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Author: Robert Reich

None Dare Call It Treason: Why co-conspirators in Trump’s Capitol attack are still serving in Congress

January 6 will be the first anniversary one of the most shameful days in American history. On that date in 2021, the United States Capitol was attacked by thousands of armed loyalists to Donald Trump, some intent on killing members of Congress. About 140 officers were injured. Five people died. Even now, a year later, Americans remain confused and divided about the significance of what occurred. Let me offer four basic truths: 1. Trump incited the attack on the Capitol For weeks before the attack, Trump urged supporters to come to Washington for a “Save America March” on 6...

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Big lie, big anger, and big money: The War on Democracy that Congress faces after a holiday break

With the Senate adjourned for the holidays and Joe Biden’s Build Back Better social and climate package stalled, the president’s remaining agenda is at the mercy of the 2022 midterm election year. So the practical question is: what should be his, and the first priority of Democrats, when Congress returns in January? Biden obviously wants to get his spending package passed. But swift action on voting rights is essential. Republican state legislatures will soon begin drawing partisan congressional maps that federal legislation would outlaw. Several states have already changed election laws in ways making it harder for people in...

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Supreme Court justices appointed by a president who instigated a coup show true colors as partisan hacks

In mid-September, Clarence Thomas told a crowd of more than 800 students and faculty at Notre Dame University that the U.S. supreme court should not be viewed in political terms, and that justices do not base their rulings on “personal preferences.” But if not political or personal preferences, where exactly do they discover the law? Thomas never said. When asked whether the attorneys presenting oral arguments ever compel him to change his mind, Thomas said, “almost never.” In late September, the court’s newest member, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, told a crowd in Kentucky that supreme court justices are not...

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Unhappy Americans: The unrealistic expectations of how fast President Joe Biden can clean up Trump’s mess

America is overflowing with good news. Unemployment is down, wages are up, consumer confidence is rebounding, and consumers are spending more. COVID seems to be in retreat, at least among those who have been vaccinated. And two big parts of Biden’s legislative agenda, last spring’s $1.9tn American Rescue Plan and his recent $1.2tn infrastructure plan, have been enacted. So what’s not to be happy about? Apparently, plenty. Biden’s job approval rating is 12 points lower than when he took office – now just 41% (around where Trump’s was for most of his presidency). Most registered voters say that if...

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A False Inflation: High prices are being driven by a few corporate giants trying to rake in too much profit

The U.S. labor department recently announced that the consumer price index, a basket of products ranging from gasoline and health care to groceries and rents, rose 6.2% from a year ago. That was the nation’s highest annual inflation rate since November 1990. Republicans are hammering Biden and Democratic lawmakers over inflation – and attacking his economic stimulus plans as wrongheaded. “This will be a winter of high gas prices, shortages and inflation because far left lunatics control our government,” Marco Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida posted via Twitter on November 11. A major reason for price rises is...

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Rule of the Minority: Understanding how the Senate’s Filibuster is actually Unconstitutional

A lot has been said about the filibuster these days. But here is one thing about this old Senate rule that most people might not know: the filibuster actually violates the Constitution. 41 Senate Republicans, who represent only 21 percent of the American population, are blocking the “For the People Act,” which is supported by 67 percent of Americans. They’re also blocking an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, supported by 62 percent of Americans. And so much else. Even some so-called moderate Democrats, like Joe Manchin and Krysten Sinema, have outsized power to block crucial...

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