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September 2, 2016
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Wingnut Week In Review: Hispanic Advisers To Trump, “We Quit!”

Wingnut Week In Review: Hispanic Advisers To Trump, “We Quit!”

Donald Trump reverted to type with his immigration speech, delivered shortly after his visit to Mexico. After flirting with “softening” his position, the old Trump-style xenophobia was a hit with some, not with others.

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August 31, 2016
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Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing Racial Trauma

Truth, Reconciliation, and Healing Racial Trauma

The racial healing the country needs can’t begin until we address the residue of racial trauma that has haunted African-American communities for generations.

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August 30, 2016
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Today’s Links August 30, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

  • Abdul-Jabbar: Insulting Colin Kaepernick says more about our patriotism than his
    What should horrify Americans is not Kaepernick’s choice to remain seated during the national anthem, but that nearly 50 years after Ali was banned from boxing for his stance and Tommie Smith and John Carlos’s raised fists caused public ostracization and numerous death threats, we still need to call attention to the same racial inequities. Failure to fix this problem is what’s really un-American here.
  • Paul Krugman: The economy of race prevents Medicare and Obamacare expansion
    Medicaid expansion, Krugman noted, disproportionately benefits nonwhite Americas, and voters in red states — particular the white ones — “don’t like the idea of helping neighbors who don’t look like them.” Instead, they elect politicians who paper over racism with the thin clapboard “fiscal responsibility” and deny access to healthcare to millions in their states.
  • The debate about trigger warnings and safe spaces isn’t really about free speech
    This debate is not really about pure free speech. No argument ever is. It’s about speech norms and who gets to set them. I think a coherent argument can be made that since colleges are institutions, the institutional authorities rather than the students ought to get to set them. That’s the way institutions work. But it’s a very different argument than free speech, if I may be so unsafe as to say.
  • Who Is Ultimately Responsible For The Vicious Hack Targeting Leslie Jones?
    If you’re a white man who believes that minorities and women are seizing too much of the power once reserved for other white men, Leslie Jones is the most dangerous woman on the internet.

August 26, 2016
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Wingnut Week In Review: The GOP Won’t Defend Trump, Or Denounce Him

This week, in a scathing take-down of Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton linked him to white supremacists and white nationalists in the alt-right movement, and laid bare his own history of racial discrimination. Republicans responded with deafening silence. Continue Reading →

August 25, 2016
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Today’s Links August 25, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

August 23, 2016
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Donald Trump Isn’t Really Reaching Out To African Americans

Donald Trump Isn’t Really Reaching Out To African Americans

Contrary to recent headlines, Donald Trump isn’t reaching out to African-Americans. He isn’t even talking to us. He’s talking past us, and saying exactly what his alt-right base wants to hear him saying to black folks.

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August 19, 2016
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Wingnut Week In Review: Trump Takes “Alt” Out of “Alt-Right”

Wingnut Week In Review: Trump Takes “Alt” Out of “Alt-Right”

Donald Trump’s announcement of his new campaign team completes the process of bringing white supremacists and white nationalists from the extreme fringe into the mainstream of American conservatism and the GOP, which began when Donald Trump started his campaign.

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August 18, 2016
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Today’s Links August 18, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

August 17, 2016
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Today’s Links August 17, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

August 12, 2016
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Today’s Links August 12, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

August 12, 2016
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Wingnut Week In Review: Trump Shoots Off His Mouth

Wingnut Week In Review: Trump Shoots Off His Mouth

Is suggesting that second amendment advocates assassinate Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton enough for Republicans to finally renounce their endorsements of Donald Trump? You already know the answer.

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August 11, 2016
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Today’s Links August 11, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.

August 5, 2016
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Wingnut Week In Review: Donald Trumps Himself

Wingnut Week In Review: Donald Trumps Himself

Depending on the outcome, when the history of the 2016 presidential election is written, this will be known as the week the wheels fell off of Donald Trump’s campaign.

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August 4, 2016
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Donald Trump and The Rage of an Unprivileged Class, Pt. 2

Donald Trump and The Rage of an Unprivileged Class, Pt. 2

Donald Trump has not sown the seeds of anger and hatred so much as he has reaped their fruits in a bumper crop. Their roots go very deep, and they will blossom anew in the wake of a Trump defeat.

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August 3, 2016
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Donald Trump And The Rage of an Unprivileged Class, Pt. 1

Donald Trump And The Rage of an Unprivileged Class, Pt. 1

Like a slug in the nation’s political “garden,” Donald Trump leaves destruction in his wake, and a trail of slime that we will have to contend with long after he’s slithered off the scene.

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August 1, 2016
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A McCarthy Moment for Donald Trump — And The GOP

A McCarthy Moment for Donald Trump — And The GOP

Donald Trump’s response to a well deserved rebuke form the parents of a Muslim-American war hero should lead his party to as whether its candidate has, at long last, no sense of decency.

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July 29, 2016
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Wingnut Week In Review: From Russia, With Love?

Wingnut Week In Review: From Russia, With Love?

While Hillary Clinton was shattering that glass ceiling, Donald Trump pulled off a first of his own: the first presidential candidate to invite a cyber attack against the United States.

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July 28, 2016
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Trump’s Not Fooling LGBT Americans

Trump’s Not Fooling LGBT Americans

Donald Trump seriously thinks he can woo LGBT voters with empty rhetoric about “protecting” us from terrorist attacks. But who’s going to protect us from his religious extremist friends, and his party’s anti-LGBT platform?

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July 28, 2016
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Today’s Links July 28, 2016

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about today.