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Robert Speel: Three common arguments for preserving the Electoral College – and why they’re wrong

November 15, 2016 – In November 2000, newly elected New York Senator Hillary Clinton promised that when she took office in 2001, she would introduce a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College, the 18th-century, state-by-state, winner-take-all system for selecting the president. She never pursued her promise – a decision that must haunt her today. […]

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William G. Robbins: The False Claims About History Made by the People Who Seized the Malheur NWF Headquarters

Nov. 15, 2016 – William G Robbins is Emeritus Distinguished Professor of History, Oregon State University When a self-styled group of armed patriots took control of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters thirty-five miles south of Burns, Oregon in January 2016, they set off a firestorm of controversy in the national media. The militants challenged […]

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Southern Poverty Law Center: Bannon Must Go

MONTGOMERY, Ala. Nov. 14, 2016 – In response to President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to appoint Stephen Bannon as his chief strategist and senior counselor, Southern Poverty Law Center President Richard Cohen released the following statement: “Stephen Bannon, a man who led a media empire into becoming what a former Breitbart editor called a  ‘a cesspool […]

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Tyson Slocum: Bailed-Out Auto Industry Asks Trump’s Lobbyist Transition Team to Ease Off Rules That Save Consumers Money

Nov. 14, 2016 – Statement of Tyson Slocum, Director, Public Citizen’s Energy Program Note: In a letter sent Thursday, the Alliance of Automobile Manufactures asked the incoming Trump administration to roll back fuel efficiency standards. Legislation signed by Republican President George W. Bush in 2007 directed the U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental […]

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Zachary Pleat: White Nationalist Who Hates Jews Will Be Trump’s Right-Hand Man In White House

President-elect Donald Trump’s first White House hire tells you everything you need to know about his commitment to his campaign’s bigoted message. Stephen Bannon, an anti-Semite who ran the white nationalist “alt-right” website Breitbart News before taking a leave of absence to become the Trump campaign CEO, will be Trump’s chief strategist and senior counselor. […]

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Richard Cohen: New reality – a president-elect who has denigrated people because of their race, religion, ethnicity and gender

Nov. 9, 2016 – Today, we’re facing a new reality – a president-elect who has denigrated people because of their race, their religion, their ethnicity, their gender, and more. Our mission is to hold Donald Trump to what he is saying now – that he will be a president for all Americans and that he […]

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Robert Reich: Why We Need a New Democratic Party

Nov. 10, 2016 – As a first step, I believe it necessary for the members and leadership of the Democratic National Committee to step down and be replaced by people who are determined to create a party that represents America – including all those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, and who have been left out […]

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Ray Raphael: Can the Senate Shrink the Supreme Court?

November 2, 2016 – Ray Raphael’s The U. S. Constitution: The Citizen’s Annotated Edition (Vintage, 2016) is now available as an ebook. Among his nine previous books on the Founding Era are Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive(Knopf, 2012) andConstitutional Myths(The New Press, 2013). Two weeks ago, Senator John McCain […]

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Wenonah Hauter: President Obama’s Plan to Reroute Dakota Access Pipeline Misses the Mark

WASHINGTON, DC, Nov. 2, 2016 – Statement of Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director, Food & Water Watch After months of unceasing pressure from peaceful water protectors at Standing Rock, people backed by unprecedented unity among North American tribes, it’s not surprising that President Obama has been forced to comment on the controversial Dakota Access pipeline. Now he needs […]

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Stephen Piggott: Why is the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Accepting an Award from an Anti-Muslim Hate Group?

Nov. 1, 2016 – The anti-Muslim think tank Center for Security Policy (CSP) announced that it will present the current Israeli ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, with its highest award at a Dec.13 ceremony in New York City. The decision by the ambassador to accept CSP’s Freedom Flame award not only further legitimizes this organization, but could […]