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October 15, 2020
Lindsey Graham Just ‘Committed a Crime in Plain Sight’
An explicit pitch for campaign funds outside the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room has observers noting, “This is a crime.”
October 13, 2020
One Weird Trick for Destroying the Digital Economy
Tim Hwang thinks we should burst the bubble of the ad-supported internet before it’s too late.
September 18, 2020
Facebook Versus Democracy
A staff revolt highlights the social media giant’s reactionary politics, which are rooted in both business strategy and ideology.
September 4, 2020
Mark Zuckerberg Has Set Our Democracy On Fire
The Facebook boss is trying to recast himself as a defender of democracy—but his actions belie his promises.
April 14, 2020
Amazing Grace and Courage Amid the Plague
But also racism and xenophobia, as Trump sows ever more chaos and hatred in his bid to win reelection.
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February 18, 2020
Kendra Horn Is Radical… for Oklahoma
Democratic centrism may not inspire voters nationwide—but in one of the nation’s most conservative states, it can seem downright revolutionary.
November 1, 2019
Twitter Just Banned Political Ads. Hold Your Applause.
Being better than Facebook is not good enough.
November 2, 2018
Is Peddling Hate a Losing Campaign Strategy?
“Most Americans don’t hate Muslims.”
August 27, 2018
John McCain and Russ Feingold’s Joint Effort to Restore Democracy
The two very different senators established a working relationship to challenge the money power that even in the 1990s was beginning to render the Capitol dysfunctional.
January 3, 2018
Orrin Hatch Was Never a ‘Public Servant’
The retiring senator has always been a shameless tool of billionaire campaign donors and a partisan errand boy for the likes of Donald Trump.