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People who claim to be the only ‘real’ Americans are the worst Americans

Beware the person who claims to know who’s a “real” American and who’s not. Especially Trump and Tucker Carlson – who for some reason think demonstrating patriotism involves honouring traitorous losers and calling a Purple Heart recipient a “coward.” Real Americans are atheists and evangelicals, they’re immigrants and the children […]
People who claim to be the only ‘real’ Americans are the worst Americans
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Trump needs to find a better nickname for Biden, and fast.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “I would put on my old uniform and go to war all over again to protect the right of Tucker Carlson and Donald Trump to say offensive things on TV and […]
Trump needs to find a better nickname for Biden, and fast.
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Stop pretending Facebook can fix Facebook

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “This entire crisis would have played out so differently with leadership and a national plan from the federal government. If the Trump administration in January had started to stockpile PPE, get […]
Stop pretending Facebook can fix Facebook
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How Trump could help schools reopen in the fall

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “For the official audio record of that day to now turn up missing has every appearance of a coverup.” –Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva, who’s leading the investigation into the June 1 […]
How Trump could help schools reopen in the fall
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Stop trying to shame companies that took PPP loans

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “It was positive for me.” –Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro announcing he has tested positive for coronavirus, after months of flouting public health recommendations, rejecting masks, and doubting the seriousness of the […]
Stop trying to shame companies that took PPP loans
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Culture war is over (if you want it)

Fighting over politics is good. Bipartisan “unity” is overrated. “No Labels” centrism is a joke. But when every political issue is treated like war, we dehumanize each other, and debase even worthwhile arguments. The “culture war” is more than just arguments about academia, the military, and “Star Wars” movies – […]
Culture war is over (if you want it)
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Don’t arrest anti-maskers. There’s a better way to handle them.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Everybody in there was African-American.” –Teresa Bradley describing to The New York Times the emergency room in Grand Rapids, MI, where she was treated for coronavirus. The Times examined 1.5 million […]
Don’t arrest anti-maskers. There’s a better way to handle them.
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The ‘economy or virus’ delusion

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The ‘economy or virus’ delusion
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Hong Kong is gone. It’s over.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “We are living in an Idiocracy.” – Washington Post conservative columnist Max Boot bemoaning the stupidity of the federal government’s refusal to advocate ubiquitous mask wearing and thereby save 5% of […]
Hong Kong is gone. It’s over.
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Coronavirus ruined my kids’ school year, Trump’s response has ruined next year

When the coronavirus pandemic struck, I accepted that my kids’ school year was effectively over. For hope, I turned my sights to September. Thanks to Trump’s haplessly negligent response, the best-case scenarios keep getting worse, and a full schedule of in-school education looks unlikely before September 2021. Kids only have […]
Coronavirus ruined my kids’ school year, Trump’s response has ruined next year
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What if your boss acted like this?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “There was no sense of ‘Team America’ in the conversations…It was like the United States had disappeared. It was always ‘Just me’.” – an anonymous Trump administration official, describing Trump’s phone […]
What if your boss acted like this?
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We studied more than 15,000 protests across the US and found that police were much more likely to respond aggressively to protests led by Black Americans

There’s an inequality gap when it comes to Black and white protesters. In an analysis of more than 15,000 protests dating back to the 1960s, we found that protests involving African Americans were much more like to receive forceful attention from police. Christian Davenport is a Professor of Political Science […]
We studied more than 15,000 protests across the US and found that police were much more likely to respond aggressively to protests led by Black Americans
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Trump’s in danger of losing some of his most faithful voters

Until recently, President Trump’s most adamant supporters have been white evangelical Christians. However, new data suggests that while a majority still support him that percentage is slipping. Given Trump’s tight win in 2016, if these loyalists waver in 2020, then the president’s reelection prospects are in peril. Daniel Cox is […]
Trump’s in danger of losing some of his most faithful voters
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Zero tolerance cancellations won’t create a more just society

America’s overdue reckoning with racism and police brutality has already taken down some abusive, powerful people, and has also brought about unprecedented popular support for criminal justice reform. Such reforms include arresting and imprisoning far fewer people, and eliminating punitive sanctions on those who have already paid their debt to […]
Zero tolerance cancellations won’t create a more just society
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The GOP’s stupid crusade against Obamacare

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here to receive it in your inbox. QUOTE OF THE DAY “I suspect it was more risky to visit the shopping centre than to visit the gym.” – Norwegian Goril Bjerkan.Norway reopened gyms this week after conducting […]
The GOP’s stupid crusade against Obamacare
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Why are masks political?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “The film represents enslaved Black people in accordance with longstanding stereotypes, as servants, notable for their devotion to their white masters or for their ineptitude. And the film’s treatment of this […]
Why are masks political?
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A panic over fireworks shows how quickly conspiracy theories can spread

