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Opinion | Is America Willing to Tell the Truth About Its History?

I don’t remember the first time I was taught that the Civil War was not fought because of slavery. I am a white Texan, so this idea was simply in the ether, as were myths about “good slave owners” and the “Lost Cause.” I knew that America had a racist history, but when I was a child, the details of what that meant were blurry and vague.

This experience is common. There is objective truth to our nation’s history, based in research and primary sources. But as Clint Smith describes in his book “How the Word Is Passed,” in America

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Opinion | Quiz: If America Had Six Parties, Which Would You Belong To?

Illustration by Claire Merchlinsky

This essay is part of a series exploring bold ideas to revitalize and renew the American experiment. Read more about this project in a note from Ezekiel Kweku, Opinion’s politics editor.

America’s two-party system is broken. Democrats and Republicans are locked in an increasingly destructive partisan struggle that has produced gridlock and stagnation on too many critical issues — most urgently, the pandemic and climate change.

There is no reasonable or timely way to fix this broken system. But there is an alternative: more parties.

It is not so hard to imagine a six-party system —

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Voter ID: Why Doesn’t America Have a National ID Card?

Democrats in Congress are considering a policy that was long unthinkable: a federal requirement that every American show identification before casting a ballot. But as the party tries to pass voting-rights legislation before the next election, it is ignoring a companion proposal that could ensure that a voter-ID law leaves no one behind—an idea that is as obvious as it is historically controversial. What if the government simply gave an ID card to every voting-age citizen in the country?

Voter-ID requirements are the norm in many countries, as Republicans are fond of pointing out. But so are national ID

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Opinion | The Gentrification of Blue America

In my latest column, motivated by the California recall, I pointed out that the Golden State’s left turn on policy hasn’t produced the economic collapse that conservatives predicted. On the contrary, the state’s economy has boomed, even as it keeps getting trash-talked by the business press: Between the election of Jerry Brown and the Covid-19 pandemic, both output and employment grew about as fast in California as they did in Texas.

It has, however, been a peculiar kind of boom, one in which more Americans have moved out of California than have moved in.

Economists trying to understand the

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What If America Had A Lot More Political Parties?

In this installment of the FiveThirtyEight Politics podcast, the crew discuss a new survey that categorizes voters into at least four ideological quadrants and tries to imagine how voters would align if America were a multi-party democracy. They also discuss shifting American views on foreign policy and the status of the infrastructure and budget bills currently being considered in the Senate.

I don’t buy that Biden’s 6-month approval rating should comfort Democrats: Silver

What the latest debate over voting rights means for American democracy

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Does America face a slowdown in economic growth?

IT WAS INEVITABLE that global economic growth would slow from the breakneck pace set as economies recovered from the pandemic. Lately, investors have begun to worry about something worse: that America’s economy, which has led the rich-world rebound, could decelerate sharply. As well as supply bottlenecks and the withdrawal of economic stimulus, the country, like many others, now faces the ultra-infectious Delta variant. A painful slowdown remains unlikely. But the renewed spread of the virus is the biggest of those three dangers.

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Good Morning America surprises Philadelphia high school senior heading to Drexel University with $50K college scholarship

FOLCROFT, Pennsylvania (WPVI) — The team at “Good Morning America” surprised high school senior Lyric Wise at her home Thursday with the presentation of a $50,000 college scholarship.

The surprise started with an interview on her computer from her bedroom in Folcroft, Delaware County with GMA’s Robin Roberts.

Lyric thought she was on national TV for being a finalist for a $10,000 scholarship, but she was in for a bigger surprise.

Lyric’s mom quickly guided her downstairs and outside during the live interview.

GMA’s Janai Norman, a camera crew, along with Drexel University’s mascot and cheerleaders were waiting in the

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‘Normalization of hate:’ White nationalist language of America First Caucus sets off new alarms on racism

WASHINGTON – Calling for respect of the county’s “uniquely Anglo-Saxon traditions.” Saying the nation’s infrastructure should express the “progeny of European architecture.” Decrying the influence of domestic and international “globalist” forces.

The language used in the would-be Republican congressional America First Caucus’s platform has alarmed many lawmakers and civil rights advocates who say its white nationalist message shows the growing clout of extremism in the right wing of the Republican Party.

Reports of the new faction in Congress first broke last Friday, when Punchbowl News shared a seven-page document outlining the group’s call to continue former President Donald Trump’s agenda.

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