Letters from an American

Heather Cox Richardson
A newsletter about the history behind today's politics.
Created 03 Nov 2019
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  • January 19, 2022
    20 Jan 2022about 8 hours ago • 5 min read • 465 161
    Just before midnight last night, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced that her office has “uncovered significant evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent and mislea...
  • January 18, 2022
    19 Jan 20221 day ago • 4 min read • 798 492
    Three big chunks of news today focus on voting rights before the Senate, Russian aggression in Ukraine, and the January 6 committee. First, voting rights: Today, the Senate began to debate the Freedom...
  • January 17, 2022
    18 Jan 2022 • 6 min read • 1063 610
    In this moment of struggle over voting rights in America, it is important to distinguish between voter fraud, which is vanishingly rare and has not affected the outcome of elections, and election frau...
  • January 16, 2022
    17 Jan 2022 • 6 min read • 1318 569
    Republicans say they oppose the Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act because it is an attempt on the part of Democrats to win elections in the future by “nationalizing” them, taking away the right of st...
  • January 15, 2022
    16 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 1681 252
    Already asleep in my chair. Will turn it over to my friend Peter on this cold January night with an image of his that is one of my favorites. It really does look like this around here in the winter-- ...
  • January 14, 2022
    15 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 947 659
    Yesterday, by a vote of 6 to 3, the Supreme Court struck down the Biden administration’s requirement that businesses with more than 100 employees address the coronavirus pandemic by making employees e...
  • Weather Alert
    15 Jan 2022 • < 1 min read • 3484 424
    Folks: I am writing a letter tonight, but it is blowing a gale here and we are likely to lose power. I will try to post before that happens, but if you don't hear from me, I promise I will post as soo...
  • January 13, 2022
    14 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 832 508
    While all eyes today are on the fight over the newly combined voting rights bill before the Senate—it is now the “Freedom to Vote: John R. Lewis Act”—there are plenty of stories out there right now th...
  • January 12, 2022
    13 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 1051 550
    The struggle between the Trump-backed forces of authoritarianism and those of us defending democracy is coming down to the fight over whether the Democrats can get the Freedom to Vote Act and the John...
  • January 11, 2022
    12 Jan 2022 • 5 min read • 903 511
    January 11, 2022 (Tuesday) The United States came perilously close to losing its democracy in 2020, when an incumbent president refused to accept the results of an election he lost and worked with sup...
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