From Thanksgiving to Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years, the holiday season can be a painful time for all families who’ve lost loved ones.

This year alone, writes Ellen Glover, more than 108,000 people in this country have died from opioid overdoses — and each one left an empty chair around a family’s holiday table. But if Congress acts before the end of the year, it could broaden the scope of treatments available to people struggling with addiction, saving lives — and keeping more families together for the holidays.

Also this week, Bella DeVaan explains why Taylor Swift fans’ recent war with Ticketmaster is good news for all of us grappling with higher prices. Sam Pizzigati reports on Elon Musk’s falling star — and the lawsuit that could bring his paycheck down, too. And Jim Hightower skewers Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s cruel, absurd war on his state’s voters.

New This Week…

No More Empty Seats At Our Holiday Tables | Ellen Glover
Overdoses took over 108,000 lives this year. If it acts quickly, Congress can save lives — and keep more loved ones together for the holidays.

Taylor Swift’s Superfans Strike a Blow Against Monopolies | Bella DeVaan
After a nightmare ticket sale, monopolies made a powerful enemy. That’s good news for all of us.

Elon Musk May Not Be So Brilliant After All | Sam Pizzigati
As Twitter implodes under Musk’s rule, a lawsuit argues Tesla is vastly overpaying the world’s richest man.

The Defrocking of Saint Ron DeSantis | Jim Hightower
A critical look at the “godly” Florida governor’s nasty, dishonest war on the Sunshine State’s voters.

Hate Speech, Freed at Last | Khalil Bendib
Elon Musk is opening the floodgates of hate speech even as the brutal consequences reveal themselves.

In Case You Missed It…

How Low-Income Voters Shaped The Midterm Elections | Shailly Gupta Barnes
Americans across the spectrum voted to raise wages, expand health care, and protect abortion rights. These issues have a common thread.

Young Voters Delivered Big Wins for Abortion Rights | Ennedith Lopez
Lawmakers should take note: Young people will resist radical efforts to violate our reproductive freedoms and our futures.

The GOP Won’t Dump Trumpism Anytime Soon | Mitchell Zimmerman
rump-backed Republicans lost some big races this year, but the leopard won’t change its spots.

Revive the Child Tax Credit. Our Children Deserve Nothing Less. | Maureen Bowling
Those monthly payments made the American Dream possible for millions of families, including mine.

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