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Recently the U.S. declassified and released an intelligence assessment confirming that Mohammed bin Salman, crown prince and heir to the Saudi throne, “approved an operation to capture or kill Khashoggi.”

Going public with this finding and effectively condemning bin Salman for this gruesome murder was, in itself, a momentous re-orientation of U.S. foreign policy, a welcome signal of a new American posture on the world stage, given Trump could never bring himself to condemn the murder of the journalist much less hold bin Salman to account.

But to say that the Biden administration exceeded Trump’s performance on this issue is…


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“There are TWO genders: MALE & FEMALE. Trust The Science!’”

These are the words writ large on the sign Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene hung outside her office door in the Capitol.

As has now been widely reported, Greene posted the sign as a response to Illinois Representative Marie Newman hanging a LGBTQ Pride flag outside her office, across the hall from Greene’s, after Greene shared on her twitter account a video of Newman’s speech supporting the Equality Act, followed by her own oppositional response.

The Equality Act would extend protections in the Civil Rights Act so that people could…


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Last November, the non-partisan Government Accountability Office released a report confirming what had already been widely known: the American taxpayer is effectively footing the bill for the labor that enables many of the nation’s largest corporations to reap billions of dollars in profits.

Workers at many of America’s richest companies, including Walmart and McDonald’s, are among the top beneficiaries of federal aid programs such as Medicaid and food stamps.

In effect, this means that for workers at these companies to sustain themselves — to have enough to eat, to have access to healthcare to keep themselves physically and mentally functional…


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Speaking last Friday at the Conservative Political Alliance Conference (CPAC), Senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz stood by the objections they raised to the senate’s typically perfunctory and ritualistic certification of the electoral vote affirming Joe Biden’s election to the presidency. These objections no doubt contributed to the Trump’s months-long incitement of the rioters who besieged the nation’s Capitol in murderous fashion last January 6.

I’m not going anywhere,” Hawley told the audience. “I thought it was an important stand to take.”

Cruz even went so far as to downplay the real threat the murderous mob posed to members of…


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At a recent town hall in Wisconsin, President Joe Biden charted a sharp change in direction for America’s political culture, telling his audience, “For four years, all that’s been in the news is Trump. The next four years, I want to make sure all the news is the American people.”

Put another way, for the past four years we have endured a figure in the White House who not only insisted on being the center of attention but also insisted on having the nation’s energies and resources focused on taking care of him. He abused his office in self-serving ways…


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Let me start here, with a memory check.

Well, first, here’s one recent historical phenomenon about which I don’t think I have to remind readers: Donald Trump’s long and relentless train of racist and sexist comments, of violations of democratic norms and procedures, of self-serving and anti-democratic abuses of power.

At least I don’t have to remind those readers lambasting the House impeachment managers who decided against calling witnesses in the trial after they had won a vote allowing them to, joined by a handful of Republicans. These readers have their rap sheet on Trump carefully inventoried.

I will ask…


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Stacey Plaskett, the delegate representing the U.S. Virgin Island’s at-large congressional district in the House of Representatives, is serving her fourth term in this role.

Who knew?

Well, maybe you did, and I’m sure many others did.

I’m also pretty sure I’m not alone in my sheer ignorance of her existence on this representative body for so many years.

For me, it was as if she suddenly burst upon the national political scene when I started seeing her appearing as a talking head on cable news shows after the November 3 election.

I was impressed by the powerful perspective she…


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In a conversation with Senator Dick Durbin last Friday morning, MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough opened his interview reporting that Chicago’s parents are “up in arms” and “outraged” that schools aren’t re-opening. He followed up with the assertion that “science is fairly clear on this issue: it’s safe to send children back to school.”

Both assertions are largely false, misrepresenting what both scientific leaders and the vast majority of Chicago’s parents have, on the whole, actually indicated.

Nonetheless, major media voices, such as Scarborough, continue to peddle the specious narratives that it’s safe to re-open schools without vaccinating teachers…


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Donald’s Trump insistence that he actually won the 2016 presidential election in a landslide has now been commonly termed the “big lie.”

This “big lie,” which Trump mobilized arguably to incite the white supremacist assault on the Capitol, will center, of course, next week’s impeachment trial in the Senate.

The assault on the Capitol has been understood as an assault on democracy itself, and Trump’s “big lie” has in many ways epitomized the anti-democratic character of his presidency in its entirety, which featured a seemingly endless and relentless barrage of lie and lie.

Of course, Trump’s behavior has caused Republicans…


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When it comes to teachers, America sure has a love-hate relationship with them.

On the one hand, we often hear platitudes about the nobility of the profession and the important role of these committed folk with whom Americans entrust the development of their children for the lion’s share of every week.

On the other hand, teachers tend to be underpaid and work in underfunded schools with overcrowded classrooms. Remember 2018, when teachers from West Virginia, Arizona, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Colorado effectively engaged in mass strikes the likes of which our nation has not witnessed since the 1930s, motivated by lagging…

Tim Libretti, PhD

Professor of Literature, Political Economy enthusiast, Dad, always thinking about the optimal world

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