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Over 150 prominent Republicans issue “A Call for American Renewal”

Wow, if you had told me twenty years ago, as Dubya and Dr. Evil orchestrated the First Big Lie — that there were Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq — that it would be a Cheney who started the great exodus from the Republican Party, I would have thought you mad. But welcome to the alternate universe of a post-Trump, almost-post-COVID world. What is up is down; what is down is sideways. …


Our conversations could be frustrating, but they also gave me hope. Was I a fool to think we were getting somewhere?

Three days after the 2016 election, I posted an invitation on Facebook. I was looking for Donald Trump voters who wanted to come over for dinner at my house, which is just a short walk from the White House in Washington, D.C. I wanted to understand why over 62 million people voted for someone who I thought was wholly unqualified for the job and entirely lacked the moral character befitting the office. I wanted to ask my own questions without the filter of media or political punditry.

No one accepted my dinner invitation at first. Even though only 4% of…


  1. The claim that Trump won the election is a Big Lie.
  2. A Big Lie changes reality. To believe it, people must disbelieve their senses, distrust their fellow citizens, and live in a world of faith.
  3. A Big Lie demands conspiracy thinking, since all who doubt it are seen as traitors.
  4. A Big Lie undoes a society, since it divides citizens into believers and unbelievers.
  5. A Big Lie destroys democracy, since people who are convinced that nothing is true except the utterances of their leader ignore voting and its results.
  6. A Big Lie must bring violence, as it has.
  7. A Big…


A major political party decided they’re done with democracy. We can’t forgive and move on.

Just two days after Republican insurrectionists took over the U.S. Capitol and numerous state capitols, and 147 Republican members of Congress voted against the official Electoral College vote certification shortly afterward, those same lawmakers are now begging the country to forgive and forget.

Respectfully, fuck that.

Sen. Lindsay Graham, R-SC, a stalwart ally of insurrectionist president Donald Trump, insisted on Friday morning that impeaching Trump now, with just two weeks left in his term, would only sow further division. (This comes from the same man who was caught on tape in mid-November asking the Georgia secretary of state to overturn…


There’s no telling how successful the next power-hungry incumbent will be in taking advantage of Trump’s groundwork

Donald Trump and his allies have spent the past six weeks hell-bent on ignoring reality, but electors from the 50 states and the District of Columbia are set to reaffirm once again on Monday that Joe Biden will be the next president of the United States.

Six weeks after the 2020 general election, democracy has kept chugging on unencumbered. The procedural move marks the end to any chance Trump had of pursuing a legal recourse to overturn the results of the election. On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit that baselessly claimed voter fraud in Pennsylvania…


Repudiating minority rule must be our priority in the decade ahead

A poll worker collects mail-in ballots.
A poll worker collects mail-in ballots.

Apandemic rages, the climate is changing, our standing in the world is plummeting, millions are out of work, and oh yeah, it’s Election Day. Has there ever been a moment of greater uncertainty for America?

Yet despite everything going on right now, and the million unknowns that will determine the outcome of this election, with near-total certainty we know this: Joe Biden will receive more votes than Donald Trump.

If Trump wins reelection, he would become the first president in history to win a second term while losing the popular vote. But even if he loses, we’ve spent the last…


You can add poll workers to the list of 2020 heroes. Over the last couple of months, there have been concerns about the coronavirus pandemic leading to a shortage of…


Scholars from across the country have issued a major distress call: American democracy is in peril. Thirty-six experts who study and teach courses on authoritarianism and threats to democracy penned…


And other voting traps to watch out for

Seventy percent of Americans think high voter turnout is good for our democracy. But that 70% doesn’t include many Republican politicians. Unless you’re old enough to remember the civil rights movement, there are more barriers to voting today than at any point in your lifetime. Nonwhite, lower-income, and young voters in particular have found their voting rights in the crosshairs. And we have the party of Donald Trump — and more important, of Mitch McConnell — to thank.

That doesn’t mean voting doesn’t matter. Quite the opposite: If “Team Mitch” targets your right to vote, that’s precisely because they’re scared…


I spent hundreds of hours with Donald Trump to ghost-write ‘The Art of the Deal.’ I now see a deeper meaning behind his behavior.

“Imagine — if you can — not having a conscience, none at all, no feelings of guilt or remorse no matter what you do, no limiting sense of concern for the well-being of strangers, friends, or even family members. Imagine no struggles with shame, not a single one in your whole life, no matter what kind of selfish, lazy, harmful, or immoral action you had taken … You can do anything at all, and still your strange advantage over the majority of people, who are kept in line by their consciences, will most likely remain undiscovered. How will you live…

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