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Donald Trump’s un-wonderful life

By Renée Graham, Boston Globe, November 29, 2023. In a Veterans Day speech, Donald Trump didn’t limit his comments to honoring those who, unlike his draft-dodging self, served this nation to protect its democracy. Instead he went full-on fascist as he vowed to “root out’’ those he assailed as “the radical left thugs that live

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Supreme Court says Florida can’t enforce anti-drag law

By Ariane de Vogue and Devan Cole, CNN, November 16, 2023. The Florida law that limits drag shows in the state will remain blocked, the Supreme Court said Thursday, dealing a blow to a key initiative championed by Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis. Florida had asked the high court to narrow a lower court’s injunction that stopped the law

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Opinion

As Biden leads, GOP sinks into disarray

By Scot Lehigh, Globe Columnist, Boston Globe, October 18,2023. It’s a rare moment indeed when one can quote Representative Matt Gaetz, the self-aggrandizing Republican chaos agent from Florida, and say: Damn, he’s got that right! But such an instance came earlier this month when, in defense of his motion to oust then-speaker Kevin McCarthy, Gaetz

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Opinion

The Apotheosis of Jim Jordan Is a Sight to Behold

By Jamelle Bouie, New York Times, October 17,2023.  No problem in the American system at this moment is as acute and disruptive as the one posed by the Republican Party. Yes, of course, there are any number of structural problems facing American politics. Our system of elections — first-past-the-post voting, the Electoral College, single-member districts

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Opinion

Biden repairs the system for resettling people fleeing war and strife

The following editorial appeared in the Boston Globe, October 9, 2023. Before Donald Trump became president, the United States had long resettled more refugees than every other country combined. The Biden administration is rebuilding that tradition. When it comes to resettling refugees, the Biden administration is bringing back a proud American tradition. Up until 2017,

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Literary lights host Spell-O-Rama to fight book banning

By Elena Giardina, Boston Globe, September 27, 2023. The adult spelling bee raises funds for the Florida Freedom to Read Project, and you don’t have to be a writer or a speller to join. In honor of Banned Books Week, Celeste Ng and the Blaze Writers Project will turn Belmont’s Trinktisch beer hall into a

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Ron DeSantis is afraid of questions from a 15 year-old

By Jake Lahut, The Daily Beast, September 1, 2023. Quinn Mitchell has seen at least 35 presidential candidates in person since 2019, when he first started showing up at New Hampshire primary events to ask them questions. Not a single one of them had ever treated the now-15-year-old as if he were a threat—until Ron DeSantis came

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Analysis

Work won’t set you free

By Maya Vinokour, The Boston Globe, August 13, 2023. In late July, Florida’s Board of Education approved a new social studies curriculum that claims enslaved Black people in America “developed skills which, in some instances, could be applied for their personal benefit.’’ Endorsed by Governor Ron DeSantis (who has since attempted to distance himself from

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Florida’s silver linings guide to slavery

By Renée Graham, Globe Columnist, Boston Globe, July 26,2023. Nearly 190 years before Florida education officials announced that schoolchildren would be taught that slavery was akin to a job training program for Black people, John C. Calhoun, a virulently racist, slaveholding former vice president and US senator from South Carolina, extolled what he claimed were

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Building a legal wall around Donald Trump

The New York Times, David French, July 20, 2023. The American legal system is on the cusp of a remarkable historical achievement. In real time and under immense pressure, it has responded to an American insurrection in a manner that is both meting out justice to the participants and establishing a series of legal precedents

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Casey DeSantis is the smiling face of anti-LGBTQ activism

By Eleanor Clift, The Daily Beast, July 13, 2023  If anybody wondered whether Casey DeSantis shared her husband’s distaste for anything deemed “woke,” there’s no more wondering. The first lady of Florida delivered a hard-right video attacking LGBTQ and trans rights, presenting herself as the lead Mama of “Mamas for DeSantis,” an arm of the campaign, on a mission to protect

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It’s toxic slime time on Florida’s Lake Okeechobee

Writer Dan Egan and photographer Josh Ritchie, New York Times, July 9, 2023. For thousands of years, Lake Okeechobee pumped life into Florida’s swampy interior. Summer rains swelled the shallow inland sea, creating seasonal overflows that sustained the Everglades and its alligators, panthers, spoonbills and snail kites. But a vast re-engineering over the past century

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Florida is now America’s inflation hotspot

By Bryan Mena and Alicia Wallace, CNN, July 10, 2023 Florida is America’s inflation hotspot because of a persistent problem with sky-high housing costs. The Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach area has the highest inflation rate of metro areas with more than 2.5 million residents, with a 9% inflation rate for the 12 months ended in

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