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Thanking Black People Is Great, Being Better White People Is Better

In the last month or so, my two-year-old daughter has become a relentless and shameless “thank you” bomber striking from all angles. If my wife hands her a bottle of milk, “Thank you, mommy!” will come immediately after she clutches it. And then again after she’s taken the first sip, where she’ll dramatically pause, sayContinue Reading “Thanking Black People Is Great, Being Better White People Is Better”

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After Winning in Alabama, Can Democrats Take on Ted Cruz in Texas?

The contest to replace Jeff Sessions in the United States Senate at last ended on Tuesday when Alabamians, to the immense relief of decent people everywhere, elected to send Doug Jones to Washington instead of lifelong bigot and alleged child predator Roy Moore. Sure, it’s not great that Jones bested Moore by only a fewContinue Reading “After Winning in Alabama, Can Democrats Take on Ted Cruz in Texas?”

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Doug Jones Won Because Donald Trump Can’t Control Trumpism Anymore

By 9:30 PM on Election Night in Alabama, most every major news network had made their calls: By a narrow-but-safe margin, Democratic nominee Doug Jones had defeated his Republican counterpart, disgraced former state supreme court justice and alleged child predator Roy Moore, and won himself a seat in the United States Senate. The reason theContinue Reading “Doug Jones Won Because Donald Trump Can’t Control Trumpism Anymore”

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The White House Sounds Pretty Spooked About All Those Donald Trump Sexual Harassment Allegations

In the fall of 2016, well before revelations about bad men who abused their power to sexually harass women—or worse—became a fixture of daily headlines, more than a dozen women came forward to share horrifying stories of misconduct committed against them by then-Republican nominee Donald Trump. And while the accusations had no impact on theContinue Reading “The White House Sounds Pretty Spooked About All Those Donald Trump Sexual Harassment Allegations”

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Roy Moore’s Buddy Told the Worst Possible Story While Trying to Show That Roy Moore Isn’t a Child Predator

Roy Moore, the Republican Party’s Senate nominee whose candidacy combines good old-fashioned bigotry with a bevy of sexual-abuse allegations, held a final campaign rally in Midland City last night. Steve Bannon was there, exhorting attendees that there is a “special place in hell” for Republicans who don’t vote for Moore, as was novelty-cowboy-hat enthusiast DavidContinue Reading “Roy Moore’s Buddy Told the Worst Possible Story While Trying to Show That Roy Moore Isn’t a Child Predator”

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A Couple More of Jared Kushner’s Ideas for Fixing the Middle East

“There are a lot of real estate issues to it.” — Jared Kushner, on the Middle East peace process If 2017 has taught me anything, it is that Jared Kushner, through sheer force of sort of just existing at the periphery of important things, is definitely going to fix the Middle East. It’s been aContinue Reading “A Couple More of Jared Kushner’s Ideas for Fixing the Middle East”

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Roy Moore Represents the Worst of America, but He Might Win Anyway

How long does it take to vet a major-party candidate for national political office? In the case of Roy Moore, the disgraced former Alabama judge with a stomach-turning history of sexually abusing minors, the answer is apparently “some period of time longer than eleven weeks.” Even though only one more day remains until the peopleContinue Reading “Roy Moore Represents the Worst of America, but He Might Win Anyway”

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The Roy Moore Yearbook Controversy Shows How Right-Wing Media Distorts Reality

In a new interview with ABC News, Beverly Young Nelson, one of nearly a dozen women who has accused Roy Moore of some form of sexual assault or abuse, reveals that she added an addendum to the stomach-turning yearbook inscription that Moore left her during the same year, she says, that he gave the then-16-year-oldContinue Reading “The Roy Moore Yearbook Controversy Shows How Right-Wing Media Distorts Reality”