One of the most important stories in American politics right now is the growing fissure between Republicans and big business, which historically was the constituency that Republican politicians, at least, were most invested in protecting. The tension between the GOP and big corporations arose because of the emergence of what’s sometimes called “woke capitalism,” with companies taking positions at odds with Republicans on issues like LGBTQ rights, abortion, and, most recently, voting rights. But now that tension is being aggravated by a new issue: Covid vaccination requirements.
Even as widespread vaccination has helped bring down Covid infection, hospitalization, and death…
Kolby LaMarche is in his first year at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont, where he’s studying communications and law. He enjoys food, hiking, and playing with his cat — and until last week, he was the chair of the Burlington Republican Party.
LaMarche was elected to his role in January 2019, when he was 17, which (he’s pretty sure) makes him the youngest chair in state party history. But LaMarche grew concerned with the growing extremism within his party’s ranks, and posted on social media and wrote several op-eds for the local website VTDigger demanding party leaders distance themselves from…
Former President Donald Trump’s lies led to a bloody riot, desecration of the Capitol building, mass violence, and the tragic deaths of seven people. Now that he has again been impeached by the House but avoided conviction in the Senate, one thing is clear: His party has learned nothing.
Or perhaps more troubling, they’ve learned to imitate him.
The shameful January 6 display at the Capitol began long before that day. It began as soon as Trump started telling what critics have called “the big lie”— the claim that the election was stolen by Democrats. Trump didn’t mean the election…
Thousands of far-right insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol at President Donald Trump’s instruction on Wednesday in an attempt to stop Congress from lawfully certifying Joe Biden’s presidential victory. Assailants, many of whom were armed, rioted and occupied the House and Senate chambers. Make no mistake: This is a violent coup attempt — one that was enabled from the get-go by Trump, who has lied for months that the election was stolen from him.
This day marks a stain in American history. Here’s a list of everyone who enabled it to come to fruition.
The essence of propaganda is that it includes just enough truth to make a big lie believable.
This week the conversation about the future of New York City, the national debate over policing and racial justice, and the uproar over the shooting of James Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, were all rolled up into an argument for reelecting Donald Trump by speakers at the Republican National Convention.
It’s a pattern we’ve seen time and time again: The loudest voices in the Republican Party and conservative media tell the nation that police are failing to maintain law and order, and sympathetic militia movements hear that as a call to action. On Tuesday evening, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that subtle call-and-response led to bloodshed.
Kenosha had been rocked by tumultuous protests since video circulated of Kenosha police officer Rusten Sheskey firing a gun seven times at point-blank range into Jacob Blake’s back as he tried to get into his van with his children on Sunday. …
A few weeks ago, Michigan congressman Justin Amash announced that he was leaving the Republican Party to become an independent. Amash said the partisan rancor in Washington, D.C., was just too much and counterproductive; he also said he has long had concerns about the country’s two-party system.
For decades, we’ve been hearing from both sides of the aisle that Washington is “broken.” But what if the Washington-is-broken idea is just a line? Maybe even a slogan that the country’s two dominant political parties approved? What if they’re just selling and we’re buying? What if it’s not broken at all? …
There is one thing Mike Pence does that drives all the Republican megadonors wild and gets them worked up enough to write $50,000, $100,000, even quarter-million-dollar checks: He listens, intently.
He looks you in the eye and asks you personal questions: How is your oldest son doing after returning home from deployment to Afghanistan? He appears interested while you talk about your bright idea to improve the Health and Human Services Department.
On a particularly swampy day in Washington, D.C., this past September — mid-80s and stagnant humidity, hot enough to sweat through the Joseph A. …
Everyone knows Donald Trump is a racist.
From calling African nations “shithole countries” and labeling Mexicans as rapists to his birtherism and saying there were “good people on both sides” of the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the president’s racism is clear and unabashed.
To argue otherwise is to ignore reality. Yet Republicans continue to do just that, claiming Trump’s words have been taken out of context or that they can’t know what’s “in his heart.”
That’s why the president’s most recent attack, telling four American congresswomen of color to “go back” to their countries, has taken such a…
Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen the anti-choice movement’s agenda for the 2020 race: making Democrats defend an atrocity that doesn’t actually exist.
At a Fox News town hall last week, moderator Martha MacCallum asked Bernie Sanders, “With regard to abortion, do you believe that a woman should be able to terminate a pregnancy up until the moment of birth?”
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