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DEPARTMENTS 5 EDITOR’S NOTE Make It Make Sense 6 COMMENT by

NORMAN STOCKWELL Taking Donald Trump

‘Literally and Seriously’ 8 FURTHER COMMENT

by L. BRINKS What’s at Stake for the Transgender Community 10 NO COMMENT 11 LETTERS 13 BLAST FROM THE PAST 14 ON THE LINE by WAYAN BARRE Pointe-au-Chien Is Not Dead 49 ONE QUESTION Q: Should Joe Biden Run for Re-Election? Norman Solomon, Chris Edelson, Medea Benjamin, and Nicolas J.S. Davies reply

59 SMOKING GUN Trump vs. Biden,

By the Numbers 60 INTERVIEW WITH

HEATHER COX RICHARDSON by MICHAELA BRANT Seeing the Larger Picture 63 BOOK EXCERPT A Great Disorder:

National Myth and the Battle for America by Richard Slotkin 65 BOOK REVIEWS Whistle-Stop Politics:

Campaign Trains and the Reporters Who Covered Them reviewed by Bill Lueders American Evangelicals for

Trump: Dominion, Spiritual Warfare, and the End Times reviewed by Eleanor J. Bader 69 POEMS by GREGORY POWELL Combing My Father’s Hair and

Stop-and-Frisk

VOICES 16 MIDDLE AMERICA

by RUTH CONNIFF What Venomous

GOP Attacks on Immigrants Really Mean 18 SMART ASS CRIPPLE

by MIKE ERVIN Take Me Out to the

Ballgame . . . Or Not 20 WORK WON’T LOVE YOU BACK

by SARAH JAFFE When Workers Decide

What to Make 22 FIRST THINGS FIRST

by BILL LUEDERS Trump’s Free Speech Rights

Are Not Absolute

24 FIRST-PERSON SINGULAR

by RANN MILLER Remembering King’s Anti-War and Anti-Capitalist Legacy 67 HEMMING AND HAWING

by NEGIN FARSAD Turning AI Panic into

Something Constructive 68 EDGE OF SPORTS

by DAVE ZIRIN DeSantis, Book Bans,

and Shameful Legacy 70 VOX POPULIST

by JIM HIGHTOWER Forget Millionaires—A Few

Billionaires Are Stealing Our Country and A New Road to Farm, Food, and Climate Progress

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