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Other than Trump, virtually no one was doing better four years ago

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, March 24, 2024. Crime As Biden recently recalled: “In 2020, before I took office, the prior administration oversaw the largest increase in murders ever recorded.” By contrast, an FBI data report last week shows, as NBC News noted, “the new fourth-quarter numbers showed a 13% decline in murder in 2023 from 2022, a 6%

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Why Trump May Find Himself in Jail Sooner Than He Thinks

By Jose Pagliery, The Daily Beast, December 29, 2023 The countdown is on for Donald Trump’s D.C. trial in March. And while Trump has faced jail threats over his inability to abide by gag orders with his recent bank fraud trial in New York, the charges he’s facing for his attempts at overturning the 2020

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Trump is putting every racial, ethnic and religious minority at risk at a time of angry political polarization

By Stephen Collinson, CNN, December 19, 2023 Donald Trump’s extreme rhetoric reminiscent of Nazi propaganda and his penchant for siding with America’s adversaries and autocrats pose a unique challenge to his Republican opponents and, ultimately, US voters. The ex-president, who has a good chance of being the next commander in chief, warned over the weekend that

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Behind the Scenes at the Dismantling of Roe v. Wade

By Jodi Kantor and Adam Liptak, The New York Times, December 15, 2023. On Feb. 10 last year, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. showed his eight colleagues how he intended to uproot the constitutional right to abortion. At 11:16 a.m., his clerk circulated a 98-page draft opinion in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. After

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Florida’s voter suppression efforts are crucial to GOP edge in 2024

By  BARRINGTON SALMON,  Florida Phoenix, Nov 27, 2023. Photo by Hill Street Studios/Getty Images. In November 2018, 64.5 percent of Florida voters approved a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to 1.4 million Floridians weighed down by felony convictions but who had completed the terms of their sentences. However, that hard-earned victory by social justice activist

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Joe Biden’s surprising focus on the future

By Jill Lawrence, THEBULWARK+, October 30, 2023 From infrastructure to democracy to this week’s action on AI, he’s laying a foundation for coming generations to build on. JOE BIDEN IS OUR OLDEST PRESIDENT, as everyone keeps saying, but he’s also—despite and possibly because of his age—an unusually forward-looking president. I’ve had this thought often throughout this

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Why does the media bash Biden?

By Jennifer Rubin,  The Washington Post, Oct 27, 2023. The gulf between President Biden’s performance in office and the coverage of his presidency is as vast as it has been in any modern presidency. Biden has steered the country out of a recession and pandemic, gotten through a slew of critical legislation (some bipartisan), avoided

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Biden leads the global response to the Middle East crisis

By Heather Cox Richardson from Letters from an American ,Oct 18, 2023.  Biden will address America tonight at 8 pm eastern from the Oval Office. President Joe Biden spoke today in Tel Aviv, Israel, reiterating support for the Israelis but also hammering on the need to address the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Biden called the actions

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FL Attorney General Ashley Moody is attempting to block abortion amendment

FDP Chair Nikki Fried calls Moody’s argument “purposefully dishonest” and “an unserious attempt to seek attention”.  Attorney General Ashley Moody asked the Florida Supreme Court to block a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit government interference with abortion access. In response, the Florida Democratic Party has issued the following statement: “The Florida GOP continues to undermine

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Court enforces public’s right to know

The following editorial was published in The Daily Sun on Oct 12, 2023. OUR POSITION: A recent court ruling enforced the public’s right to have accurate information on COVID-19, information that Gov. DeSantis chose to withhold during the height of the pandemic two years ago. It took two years in Florida courts to get Gov. Ron

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Democrats’ best model for 2024 might be 2022

By Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, October 10, 2023. Rather than obsessively study premature polls 13 months before the 2024 election, we can get a better grasp of the state of the two parties by examining what has already happened over the past couple of years. Political winds can shift, but it isn’t hard to figure out

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America needs ‘Two viable parties’

By David Leonhardt, The NY Times, Oct 5, 2023 Imagine if you were a foreign leader surveying the political chaos in the United States: For the first time in history, a party has just fired its own speaker of the House in the middle of a term. In the Senate, one of the two party

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Uncertain and afraid: Florida’s immigrants grapple under new law

By GISELA SALOMON, Associated Press, Sept 18, 2023. MIAMI — For many in Florida’s vast immigrant community, daily life in recent months has become one governed entirely by fear. Some try to drive as little as possible and make fewer trips to the supermarket. Others no longer take their children to the park and worry about

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DeSantis gets mixed reviews from 1st GOP presidential debate

By MITCH PERRY, The Florida Phoenix,  Aug 24, 2023  MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – AUGUST 23: Republican presidential candidates (L-R), former U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy participate in the first debate of the GOP primary season hosted by FOX News at the Fiserv Forum on August 23, 2023 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Using Frederick Douglass to rationalize slavery? In Florida, Yes!

By Charles M. Blow, Opinion Columnist, New York Times, Aug. 16, 2023. Gov. Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign may be floundering as he struggles to win over Republican voters with his deadpan robotic demeanor, and he may be shuffling campaign staff like he’s taking a mulligan, but the damage he did to Florida to get himself to

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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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