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The jury in the rape trial of former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein found the defendant guilty of two charges on Monday: rape in the third degree and a criminal sexual act in the first degree. He was also found not guilty on three other counts, including two of being a sexual predator.

Foresight 2020: Medicare for All

18 hours ago

We all need health care, but we’re divided about how to get it. The 2020 presidential candidates are no different than the rest of us and just as divided. Some, like Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, support Medicare for All.

Foresight 2020: Gun Policy

Feb 24, 2020

As the 2020 presidential candidate field continues to winnow, there’s more time to compare policy. But even with a much smaller field, it can still be difficult to keep track of where candidates stand.

In Nevada Caucuses, Sen. Bernie Sanders Surges

Feb 24, 2020

The results are in. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Nevada caucuses by some margin, building on his previous victory in the New Hampshire primary.

Former Vice President Joe Biden came second and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg a distant third.

It’s been a hundred years since the 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote. 

Let us be one (of many) to note that last night’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas seemed more like a boxing match. The gloves were off and the knives were out.

The First Test Of Latino Voters

Feb 20, 2020

The Nevada caucuses mark what many political pundits and analysts consider the first real test of where Latino voters’ loyalties lie in the Democratic primary. A third of voters in Nevada are Black or Latino.

Three years ago, an engineer named Susan Fowler left Uber. The company was one of the most valuable firms in Silicon Valley, and it was growing incredibly quickly.

Black voters are crucial to any Democratic candidate looking to win in a battleground state like Ohio or South Carolina. Former Vice President Joe Biden is counting on this voting block to keep him in the race after disappointing finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire.

However, these cracks in his perceived lead in the nation have black voters looking elsewhere for a candidate to support.

The jury in the trial of former movie executive Harvey Weinstein has begun its deliberations. Jurors were told by the judge to use “common sense.”