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Tidbits - Oct. 1, 2020 - Reader Comments: This election and a divided country - will we survive?; Pentagon response to Trump coup plot; Weaponization of religion; Save Our Post Office; Confronting White Power; announcements; more ...

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Reader Comments: This election and a divided country - will we survive?; Pentagon response to Trump coup plot; Weaponization of religion; Save Our Post Office a Defense of Civil Society; Confronting White Power in 2020; resources; announcements; more

Is Trump Planning a Coup d’État?

Sasha Abramsky The Nation
Many observers—including Republicans—worry that he is. They’re organizing now to stop him. Given the administration’s record of embracing “numerous corrupt and authoritarian practices,” huge numbers of Americans must be ready to take to the streets

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How Ronald Reagan Triumphed

Evan Thomas New York Times
The fourth volume in historian Rick Perlstein’s critical series on the rise of the modern GOP’s far right shows Reagan as key in uniting a rank coalition that still epitomizes and explains much of the Republican Party’s sway.

Dolan Delivers Catholic Church to Trump and the GOP

National Catholic Reporter Editorial National Catholic Reporter
The capitulation is complete. Without a whimper from any of his fellow bishops, the cardinal archbishop of New York has inextricably linked the Catholic Church in the United States to the Republican Party and, particularly, President Donald Trump.

Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety

Sabrina Tavernise and Richard A. Oppel Jr. The New York Times
As bigots blame them for the coronavirus and President Trump labels it the "Chinese virus," many Chinese-Americans say they are terrified of what could come next. For American-born Asians, there is a sudden sense of being watched that is unsettling

The Right-Wing War on American Voters

Bob Moser Right Wing Watch
Anyone who imagined, after Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton, that the Republican right had maxxed out the possibilities for suppressing the votes of people unlikely to vote for its candidates was sorely mistaken.

Tidbits - July 25, 2019 - Reader Comments: GOP Destroying Democracy; Puerto Rico Rises and WINS; Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson and Colin Kaepernick; Iran; Europe's Right; Citizens United; What to Do When ICE Shows Up; Angela Davis and Black Lawyers; more

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Reader Comments: GOP Destroying Democracy; Puerto Rico Rises and WINS; Jackie Robinson, Paul Robeson and Colin Kaepernick; Iran; Europe's Right; Citizens United; What to Do When ICE Shows Up; Angela Davis and Black Lawyers; and more ...

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Fighting to Vote

Michael Tomasky The New York Review of Books
As results from the recent midterm elections show and the book under review chronicles, restrictive voter identification laws, registration requirements, felon disenfranchisement and voter purges still deny millions access to the ballot box.
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