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Syria and the 'Red Line' Nonsense

Peter Hart Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
Most pundits are careful about not advocating for direct U.S. military intervention in Syria (that is left to the Republican politicians who appear on the Sunday shows). But their message boils down to a concern over the credibility of the president's threats of violence more important than the credibility of his evidence. The White House has been saying their reticence is informed by the Iraq debacle; many pundits don't seem to have learned a similar lesson.

Friday Nite Videos | November 27, 2020

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Militias | Trevor Noah. Barack Obama Visits the Twins | Reaction to Bob Dylan. What Made Maradona a Latin Icon Beyond the Soccer Field. Rudy Giuliani Vows to Continue His Legal Failures on Behalf of the President. Let It Go: A Parody.

Friday Nite Videos | October 23, 2020

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The Full Story of Trump and COVID-19. "Vote Him Away #3 (The Liar Tweets Tonight)". The Last Trump Debate. Make It So. Obama in Philadelphia: The Whole Glorious Speech. ‘C’mon Man’: Biden’s Refrain at the Debate

C.T. Vivian’s Work in Chicago Shaped a Generation of Leaders

Marilyn Katz Chicago Tribune
Two American heroes died Friday. The most well known was Rep. John Lewis, 80. The other was the Rev. Cordell Tindell “C.T.” Vivian, at 95. The lesser known part of his work — his years in Chicago — that changed the fate of the city and the nation.

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How Trump Is Helping Tycoons Exploit the Pandemic

Jane Mayer The New Yorker
The secretive titan behind one of America’s largest poultry companies, who is also one of the President’s top donors, is ruthlessly leveraging the coronavirus crisis—and his vast fortune—to strip workers of protections.

Friday Nite Videos | May 15, 2020

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What the F**k Is “Obamagate”? Everybody Must Stay Home | Bob Dylan Coronavirus Parody. Angela Davis on Ahmaud Arbery's Killing and More. USPS: John Oliver. Amid Pandemic, Renewables Now Supply More Energy than Coal.
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