A lot of people are unnerved right now, and for good reason. Thunderous explosions throughout the night are not making life any easier. The substantial increase in illegal fireworks being lit in inner cities, weeks before the Fourth of July, has spawned fantastical conspiracy theories about a massive government psy-op […]
A panic over fireworks shows how quickly conspiracy theories can spread
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Trump’s coronavirus tragedy is getting worse

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Trump’s coronavirus tragedy is getting worse
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Trump’s visa ban is terrible for America

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “I don’t kid.” –President Trump, confirming that he wasn’t joking when he said he asked officials to slow down coronavirus testing. WHAT’S HAPPENING Trump wants to send another round of $US1,200 […]
Trump’s visa ban is terrible for America
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Stop taking the police solely at their word

Senior New York City police officers and union bosses created and quickly propagated a story falsely accusing employees at a lower Manhattan Shake Shack location of intentionally poisoning three officers. One union head said the nonexistent incident was proof that the police were “under attack.” Right-wing commentators, as well as […]
Stop taking the police solely at their word
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TikTok-gate is a bad sign for Trump

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Insider columnist Anthony Fisher joins us with thoughts today on Trump’s rally disaster. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “She’s a very straight, serious person, and totally incorruptible and honest.” – a former colleague describing Audrey Strauss. […]
TikTok-gate is a bad sign for Trump
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How far could stocks fall?

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How far could stocks fall?
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Democrats should embrace the ‘defund the police’ slogan

The movement to “defund the police” is growing rapidly, but leading Democrats in Congress have been shying away from the slogan while trying to capture the energy of its supporters. The tactic of disavowing the “defund the police” slogan while trying to win over the movements’ supporters is a mistake. […]
Democrats should embrace the ‘defund the police’ slogan
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We can all stop pretending Trump is tough on China now

The former national security adviser John Bolton’s new tell-all book makes it clear that President Donald Trump isn’t a China hawk, or a China dove. His stance on China is purely transactional. Trump just wants to do a trade deal with China that will please his base enough to ensure […]
We can all stop pretending Trump is tough on China now
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The US coronavirus response is a national disgrace

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “If we stop testing right now, we’d have very few cases, if any.” – President Trump on the number of coronavirus cases in the United States, which is once again growing. […]
The US coronavirus response is a national disgrace
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The George Floyd protests have become 5 different movements

A version of this post appeared in “Insider Today,” a daily email written by Henry Blodget and David Plotz. To receive it in your inbox, please sign up here. The US coronavirus response is a national disgrace Most developed countries have throttled the coronavirus and are gradually resuming life as […]
The George Floyd protests have become 5 different movements
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You want radical police reform? Vote in local elections.

The protests against racism and police brutality are radically moving public opinion in a positive direction. But police reforms will mostly take place in governments at the local level. Americans aren’t prolific voters as is, but they really don’t show up for local elections. And young Americans vote less than […]
You want radical police reform? Vote in local elections.
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The Supreme Court’s LGBTQ ruling is marvellous, and not enough

Hello, everyone! Hope you had a good weekend. Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . QUOTE OF THE DAY “Today, we must decide whether an employer can fire someone simply for being homosexual or transgender. The answer is clear…” – Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch’s […]
The Supreme Court’s LGBTQ ruling is marvellous, and not enough
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Destruction swings at the system, but the punch lands on peaceful protests

A debate roils between supporters of the protests against racism and police brutality about whether or not vandalism and looting are morally defensible or strategically advisable. Almost three-quarters of Americans (73%) support the peaceful protests, while 79% feel that “property damage ultimately undermines the cause of the demonstrators.” Some protests […]
Destruction swings at the system, but the punch lands on peaceful protests
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We need more experiments like Seattle’s police-free zone

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We need more experiments like Seattle’s police-free zone
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Trump’s worst insult to Americans is that he thinks we’re like him

The most insulting thing Trump does is assume that America is, at its core, just as racist, transactional and cruel as he is. He demonstrates this when he sends violent tweets, expecting people to agree. He demonstrates this when he does phony photo-ops in front of a church, expecting religious […]
Trump’s worst insult to Americans is that he thinks we’re like him
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Stocks tank as pandemic fears return

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . Please take a moment to complete the following three-minute survey so we can continue to improve this email and give you “Insider in your inbox.” QUOTE OF THE DAY “I should not have been there.” […]
Stocks tank as pandemic fears return
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Times are changing

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Times are changing
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Bill de Blasio can finally do something great for New Yorkers: resign

Bill de Blasio was New York City’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years. Six and a half years later, he’s no one’s choice. Leftist activists, Wall Street traders, conservative-leaning first responders – they all wish he’d just go away. He’s failed at every measure of leadership, empathy, and reform. He’s […]
Bill de Blasio can finally do something great for New Yorkers: resign
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Are Biden’s poll numbers as strong as they look?

