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There Is Only One Side to the Story of Charlottesville

August 13, 2017 Politician Direct 0

“Heil Trump,” the white supremacists chanted as they marched past me, turning my beloved hometown of Charlottesville into a rallying point for fascists, white supremacists, and their preppy enablers in the so-called “alt-right.” One side instigated the rally, dubbed it #UniteTheRight and spent months escalating violent rhetoric. President Trump blamed “many sides.” They rallied to prevent…

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They Will Not Replace Us

August 13, 2017 Politician Direct 0

When the red dust of Virginia settles, after this horrifying weekend in my hometown of Charlottesville, one thing will be clear: The white nationalists and Nazis who marched through town this Friday and Saturday perfectly reflected the President Trump they so admire. Their slogan—”you will not replace us”—is, in Trumpian fashion, a pledge to restore vanishing…

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The Real Meaning of “On Many Sides”

August 12, 2017 Politician Direct 0

On Saturday afternoon, neo-Nazis; white nationalists; and open-carrying, camo-wearing militia members combined forces at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally to “Unite the Right.” This congregation of white people who love the president of the United States and hate racial, ethnic, and religious minorities chanted “blood and soil” and extended their arms in stiff salutes. The rally culminated…

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This Was a White-Power Movement Showing Its Strength

August 12, 2017 Politician Direct 0

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia—The proximate reason for Saturday’s Unite the Right event, a demonstration of neo-Nazis and white supremacists, was to “defend” the city’s memorials to Confederate Gens. Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. Earlier in the year, city officials voted to remove the statues, which were erected in the early 20th century as monuments to white…

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How Socialists Can Win

August 12, 2017 Politician Direct 0

In the 2010 midterm elections, the first of the Obama presidency, Republicans took back the House by gaining 63 seats, the largest midterm swing since 1938. Among the beneficiaries of that swing: the Tea Party, a patchwork of local organizations and larger monied groups unified by an anti-tax, anti-government, anti-Obama platform, whose candidates won 47 seats…

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Firing Jeffrey Lord Doesn’t Fix CNN’s Jeffrey Lord Problem

August 11, 2017 Politician Direct 0

Jeffrey Lord is a political hack and shameless troll who spent the past two years wasting America’s time on CNN as one of the world’s dumbest and most slavishly pro-Trump pundits. He appeared regularly on CNN’s political programming as one of Donald Trump’s chief water-bearers, playing the part so well that Anderson Cooper once felt compelled…

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More Skilled Workers, Fewer Family Members

August 11, 2017 Politician Direct 0

Americans are less divided on immigration than you might think. If the question is whether we ought to admit more immigrants or fewer of them, you’ll certainly find disagreement. But when you ask about the kind of immigrants we should admit, there is something close to a consensus. Political scientists Jens Hainmueller of MIT and Daniel…

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The Bubble President

August 11, 2017 Politician Direct 0

Among the most striking aspects of Donald Trump is how, as president, he has taken the pathologies and dysfunctions of the modern Republican Party and brought them careening to their logical conclusions. The racial dog-whistling of Republican campaigns since Richard Nixon becomes outright racism in the hands of the Trump; the contempt for expertise seen from…

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Bellicose Word Vomit or Bellicose Word … Diplomacy?

August 10, 2017 Politician Direct 0

On Tuesday, President Trump, hepped up on news that North Korea had successfully miniaturized a nuclear warhead, warned Kim Jong-un that further threats to the United States “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.” Two days later, speaking to reporters at his New Jersey golf course, the macho commander in…