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Shortly after the November election, I wrote in a newsletter to (mostly) fellow liberals that we must “stop disdaining our political opponents,” understand what makes them tick, and seek common ground. I was referring not to GOP leaders, who should be held accountable for their odious complicity with Trump, but to the 74 million Trump voters who have a wide range of reasons for their votes.

My sentiments drew strong pushback from some readers so I elaborate here, primarily addressing other liberals who are financially and culturally secure. Let me emphasize: My plea is not that we reach out to…


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Elizabeth Warren Isn’t Afraid to Fight for What’s Right

Elizabeth Warren delighted fans at CNN’s LGBTQ candidate forum earlier this month when explaining how she’d respond to someone who believes marriage is between one man and one woman: “Then just marry one woman…,” she said she’d tell him, “assuming you can find one.” …


Charles Rhines claims homophobia led a jury to seek the death penalty — but the Supreme Court seems to disagree

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In 1974, a lonely 17-year-old boy named Charles Rhines, who lived in a small town in South Dakota, joined the Army. Rhines had grown up closeted in rural America. For many gay men of that era, military service seemed to offer a chance to prove their manhood and give them somewhere to belong. But for Rhines, enlistment proved to be an isolating — and harrowing — experience.

Just months after enlisting, a playful twirl in the barracks appeared to rile up a fellow soldier who accused him of showing off his back side. Days later, according to Rhines, he was…


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After a year spent absorbing the shock of Donald Trump’s election to the White House, and watching to see if the world would sputter off its axis instantly or work its way to a slow, rolling boil before scorching the universe and everything in it, my husband and I felt ready to do what we could to keep the earth spinning. We discussed how to add the most value to the effort to stop Trump and the GOP from ruining our country. And we wanted our friends and family to be able to join the effort in a strategic way…


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It’s not only the American people who dodged a bullet Friday when the American Health Care Act failed to get a vote in the Republican-led House; the GOP, despite the embarrassment of the political defeat of their long-term goal of undoing Obamacare, probably also came out better than if they had succeeded. That’s because their replacement for Obamacare was such a horrid piece of legislation — promising to wreak havoc with the lives of millions of Americans including many of their own voters — that it would likely have extracted a huge political cost over time if actually implemented.

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Nathaniel Frank

Author, commentator, researcher, historian, dog-lover.

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