There’s rather a lot that feels unprecedented about right this moment’s electoral disaster in Georgia, and there’s earnest concern that we might by no means recuperate from Donald Trump’s injury to democracy. On December 5, the president went to Valdosta to engorge his ego, prattling on for shut to 2 hours earlier than a crowd of roughly 10,000 followers about imaginary voter fraud.  […]

It’s vital that Trump’s marketing campaign to subvert democracy, by invalidating so fundamental a principle as a citizen’s proper to have their vote counted, is unfolding in a spot the place fundamental rights for Black individuals are already invalidated as a matter of routine. What’s the historical past of Black Georgia however a testomony to the precariousness of Black folks’s means to take part in public life? What are the methods they’ve been selectively punished of their efforts to safe these rights however a model of racial fascism, a slow-burn coup unfolding throughout centuries? […]




“The pleasure of remembering had been taken from me, as a result of there was now not anybody to recollect with. It felt like dropping your co-rememberer meant dropping the reminiscence itself, as if the issues we might accomplished have been much less actual and necessary than they’d been hours earlier than.”
           ~~John Inexperienced, The Fault in Our Stars (2012)



At Every day Kos on this date in 2012—President Obama making recess appointments to labor board, towards braving GOP outrage:

President Obama is making recess appointments to the Nationwide Labor Relations Board along with his appointment of Richard Cordray to go the Shopper Monetary Safety Bureau. […]

That is enormous: With out these appointments, the NLRB would have been down to 2 members; it can not make choices with out a three-member quorum. Republicans have been decided to dam Obama’s NLRB nominations to close down the board and forestall it from with the ability to go guidelines like its current strikes streamlining union elections and requiring employers to place up posters informing employees of their present authorized rights.

Obama’s choice to recess appoint each these NLRB members and Cordray to the CFPB does not simply put certified folks into the federal government—it allows the federal government businesses themselves to operate.