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Democracy in Crisis

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Baynard Woods

When that gray car slammed into those people, it shattered a part of America, or at least the illusion of it. I don’t know what that means yet, because it shattered something in me, too. more

Aug 14, 2017 11:21 AM Democracy in Crisis

Although President Trump’s “please don’t be too nice” comment grabbed all the attention from a July 28 speech, he also applauded the use of military weaponry by police departments. more

Aug 7, 2017 6:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

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David Michael Miller

Trump was right when he said the system was broken; he is proof of that. He is the culmination of our normal. By saying that the Trump regime is not normal, you give power to his followers who voted for him for exactly that reason. It validates them. more

Jul 31, 2017 1:09 PM Democracy in Crisis

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Baynard Woods

Code Pink founder Medea Benjamin tells activists “Don’t stop long enough to get depressed. Don’t stop long enough to think you need self care.” more

Jul 24, 2017 11:40 AM Democracy in Crisis

No one disputes the fact that property was damaged that day or that police officers were injured. But the government contends that wearing black in the vicinity of a black bloc action is evidence of criminal conspiracy. more

Jul 17, 2017 3:03 PM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments

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David Michael Miller

Jim DeMint calls the Convention of States the next stage of the Tea Party, which wanted to limit federal power. It makes ideological sense for him. But the crazy thing is that it might actually be possible. more

Jul 10, 2017 11:20 AM Democracy in Crisis

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Baynard Woods

“We’re out here to send a clear message to the Senate that we will not tolerate them writing a bill that is not inclusive of all Americans,” Nasr said. “If they’re not working for the American people, then we will be out here werkin’.” more

Jul 3, 2017 1:23 PM Democracy in Crisis

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Baynard Woods

The media’s adoration of Trump didn’t begin with this campaign. We loved the Trump show. But now the lovers — the press and the president — are quarreling. more

Jun 26, 2017 2:54 PM Democracy in Crisis

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Anson Stevens Bollen

A black bloc action is newsworthy. And yet, according to the indictment, Aaron Cantú is being charged for merely moving in proximity to the group he was covering. more

Jun 19, 2017 12:26 PM Democracy in Crisis

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David Michael Miller

Much of the bureau’s history is shameful. In 2015, Comey said he required agents to study the Bureau’s Martin Luther King Jr. files and other instances of injustice, “to insure that we remember our mistakes and that we learn from them.” more

Jun 12, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments

As the Vietnam War escalated in 1967, Ed Sanders and his band The Fugs performed an exorcism of the Pentagon. Fifty years later, Sanders performs “Exorcism of the White House” at the Lincoln Memorial. more

Jun 5, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments

There are differences between Andrew Jackson and Hitler and Trump. Two of the three are guilty of genocide. But neither Jackson nor Hitler actually had the capacity — in the form of nuclear weapons — to destroy the entire world. Trump does. more

May 29, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

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Baltimore Bloc

For all of their intense nationalism, populist movements are spurring strange alliances, such as that between Erdogan, an Islamic nationalist, and Trump, an Islamophobic nationalist. more

May 22, 2017 1:32 PM Democracy in Crisis

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David Michael Miller

FBI Director James Comey was speaking to federal agents when news of his firing flashed across the television behind him. The regime cited Comey’s treatment of the Clinton email investigation — as if daring us to pretend they are telling the truth. more

May 15, 2017 1:36 PM Democracy in Crisis

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Marie Machin

It was like the parking lot of a NASCAR race or a Grateful Dead concert in the 1990s. All of the bootlegged merch signified belonging — they were all pro-Trump or anti-liberal — but it also offered individuality. more

May 8, 2017 10:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

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Baynard Woods

Thousands marching for evidence-based decision-making and protesting budget cuts for science is pretty cool. But are we also marching for scientists of the military-industrial complex? When we march, we should be clear what we are marching for. more

May 1, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

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Baynard Woods

Will President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions kill the movement to reform police departments? more

Apr 26, 2017 12:53 PM Democracy in Crisis

Around 1991, a different type of weed — wildly pungent, not just when burnt, but fresh — arrived on the scene. The buds were damp and sticky and delicious. All we knew about it was that it was called “indica” and it was expensive. But we loved it. more

Apr 20, 2017 4:20 PM Democracy in Crisis

In honor of 4/20, here’s a handy travel guide for the serious toker of places to travel, near and far, to enjoy some legal marijuana. more

Apr 20, 2017 4:20 PM Democracy in Crisis

Legendary Nixon dirty trickster Roger Stone is as responsible for Donald Trump’s ascent to the presidency as anyone. He now believes he’s been a subject of a FISA warrant and suspects someone is trying to kill him. more

Apr 17, 2017 5:12 PM Democracy in Crisis