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Lindsay Beyerstein reports on the newest revelation regarding the investigation into the January 6 insurrection. A PowerPoint presentation outlining the coup step by step was submitted to Congress by Mark Meadows. “January 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson is suggesting, based on the documents turned over to his committee, that the president’s chief of staff was actively involved in a campaign to sell GOP members of Congress on Trump’s coup plan.”

Richard Sudan explains why Jeffrey Epstein and his partner Ghislaine Maxwell went their whole lives without triggering suspicion that they were trafficking children for sex. “Epstein and Maxwell were able to carry out their crimes for so long, plain and simple, is because Epstein was an incredibly powerful wealthy white man, who moved in similar circles, while being protected by those who looked like him.”


Noah Berlatsky explains why the Republicans don’t really care about the debt ceiling. “They are engaging in what we might call ‘vice-signaling.’ They aren’t actually promising to help anyone, or to make the country more stable, or even more virtuous. They’re mostly promising to hurt people Republicans believe should be hurt.”

Thomas Zimmer, in an interview with John Stoehr, explains why we are on the cusp of becoming a truly multiracial democracy – if we can get passed attempts at an authoritarian takeover. “2021 is almost over – and the system has not been democratized in the slightest. The Republican Party is more determined than ever to entrench white Christian male dominance by whatever means.”


John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.

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