Struggle for control – staying in power 2021

The GOP is at a turning point. History is watching us. Liz Cheney Washington Post May 5, 2021 (Opinion)

Conservatives claim to hate “cancel culture” — but it’s the heart of the right-wing agenda Paul Rosenberg Salon May 2, 2021
Real “cancel culture”: The right’s decades-long campaign to stifle progressive ideas, protest and democracy itself

For Republicans, fealty to Trump’s election falsehood becomes defining loyalty test Ashley Parker and Marianna Sotomayor Washington Post May 2, 2021

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Harming people – Keeping people oppressed 2021

Litigation without end: Chevron battles on in 28-year-old Ecuador lawsuit Sara Randazzo Wall Street Journal May 2, 2021
Facing a huge damage award U.S. courts deem fraudulent, oil company is trying to get the pollution verdict voided in the country it came from.

The Kafkaesque nightmare of attorney Steven Donziger, a literal prisoner of the Chevron Corporation Luke Savage Jacobin April 15, 2021

Further evidence in case against Indian activists accused of terrorism was planted, new report says Niha Masih and Joanna Slater Washington Post April 20, 2021

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Government actions to reduce harm 2021

(Certainly governments do take actions to reduce harm or otherwise improve the lives of the people. This is often, even typically, the result of political action by citizens. This post gives examples.)

Biden seeks $80 billion to beef up I.R.S. audits of high-earners  Jim Tankersley and Alan Rappeport New York Times April 27, 2021
The president’s “American Families Plan,” which he will detail this week, will be offset in part by a tax enforcement effort that administration officials believe will raise $700 billion over a decade.

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