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HR 1, First Bill in Congress: Democracy Yes; Voter Suppression No

Steven Rosenfeld Independent Media Institute
HR 1 aims to counter the systemic corruption of the electoral system that blocks some citizens—but not others—from voting, allows large donors to hide their identity and enables current or former top officeholders to personally profit from serving

The Senate Is an Institutional Barrier to Democracy

Sohale A. Mortazavi Truthout
The United States is not the only supposedly democratic country saddled with an undemocratic upper legislative chamber (ours just has the most egregious malapportionment), but Americans have, so far, been the least willing to push back.

Getting Out the Vote From the County Jail

Margaret Barthel The Atlantic
In many states, people held without a felony conviction are eligible to vote—but confusion, fear, and a long list of logistical complications often stand in their way.

Bernie’s New Internationalist Vision

Meagan Day Jacobin Magazine
In a new speech, “Building a Global Democratic Movement to Counter Authoritarianism,” Sanders spells out that we must develop a global movement against unaccountable state and corporate power, which are mutually reinforcing.

Trump’s New (Non-Democratic) Normal

John Feffer Tom Dispatch
What happens when the adults in the room are scarier than the crying baby? Who’s responsible for the last 17 years of American wars that have convulsed the planet? Babies? Teenagers? Grown men acting like babies? Let’s face it: perfectly sober adults
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