Trump’s Plan to Bankrupt Social Security’s Dedicated Funding Streams

On August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, establishing a system of old-age benefits and unemployment insurance. A year earlier, in the depths of the Great Depression, Roosevelt had sent a special message to Congress promising a plan for social insurance to protect “against the hazards and vicissitudes […]

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Trump COVID Insurance Just Another Failure

Millions of people lost health coverage because of the pandemic, and Trump’s quick-fix “program” turned out to be a scam. His program has created chaos and confusion as sick Americans try to navigate the health system — leaving them unknowingly without coverage or with piles of surprise bills. “Trump Program to Cover Uninsured COVID-19 Patients […]

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The Republican Party Platform

The Republican Party neglected to write a platform this year. Perhaps that’s because they didn’t really have a convention – it was only a stage show. Perhaps it’s because their Dear Leader doesn’t read long documents. Or, perhaps they couldn’t because it would show what they really are — what the party of Lincoln has […]

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A Day in Three (Surreal) Parts

August 24, 2020 by Historian Heather Cox Richardson In Contempt of Congress Postmaster General Louis DeJoy appeared before the House of Representatives today to explain recent changes to the United States Postal Service. Those changes—removal of sorting machines and postboxes, and an end to overtime hours, for example—have drastically slowed mail delivery. Undelivered mail has […]

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Don’t Be Perturbed By Jeff Flake

Jeff Flake, John Kasich, Meg Whitman, Colin Powell, James Comey, and whatever Republicans may join their parade don’t agree with Biden’s policies. They are endorsing him because they believe that Trump is a clear and present danger to our Constitutional survival. They won’t be around when Democrats form up for the 2022 election, they will […]

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The Pandemic Is The Economy Now

Getting in control of this virus is the first step to getting Arizona’s economy back on track. Until then, our families will continue to shoulder the burden of Donald Trump’s failures. For the last three years, it’s been one crisis after another—with the livelihoods and lives of our families always on the line. This chaotic […]

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Will Trump Succeed in Shortchanging the Count?

Nope, not the votes. The Census. Article I, Section 2, of the US Constitution requires the federal government to enumerate the country’s population once every ten years. The census counts every person living in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the five US territories, as well as military and civilian employees of the […]

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Sheesh. What a day.

August 20, 2020 By Heather Cox Richardson, historian It began last night, while I was writing last night’s letter, when shortly after midnight we learned that Alexei Navalny, outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin’s government, has apparently been poisoned. He collapsed in pain on an airplane after drinking tea at Russia’s Tomsk airport. The plane made […]

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Ready for Night #2?

Last night, Americans all across the country heard from some extraordinary speakers: Kristin Urquiza, who lost her father in Maryvale to COVID-19, as she blamed Trump for his death because of Trump’s failures to control the pandemic; Michelle Obama, who urged Americans to “vote for Joe Biden in numbers that cannot be ignored.” Senator Catherine […]

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The Draft 2020 Democratic Party Platform

A Hard Look at Current Realities and Soaring Call to Restore Our Nation’s Soul As Democrats prepare to open the 2020 Democratic National Convention this coming Monday, August 17, the harsh realities of America’s state of affairs must inspire bold, creative solutions to the nation’s many problems. The preamble to our draft 2020 platform lays […]

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