Jane Coaston

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Watching Saw for Jesus

Imagine that PETA provided detailed reviews on its website of, like, steakhouses. That's sort of what Focus on the Family, a deeply conservative and powerful Christian organization based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has been doing for more than 20 years.

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If You're A Trump Voter, You're Not A Conservative - You're A Homer

If you're planning to vote for Donald Trump, you're not a conservative. You're not a principled Republican. You're a homer, and you're on Team Trump. In sports, a "homer" is an announcer or commentator with a clear favorite. Sure, their team just fumbled, but that means it's time to get that defense back on the field!

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The Billionaire Who Made 1992's Election Even Stranger Than 2016's

In July 1992, antiestablishment candidate Ross Perot was winning the presidential race. Then he dropped out. Then, in October, he got back in. Then he went on 60 Minutes and accused the Bush administration of being part of a conspiracy involving sex, wiretapping, and his recently married daughter.

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Trump Treats Black People Like A Monolith. So Does America.

My dad is a retired research librarian with a master's degree. My sister is a professor. My aunt is a retired psychologist. This isn't "black excellence." This is black life, as it happens, right here in America. But Donald Trump doesn't see that, and neither do a lot of other people.

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Simone Biles, American Hero

Simone Biles is a Texan. Simone Biles is the most decorated U.S. gymnast in history, and the most decorated female gymnast ever. Simone Biles is an Olympian, and now, Simone Biles is an Olympic champion. Simone Biles is also a black woman. Let's talk about that.

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Looking For A Trump Pivot? Good Luck.

Donald Trump hasn't "gone mainstream," or pivoted to the general election. His latest, more -- in the words of cable television hosts -- "apologetic" speeches aren't examples of a change of heart. No matter how much we want a different, better Trump, one who could make a presidential race more of a choice and less of a horrorshow - we aren't going to get it.

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Donald Trump's (Lack Of A) State-By-State Strategy Is A Big Problem

When Donald Trump asked the Republican National Committee to open offices for him in all 50 states, the committee responded with confusion. One anonymous source called it a " fool's errand." Hillary Clinton will have offices in all 50 states, investing even in regions that will likely vote for Trump anyway.

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Is Donald Trump Really A Populist?

The conservative website Breitbart declared on Tuesday that Paul Ryan is "bowing down" to "nationalist populism."* This isn't the first time we've heard that term recently; Trump, too, has been called a populist leader, and his popularity among Republicans has reinvigorated a political concept long viewed as dormant.

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We've Gotten Presidential Power All Wrong

When Khizr Khan stood up at the Democratic National Convention and held up his copy of the United States Constitution - a symbol of his inalienable rights as an American citizen - it was a powerful rebuke to Donald Trump's fanning of the flames of intolerance.

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'Racial Realism' Is Racial Fantasy

On Monday, two fliers were left on the campus of the University of Michigan. One is a plaintive (and hilariously ahistorical) cry to "Euro-Americans" to stop "living in fear" and just "be white." The other is a detail of "reasons" why white women should not date black men, including "your kids probably won't be smart" and "you should probably just avoid black men."

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How Trumpian Conservatism Took Over the World - And Lost Me

When I was in college, I served as editor-in-chief of a conservative newspaper. I'm not a conservative, or a Republican, in the Paul Ryan-Carly Fiorina "Why yes, I do identify with the Empire in Star Wars" sense. I come from a long line of blue-collar union Democrats and socialist academics.

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Trump Has No Chance Of Winning The Catholic Vote

There are nearly 60 million Catholics of voting age in the United States, and Donald Trump wants all of them to vote Republican this fall. On September 21, Trump went so far as to hire Catholic (failed) presidential candidate Rick Santorum to lead a " heavyweight " group of advisors to appeal to the denomination.