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Are Biden’s poll numbers as strong as they look?
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Can we think of a better slogan than ‘Defund the police’?

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Can we think of a better slogan than ‘Defund the police’?
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Not being racist isn’t enough in America

For an America that preserves democracy and the rule of law, it is not enough for Americans to simply not be racist. We must be actively anti-racist, and build anti-racist institutions. Institutions inform values and behaviours, and America was founded with huge racist institutions that left us with racist values […]
Not being racist isn’t enough in America
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America has become a nationwide body cam

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America has become a nationwide body cam
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The protests may have ended the coronavirus lockdowns permanently

Protests against racism and police brutality continue to happen daily, often in cities that are still under some form of coronavirus-related restrictions. COVID-19 is less transmissible in outdoor spaces and warm weather, but the CDC’s director warned this week that the protests could be a “seeding event,” which could lead […]
The protests may have ended the coronavirus lockdowns permanently
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Mattis chooses America over Trump

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Mattis chooses America over Trump
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Right-wing media stars don’t actually care how peaceful the protests are

There have been hundreds of peaceful protests across America over the past week. But some prominent conservative media personalities can’t help but being offended. Ben Shapiro thinks it’s “terrible” that some cops have taken a knee as a symbolic gesture of solidarity with protesters because Colin Kaepernick used kneeling as […]
Right-wing media stars don’t actually care how peaceful the protests are
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A book published nearly 25 years ago predicted America would hit a great crisis climaxing around 2020 — and that up next is a millennial vs. boomer standoff that will usher in a new world order

America sees a “turning” every 20 years as one generation displaces another, and the dynamic between one particular generation entering “elderhood” and another entering “young adulthood” creates a crisis every 80 years, according to a theory prophesied in Neil Howe and William Strauss’ “The Fourth Turning.” The authors wrote that […]
A book published nearly 25 years ago predicted America would hit a great crisis climaxing around 2020 — and that up next is a millennial vs. boomer standoff that will usher in a new world order
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This is how democracies slide into dictatorship

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This is how democracies slide into dictatorship
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A few ways to calm American cities

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . To view this newsletter on our site, click here. BLODGET & PLOTZ How to calm American cities and end the chaos. Americans have settled on “protests” as the sweeping term to describe what’s happening on […]
A few ways to calm American cities
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Is this a classic ‘bear-market trap’… or a new bull market?

A version of this post first appeared in “Insider Today,” a daily email written by Henry Blodget and David Plotz. To receive it in your inbox, please sign up here . Many observers have been mystified by the stock market’s behaviour since mid-March. Despite a crippling blow to the economy, […]
Is this a classic ‘bear-market trap’… or a new bull market?
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We are anti-fascism

When the protests began, some Americans – including President Trump – blamed them on “antifa.” There’s no actual organisation called “antifa.” But, as I understand it, the term “antifa” is used to describe some left-wing groups and individuals who believe they are justified in using violence to advance their causes. […]
We are anti-fascism
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Police rioted this weekend, justifying the point of the protests

In cities across America this past weekend, many police officers committed acts of violence, callously violated citizens’ rights, and abandoned the rule of law. There’s an institutional rot at the heart of policing in this country, which stems from privileges afforded to law-enforcement officers that allow them to break the […]
Police rioted this weekend, justifying the point of the protests
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Why are the protests so much more intense?

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . To view this newsletter on our site, click here. BLODGET & PLOTZ Why now? Why everywhere? And why so much more intense? The peaceful protests over George Floyd’s death have spread with amazing speed, as […]
Why are the protests so much more intense?
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Banning Trump from Twitter would be a disservice to the public

Trump’s tweets promoting a fake conspiracy theory have disgusted even conservatives and led to increased calls to ban him from the platform. That would be a mistake. Courts have held that public officials can’t block social media users because their accounts are public forums while they’re in office. Twitter can […]
Banning Trump from Twitter would be a disservice to the public
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You can vote for Joe Biden without discrediting Tara Reade

