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Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Racism Represents an American Tradition

President Trump has inspired widespread outrage and disgust with his crude, racist disparagement of Haiti, El Salvador and African nations and the predominantly black and brown immigrants from these places.<p>As horrifying as this remark was, his groundbreaking transparency provides an opportunity. …

Rebelling Republican Suburbs Offer Democrats Path to House Control

HOUSTON — As she sat with a glass of sauvignon blanc waiting for a women-focused Democratic fund-raiser to begin, Nancy Sharp let loose in a Texas-seasoned drawl why she and so many other onetime supporters of the Bush family were abandoning the Republicans.<p>“Have you ever heard of a stupider and …

Republicans

AP FACT CHECK: Blue high-tax states fund red low-tax states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican leaders have spent months promoting the myth that red low-tax states are subsidizing blue high-tax states because of the …

Millions Pay the Obamacare Penalty Instead of Buying Insurance. Who Are They?

The Senate Republican tax bill includes the repeal of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate, the requirement that all Americans purchase qualifying health insurance or pay a penalty.

John Kelly said ‘women were sacred.’ That attitude perpetuates the military’s culture of misogyny.

Last week, retired Marine general and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly conducted a news conference to provide his personal view of what had taken place during a condolence phone call between President Trump and the widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson, who was killed Oct. 4 in Niger along …

Kelly might not be like Trump, but he seems like many Trump voters

In the roughly three months since President Trump chose John F. Kelly as his second chief of staff, observers have puzzled over the retired Marine general’s occasional scowls and downcast gazes, wondering whether he and Trump, with such different styles and backgrounds, perhaps weren’t working well …

Sociologists explain why American men turn to gun violence

In the aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting that killed a staggering 58 people and injured roughly 500 others, the Trump administration has tried to steer Americans away from political debate. “There’s a time and place for political debate, but now is the time to unite as a country,” White House …

Mass Shootings

How to Protest Without Offending White People

Many people were surprised when President Donald Trump suggested that NFL team owners fire players who quietly choose to sit out the national anthem …

The most important quality in a romantic partner

I've been to a decent amount of weddings, so I've heard all the stuff about perfect couples who stick together through thick and thin, supporting …

Doctor Wait Times Soar 30% In Major U.S. Cities

Patients are waiting an average of 24 days to schedule an appointment with a doctor, according to a study of commonly used specialty physicians in 15 major U.S. cities.<p>The time to schedule an appointment has jumped 30% in 15 U.S. metropolitan areas from 18.5 days in 2014 amid a national doctor …

You can’t be socially progressive and economically conservative

If you want to be socially progressive, you have to support initiatives that foster social progress, like education equality, women’s health resources, criminal justice reform, universal healthcare, workplace equality, and so on. These initiatives either cost taxpayer money, require governmentally …

High School

Ohio Trump campaign chair Kathy Miller says there was 'no racism' before Obama

Kathy Miller called the Black Lives Matter movement ‘a stupid waste of time’ and said low African American voter turnout could be due to ‘the way they’re raised’<p>Latest news: Miller resigns after remarking ‘no racism before Obama’<br>• Support the Guardian’s independent journalism by making a contribution …

Donald Trump

This Is How Trump Convinces His Supporters They’re Not Racist

From his recent allegation that the Muslim American mother of a fallen war hero was not “allowed” to speak all the way back to his opening …

GOP congressman: What other 'subgroup' of people has contributed more to civilization than 'white people'?

The statement came as other panel members were discussing the lack of racial diversity in the Republican Party ahead of the party's convention, which started on Monday in Cleveland, Ohio.<p>One of the panelists, Esquire's Charles Pierce, said that the hall at the Quicken Loans Arena was "wired by …

What Black Republicans Care About

IT is easy to laugh at the proverbial “black friend” invoked to neutralize charges of racism. However, the humor sours when you realize that this comical ploy is also a strategy the Republican Party uses in its outreach to black and moderate white voters.<p>Despite the whiteness of the G.O.P. in …

Trump Won by Turning Bigoted Dog Whistles Into Megaphones

After suffering a devastating loss in Indiana (the Basketball Ring state), alleged Zodiac Killer Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican presidential …

The donor class that buys Chicago’s elections is overwhelmingly rich and white — unlike the city

<b>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)</b><p>These big donors have a hankering for austerity<p>Sarah Lazare<p>May 2, 2016 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>The windy city’s political donor class is disproportionately and overwhelmingly made up of rich white men with a …

The poor and middle class are fleeing America’s booming cities

Many of America’s cities are flourishing. But a closer look reveals a migration is underway.<p>As the price of living in America’ most expensive urban areas has soared—rents and home values rose about 12.5% between 2010 and 2014—the solution for many poorer families has been to move out.<p>Trulia, a …

Demographics

Republicans and Democrats hate income inequality, but not as much as they hate each other

A majority of Americans of both parties believe that the gap between rich and poor is getting larger, making the issue a prominent one on the campaign trail this year.<p>But you’d be wrong if you thought this meant there was any kind of consensus among Democrats and Republicans on the issue. What is …

Middle-class

Why Did the CDC Stop Researching Gun Violence?

The agency’s former leaders say it could do more to explore the subject, but its officials fear political—and personal—retribution.<p>For nearly two decades, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has devoted scant resources to the study of gun violence, even as fatal shootings constitute a …

Donald Trump and the Stunts That Expose the G.O.P.

Those of us who accept the common-sense idea that everyone having guns is a good way to insure that a lot of people die from gunshots were first in despair at, and then darkly amused by, the success of a recent petition demanding “open carry” at this summer’s Republican National Convention, in …

Donald Trump

GOP Hate Exacts a Toll

For years, Republicans have kept a gambit going where they gin up hate for political gain.<p>They condemn marriage equality. They throw a hissy fit about what bathroom transgender people use. They try every dirty trick in the book to prevent black people from voting. They blame undocumented immigrants …

It's time to talk about 'black privilege'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Here's some good news for all you black folks complaining about racism in America.<p>You don't know how good you have it.<p>At least that's the message I heard during one of the strangest conversations I've ever had about race. I was talking about the concept of white privilege -- the belief that …

White Privilege

The only difference between a Christian gunman and a Muslim terrorist is racism

Yesterday, a man opened fire in the visitors center of the US Capitol. He drew his weapon and pointed it at officers, one of whom fired and struck the suspect before he could go any further. The media would later learn that the same man had shouted “I am a Prophet of God” from the balcony of the …

Extremism

The macabre truth of gun control in the US is that toddlers kill more people than terrorists do | Lindy West

Last week, a Florida gun rights activist was shot in the back by her four-year-old son. How much longer will we keep participating in the collective lie that deadly weapons keep us safe?<p>This week, in my country, considered by some of its more embarrassing denizens to be the “greatest country in the …

Whites and the Fear Caused by White Supremacy

In a presentation of the theses contained in her book, <i>Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America's Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing</i>, author Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. asked the mixed-race audience, "How many of you think there is white racism?" Everybody in the room raised their hands. Then she asked, "How …

What America Can Learn From the Rest of the World

Americans are often skeptical of policy ideas from other countries. Why?<p>During the recent Democratic presidential debate, Bernie Sanders suggested that Americans “look to countries like Denmark, like Sweden and Norway, and learn from what they have accomplished for their working people.” Hillary …

Paul Ryan Is a Hypocrite, Charlatan, and Right-Wing Extremist

Paul Ryan wants to be Speaker of the House but he wants a coronation, not a contested election. Toward that end, he's orchestrating a campaign that makes him appear to be a bridge-builder between the so-called "establishment" and "Tea Party" wings of the Republican Party -- the only guy who can …