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Abortion could swing persuadable Republican to the Democrats

From the Left / John Micek /

Even if you’ve only been casually following the fiery debate over abortion rights in the days since a leaked U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion eviscerating Roe v. Wade became public, you are likely well aware that there are deeply entrenched opinions among those who support and oppose abortion rights.

You also are probably aware that party ...Read more

The GOP’s Anti-Abortion Crusade is Not Pro-Family at All

From the Left / John Micek /

In the hours after the bombshell leak of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's draft opinion toppling Roe v. Wade, I awaited the torrent of Republican-authored press releases vowing to provide every resource the federal government could muster to support the millions of new families they were going to usher into existence.

Of course, that didn...Read more

What the Founders meant by ‘virtue,’ and how it could save our politics now

From the Left / John Micek /

Writing in his diary in the spring of 1759, John Adams mused aloud on the images that were likely to run through his head as he found himself lapsing into a thoughtful mood.

“In such silent scenes, as riding or walking thro the Woods or sitting alone in my Chamber, or lying awake in my Bed, my Thoughts commonly run upon Knowledge, Virtue, ...Read more

Book Bans Are Really About Fear

From the Left / John Micek /

More years ago than I really care to count, the children’s librarian in my little town in rural northwestern Connecticut, apparently tired of my endlessly renewing the same book over and over again, pressed a copy of “The White Mountains” by John Christopher into my eight-year-old hands.

Mrs. Bullock was her name. She was the mother of ...Read more

Republicans Unleash a Cynical Attack on Our Legal System

From the Left / John Micek /

Since it seems to have become something of a thing of late, here’s what the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says about the right to an attorney and the right to a fair and speedy trial:

“In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district ...Read more

A cruel and dangerous waste of time

From the Left / John Micek /

The other day, the host of a television public affairs show asked me what I thought a group of Pennsylvania Republican lawmakers were trying to accomplish as they pursue passage of a gratuitously cruel bill that would ban transgender athletes from competing on women’s sports teams.

I’ll admit it. I was stumped.

I couldn’t think of a ...Read more

Does the GOP still want to repeal Obamacare?

From the Left / John Micek /

Victoria Schiano’s son, Cole, is five-and-a-half. And he’s enduring what no kid his age should ever be asked to endure.

He has mitochondrial disease, lives with a central line to his heart, and has a feeding tube connected to his stomach and his intestines. He also needs constant monitoring for his seizure disorder. He has anxiety. And he...Read more

Republicans can’t have it both ways in the war on facts

From the Left / John Micek /

There’s a lot that’s terrible about Russian strongman Vladimir Putin’s brutal attempt to erase Ukraine from the map of Europe.

From the incalculable humanitarian disaster that has seen millions of Ukrainians flee their home country, to the appalling carnage on the streets of Mariupol that was devastatingly humanized with the death of a ...Read more

With Ukraine War, Republicans find religion on democracy

From the Left / John Micek /

Rep. Scott Perry (R., Pa.), who once advised President Donald Trump’s White House on undermining the 2020 election results, and who was a target of the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, has now found a democracy worth defending.

It’s in Kyiv.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Perry denounced ...Read more

Bullies like Putin understand one language

From the Left / John Micek /

If this were an ordinary column, I'd offer some neat prescription or exhort policymakers to take action on the solution to the crisis happening in Ukraine that's staring them in the face.

But the truth is that I don't have a pithy solution or a soundbite-sized call to action as the United States and its allies confront a humanitarian disaster...Read more

3 poll numbers that should scare Democrats

From the Left / John Micek /

If the central argument for President Joe Biden’s election in 2020 was his competence and decades of experience in Washington, three numbers in a new nationwide Quinnipiac University poll are a warning shot for the White House and Democrats as they look to hold their majorities in the U.S. House and Senate.

Here they are: 56, 61, and 62. ...Read more

Republicans praise money in Biden relief bill they voted against

From the Left / John Micek /

At first blush, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine doesn’t look like some flaming hotbed of liberalism.

With a picturesque view of Lake Erie and scenic Presque Isle State Park — as well as campuses across the country — it bills itself as “the nation’s largest medical school,” and the “most applied-to medical school in...Read more

Republicans Praise Money in Biden Relief Bill They Voted Against

From the Left / John Micek /

At first blush, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine doesn’t look like some flaming hotbed of liberalism.

With a picturesque view of Lake Erie and scenic Presque Isle State Park — as well as campuses across the country — it bills itself as “the nation’s largest medical school,” and the “most applied-to medical school in...Read more

What do Republicans actually support?

From the Left / John Micek /

About halfway through his marathon news conference last week, President Joe Biden finally asked the only question in Washington that’s worth asking. With congressional Republicans standing in the way of the Democrats’ every initiative, including voting rights (which should be as bipartisan as it gets), what do they actually support?

“...Read more

What Do Republicans Actually Support?

From the Left / John Micek /

About halfway through his marathon news conference last week, President Joe Biden finally asked the only question in Washington that’s worth asking. With congressional Republicans standing in the way of the Democrats’ every initiative, including voting rights (which should be as bipartisan as it gets), what do they actually support?

“...Read more

 

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