Abby Zimet, Further columnist

Abby Zimet has written CD's Further column since 2008. A longtime, award-winning print journalist for newspapers and magazines, she lived in the Maine woods for about a dozen years before moving to Portland in 1983. Having come of political age during the Vietnam War, she has long been involved in women's, labor, anti-war, social justice and refugee rights issues.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
To Shine A Light
Already, a sea change. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris held a searing memorial Tuesday for 400,000 Americans killed by COVID, the first public acknowledgment of the loss inflicted by a sick deadbeat missing the decency gene. "To heal, we must remember," declared Biden, his empathy feeling like water in the desert to many who didn't realize the depth of their thirst - especially after a Michigan nurse sang "Amazing Grace." "I'm not crying - you're crying," said one. "Let the healing begin."
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Monday, January 18, 2021
Trump's Batty Garden of Heroes: Whitney Houston, Samuel Adams, Alex Trebek, Kobe Bryant, Johnny Appleseed and 200-Plus More Who've Done An Amazing Job
In a perfect finale to the long madness, Trump spent his last full day in office sulking, raving, issuing 45 pages of "racist nonsense," and signing a pointless executive order listing 244 weirdly random, deeply contradictory, historically inaccurate names - a statuary Night of 1000 Stars on steroids and Adderall - for his glorious, imaginary "Garden of American Heroes" to "reflect the awesome splendor of our country’s timeless exceptionalism.” He definitely should've bought Greenland.
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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Trump Lost! Be Adults! Go Home!
As state capitols and D.C. became armed fortresses, Sunday's planned protests on behalf of sedition fizzled into the surreal spectacle of scant yahoos outnumbered by cops, press, dog walkers and roller-bladers. This week's danger of far-right chaos remains - the FBI is now vetting the National Guard - but Chef Jose Andres turned up in D.C. to feed the troops and remind the rest of us, "Democracy should be a celebration, when you win and when you lose, and (this) shouldn't happen, ever again."
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
Enough, My Beloved Colleagues
In a wrenching addendum to the drama of a day that saw the only U.S. president in history be impeached twice, the righteous charge to remove him was led by Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, whose 25-year-old son Tommy just died by suicide. The day after burying Tommy and feeling him " very much with me and my heart," Raskin was applauded by colleagues who knew of his loss as he came to certify the vote cut short by the riot; he did his duty because, "Change is made by people who show up."
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Wednesday, January 13, 2021
We Have Questions
In the DOJ's first on-camera response to the Capitol riot, Acting A.G. Jeffrey Rosen vowed "no tolerance whatsoever" for any further violence from "wrongdoers" - a move, many observed, that would have been far more reassuring if it hadn't come a week late, at midnight, on YouTube, from a weird guy with pandemic hair who blinked too much while seeming to try to sell us a can opener in a badly filmed hostage video from the 1970s. The consensus: "He inspires absolutely no confidence. Like, at all."
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Sunday, January 10, 2021
A Pariah Everywhere
With a historic second impeachment underway for a mad king charged with "incitement of insurrection," even the golf world - his cherished refuge and shameless hideout as America burned - is turning against him. In a first step, the PGA has stripped Trump's Bedminister Club of 2022's championship; in a sign of unwelcoming things to come, many also vow a "racist con man" and "brazen and amoral insurrectionist" guilty of "manifold indecencies" should, in the end, "find no safe harbor in golf."
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Wednesday, January 06, 2021
The GOP Owns This
The mob's gone home, sinfully, mostly unmolested, as the country sifts through the rubble. Amidst the outrage, exits and harsh truths - Pelosi: "This man is deadly, to our democracy and our people" - there is broad consensus the raving, flag-draped MAGA thugs assaulting the Capitol were inseparable from the pandering, well-groomed GOP suits abetting the madman who incited them. Solnit: "Inside and outside were two faces of the same thing...This is what he wanted (and) this is what we got."
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Wednesday, January 06, 2021
The Tip of The Spear
Wow. Jon Ossoff, Rev. Raphael Warnock, Stacey Abrams, thousands of black women who called and canvassed - they all, in the Times' careful language, have "pretty likely" won the Senate. In what sounded a lot like a victory speech, Warnock cited his "improbable journey," paying tribute to his mother's "82-year-old hands that used to pick somebody else's cotton" and to the legacy of Martin Luther King's home state, which “has long been the tip of the spear for change in America." Please, let it be.
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Sunday, January 03, 2021
Give Me A Break: When Darth Vader Improbably Takes the Moral High Ground
It gets weirder. Trump's mutation into full Godfather mode by asking Brad Raffensperger to "recalculate" Georgia's election votes - a move that makes the Watergate tapes look "quaint" - is as gonzo as the purported good guys trying to save us from it. Combatting the once-unthinkable, ten former defense secretaries wrote a letter arguing to involve the U.S. military in an election outcome would take us into "dangerous territory." Its creator: Famous patriot and war criminal Dick Cheney.
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Friday, January 01, 2021
2020 Be Gone
An unfond farewell to this relentless, exhausting, heartbreaking, God-awful year of grief and loss and fury, a year of helplessness and hopelessness strewn with merciful moments of faith and promise. Yes we will be rid of the monster at the helm and his mob of loathsome cretins, but the damage they did to a now-battered country is profound. We breathe deep, and step forward. W.S. Merwin: "Our hopes such as they are/invisible before us/untouched and still possible."
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