"When it comes to the response to the largest public health crisis of our time, our current political leaders have demonstrated that they are dangerously incompetent. We should not abet them and enable the deaths of thousands more Americans by allowing them to keep their jobs."
This is the first time the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine has editorialized about an election since its founding in 1812.
I urge you to read the entire editorial. It's worth your time.

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28 Sep
Apart from Trump tax frauds, keep the other outrages in your (and everyone else's) heads as well:

1. New Covid wave starting at higher level than last, while
Trump still against CDC, masks and social distancing.
2. Trump is pushing an illegitimate SCOTUS justice who will kill the ACA -- along with people with pre-existing conditions.
3. Fires and hurricanes still rampaging, yet Trump rolling back EPA rules and subsidizing oil and gas.
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4 Jun
Thank you, General James Mattis:

“I have watched this week’s unfolding events, angry and appalled. The words ‘Equal Justice Under Law’ are carved in the pediment of the United States Supreme Court. This is precisely what protesters are rightly demanding."
It is a wholesome and unifying demand—one that all of us should be able to get behind. We must not be distracted by a small number of lawbreakers. The protests are defined by tens of thousands of people of conscience who are insisting that we live up to our values."
“We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution. Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us."
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11 May
So let me get this straight: Elon Musk is willing to subject his factory workers to COVID, but won’t subject himself to criticism on Twitter?
So Elon continues to respond, even though I’m still blocked.

Here’s actual footage of a billionaire’s ego when you call him out for breaking public health orders and jeopardizing the safety of workers.
But, more importantly, Musk and Tesla have a long history of worker safety issues, including efforts to downplay occupational injuries at their factories.
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30 Apr
The $2 trillion coronavirus relief package made the rich richer and left working people with crumbs.

Instead of another handout for corporations and the wealthy, here's what needs to be in the next package to actually help working Americans.

An essential workers bill of rights:

—Health and safety protections
—Hazard pay
—Collective bargaining protections
—Universal paid sick leave
—Whistleblower protections
—An end to worker misclassification of independent contractors
—Child care support
—Full health care coverage
Economic relief for all people impacted for the duration of this crisis:

—Paycheck Guarantee Act to keep people on payrolls

—Cancel rent & mortgage payments

—Emergency housing assistance & a moratorium on utility shut-offs

—$2,000 monthly payments

—Student debt cancellation
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8 Apr
Dear Bernie,

I'm sorry you will not be president, but the country is far better off because of your unrelenting courage and commitment to the progressive change we so desperately need in a country riddled with inequality and division.

Four years ago, in the 2016 Democratic primaries, you made it respectable to talk about Medicare for All, tuition-free college and taxing the rich. You alerted America to the vast and growing gap in income, wealth and political power—and its dangers for our economy and democracy.
This time, you've not only made it respectable to talk about these and other urgent issues, such as a Green New Deal, but you've persuaded a majority of Americans that these problems can and must be addressed.
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7 Apr
Milwaukee, where COVID's hitting black neighborhoods the hardest, cut its polling places from 180 down to five. Now thousands of voters are forced to wait in hours-long lines while risking their health.

This is the culmination of every dirty trick in the GOP’s playbook.

After sweeping into power in 2011, the Wisconsin GOP launched a full-fledged gerrymandering campaign, and their new maps worked exactly as intended.

In the 2012 elections, Republicans won 48.6% of the votes, but took 61% of the seats in the legislature.
Immediately following the GOP takeover of the Wisconsin government, the legislature passed a strict voter-ID law that reduced black and Latino voting, resulting in 200,000 fewer voters in 2016 than in 2012.

For context, Trump won Wisconsin in 2016 by fewer than 23,000 votes.
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