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Kaepernick strikes deal with Disney to ‘elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers’

Kaepernick strikes deal with Disney to ‘elevate Black and Brown directors, creators, storytellers’

NFL teams have been strong in their commitment to keeping Colin Kaepernick off the field, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback continues to expand his influence and voice as a civil rights activist. Walt Disney announced a new deal with Kaepernick’s production company Monday morning, starting with an ESPN documentary on Kaepernick’s life. Former ESPN Jemele Hill will be involved in that project. But the deal doesn’t stop there. It will “emphasize scripted and unscripted stories that deal with race,…

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Shock doctrine in action: Trump friends, former staff cash in on COVID-19 crisis

Shock doctrine in action: Trump friends, former staff cash in on COVID-19 crisis

It’s all grift all the time in Trump world. And very, very swampy. A Public Citizen analysis has uncovered 40 Trump-connected lobbyists—including five former administration officials—securing more than $10 billion in coronavirus aid from the federal government and says that former administration officials lobbying violates Trump’s own ethics policy. (I know, right? Trump and ethics in the same sentence.) The 40 lobbyists were in the administration, on Trumps’ campaign, on the inaugural committee, and on the transition team. Many are major donors and fundraisers…

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Voters in coronavirus hot spots know who to blame

Voters in coronavirus hot spots know who to blame

The renewed spread of coronavirus across the United States—and, in particular, into battleground states—is not doing Donald Trump any favors. That’s appropriate, since Trump’s early refusal to treat the pandemic seriously and his repeated failures since have gotten us to this point. It’s almost like Trump may face a consequence at some point. We’ve seen the slides in Trump’s battleground state polling, with his handling of coronavirus drawing very poor ratings. But it gets more specific. “Pew surveyed voters in…

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It’s only July, so don’t think 2020 is done with us just yet

It’s only July, so don’t think 2020 is done with us just yet

You are probably of the opinion that 2020 is a terrible year, truly bottom of the barrel, and that it should just pack its things and leave already. It knows you think that, and resents it, but doesn’t know quite what to do about it. Perhaps a gift would help? Something rare, but showy? How about a little bubonic plague? A bit of the Black Death, perhaps? And so it rummages through its pockets and here you go, friend, I…

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Virginia still showing the good consequences of elections

Virginia still showing the good consequences of elections

Virginia continued to demonstrate the critical importance of state houses and governorships with a handful of new, progressive laws passed by the Democratic legislature and signed by a Democratic governor that came into effect July 1. Abortion rights, LGBTQ+ civil rights, the decriminalization of pot, an end to incarcerating juveniles for life—all happened in the state because of Virginia’s 2019 flip of the legislature to Democrats. The Reproductive Health Protection Act overturns a number of abortion restrictions that had been on the books in the…

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