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Trump’s killed the GOP: He erased covert racism from the party’s platform — by being overtly racist

With the nomination of Trump, the 162-year-old Republican party has rewound to its pre-dog-whistle iteration<p>The modern Republican Party is dead and Donald Trump killed it. He did so by extracting its heart, a large group of voters who joined the party because of their views on race but who disagree …

Socialism or barbarism: Only the left can defeat the rise of the radical right

Brexit has taught us an important lesson: There are historic openings for the left — and also enormous challenges<p>President Obama pointed to globalization’s losers in an effort to explain the United Kingdom’s vote to leave the European Union, which took place just a few weeks before Republicans are …

Sanders is beating Obama’s 2008 youth vote record. And the primary’s not even over.

Bernie Sanders isn't just winning the youth vote — he's crushing it.<p>A new analysis from Tufts University shows that Sanders has now surpassed Barack Obama's 2008 Democratic primary totals among young people in the 25 states where we can draw a comparison — whether you count by raw vote total or …

Donald Trump gets away with every lie: Ronald Reagan, Fox News and how the right slowly gutted the truth

We’re not entitled to our own facts? The big victory of Trump and the GOP has been turning the truth inside-out<p>With Donald Trump's ascension as the GOP's presidential nominee, we've clearly entered a new stage, and as usual this election cycle, it's happening much more rapidly and in ways that have …

How the GOP Went South

In a chapter from his book Too Dumb to Fail, Matt K. Lewis demonstrates how the conventional narrative about the GOP’s embrace of the Southern …

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The right wing hates America: The loudest flag-waving patriots are always the dangerous hypocrites

A presidential nominee who sees America as a “Third World country,” “nightmare,” “embarrassment” and “hellhole”?<p>Does the right wing hate America? It has become a legitimate and important question to consider.<p>Ambrose Bierce, in <i>The Devil’s Dictionary</i>, defined “patriot” as “the dupe of statesmen and …

Five things people should stop saying about Bernie Sanders

Establishment Democrats want him to stop criticizing Clinton, they want him to lay off the party, they want him to drop out. Here’s why they’re utterly wrong<p>It seems to be open season on Bernie Sanders in the Democratic party now that his chances of winning the nomination are dwindling. But the …

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Noam Chomsky predicted the rise of Donald Trump six years ago

Both parties have colossally failed the American people. It was only a matter of time before a strongman stepped in<p>In an interview with Chris Hedges in 2010, Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist and dissident intellectual, remarked that he has "never seen anything like this."<br>By <i>this</i>, he meant …

Welcome to the age of Trump

Whether he wins the US presidency or not, his rise reveals a growing attraction to political demagogues – and points to a wider crisis of democracy<p>It was the night the American media were too demure to call Pussygate. At the time, Donald Trump had won nothing. Twenty-four hours later, he would be …

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Donald Trump, president of the Confederacy: The Southern strategy created the GOP civil war

<b>Donald Trump (Reuters/Nati Harnik/Tami Chappell/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>A decades-long pattern of racists appeals has left the Republican Party with no one but the racists<p>Chauncey DeVega<p>May 17, 2016 9:59am (UTC)<p>There are two consistent themes about the American right-wing in the Age of Obama. First, …

It’s already happening here: Donald Trump and America’s creeping fascism

<b>Supporters cheer on Donald Trump in Norcross, Ga., Oct., 10, 2015. (AP/John Amis)</b><p>Whether he wins the presidency or not, Trump’s stunning rise reveals we’re anything but immune to authoritarianism<p>Bob Dreyfuss<p>March 15, 2016 8:15am (UTC)<p>This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.<p>Can it happen …

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The Republican 'establishment' made Donald Trump's nomination possible

Members of the Republican "establishment" are finally grappling with the likelihood that their party is about to nominate Donald Trump. But they still don't understand how they brought this phenomenon on themselves.<p>Here is my suggestion to them: If you want to understand how Trump invaded your …

Donald Trump perfectly outlined the Republican strategy to boost Bernie Sanders

At a speech in Iowa on Sunday, the Republican presidential front-runner initially couldn't help going after Sanders, but noted that it may be better strategically for him to hold his fire and let Sanders duke it out with Clinton.<p>"This guy Bernie Sanders, give me a break," Trump said.<p>"We haven't …

Ronald Reagan made it all worse: How Republicans — the real party with their hands out — convinced white America that government was out to get them

Anti-government diatribes from the prime beneficiaries of government programs? How the GOP lies to white America<p>The men occupying Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge represent a bizarre contradiction. They howl about the overreach of the federal government, but they are among the biggest …

Donald Trump's Electability Paradox

Despite his appeal to GOP-primary voters, the real-estate mogul may have more trouble winning over voters in the general election.<p>A widen­ing dis­tance between per­spect­ives about Don­ald Trump among Republicans and all oth­er voters—the “Trump gap”—presents GOP lead­ers with a conun­drum as the …

This is how they’ll gut American democracy: Scott Walker and the Kochs want to f**k America as bad as they did Wisconsin

Dark money, gerrymandering, super-majorities, undemocratic actions that leave the plutocrats in charge. It’s coming<p>The third week in December brought two startling stories highlighting the ongoing Dixiefication of the Midwest, a key ingredient in how the GOP, with its aging white male demographic …

Noam Chomsky: The problem with US politics is the spectrum is “center to extreme — way off the spectrum — right”

There’s no such thing as American exceptionalism, he argued, it’s just normal imperial practice<p>In an interview with Abby Martin, renowned linguist and political theorist Noam Chomsky discussed the shift in American politics and its impact on the nation's foreign policy.<p>"The spectrum is broad, but …

Maddow demolishes Donald Trump with horrifying side-by-side comparison to segregationist George Wallace

“Close your eyes and listen to reports from the ’68 election — it’s almost like they’re talking about Trump”<p>Scott Eric Kaufman<p>January 6, 2016 6:25pm (UTC)<p>On "The Rachel Maddow Show" Tuesday evening, host Rachel Maddow played clips from the 1968 presidential campaign of George Wallace, the …

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How White America’s fear of Barack Obama has made us all worse off

<b>(AP/Evan Vucci)</b><p>A shockingly large segment of the population only hates a policy once our president’s name is on it<p>Matthew Pulver<p>January 6, 2016 6:47pm (UTC)<p>Once again, President Obama is resorting to executive action to effect some small degree of change he and his counsel feel to be within his …