[Below] MESSAGING: "Democrats have long struggled to play on an equal playing field with Republicans when it comes to messaging campaigns. Between the power of Fox News and the brazenness of GOP fear-mongering, Democrat talking points rarely get through to voters. However, some new progressive figures are developing new ways to connect with the American people. As MSNBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin explains, Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman and California Governor Gavin Newsom have, in recent weeks, displayed uncanny messaging savvy. Their strategies are bold, clever, and – most importantly – they seem to be working." (There is commentary by communications consultant Anat Shenker-Osorio.)
"Democrats Finally Get Their Messaging Act Together." YouTube, MSNBC, July 31, 2022
"Putin's Republican cheerleaders." DemLabs blog (political cartoons), February 25, 2022
[Below] RACISM, HUMOR (!?): "How are we supposed to discuss Black history if states keep making laws banning topics that make some white people uncomfortable."
"Taboo: White Fragility Edition." The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, YouTube (5:44), February 17, 2022
[Below] MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell talks to Ezra Klein of the New York Times about his new essay arguing that Democrats should think big when it comes to their political plans for the future."
"Ezra Klein Explains Why Democrats Need To Think Big To Win The Future." MSNBC on YouTube (7:00), February 15, 2022
NEW! [Below] ECONOMICS: "When we spend $8 trillion on defense, nobody cares about the deficit.
"When we pass a $1.9 trillion tax cut, nobody cares about the deficit.
"But when we try to pass legislation that would actually help working people, the deficit suddenly becomes a problem."
"How America Got Obsessed With The Deficit." By Robert Reich, YouTube (4:10), February 1, 2022
[Below] "CNN's Brian Stelter visits a classroom in New York where students are learning how to spot and avoid being misled by misinformation."
"These students are learning how to spot misinformation." CNN, YouTube (3:36), January 23, 2022.
|[Below] DEMOCRACY: "Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the findings published in an interim report on the investigation into Donald Trump's abuse of the Justice Department for the purpose of trying to overturn his 2020 election loss."|
|"Senate Report Exposes 'A Mini Attempted Coup d'état' Within The DOJ Under Trump." MSNBC, YouTube, October 7, 2021|
[Below] DEMOCRACY: "Fiona Hill, former White House adviser on Russia and author of the newly released 'There is Nothing For You Here,' talks about the concerning parallels between the strain on democracy in the United States in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency and withering of honest democratic principles in post-Soviet Russia.
"'Russia is America's Ghost of Christmas Future, a harbinger of things to come.... For me, watching Trump's disorganized but deadly serious attempt at a coup unfold over the course of 2020, the clearest and most unmistakable parallels were with Russia.'"
"Russia's Eroded Democracy Seen As Cautionary Tale For U.S. After Trump." MSNBC, YouTube, October 5, 2021
|[Below] "Rep. Tim Ryan tells Lawrence O’Donnell that he now supports eliminating the filibuster rule in the Senate after Republicans showed 'they don’t want to work with us' to pass voting rights, infrastructure or any priorities of Biden’s agenda: 'We’ve got to get rid of this archaic rule that’s stopping us from making the progress we need to make… America can’t wait any longer.'"|
|"Rep. Tim Ryan: We Must Get Rid Of The Senate Filibuster." YouTube, June 23, 2021|
|[Below] "U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mark Milley, said on Wednesday that it was important for military personnel to study critical race theory, after Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz questioned Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin about the controversial school of thought during a House Armed Services Committee hearing."|
|"General Mark Milley hits back at uproar over critical race theory." YouTube, June 23, 2021|
|[Below] "At least 25 states have taken action to ban the teaching of critical race theory. It comes as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) compared CRT to the Ku Klux Klan. NBC’s Mehdi Hasan spoke to one of the co-founders of the theory, Kimberlé Crenshaw, about what Republicans are getting wrong about her work."|
|"The Truth About 'Critical Race Theory': Co-Founder Breaks Down GOP Gaslighting." YouTube, June 21, 2021|
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