Ed Kilgore

political columnist at New York Magazine, and former Democratic strategist

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York magazine and the managing editor of the Democratic Strategist, an online magazine.

Kilgore is a former senior fellow at the centrist Progressive Policy Institute, and a contributor to the Washington Monthly where he wrote the Political Animal blog. He has also written for the New Republic, and served as policy director for the centrist Democratic Leadership Council.

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Democrats are at a crossroads now that the Mueller report is out.

After Mueller report, should Democrats push for impeachment or focus on 2020 race?

Democrats are at a crossroads now that the Mueller report is out.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

President Trump had already been getting attention from women who have renewed their allegations of harassment against the president.

The #MeToo movement edges closer to the White House

President Trump had already been getting attention from women who have renewed their allegations of harassment against the president.

from One Year Later

The GOP has been too divided to enact its program, despite majorities on Capitol Hill.  How long can it remain united in support of President Trump?

Will Republicans stand by their man?

The GOP has been too divided to enact its program, despite majorities on Capitol Hill.  How long can it remain united in support of President Trump?

from To the Point

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P eople like Becky Dennison are working to address to one  of America’s most urgent crises with a straightforward approach.

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When Gavin Newsom signed AB387 into law today, he ended 16 years of unsuccessful attempts by daycare providers statewide to unionize.

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66 million years ago, an asteroid caused Earth’s Fifth Extinction, destroying the dinosaurs and most other life forms. Now Earth is facing another extinction, as fish, plants and animals vanish forever. But this time, it’s not the asteroid, it’s us. This week, hundreds of people, both young and old, took to the streets in cities all over the world to begin weeks of protest called the Extinction Rebellion. In the natural course of evolution, the decline and disappearance of a life form takes thousands of years. In the course of a human lifetime, not even one species might disappear. But now, some 28,000 species are vanishing all of a sudden. Elizabeth Kolbert of the New Yorker magazine has written a book called “The Sixth Extinction.” She says, “Extinction rates are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of times higher than what is known as the background extinction rate that has pertained over most of geological history.” In her words, “You should not be able to see all sorts of mammals -- to name just one group -- either going extinct or on the verge of extinction. And that is a tipoff that something very, very unusual, and I would add, very dangerous, is going on.” “We’re running geological history backwards. Fossil fuels that were created over the course of hundreds of millions of years buried a lot of carbon underground. We’re now combusting it, putting that carbon back into the atmosphere over a matter of centuries. So we’re taking a process that hundreds of millions of years to run in one direction and then, in a matter of centuries, running it in another direction.” We’ll hear what that means now and for the future of life as we know it.

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Buckle up.

from Left, Right & Center

Absolute immunity, executive privilege, crony privilege?

from LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers

Despite mounting evidence, Republicans in the House and the Senate are defending President Trump or keeping their heads down. Veteran GOP conservatives accuse them of sacrificing morality for short-term political gain. Meantime the Trump Administration calls the impeachment inquiry “unconstitutional,” while legal scholars point out that it’s part of Article II. And how did Ukraine, an obscure former Soviet republic, become so important? Money.

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Greta Thunberg inspired Fridays for Future--school strikes around the world.  Were the leaders of major polluters paying attention? Not according to what they told the United Nations.

from To the Point

In 1950, America had the richest middle class in the world, but now U.S. workers face wage stagnation and historic wealth inequality.

from To the Point

A state bill called AB 5 would require businesses that rely on independent contractors to reclassify them as employees and offer benefits such as health insurance and sick pay. There’s…

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