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Columnist Eric Black writes that Reich was impressed with the Jan. 6 committee’s final presentation: “The big news is that the committee has compiled overwhelming evidence that the former president has committed serious crimes.”
Columnist Eric Black writes that the committee left behind a solid, if-no-longer-very-surprising list of Trump’s possible crimes.
Trump declared his candidacy for president in 2024 in 2022, while DeSantis still hasn’t declared he’s running.
Republicans received 51 percent of the total vote for U.S. House candidates to 48 for the Democrats, leaving room for a tiny third-party vote.
Columnist Eric Black writes, “Whatever your ancestry, every American should tremble with gratitude for the liberty we enjoy here.”
Columnist Eric Black writes that Biden’s small comeback gives him hope that a small, sane majority will keep Trump out of the White House.
Pew asked a national sample of Republicans whether they accepted the result of the 2020 election and also asked them what source or sources they relied on for their news. It turns out that a large portion said they got their news directly from Trump himself.
Columnist Eric Black writes, “Ezra Klein, from whose insights I often benefit, places the current state of U.S. politics into historical perspective in his latest New York Times column.”
Two Republicans sacrificed their political futures by serving on the special U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.
A majority (56%) said a “functioning democracy” was a higher priority than “a strong economy” (44% said a strong economy was their top priority).
Columnist Eric Black writes, “The fact that there is such an anti-war movement is itself surprising, interesting and inspiring.”
Two political observers talked about the issues and candidates ahead of the Nov. 8 election.
The Center for Election Innovation and Research surveyed every state and concluded that voters will have similar access in 2022 to what they had in 2020 and 2021.
Columnist Eric Black writes, “There may be some questions about Congress’ power in these areas, but if the cross-branch cooperation goes well, several key players, who have so far refused to talk to the committee, may yet be questioned under oath.”
Columnist Eric Black writes that in grade school, “we were still sold a hero who ‘discovered’ the ‘New World.’ It borders on amazing to me now that, at least during my growing up years in the 1950s and early ’60s, the story was taught to us so one-sidedly.”
Columnist Eric Black writes, “I don’t claim to know, nor do I even to hazard a guess as to how many of election deniers believe what they are saying and how many are just engaging in very dangerous tactical lying. But the deniers clearly feel it is to their advantage to participate in the continuation of this lie.”
Columnist Eric Black argues nothing about the theory can be reconciled with the modern concept of what it means for a presidential candidate to “carry” a particular state.
Columnist Eric Black calls the piece “a thing of vulgar beauty.”
Gallup data show President Biden’s approval rating is right in line with recent history.