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What If 2016 Was a Fluke?

Donald Trump, like the prophet Joshua, understands the power of blowing his own horn. And like Joshua, Trump brought a wall tumbling down in 2016: the “blue wall” of states around the Great Lakes that supposedly gave Democrats an advantage in the Electoral College. Trump…

Only About 3.5% of Americans Care About Democracy

Imagine a candidate you like. This politician has everything: the right positions on taxes, abortion, foreign policy, immigration; sound judgment; enough personal probity to be trusted with your wallet, house keys, or email password. Now imagine that that candidate does or says something antidemocratic. For…

Cancel the Debates

Pity the poor closed-caption writers. Pity the poor ASL interpreters. But most of all, pity poor us, the American electorate. Tonight was the first presidential debate of the 2020 election, and if there is any sense or mercy left in this nation, it will be…

The Children Who Desegregated America’s Schools

In 1954, the Supreme Court decided that segregation of public schools was unconstitutional—but it was thousands of children who actually desegregated America’s classrooms. The task that fell to them was a brutal one. In the years following Brown v. Board of Education, vicious legal and…

Portland Mugshots: 30 Arrested Following Saturday’s Protests

Authorities arrested 30 people following Saturday night’s protests in Portland after a relatively calm day, despite dueling demonstrations which Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell said were “free from serious violence.” 0…

Large-Scale Political Unrest Is Unlikely, But Not Impossible

When a reporter recently asked Donald Trump if he would accept a peaceful transition of power, the president wouldn’t commit. “We’ll see what happens,” he said. In an apparent reference to mail-in ballots, he went on, “We’ll want to have—get rid of the ballots and…

Hong Kongers, Don’t Idolize the U.K.

During this uncertain and unstable year, I’ve learned not to take Hong Kong’s freedom for granted. Prodemocracy protests consumed the city for months starting in early 2019, but the political climate changed abruptly in the spring, when Beijing passed a wide-ranging security law that many…

Student Backlash Over Lockdowns Spreads to Guangzhou as Trash Piles Up, Food Prices Soar

China’s “one-size-fits-all” approach to mandatory COVID-19 lockdowns at universities across the country has triggered increasing dissatisfaction and protests among college students. After Xi’an International Studies University students were reported shouting from their dormitories against the campus lockdown, students at Guangzhou Institute of Technology (GIT) followed…

Photos of the Week: Wishing Moons, Runway Swim, Shawnee Sunset

Autumn colors in Wales, a ripple maze in Taiwan, “picture day” at a Connecticut school, a funnel cloud in Spain, protests in Kentucky, a socially-distanced beauty pageant in Venezuela, flowers among high-rises in South Korea, surfing in South Africa, and much more. 0…

Record cases in France as restrictions renewed

France reported a record for daily coronavirus infections on Thursday, one day after the government announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants in major cities which have provoked an outcry from local politicians and business owners. Figures from Public Health France showed that 16,096 people…

HK’s Joshua Wong arrested over 2019 protest

Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong was arrested on Thursday in relation to a protest at the height of the city’s pro-democracy unrest last year, his lawyer said. The detention of the city’s most high-profile dissident is the latest in a string of arrests of government…

Breonna Taylor Protesters March Down Highway in Milwaukee

Protesters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, marched down a highway and blocked traffic on Wednesday night following the announcement of no murder charges against Louisville officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor. 0…

Trump Is a Feudal Lord

The Trump administration named New York City, Seattle, and Portland, Oregon, “anarchist jurisdictions” on Sunday, threatening to slash federal funding due to protests against police brutality and property damage. The announcement built on an earlier order that accused several cities of “permitting anarchy, violence, and…

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