Jan 17, 2021

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Home-Grown Extremism: Look to the Right

By Heather Cox Richardson
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  • The nation’s focus on fighting “socialism” began in 1871, but what its opponents stood against was not government control of the means of production — an idea that never took hold in America — but the popular public policies which cost tax dollars and thus made wealthier people pay for programs that would benefit everyone.
  • When it was gone, talk radio took off, hosted by radio jocks like Rush Limbaugh who contrasted their ideal country with what they saw as the socialism around them: a world in which hardworking white men who took care of their wives and children were hemmed in by government that was taxing them to give benefits to lazy people of color and “Feminazis.”
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The World of the White House Falls to Pieces

By Heather Cox Richardson
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  • D’Antuono, today told reporters that the department, working together with the Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney’s Office, has identified more than 270 suspects involved in criminal activity around the Capitol on January 6, and law enforcement officers have more than 100 of them in custody.
  • Its vaccination rollout is far behind where officials had promised it would be by now, and three days ago, on January 12, Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced the government would no longer hold back second doses of the vaccine, expecting that pharmaceutical companies could keep pace and produce enough vaccines for the second dose as it was needed.
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Corrupted: Confirming Our Fears About the PPP

By Kristin Miller
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  • More than half of the $522 billion loaned through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), which was aimed at small- and midsized companies, went to bigger businesses making up just 5% of the recipients .
  • NBC News discovered that tenants at properties owned by the Trump Organization and Kushner Companies received more than $3.65 million in PPP loans, which they may have used to pay rent.
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Biden’s New Chapter

By Heather Cox Richardson
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  • It outlines a vision for America that reaches back to an older time, when both parties shared the idea that the government had a role to play in the economy, regulating business, providing a basic social safety net, and promoting infrastructure.
  • While this system was enormously popular, reactionary Republicans hated business regulation, the incursion of the federal government into lucrative infrastructure fields, and the taxes it took to pay for the new programs (the top marginal tax rate in the 1950s was 91%).
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The Case Against Donald Trump – Simplified

By Steven Harper
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  • Continuing his assault on the right of the people to select their president, he refused to concede, claiming falsely that the election had been “stolen” from him.
  • “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore… Our exciting adventures and boldest endeavors have not yet begun… We’re going to the Capitol.
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PODCAST: Bill Moyers talks with Dr. Bandy Lee About THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP

By rwalsh
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  • While millions of Americans were still trying to figure out if Trump was just a crude playboy and fast-talking con man – more mesmerizing than menacing – she felt a duty to warn the country about dangerous possibilities stemming from a man who lacked the mental fitness to be president.
  • BANDY LEE : I think that consultation with mental health experts is critical, because it will be central in understanding the nature of his dangerousness, why and how he has come to incite the violence against the government of the United States as well as the very practical consideration of what will be the degree and type of dangers we will be confronting in the coming days.
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