This week, in our continued coverage of the 2020 election, Tracey L. Rogers looks at the critical role Black voters and other voters of color played, often against considerable odds, in tipping the election to Joe Biden. Will Biden return the favor?
Although Trump has lost, however, his challenge to the Affordable Care Act is still going to the Supreme Court — and its newly enlarged right-wing majority — this month. My colleague Olivia Alperstein, who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at just 22, reflects this week on the stakes for the one-half of Americans with pre-existing medical conditions.
Also this week, Jill Richardson explains why parents, and especially mothers, need a pandemic safety net. Khalil Bendib illustrates Attorney General William Barr’s debasement of his office. And Jim Hightower offers a charming reflection on the various claims to America’s “first Thanksgiving” feast.
We’ll be off for Thanksgiving week, but we’ll distribute some greatest hits next Wednesday if we can. Have a fun, joyous, and (especially this year!) safe holiday, even if it looks a little different.
New This Week…
Black Voters Saved Our Democracy | Tracey L. Rogers
Black voters waited in 10-hour lines to show up for Joe Biden. Now Biden needs to return the favor.
Don’t Trash the Affordable Care Act, Expand It | Olivia Alperstein
Not even a raging pandemic stopped Republicans from dragging yet another effort to throw millions off their health care to the Supreme Court.
We Need a Safety Net for Parents | Jill Richardson
The collapse of child care and traditional schooling is having a devastating effect on women in particular.
The First Thanksgiving? | Jim Hightower
Wherever it began, and whatever the purists claim is “official,” Thanksgiving today is as multicultural as America.
Lowering the Barr | Khalil Bendib
In Case You Missed It…
Low-Income Voters Showed Up for Biden. Now They Need Relief. | Sarah Anderson and Margot Rathke
People didn’t turn out in record numbers in a pandemic to vote for a return to normal.
Republicans Aren’t Just Bad Losers — They’re Traitors to Democracy | Mitchell Zimmerman
Trump’s insidious rhetoric on the election won’t stop Biden from taking office, but it’s not harmless either.
Marijuana Was the Clear Winner on Election Night | Paul Armentano
In red and blue states alike, every legalization measure on the ballot this year won with big margins.
Putting Out Wildfires, Now and Tomorrow | Katharine Wilkinson
Yes, we need more immediate safety measures — but also longer-term solutions for the pollution causing these climate disasters.