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Jan
05

On January 6th, Good Organizing Won

A year ago, a right wing mob, incited by a Republican president, stormed the U.S. Capitol in the hopes
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Dec
28

Movie Review: Don't Look Up is the Science Communication Film We Deserve

SPOILER NOTE: I'm going to assume that readers have seen Don't Look Up or don't care if they see spoilers.
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Dec
09

Invisible Messaging: the Power of Agnotology in Political Rhetoric

Several years ago, at an earth science conference, I learned a new word that would permanently change my understanding of
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Nov
10

Messaging Does Not Generate Attention, Action and Provocation Do

Every time Democrats lose or even just underperform in an election, we see a series of recriminations about their messaging,
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Sep
03
If Democrats Don't Do the Right Thing Now, They Might Never Get Another Chance

If Democrats Don't Do the Right Thing Now, They Might Never Get Another Chance

This week has been dark. The Texas GOP's wildly unconstitutional anti-abortion law is in force. For millions of women in
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Jul
31
What do you call a flailing attempt at a coup?

What do you call a flailing attempt at a coup?

As investigations into January 6th attack on the Capitol get underway, we're learning more about Trump's efforts to interfere with
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Jul
07
How Does Ranked Choice Voting Make Us Feel?

How Does Ranked Choice Voting Make Us Feel?

New York City's Democratic primary was incredibly competitive, partially thanks to ranked choice voting. And now we think we know
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Jun
27
Process is Power: What Joe Manchin Wants

Process is Power: What Joe Manchin Wants

Evan Osnos has a nice profile of Sen. Joe Manchin in the New Yorker. It underscores a few points about
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Jun
19
Stop Feeding the Trolls on Anti-Teacher, Pro-Censorship "Critical Race Theory" Attacks

Stop Feeding the Trolls on Anti-Teacher, Pro-Censorship "Critical Race Theory" Attacks

The debate over "critical race theory" in schools is a right wing troll campaign. Too often, writers, media outlets and
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Jun
09
Attorney General Barr Closely Monitored Violent Crackdown on Protestors Ahead of Trump Photo-Op

Attorney General Barr Closely Monitored Violent Crackdown on Protestors Ahead of Trump Photo-Op

A little more than year ago, I watched federal agents and local police violently attack demonstrators and journalists outside the
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