A Civics Class About January 6th

To the editor: If I were teaching a civics class, I would ask students to consider what was at stake on January 6th, when protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol. An investigation is underway, with one guilty plea thus far. We would review the First Amendment right to “peaceably assemble” and ask for redress of grievances. Noting that some states are passing laws to ban protests (and even give immunity to people who drive vehicles into protesters), I would ask students to compare protests against racist police brutality to the event of January 6th, in terms of purpose and in terms of violence. I would make …

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The Tricky Thing About Equality

To the Editor: Let’s say a non-commissioned officer leads a squad of men. The NCO says to them, “You are all equal and will be treated equally.” They all run the same obstacle course, eat the same food and are dismissed together at the end of each day. One day the NCO needs one soldier to do something that is considered desirable. The NCO picks one soldier by some truly random method known to all and sends that soldier off to do it. The NCO had to pick one, did not in any way play favorites, and has made clear a policy of equality, but …

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The Final Tyrannical Assault On The Constitution

To the Editor: It has been 100 days of the Biden Administration and to date five Constitutional protections are being attempted to be destroyed [sic] with impunity by Democrats in total disrespect to the people of the United States. They are: States rights to control their elections, freedom of speech, the right to bear arms, the District of Columbia as the seat of federal government to be a State, and separation of the Judiciary, the Executive and the Legislative branches and each their power of influence. [Deleted: 814 poorly chosen words, assembled into an incoherent argument, apparently intended to support the anti-democratic agenda of Donald …

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Color of Change Renews Demands to End the Senate’s “Jim Crow” Filibuster

Racial justice organization’s new digital tool outlines racist history of the filibuster and ways to petition for its end. WASHINGTON, May 4th—Today, Color Of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, released the Jim Crow Filibuster, a new website dedicated to detailing the long history of the filibuster being used to disempower and oppress Black communities. This site is a part of Color Of Change’s campaign to end the filibuster, which will include digital ad buys in states where Senators have not yet committed to filibuster reform. The organization’s campaign cites the filibuster as a tool to delay progress for Black people, and most …

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New GAO Study Finds U.S. Pays Two to Four Times More for Prescription Drugs than Other Nations

Sanders calls on President Biden to back negotiations with pharmaceutical companies to lower the outrageous price of prescription drugs in American Families Plan. WASHINGTON, April 28th—Ahead of President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress and as his administration considers policies to lower drug prices, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Wednesday released a report commissioned by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) finding that the U.S. pays more than two to four times higher prices for a selected sample of 20 single source, brand name drugs than Australia, Canada, and France. The result is that Americans suffering from blood clots, bronchitis, emphysema, and Hepatitis …

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How Trump Saved Us From Covid

To the Editor: One major media expert after another ridiculed the idea and said it would take a miracle for President Trump to produce Covid-19 vaccines and begin protecting people in 2020. Trump worked that miracle and now almost one-third of the American people are fully vaccinated. Getting the vaccine produced and into peoples’ arms was a Herculean effort that had to overcome many technical, business, bureaucratic, and political obstacles. It required not just creating and beginning to produce nearly a billion vaccine doses but producing a billion vials, syringes, swabs, and other equipment, plus arrangements for refrigeration, transportation, tracking systems, distribution centers, and about …

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