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Nicolas Maduro Did Not Steal the Venezuelan Election

Greg Palast Vice
The Venezuelan election was nearly stolen – by the US-backed anti-Chávistas. How? That’s what Chávez wanted Maduro to find out from me: how could US operatives jerk with Venezuela’s voter rolls? It wasn’t a mere policy question: they knew Chávez wouldn't be allowed to survive through another coup. My answer: They could steal the vote the same way Bush did it in Florida – in fact, using the very same contractor. Take a look at these documents.

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Labor Day 2021: UNITE HERE, the 2020 Elections and Beyond

Martin Bennett Beyond Chron
The key takeaway from the election is that workers saved our democracy—workers did the essential door-to-door canvassing and everyday working voters turned out. With their votes comes a mandate for change to help working and low-wealth people.

The Specter of Inflation

Andrew Elrod Boston Review
Democrats don’t lose elections because of rising prices. They lose when they cut spending and raise interest rates, sacrificing other goals at the altar of price stability.

Could California End Up With a Trump-Like Governor?

Sonali Kolhatkar Independent Media Institute
If Democratic voters fail to turn out for California’s upcoming recall election, the nation’s most populous, and arguably most liberal, state could end up with a right-wing extremist at its helm.

The DoJ Should Investigate Trump. Here's a Roadmap.

Laurence H. Tribe, Barbara McQuade and Joyce White Vance Washington Post
The bottom line is this: Now that Trump is out of office, the DOJ’s view that sitting presidents cannot be indicted no longer shields him. Attempted coups cannot be ignored.

Trump Is Planning a Much More Respectable Coup Next Time

Richard L. Hasen Slate
Forget bonkers accusations about Italy using lasers to manipulate American vote totals. Expect white-shoe lawyers with Federalist Society bona fides to argue about application of the “independent state legislature” doctrine.

Mayor-to-Be Eric Adams and the New NYC City Council

Harold Meyerson, Michael Gold The American Prospect, New York Times
New York’s new mayor-in-waiting is in some ways a throwback to an older era of urban politics. But the City Council is poised to be one of the most progressive in the city’s history, with a diversity that mirrors the city it represents.
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