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Calls for Justice After Another Teen Killed by Police

From the Left / John Micek /

With the eyes of the nation on Minnesota with the twin dramas of the ongoing criminal trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin and the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright, a Pennsylvania community also finds itself facing a reckoning over the use of deadly force by police.

Family and supporters of Christian Hall, an Asian-American teen...Read more

Voters Already Saying Yes to Biden’s Infrastructure Plan

From the Left / John Micek /

Here's a quiz for the Republican politicians among you. Check as many as apply.

Do you support:

- Repairing and rebuilding America's deteriorating network of roads and bridges, including the interstate highway system brought to life by GOP President Dwight D. Eisenhower?

- Ensuring that every American public student isn't drinking water...Read more

So Much For a Transitional Presidency

From the Left / John Micek /

What caretaker presidency?

If you thought President Joe Biden was going to be content whiling away his four years at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, serving, as he once described himself, as a "transition[al]" candidate and president, then the last few weeks should put that misconception to rest.

Even if he stopped at the $1.9 trillion American ...Read more

The Answer on Guns is Staring Us in the Face

From the Left / John Micek /

Where do we go next? What do we do now?

Those are the questions I found myself asking after I spoke to a panel of gun violence reduction activists this week. It was two nights after the murders in Boulder, a week after the rampage in Atlanta, and hours after the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee played out a drama so reliably scripted that it ...Read more

How Not to Respond to a National Tragedy

From the Left / John Micek /

There were any number of ways that Pennsylvania state Sen. Cris Dush, a Republican from a rural district in the state’s northwestern corner, could have responded to this week’s murderous rampage in Georgia that left eight people dead, six of them Asian-American women.

By opting for a digressive confrontation with the 50-member chamber’s...Read more

With Gun Violence On The Rise, One Mom Fights Back

From the Left / John Micek /

In January 2015, Alex Rojas Garcia, a student at Temple University, was shot 15 times and left for dead on a cold and lonely street in Philadelphia.

In the six years since, his mother, Aleida Garcia, has taken her tragedy and turned it into fuel for a crusade to fight the scourge of gun violence in her hometown. Alex’s wasn’t the first ...Read more

Democrats Bent the Universe Toward Justice Last Week

From the Left / John Micek /

Hopes of getting an increase to the piteously low federal minimum wage were dealt a serious blow last week when the Senate’s Parliamentarian ruled that it couldn’t be included in the massive COVID-19 relief package now moving through Congress.

The announcement was widely expected, and the ruling from the strenuously nonpartisan arbiter ...Read more

Local Republican Boss Says the Quiet Part Out Loud

From the Left / John Micek /

If you were looking for further confirmation of the intellectual and constitutional rot that’s taken hold at the heart of the Republican Party, then you don’t need to look much further than Dave Ball.

Ball is the chairman of the Republican Party in rural Washington County, Pa., southwest of Pittsburgh.

Ball made national headlines this...Read more

Is This America?

From the Left / John Micek /

In an emotional moment among emotional moments, lead House Impeachment Manager Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) shared the story of a Black Capitol police officer and the racist abuse he endured when a mob with murder on its mind sacked the seat of government last month.

“I sat down with one of my buddies, another Black guy, and tears just started...Read more

The state of the nation’s soul

From the Left / John Micek /

When a traitorous band of pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol just a month ago in a deadly rampage that shook American democracy to its foundations, they were doing more than just trying to illegally upend the results of the November 2020 elections.

They were trying to turn back history.

Though he might try to deny it at the ...Read more

Biden’s inaugural address a benediction for a divided america

From the Left / John Micek /

Joe Biden didn’t have to do a lot with his inaugural address Wednesday, just deliver a concise, clear speech that somehow knit together the soul of a deeply fractured nation. He needed to offer healing and comfort to the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose lives have been ripped apart by the COVID-19 pandemic while sketching out a vision ...Read more

Impeachment Isn’t About Trump Crossing the Rubicon

From the Left / John Micek /

When Donald Trump became only president in our tangled history to be impeached twice, Americans found themselves asking, "What now?"

The better question is "What's next?"

It goes beyond the prospect of a trial in the Senate that now appears set to unfold in the opening days of the new Biden administration, despite arguments over whether ...Read more

Our Democracy Was Pushed to the Brink

From the Left / John Micek /

The madness and treason that’s consumed the Party of Trump has a face: And it belongs to a former Pennsylvania state lawmaker.

On Wednesday, on a day that thugs and domestic terrorists bent on overthrowing the results of a lawful election stormed the United States Capitol with laughable ease, Rick Saccone, who once swore an oath to uphold ...Read more

Three Things That Kept Me Sane in 2020

From the Left / John Micek /

The end of this sad, strange, historic and transformative year is almost upon us. And like a lot of you, I found myself burrowing into ritual, structure, and obligatory loaves of sourdough to fill up those hours of social isolation thrust upon us by the COVID-19 pandemic.

But of course, you can’t live on pandemic sourdough alone. So here’...Read more



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