2021 Arguments Mimic 1850’s

by Heather Cox Richardson – Apr 17th, 2021


“Today, news broke that a number of pro-Trump House Republicans, including Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ), are organizing the “America First Caucus,” which calls for “a degree of ideological flexibility, a certain intellectual boldness… to follow in President Trump’s […]

Common Cause

The Man Who Waited 50 Years for This Moment

Fred Wertheimer is ready to seize the opportunity to reform America’s campaign-finance laws.

APRIL 8, 2021

George Packer Staff writer for The Atlantic BILL CLARK / CQ ROLL CALL / GETTY Some things are worth half a century of effort. Fred Wertheimer has […]

Essential reading: Reconstruction Era Politics Today

March 28, 2021 article by Heather Cox Richardson Mar 29

Since the Civil War, voter suppression in America has had a unique cast.

The Civil War brought two great innovations to the United States that would mix together to shape our politics from 1865 onward:

First, the Republicans under Abraham Lincoln created our first […]

Recall: Florida November 2000

MARCH 19, 2014 – Vanity Fair Article

Shortly after the presidential vote in November 2000, two law clerks at the United States Supreme Court were joking about the photo finish in Florida. Wouldn’t it be funny, one mused, if the matter landed before them? And how, if it did, the Court would split […]

Adam Schiff’s request on the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act


We are on the cusp of a once-in-a-generation moment in Congress, where we have the opportunity to advance some of the most sweeping voting rights and pro-democracy legislation in decades. It would make John Lewis so proud.

When my friend and colleague John Lewis passed away last year, he left behind an extraordinary legacy […]

Unclassified Intelligence Report on Interference in the 2020 US Election

ICA-declass-16MAR21 – (PDF Formatted File)

Private Schools Have Become Truly Obscene by Caitlin Flanagan in the Mar 2021 – The Atlantic

Elite schools breed entitlement, entrench inequality—and then pretend to be engines of social change. Story by Caitlin Flanagan APRIL 2021 ISSUE

This article was published online on March 11, 2021.

Dalton is one of the most selective private schools in Manhattan, in part because it knows the answer to an important question: What […]

The new scam universe

1. Dine-and-Dash

It’s a hard meal to swallow. The restaurant business suffered a catastrophic blow during the pandemic and economic downturn. But that’s not the only reason a growing number of Los Angeles restaurants are closing down. In a new form of dine-and-dash tailored to the era of delivery apps and curbside pickups, restaurants are […]

VA Home Loan Info Update

Improvements 2020 Brought to VA Home Loans

Since their creation in 1944, through an act by Congress named Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, VA home loans have gone through several changes and iterations meant to expand their benefits. Some of the updates include the Veteran Housing Act of 1970, which removed termination limits from VA loans. It […]

Dog napping has now become a thing

Lady Gaga’s dogs recovered safely after dogwalker shot Feb 27, 2021 ***************

Lady Gaga’s two French bulldogs, which were stolen by thieves who allegedly shot and wounded the dogwalker, were recovered unharmed, Los Angeles police said Friday.

A woman brought the dogs to the LAPD’s Olympic Community Police Station, just northwest of downtown, around 6 […]

Republican Party Platform 1956

REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORMS August 20, 1956 Declaration of Faith

America’s trust is in the merciful providence of God, in whose image every man is created … the source of every man’s dignity and freedom.

In this trust, our Republic was founded. We give devoted homage to the Founding Fathers. They not only proclaimed that […]

Climate Change vs Cognition

Dear EarthTalk: Is there a scientific basis to the assertion that global warming is affecting our ability to make decisions and lowering our collective intelligence? — P.D., Sacramento, CA

From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

As we continue to pump carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere and […]

Violence in the Capitol, Dangers in the Aftermath by Glenn Greenwald – (long read)

From the Cold War to the War on Terror: the harms from authoritarian “solutions” are often greater than the threats they are ostensibly designed to combat. Glenn Greenwald Jan 7th, 2021 Members of the National Guard and the Washington D.C. police stand guard to keep demonstrators away from the U.S. Capitol on January 06, […]

77 days: Trump’s campaign to subvert the election

77 Days of ineptitude !! by Jim Rutenberg, Jo Becker, Eric Lipton, Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin, Matthew Rosenberg and Michael S Schmidt @ The New York Times

Supporters of then President Donald Trump storm the US Capitol […]

Damage done to the V.A.

Mind Boggling’ and ‘Deadly.’ This Is the Trump V.A.’s Racist Legacy.

“It needs to be cleaned up right away,” one employee said. Will Denis McDonough, Biden’s pick for V.A. secretary, help repair what’s broken?

from Mark Craven at the N.Y. T. Opinion Page – Feb. 1, 2021

Secretary of […]

Considering republicans

by Heather Cox Richardson – Feb 1st, 2021


“The most prominent story these days is that the Republican Party is sliding toward a full-on embrace of authoritarianism. Former president Trump’s exit and ban from his favorite social media outlets has left a vacuum that younger politicians imitating Trump’s style are eager to fill by […]

Fines as punishment considered

In response to the assertion that a fine as punishment only affects those who have difficulty paying it. ****************** Jorn Larsson wrote: No that is wrong. If the law has a fine for a penalty it means the crime is not a serious one, meaning does not endanger someone else or society in general. […]

And now…

The New Administration settles in

by Heather Cox Richardson – January 25, 2021 (Monday)

*********************** My guess is that the story of today that will stand the test of time is that President Biden is governing according to our traditional practices while he pushes the country into the future. Biden hit the ground running. In the first three days of […]

May 1971 Vietnam Protest in D.C. – comparison w/today

History lesson – May 1971

by Will Bunch in Philadelphia Inquirer – Jan 13th, 2021


Philadelphia Police carry a protester away from a July 4, 1966 anti-Vietnam War protest held at Independence Hall. A new study proves police are twice as likely to break up a left-wing demonstration than a right-wing one, like Wednesday’s […]