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Samantha Bee and Robert De Niro have taken flak for foul language. But polite responses to Trump play right into his hands<p>Can we stop pretending that the right cares about civility? Whether it’s the faux outrage over the television host Samantha Bee calling Ivanka Trump a “cunt” or the yammering …

Robert DeNiro

Why Trump Voters Supported Trump

<b>THE GREAT REVOLT</b> <b><br>Inside the Populist Coalition Reshaping American Politics</b><br>By Salena Zito and Brad Todd<br>309 pp. Crown Forum. $28.<p>Long before he decided to vote for Donald Trump, Jonathan Kochie, a bar owner in Luzerne County, Pa., worried about his country turning from the American traditions of hard …

Voting

It's Become Impossible for Republicans to Deny Their Party Is Racist

Stopped acting shocked that a Confederate-loving candidate won in Virginia's primary.<p>When Corey Stewart won the Virginia Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, the reaction from some corners of the GOP was shock and dismay that the party had nominated a overt white nationalist for such an important …

Republicans

In 1968, Poor Americans Came to D.C. To Protest, Some By Mule

Fifty years ago, photographer and folklorist Roland Freeman hitched his hopes to a humble caravan of mule-driven wagons. The Mule Train left the small town of Marks, in the Mississippi Delta, for Washington, D.C. It was part of Martin Luther King Jr.'s last major effort to mobilize impoverished …

Black History

Efficacy of a Sexual Assault Resistance Program for University Women

Young women attending university1,2 face a substantial risk of being sexually assaulted. The incidence of sexual assault is estimated to be between …

Medical Journals

A Milestone En Route to a Majority Minority Nation

The minority groups that carried President Obama to victory yesterday by giving him 80% of their votes are on track to become a majority of the …

Pennsylvania Voters May Hold Key to Democrats’ Hopes in November

If November delivers the wave election that Democrats hope will give them control of the U.S. House, it’s almost certain to wash through Pennsylvania.<p>…

What Special Elections Can’t Tell Us About a Democratic Wave

There shouldn’t be much doubt that the Democrats are riding a wave heading into November’s midterm elections.<p>That was clear well before Conor Lamb’s apparent victory in Pennsylvania last week. There have been nearly 100 special elections over the last year, and at this point there’s so much …

Inning two: Will 2018 be a “wave” election?

By Michael J. MalbinThree months ago, we asked in this space whether the extraordinary number of Democrats running against Republic incumbents in …

Sean Hannity Failed to Tell His Viewers the Truth

The Fox News host should have shared much more about his relationships with Donald Trump and Michael Cohen.<p>Sean Hannity, the Fox News commentator and talk-radio host, is perfectly entitled to support President Donald Trump, to defend Trump’s allies, and to attack Trump’s enemies. But his audience …

Donald Trump

‘Americans are Being Held Hostage and Terrorized by the Fringes’

An exit interview with the American Enterprise Institute’s Arthur Brooks.<p>Arthur Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, the center-right Washington think tank that has, amid a decade of turmoil inside the Republican Party, remained a sober, respected voice on matters of …

Political Science

<b>Exclusive:</b> Rakem Balogun spoke out against police brutality. Now he is believed to be the first prosecuted under a secretive US effort to track so-called ‘black identity extremists’<p>Rakem Balogun thought he was dreaming when armed agents in tactical gear stormed his apartment. Startled awake by a …

Terrorism

Did Rudy Giuliani just get Trump in legal trouble? I asked 11 legal experts.

The answer: probably.<p>Newly appointed Donald Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani dropped a bombshell on Wednesday night when he said on Fox News that Trump had repaid his attorney Michael Cohen for $130,000 in Stormy Daniels hush money.<p>Even Sean Hannity, who was interviewing Giuliani, seemed surprised by the …

Secretly Taped Audio Reveals Democratic Leadership Pressuring Progressive to Leave Race

The secretly taped audio recording, released here for the first time, reveals how senior Democratic officials have worked to crush competitive …

Declaration on Climate Finance

We the undersigned, call for an immediate end to investments in new fossil fuel production and infrastructure, and encourage a dramatic increase in …

Watch: The TED Talk that people at TED were talking about

“I can’t call these things social networks anymore — I call them behavior modification empires.”<p>This year’s TED conference — this past week in Vancouver — kicked off with a series of talks lamenting the state of society, from sexual harassment to school shootings.<p>The talk from the bunch that seemed …

Algorithms are one reason a conspiracy theory goes viral. Another reason might be you.

The false belief that a 17-year-old who survived the Parkland massacre is actually a paid actor, or perhaps being nefariously coached by liberals to promote gun control, began on the fringe. It didn’t stay there.<p>The idea became content — Gateway Pundit published a piece with a photograph of …

Jesus Hates Taxes: Biblical Capitalism Created Fertile Anti-Union Soil

While the assault on unions by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP governors and legislators seems driven mostly by the billionaire Koch …

Middle-class

Work begins on new congressional maps as Pa. Supreme Court appoints adviser

HARRISBURG — The state Supreme Court appointed an adviser Friday to help it select a new congressional map if legislators and the governor miss their …

2017's best documentaries found new ways to engage reality in a post-truth world

Five types of nonfiction films challenged old paradigms and drew audiences into fresh ways of engaging reality.<p>Before 2016 ended, the Oxford Dictionaries had declared it to be the year of “post-truth.” But that, as it turned out, was just a taste of what was to come in 2017. Just a day after …

Lessons from GOTV experiments | Institution for Social and Policy Studies

The following analysis presents broad findings from recent voter mobilization experiments. Lessons are categorized according to the level of …

Gov. Wolf, IBC announce new campaign to fight stigma surrounding opioid addiction

Addiction sufferers and their family and friends will tell their stories to encourage others to get help.

The Biggest Tax Scam in History

Donald Trump likes to declare that every good thing that happens while he’s in office — job growth, rising stock prices, whatever — is the biggest, greatest, best ever. Then the fact-checkers weigh in and quickly determine that the claim is false.<p>But what’s happening in the Senate right now really …

Income Inequality

The real fix for gerrymandering is proportional representation

It’s time to consider radical solutions.<p>The furor over the Supreme Court case considering limits on gerrymandering has reminded me of a conference I attended years ago. This was a meeting mostly composed of legal scholars focused on progressive reforms to the American judicial system. …

9 New Books We Recommend This Week

Revolution is in the air this week — at least, it’s in a handful of new books set in Revolutionary times. Three founding fathers feature in two of our recommended titles: “Friends Divided: John Adams and Thomas Jefferson,” by Gordon S. Wood, and “The Three Lives of James Madison,” by Noah Feldman. …

Meet the group that just put more than 30 local progressives into office

Run for Something is leading a Democratic wave, one school board election at a time.<p>Local ballots in Virginia, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and 11 other states were filled with first-time candidates — 20- and 30-somethings who had never held office before — as Democrats swept to victory on Tuesday. For …

Municipal mergers and consolidations: solution for distressed municipalities? : Keystone Crossroads : WHYY

One in a series explaining key terms and concepts of Pennsylvania government. Today’s topic: municipal mergers and consolidations.<p><i>Seeking a better</i> …

Poll: Trump’s performance lags behind even tepid public expectations

A majority of Americans say President Trump has not accomplished much during his first nine months in office and they have delivered a report card that is far harsher even than the tepid expectations they set for his tenure when he was sworn into office, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News …