Tara Reade accused presumptive democratic nominee Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993. In an effort to feel better about voting for Biden, scores of people have been working to undermine Reade and her story. But you’re allowed to think her story is credible and that Donald Trump shouldn’t […]
You can vote for Joe Biden without discrediting Tara Reade
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We lost the war in Afghanistan — time to come home

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the next edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . It’s an all-David Plotz day today – enjoy! Henry Blodget slept in and awoke to find that Plotz had it covered. To view this on our site, click here. BLODGET & PLOTZ Trump wants to […]
We lost the war in Afghanistan — time to come home
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Facebook’s remote-working plan is doomed

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the next edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . Note we’ll be off Monday for Memorial Day. Enjoy your weekends, everyone. BLODGET & PLOTZ Facebook’s remote-working plan is doomed Silicon Valley, which adopts fads like it’s a tween, has found a new one. The […]
Facebook’s remote-working plan is doomed
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‘Reopening’ won’t fix the economy. Beating the virus will.

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the next edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . BLODGET & PLOTZ ‘Reopening’ won’t fix our economy. What will fix it are declining cases and deaths. As the political fight about “health versus the economy” continues, it’s worth repeating: It’s not one or the […]
‘Reopening’ won’t fix the economy. Beating the virus will.
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It’s a perfect storm of stupid in the stock market right now

Close to 800,000 people have created new brokerage accounts on three of America’s top brokerage platforms since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US. That means tons of new people are playing the markets at a time when things are so uncertain that hundreds of companies cancelled their 2020 earnings guidance. […]
It’s a perfect storm of stupid in the stock market right now
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Make ‘to-go’ cocktail sales permanent

Everything is terrible in the time of the coronavirus pandemic, but one unmitigated positive has emerged: the freedom to buy to-go cocktails. To help bars and restaurants barely clinging to life have a chance of survival, many states have temporarily lifted or relaxed restrictions on selling to-go cocktails or delivering […]
Make ‘to-go’ cocktail sales permanent
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It’s not so crazy for Trump to take hydroxychloroquine

President Trump on Monday told reporters that he is personally taking hydroxychloroquine. While Trump’s announcement is worrying from a leadership standpoint, it’s not crazy from a health standpoint. While the drug has risks, if Trump has properly weighed those risks with his doctor it is fair for him to try […]
It’s not so crazy for Trump to take hydroxychloroquine
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Reopening states aren’t seeing an economic boom

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the next edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here . What’s going on this Tuesday….Withdrawing from WHO would be a colossal mistake. It’s not crazy for Trump to take hydroxychloroquine. Anti-mask zealots are abusing disability laws. The economy’s barely doing better in reopened states. White […]
Reopening states aren’t seeing an economic boom
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Depression doesn’t take time off for a pandemic

I’m not one to get too emotional about celebrity deaths, but a rock star’s death by suicide three years ago inspired me to finally address the depression that had afflicted me for much of my life. The coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns have made every aspect of life a potential source […]
Depression doesn’t take time off for a pandemic
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Good (and bad) vaccine news

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the next edition of Insider Today. If you haven’t signed up yet, please do so here. Lots to discuss this Monday… Stocks surging on promising vaccine study. How easy is it to catch coronavirus on a plane? Trump advisor blasts Trump’s CDC. Your tax dollars used […]
Good (and bad) vaccine news
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Losing the party conventions would hurt (seriously)

The major parties’ political conventions are bloated, absurd, insular displays of hyper-partisanship. Yet for all their ridiculousness, they’re still a vital part of the American political process. The coronavirus pandemic could make the conventions go virtual, and that change could be permanent. At a time when Americans are reaching for […]
Losing the party conventions would hurt (seriously)
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Be kind!

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Be kind!
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‘The party of permanent lockdowns’

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the next edition of Insider Today. Please sign up here. If you’re enjoying this newsletter, please forward it on. (What’s “Insider Today”? Please see below for more details.) SUMMARY: Democrats risk becoming the lockdown party. Early-opening states are doing OK. The Wisconsin Supreme Court was right […]
‘The party of permanent lockdowns’
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Trump’s lifelong devotion to cronyism is getting people killed

Trump has long relied on cronies who flatter him and put his interests first, no matter how unqualified they might be for their jobs. When he was a businessman, putting crucial responsibilities on the shoulders of hapless sycophants only affected his bottom line. Now that he’s leader-of-the-free-world, it’s a life-and-death […]
Trump’s lifelong devotion to cronyism is getting people killed
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There is no American exceptionalism. The pandemic proves it.

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There is no American exceptionalism. The pandemic proves it.
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20 million more unemployed and the stock market is rising? Why?

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20 million more unemployed and the stock market is rising? Why?