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Leading money-in-politics data nonprofits merge to form OpenSecrets, a state-of-the-art democratic accountability organization

Leading money-in-politics data nonprofits merge to form OpenSecrets, a state-of-the-art democratic accountability organization

Center for Responsive Politics and National Institute on Money in Politics launch combined organization to integrate federal, state and local data WASHINGTON, JUNE 2, 2021 — The nation’s two leading money-in-politics data organizations have joined forces to help Americans hold their leaders accountable at the federal 

The big test of America’s great reopening is coming up

The big test of America’s great reopening is coming up

(CNN)The big test of America’s great reopening will come in a fortnight.Last year, as Covid-19 tightened its grip, public holidays like Memorial Day at the end of May, Independence Day on July 4, and Labor Day in September became infection spreaders as millions of Americans 

Blinken Urges Central America to Confront Root of Irregular Migration

Blinken Urges Central America to Confront Root of Irregular Migration

WASHINGTON – The United States is calling on Central American countries to confront corruption and poverty as Washington examines root causes and strategies to manage the flood of migrants at its southern border. Wednesday in Costa Rica, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Mexican 

Essential Politics: The left-right split is far bigger in the U.S. than in Europe — and it’s growing

Essential Politics: The left-right split is far bigger in the U.S. than in Europe — and it’s growing

WASHINGTON —  This is the May 7, 2021, edition of the Essential Politics newsletter. Like what you’re reading? Sign up to get it in your inbox three times a week. Anyone who has watched U.S. politics in recent years knows that a widening gap between left and right, 

The long tail of Trump’s Big Lie: 9 ways it continues to affect American politics

The long tail of Trump’s Big Lie: 9 ways it continues to affect American politics

Washington (CNN) Donald Trump isn’t moving on. Neither is his party.More than six months after his defeat, Trump continues to declare that the 2020 presidential election was “stolen” from him. And this lie, sometimes called “the Big Lie,” continues to have a major impact on American politics.The 

Local News Coverage Is Declining — And That Could Be Bad For American Politics

Local News Coverage Is Declining — And That Could Be Bad For American Politics

The laws of supply and demand aren’t working for local news. The local news business was devastated by COVID-19, even though consumers wanted more of its product. Visits to local news websites spiked by 89 percent from February to March 2020, but newspapers did not profit from 

The Bipartisan Breakdown of American Politics

The Bipartisan Breakdown of American Politics

I have a simple and depressing model for understanding the corruption of today’s political discourse. Not only does it explain the issue on both sides, it is likely to offend both of them, too. Start with the Republicans. Early on in Donald Trump’s presidency, he 

Michael Flynn suggested at a QAnon-affiliated event that a coup should happen in the U.S.

Michael Flynn suggested at a QAnon-affiliated event that a coup should happen in the U.S.

Michael T. Flynn, a former national security adviser, suggested that a military coup was needed in the United States during a Memorial Day weekend conference organized by adherents of the QAnon conspiracy theory, drawing criticism from political scientists, veterans, Democrats and a handful of prominent Republicans.