is trying to shove 4 years of China policy into 4 months

The Trump administration has pivoted from the US’s policy of strategic ambiguity toward China, to open rivalry over the last few weeks. And in that time it has announced a slew of aggressive policies toward China with little explanation of what it plans to do in the event that China […]
Trump is trying to shove 4 years of China policy into 4 months
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Trump is maiming US democracy

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “[The testing plan] just went poof into thin air,” – a member of Jared Kushner’s virus testing team, on how the administration abandoned a national testing plan after seeing that coronavirus […]
Trump is maiming US democracy
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It’s time to take Trump seriously, figuratively, and literally

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at […]
It’s time to take Trump seriously, figuratively, and literally
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Now we know what Jeff Bezos’ worried face looks like

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Apple CEO Tim Cook testified before Congress on Wednesday about how they use their market power to destroy competitors. Unlike other tech hearings, this one had minimal grandstanding, and the politicians came prepared. The tech titans did […]
Now we know what Jeff Bezos’ worried face looks like
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The US is neck-deep in a constitutional crisis

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “I want to stress that this is a very highly unusual event. In fact, this is the only confirmed fatality in Maine waters from a shark attack,” – Patrick Keliher, commissioner […]
The US is neck-deep in a constitutional crisis
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Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus ‘victory tour’ makes no sense

Gov. Andrew Cuomo botched New York’s initial coronavirus response and ordered nursing homes to accept COVID-positive patients. Over 6,000 people died in nursing homes. Now the governor is blowing off calls for an independent investigation as part of “politically-motivated” media attacks on his heroic image. He’s gotten the hero treatment […]
Andrew Cuomo’s coronavirus ‘victory tour’ makes no sense
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Big Tech has no friends in Washington anymore

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “The CEOs don’t want to be testifying. Even having this collective hearing creates a sense of quasi-guilt just because of who else has gotten called in like this – Big Pharma, […]
Big Tech has no friends in Washington anymore
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Trump’s cynical plan to provoke chaos in America’s cities is working

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “The best-case scenario, if everything is rosy, could be October,” – Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel on how soon we could know if its vaccine, which begins Phase Three trials today, works. […]
Trump’s cynical plan to provoke chaos in America’s cities is working
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The debate over masks is not a ‘culture war,’ stop calling it that

Referring to Trump and his followers’ crusade against masks as a “culture war” misunderstands what it actually was – an authoritarian’s attempt to bend reality. Unlike a culture war, the fight over masks was not a question of values, but of facts. It wasn’t an attempt to win consensus either. […]
The debate over masks is not a ‘culture war,’ stop calling it that
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‘Surviving Autocracy’ author Masha Gessen on Trump’s casual racism, how his incompetence prevents accountability, and the institutions that failed us

Masha Gessen, staff writer for New Yorker and the author of the new book, “Surviving Autocracy” spoke with Business Insider this week. Gessen talked about the distinctions between Trump and Putin’s styles of autocratic leadership, how Trump’s incompetence helps him avoid accountability, and why institutions can’t save us. “The Trump […]
‘Surviving Autocracy’ author Masha Gessen on Trump’s casual racism, how his incompetence prevents accountability, and the institutions that failed us
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The bright spot in Trump’s coronavirus response

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Person, woman, man, camera, TV … if you get it in order you get extra points.” – President Donald Trump bragging about his performance on a test given to screen people […]
The bright spot in Trump’s coronavirus response
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Trump’s not just ‘playing’ dictator anymore

So-called constitutional conservatives used to be terrified of federal government intrusions into local municipalities. Then came President Donald Trump, who can do no wrong in the eyes of his obedient supporters: Orange Man Good. Trump’s deployment of federal agents in “Democrat” cities to enforce local laws is sadly within the […]
Trump’s not just ‘playing’ dictator anymore
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How long will the new, serious Trump last? A week?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Some of the ads are for an audience of one – psychological warfare with Donald Trump.” – Rick Wilson of the Lincoln Project, describing how its anti-Trump ads get under the […]
How long will the new, serious Trump last? A week?
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Trump always wanted his own police force. Portland is just his excuse to use it.

President Donald Trump has always thought of federal law-enforcement agents as the president’s own toy soldiers. He’s sent them to Portland, Oregon, to arrest protesters, and now he’s threatening to send them to other cities with Democratic mayors and governors. Trump’s actions might be unconstitutional, but they’re not illegal. A […]
Trump always wanted his own police force. Portland is just his excuse to use it.
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This is how democracy dies

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “What happened in Portland over the weekend, it was not only unlawful and unconstitutional, it’s just plain wrong … Sending armed, untrained police into the streets wearing fatigues without the knowledge […]
This is how democracy dies
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The leftist case for free speech as a tool for justice

Tthe so-called “Harper’s Letter” defending “the free exchange of information and ideas” as “the lifeblood of a liberal society” triggered a debate about free speech. But much of the debate has focused on what level of “problematic” speech should be tolerated and what should be career-ending. What’s been lost in […]
The leftist case for free speech as a tool for justice
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Trump has stopped doing his job

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “If you were to walk into any big-box store or any small corner gun store, you would see the shelves are bare, and they are bare because of demand,” – Marc […]
Trump has stopped doing his job
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The police rioted, and there was a lot of video

During the first weeks of the George Floyd-inspired protests against police brutality and racism, many police officers rioted, which in itself justified the protests. Now a New York Times investigation has collected over 60 videos of NYPD officers engaging in what looks like excessive force, mostly on peaceful protesters. These […]
The police rioted, and there was a lot of video
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This is how structural racism works

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t regret anything I said then because in the context of the time in which I said it, it was correct.”– Anthony Fauci, explaining why he doesn’t rue advising against […]
This is how structural racism works
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We should legalise pot to fight the coronavirus

The novel coronavirus has left the US economy in tatters with millions out of work. Criminal-justice reform has perhaps never been more popular, and yet people still keep getting charged with marijuana-related offences. Legalization would provide much-needed tax revenue and new business opportunities. It would also decrease confrontation between civilians […]
We should legalise pot to fight the coronavirus
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Government data is getting worse. That’s a catastrophe.

Data is more important than it’s ever been, which is why the latest news out of the White House is so disturbing. The Trump administration has ordered hospitals to stop reporting COVID-19 numbers to the CDC, and instead send the data directly to the Department of Health and Human Services, […]
Government data is getting worse. That’s a catastrophe.
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The Great Mask War is finally ending. It was so stupid.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “None of us lie.” – White House coronavirus task force member Admiral Brett Giroir, when asked about President Trump’s insinuation that government agencies are lying to the public about COVID to […]
The Great Mask War is finally ending. It was so stupid.
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What’s the point of Trump’s smear campaign against Fauci?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Wait. I can catch COVID twice?” – a patient of Dr. D. Clay Ackerly. In a Vox piece, Acklerly describes a case of reinfection, and the terrifying implications of it. WHAT’S […]
What’s the point of Trump’s smear campaign against Fauci?
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Stop getting married at plantations

People are still getting married at plantations in the south, and communities across the country still use the word “plantation” in their names. In order to romanticize the concept of plantations, one would have to look over the atrocities that occured there during the era of slavery. We can’t defeat […]
Stop getting married at plantations