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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
8 min read
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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Jun
04
Barack Obama Gets the Media Problem Right—But What Are the Solutions?

Barack Obama Gets the Media Problem Right—But What Are the Solutions?

Barack Obama's recent interview with the New York Time's Ezra Klein is rich and worth listening to fully. I wanted
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May
28
U.S. Politics is Broken, But What if Politicians Don't Fix It?

U.S. Politics is Broken, But What if Politicians Don't Fix It?

Political scientists and advocates are raising alarm bells — again, louder, and with renewed enthusiasm — that American democracy is declining. The
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Apr
28
Democrats don't have a messaging problem, they have a power problem

Democrats don't have a messaging problem, they have a power problem

James Carville kicked off another round of media + Democratic navel-gazing on messaging yesterday in Vox. As someone who's worked in
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