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The Neo-Nazi Peaceniks

by Trip Brennan | May 12, 2017 | Foreign Policy, Politics

Prior to the 2016 presidential election, I would bet that most people shared my mental image of the modern-day neo-Nazi movement: a hodgepodge of tatted-up skinheads, gun-toting militiamen, hooded Ku Klux Klan members, and miscellaneous bloodthirsty Turner Diaries cosplayers. While those people still exist, an offshoot of the movement—which calls itself the alternative right, or […]

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Educated in America

by María Nolasco | May 8, 2017 | Politics

I never imagined it would be this frightening. Or this difficult. Living in the shadows, unable to see my parents drive our car without fear, or to apply for jobs, all because we lack a nine-digit identification number. More frightening, the everyday worry that my parents will not be home at the end of my […]

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Letter from Mexico

by Belén Fernández | May 3, 2017 | Politics

Mérida, Yucatán In 2013, my friend Juan’s cousin disappeared while attempting to cross from Mexico into the United States to return to his job at a restaurant in Florida. The cousin had successfully crossed the border on several previous occasions, and this particular passage, Juan tells me, was reportedly arranged by the restaurant’s proprietor via […]

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Ryancare: It’s a Tax Cut for the Rich

by The Washington Spectator | Apr 27, 2017 | Economy, Politics

The GOP Affordable Care Act replacement draft includes reforms promoted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan since (and before) the passage of the ACA, including funding Medicaid with block grants to states and a per capita cap on Medicaid funding. The federal government pays a fixed share of states’ Medicaid costs. Under Ryancare, federal […]

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The Iceman Cometh

by Lou Dubose | Apr 21, 2017 | Politics

Here’s how Donald Trump’s new immigration policy looks at ground level. On the Monday afternoon before Valentine’s Day, Juan Manuel García was taking the office mail to the post office two blocks south of the Capitol in Austin, Texas, when he saw an unmarked black Dodge crew-cab pickup make a quick U-turn. An “anglo” man […]

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