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Unidentified federal officers are kidnapping protesters from the streets of Portland

Back in early June, as you may recall, we discussed the fact that William Barr’s Department of Justice had deployed federal agents with no name badges and no unit insignia to police the streets of Washington, DC. Well, it seems to be happening again. Oregon Public Broadcasting last night confirmed that U.S. military members in […]

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It’s not as catchy of a slogan, but “Let’s Incentivize Communities to Start Creatively Shrinking Police Forces, Collecting Data on What Works and What Doesn’t, and Go from There”

While I’ve always been against the militarization of U.S. police forces, and in favor of more transparency, accountability and civilian oversight, I have to confess that I’ve never taken calls to “defund the police” very seriously. When, in the past, I’ve heard people say that we should abolish the police, I’ve thought that they were […]

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A former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warns of the President’s use of the military, saying, “I am deeply worried that as they execute their orders, the members of our military will be co-opted for political purposes.”

[above: Military police block peaceful civil rights protesters from approaching the Lincoln Memorial on the day that Donald “don’t be too nice” Trump declares that his administration “has done more for the black community than any president since Abraham Lincoln.”] There are a lot of different ways that I could take things this evening, but […]

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#Obamagate, the release of Michael Flynn, and the desperate attempt to shift attention away from Donald Trump’s role in the spread of COVID-19

With over 75,000 Americans dead, the worst unemployment numbers since the Great Depression, Tara Reade’s accusations coming under increasing scrutiny, and polling showing the President’s support faltering in key swing states, Donald Trump needed something big… something that would allow him to shift focus away from himself, his impeachment, and the fact that he’d assured […]

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Is Michigan’s Justin Amash going to help Donald Trump win reelection?

Michigan Congressman Justin Amash, the former Republican who made news last year by voting with Democrats to impeach Donald Trump, announced today that he is seriously considering a third-party run for president, as the candidate of the Libertarian Party. While he certainly has a right to do so, I, like others, can’t help but think […]

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