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Trump Calls for Limiting COVID Relief to Less Needy

Deal master. Photo: Nicholas Kamm/AFP via Getty Images The coronavirus crisis has long pitted the GOP’s ideological commitments against its electoral interests. As the party presiding over an election year recession, Republicans have a strong political incentive to flood the economy with fiscal support. But as an organization whose top shareholders are reactionary plutocrats, the…

Is the Anti-Racism Training Industry Just Peddling White Supremacy?

There’s an old syllogism used to describe desperate politicians: (1) We must do something; (2) This is something; (3) We must do this. In the wake of mass national demonstrations that followed George Floyd’s murder, many white people — including leaders of businesses, schools, and nonprofit organizations — have grasped for some concrete step they…

Why Are We Still Waiting for Results From the New York Primary?

A New York primary voter on June 23. Nearly a month later, final results are still being tabulated. Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images More than three weeks have passed since voters in New York State cast their ballots in the June 23 primaries. For some races, the final results are still not in. On Election Night,…

Remembering the Reagan-Ford ‘Co-Presidency’ That Could Have Been

Three presidents – one past, two future – on one stage in 1980. Photo: Mark Meyer/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images As speculation continues about Joe Biden’s running-mate choice, which should be unveiled in the next two or three weeks, it’s useful to remember that today’s careful, heavy-on-vetting, game-planned veep process is a…

Trump’s COVID-19 Policy: I, Alone, Can Ignore It

An authoritarian weak man. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images Donald Trump campaigned for the presidency as an autocratic populist who would single-handedly force America’s corrupt, sclerotic government to meet its people’s needs. “I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people that cannot defend themselves,” the…

Jay Inslee on How Joe Biden Got Progressive on Climate Change

“There are not many days that pass with a plausible claim to genuine, planet-wide existential significance,” I remember thinking on the night of March 3, as Joe Biden, long derided by environmental activists as hopelessly retrograde on climate issues, effectively secured the Democratic nomination for president. The nomination had seemed, for a moment, securely in…

Tori Spelling had cash seized from bank to cover AmEx debts

July 16, 2020 | 9:49pm Well, now we know why she was charging $95 for a virtual meet-and-greet. Tori Spelling had funds yanked from her bank account in April to cover her debts to American Express, Us Weekly is reporting. The transaction was the result of a March 2020 court-ordered writ executed by the Los…

Court allows Mo’Nique’s discrimination lawsuit against Netflix to move forward

Comedian and Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique is moving forward with her lawsuit against Netflix.On Thursday, a Los Angeles judge denied Netflix’s motion to dismiss all of Mo’Nique’s pay discrimination retaliation claims made against the streaming service provider, according to new court docs.Mo’Nique, 52, accused the entertainment company of racial and gender discrimination for attempting to underpay her in 2017 for a stand-up special in comparison to what the…