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Pro-abortion protesters in front of the Supreme Court building

Backgrounder on Barre Seid, the Billionaire Extremist who Enabled Leonard Leo to Stack the Court and Overturn Roe

by Lisa Graves | Oct 31, 2022 | Legal Affairs, Politics

On August 22nd of this year, the New York Times reported that a secretive Chicago industrialist named Barre Seid had transferred more than $1.6 billion into the control of Leonard Leo, to whom Donald Trump outsourced the packing of the U.S. Supreme Court. (For more on that court-packing, check out Jim Hightower’s piercing series on Leo.) That story by […]

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Dave Troy

The Wide Angle

by | Oct 16, 2022 | Opinion, Politics

In June, The Washington Spectator published my long-form investigation into the complicated history behind the January 6th insurrection, Paranoia on Parade. Covering nearly a century, the piece was the result of several years worth of collaborative research, looking into root causes and obscure movements that busy reporters at our daily papers understandably have little time […]

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Steve Bannon

“Burn and Rave at Close of Day”: The New MAGA Military and Steve Bannon’s Hundred-Year Reich

by George Black | Sep 9, 2022 | Politics

In this article, the second in his two-part series for the Spectator on the far right and the military, George Black examines the emergence of a new movement of far-right MAGA veterans and the scope of their political ambitions. His earlier piece focused on the right-wing assault on the “woke military” and its potential to […]

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Jerome Powell, Chair of the Federal Reserve.

The Fed’s Battle With Inflation: A Pyrrhic Victory? Or Will the Federal Government Join the Fight?

by Steven Pressman | Aug 31, 2022 | Economy

The central bank of the U.S. Federal Reserve (or Fed for short) has been hiking interest rates this year to try to bring down inflation. Before addressing the economic consequences of this, a few words about central banks seems in order. Regular retail and consumer banks do their own banking at central banks—making deposits and […]

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The Supreme Court building

The Supreme Court and the Crisis of Legitimacy

by Peter Galbraith | Aug 31, 2022 | Politics

Alexander Hamilton once described the judiciary as the least dangerous branch of government. But today it is no exaggeration to say that the Supreme Court poses a greater threat to individual freedoms, to the future of the planet, and to democracy itself than any other government branch.  The Supreme Court is now a political entity […]

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