How to Survive a Republican Primary

The most revealing answer in last week’s Senate Republican primary debate in West Virginia was a silent one—but it said a great deal about the popularity of the party’s leadership in Washington a year and a half into the Trump presidency. Moderator Bret Baier of Fox News asked the three leading contenders in this week’s contest—Representative Evan Jenkins, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, and the former coal baron Don Blankenship—to raise their hands if they would support Mitch McConnell for another term as the Senate GOP leader. None of them did. Blankenship made a show of ducking under his lectern—an apparent reference to the bizarre and racist attacks he’s launched… Read More

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Immigrant activist organizations hold public tribunal to hold ICE, local police accountable

RICHMOND — Numerous immigration rights organizations held a public tribunal at the West County Detention Facility to try alleged systemic abuses by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and local sheriff’s offices and hold authorities accountable. Led by organizations Freedom for Immigrants and Detention Watch Network, more than 100 people demanded ICE, Contra Costa Sheriff’s office and Alameda County Sheriff’s office stop what those in attendance say are abuses and human rights violations against detained undocumented immigrants. About 200 people are held at the Richmond jail as they wait for court dates, visa applications and deportations. More than 440,000 people are detained across 200 immigration jails around the United States… Read More

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Puerto Rico Enters a New Age of Austerity

Across the globe, strikes and protests are regular features of each May Day, which marks International Workers’ Day. Sometimes, these protests function as pressure valves, an opportunity for people in the international working classes to air grievances and demand better conditions. But other times, the demonstrations represent something more—sounding warnings against significant inflections in global or national political trends, and pointing to turbulent times ahead. It’s too soon to tell whether the general strike in Puerto Rico earlier this week will fall firmly into one category or the other. But it did come at a critical juncture in the island’s ongoing political and economic story. On Tuesday, thousands of people… Read More

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