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October 1, 2019
Health Clinic Closures Put Women's Lives at Risk

What happens when clinics providing healthcare services to women close? Among other things, American women will needlessly die. That's the horrifying conclusion from a recent study published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology. Designed to gauge the impact of the closures of 100 women's health clinics nationwide between 2010 and 2013, Dr. Amar Srivastava […]

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July 8, 2019
Republicans Routinely Ignore GOP Hatch Act Violations

Writers, bloggers, commenters, and pundits nearly exhausted the dictionary in the runup to the president's July 4th Trumpapalooza™. With his tanks, parades, flyovers, and personal address, Donald Trump's appropriation of America's Independence Day rightly earned descriptions ranging from inappropriate, disgusting, and self-serving to grotesque, Orwellian, and masturbatory. But word that the Republican National Committee was […]

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June 25, 2019
Heavy Medal

Imagine you're in a coffee shop when a man you don't know sits down uninvited next to you. Scribbling on a napkin and spouting something about "tax cuts pay for themselves," the man then confidently proclaims: "You really can't collect much money from upper-income people. They know how to get around taxes." You'd probably roll […]

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June 11, 2019
Republicans Peddle Grotesque Abortion-Slavery Comparison

In the great and proud history of the United States, no failing, no appalling ideology, no perverse institution--no national tragedy--compares to the American sin of chattel slavery. Codified in the nation's founding documents in a grotesque mockery of the Declaration's self-evident truth that "all men are created equal," the 250-year bondage of black Americans was […]

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May 7, 2019
Did 80% of GOP Corporate Tax Cut Benefits Go to Workers? Try 6%

So another tax season has come and gone. In this case, that means Americans can render their verdict on the first year of the signature legislative achievement of Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Thus far, the reviews are not kind. Despite an analysis by […]

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April 30, 2019
The Four Zombies of the Supply-Side Apocalypse

Zombies have gripped American popular culture for years. In books, television shows, and films, the undead are regularly resurrected for your entertainment. (Even Jane Austen fans were treated to Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy butchering those from beyond the grave in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.) But whatever their reanimation story, the zombie's Achilles' heel […]

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April 23, 2019
Trump and Barr Bring Three Decades of GOP Criminality Full Circle

Historical events occur twice, Karl Marx famously said, first as tragedy and then as farce. But when it comes to the rampant lawlessness of Republican presidential administrations, the record is a succession of national tragedies for the United States. And the damage to America's democratic institutions is no laughing matter. As President Trump, his attorney […]

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April 2, 2019
Republicans' Message to Jewish Americans: Everything We Hate is Like the Holocaust

For Republicans, the gathering of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) has become an annual ritual in their hyperbolic effort to peel away Jewish Americans who overwhelmingly give their votes to Democrats. But the GOP brought an extra sense of urgency to last week's 2019 AIPAC Policy Conference. Less than six months after Democrats […]

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March 13, 2019
The Republicans' Jewish Problem

Here are some friendly words of advice to my Republican friends eager to regurgitate Donald Trump's talking point about the Democratic Party being "anti-Jewish." Before you hold up Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar as the poster child for anti-Semitic tropes, note that Trump himself already occupies that space. After all, he told those "good negotiator" […]

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February 4, 2019
Fund the Wall or We Kill the Economy: GOP Debt Ceiling Extortion Returns

"Both sides do it" may well be the most dangerous and deceitful phrase in U.S. politics. The lazy analyst's substitute for actual journalism doesn't merely misdiagnose what plagues the American body politic, but fails to correctly identify the source of the disease. As Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein put it in their 2012 book, It's […]

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Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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