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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Howard Schultz’s Cable News Fantasy Campaign

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.


Howard Schultz might be running for president and nobody knows why. No one asked him to run for president, and there was no existing political movement to recruit the billionaire former Starbucks CEO into a presidential campaign. The Schultz 2020 experiment just materialized out of nothingness, and in its short, cursed existence it has commanded outsized media attention despite the fact that pretty much everyone seems to hate it.

Since he teased his potential candidacy, Schultz has been interviewed on 60 MinutesMorning JoeThe ViewAnderson Cooper 360, and various other high-wattage news programs.…

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Voter Suppression Must Remain A Key Issue

Reprinted with permission from Uexpress.

Stacey Abrams, who will deliver the Democratic response to the State of the Union address, is a dynamic speaker, a skillful political organizer and a gifted legislator. Those qualities no doubt played a role in the decision to choose her to rebut President Donald J. Trump.

There is also little doubt that race and gender played a role. As a black woman who is a rising star in the Democratic Party, Abrams is a living, breathing symbol of its 21st-century identity as the party of inclusion. Now that Trump has completed his takeover of the Republican Party, it is wholly identified with Trumpism — nativism, Islamophobia, racism, white Christian nationalism.…

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Interview: Historian Rick Perlstein On The Conservative Roots Of Trumpism

This interview with historian and author Rick Perlstein originally appeared in the Berlin daily Neues Deutschland

After Trump won the election you published an essay titled “I Thought I Understood the American Right. Trump Proved Me Wrong.” How did Trump’s election change your view of American conservatism?

The conservatives’ own story about their evolution has been that there were two streams of conservative political activity in the US: one that was extremist and conspiratorial, often viciously racist and even violent. And then there was a mainstream movement that policed those boundaries, associated with the figure of William F. Buckley and the magazine National Review.…

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