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January 20, 2022
California Dems’ Big Moves on Health Care
Sasha Abramsky on politics, plus Ellen Schrecker on the ’60s.
Start Making Sense
January 13, 2022
Madison Cawthorn’s Incitement of Insurrection Should Knock Him Off the Ballot
The Republican representative’s words and deeds disqualify him from office under Section 3 of the 14th Amendment.
January 12, 2022
Joe Biden Delivers the Speech, and the Fire, on Voting Rights He Should Have Brought Last July
The president sought to shame anyone, including Democrats, who won’t change Senate rules to pass voting rights protection. But they might be shameless.
January 11, 2022
Why Georgia Voting Rights Groups Are Skipping Biden’s Atlanta Visit
Leaders say they want action, not just words, on federal voter protection. But don’t call their action a boycott.
January 11, 2022
What a Progressive Champion From Rural Maine Can Teach Democrats About Winning
Chloe Maxmin can show Democrats new paths to victory.
Katrina vanden Heuvel
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January 10, 2022
Attention, Democrats: The Constitution Trumps the Filibuster
In the case of voting rights legislation, the filibuster is not applicable, or even relevant.
December 23, 2021
West Virginians Give Manchin a Lump of Coal for Christmas
Manchin claims his constituents are happy with his abandonment of Build Back Better. Miners and other residents say that just isn’t so.
December 22, 2021
As Covid Surges Again, Decarceration Is More Necessary Than Ever
American jails and prisons have become increasingly deadly places. Lawmakers must stop putting off the real solution.
December 17, 2021
The FDA Didn’t Liberate Abortion—but We Still Can
The Food and Drug Administration’s decision to lift restrictions on mifepristone is good news for people in states that allow telemedicine abortion, but means nothing for everyone else.
Renee Bracey Sherman
Dr. Daniel Grossman
December 14, 2021
Gavin Newsom’s Gun Stunt Is Inspired—and Doomed to Fail
There is little chance the conservatives on the Supreme Court will let California treat gun manufacturers the way it’s letting Texas treat pregnant people.