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The Electoral College’s Racist Origins

Wilfred Codrington III The Atlantic
More than two centuries after it was designed to empower southern white voters, the system continues to do just that.

The Trial of Thomas Hardy

Ian Angus Monthly Review
A Forgotten Chapter in the Working-Class Fight for Democratic Rights

Friday Nite Videos | October 25, 2019

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Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Talk Politics and 2020. Jojo Rabbit | Movie. Colbert Gets a Surprise Visit From Rudy Giuliani. Demonstrating Quantum Supremacy. Lebanon Protests: 'I Feel Proud to Be Lebanese.'

Left Organizers Should Join the Fight for Impeachment

Claire Tran and Jacob Swenson-Lengyel Organizing Upgrade
As Congress returns to Washington, the impeachment proceedings are likely to gain steam. The authors argue the left can't afford to sit this fight out, but should be a part of the broad anti-Trump front working to protect and expand democracy.

Trump’s Undeclared State of Emergency

John Feffer Foreign Policy in Focus
Trump is counting on his base to endorse his increasingly open law-breaking. It may not end well. His public appeal to China last week to help uncover dirt on the Biden family was both a brazen flouting of the law and an astute political tactic.

The New Age of Protest; Veteran Activists Express Hope, and Caution

Ethan Sacks; John Feffer
People are hitting the streets to protest government inaction, repression, and corruption. Youth have "unbounded energy and optimism coupled with idealism." That energy, however, can't be sustained without organization, activists warn.
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