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Friday, January 20, 2017
Froma Harrop

Froma Harrop’s nationally syndicated column appears in over 150 newspapers. Media Matters ranks her column 20th nationally in total readership and 14th in large newspaper concentration. Harrop has been a guest on PBS, MSNBC, Fox News and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart and is a frequent voice on NPR and talk radio stations in every time zone as well.

A Loeb Award finalist for economic commentary in 2004 and again in 2011, Harrop was also a Scripps Howard Award finalist for commentary in 2010. She has been honored by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists and the New England Associated Press News Executives Association has given her five awards.

Boycott, Trump

Yes, Political Boycotts Are A Form Of Free Speech

Obviously, there are effective boycotts and ineffective ones, stupid boycotts and well-directed ones, boycotts by the right, left and middle. The point here is that for whatever reason, a person has a right to withhold his or her custom. A consumer boycott does not muzzle anyone. Freedom of speech doesn’t end at the cash register.

January 19, 2017
seditious libel, Trump, Media

When Trump Goes Low, Media Can Go Away

If Trump won’t take questions from serious journalists at a news conference, it’s not a news conference. Reporters are merely playing “straight man” on a reality TV show — complete with paid hecklers and promotions for Trump properties. They don’t have to be there.

January 17, 2017
Obamacare, GOP repeal

The Obamacare Repeal Game Is A Complete Disgrace

Every other modern nation guarantees health care as a right of citizenship. Even their conservative leaders don’t touch benefits that beat ours by a mile. This Obamacare repeal game is, at bottom, an insult to the dignity of the American people. Actually, it’s a disgrace

January 10, 2017
Ethics Panel, Trump, GOP

The People Saved The Ethics Office, Not Trump’s Tweets

When the Republicans ditched the plan to kill the independent ethics panel, it was a good ending to a really bad start for the 115th Congress. Many attribute the reversal to Trump’s disapproving tweets, and they may have moved things along. But the power of an aroused electorate is what truly nixed the game plan.

January 5, 2017
Cocktail culture

Cocktail Culture: Meditation By Other Means

Stressed Americans seeking calm through decluttering and meditation might add a third activity: the cocktail hour. So put away the mobile devices and flush the illicit drugs down the drain. Cocktail culture is analog, and analog, we read, is again cool.

December 29, 2016
Newt, Republican, Trump

Why Donald Trump’s Favorite Targets Are His Republican Comrades

Donald Trump has inspired so much fear among his Republican comrades that he no longer has to issue harsh tweets when they misbehave. They do it themselves.

December 26, 2016
Obamacare, Blue States

How Blue State Americans Can Keep Their Health Coverage

Should Obamacare go down, states could replace it with a Romneycare-like plan or something more along the lines of single-payer. And the blue states would have more money to do that with because they wouldn’t be subsidizing others as before.

December 22, 2016
Working class, Trump, Con

The Art Of The Con: Trump Blows Off The Working Class

During the campaign, Trump checked off all boxes in the art of the con. 1) Learn what the target wants. 2) Play on that desire. 3) Create an emotional foundation based on rapport and an illusion of empathy.

December 15, 2016
Obamacare, Republicans

Let Republicans Fix What They Break

What if Republicans abruptly repealed Obamacare, chaos ensued and Democrats sat on their hands and watched? Democrats would be doing the right thing, both for the American people and for themselves.

December 13, 2016
Hillary Clinton - martyr of the year

Hillary Clinton For Martyr Of The Year?

The gang-up on Clinton amounted to political torture, the likes of which will be remembered for generations. That makes Hillary Clinton the Martyr of the Year.

December 8, 2016
Trump Tower

Trump And His Real-Life Billionaire Cabinet

A desire to fix any billionaire deficit may account for Trump’s decision to stock his administration with real-life tycoons. The way it works is that they cut him into their deals and he lets them influence tax and regulatory laws. This assumes that Trump might participate in such an unseemly trade, heaven forfend.

December 5, 2016
Hillary Clinton greets workers at Munster Steel in Hammond, Indiana, United States, April 26, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

The Uncertain Future Of The Working-Class

Nowadays, working Americans have far higher expectations regarding quality of life, but the people who work with their hands these days seem less hopeful.

November 29, 2016
Paris Climate Agreement - global warming

We Can Attack Global Warming Without Donald Trump

The comforting news is that America can move past the black hole of ignorance in Trump’s Washington — or New York or wherever he is. Enlightened state and city governments, as well as the private sector, can provide the leadership. As it happens, they’re already on the case.

November 25, 2016
Thanksgiving

The Zen Of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a throwback to that misty past. It requires a Zen-like acceptance of the present and what is. Gratitude is the order of the day. This is a full-glass holiday. To be healthy, educated and living in America is to have one’s cup running over. For that, let us give thanks.

November 22, 2016
Fake partisan news makes Facebook millions

A Platform For Fake News, Facebook Undermines Our Civic Culture

Though hyper-partisan fake news stories have come from both the left and the right, Facebook entrepreneurs know that the money is in plowing the Trumpian fields. And for all the patriotic memes, foreigners are behind much of the manipulation of the American public.

November 17, 2016
Identity politics Democrats

Democrats Must Drop Identity Politics

Obsessive appeals to racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity groupings are bad politics. That’s because at a certain point, “inclusivity” takes on the air of exclusivity.

November 15, 2016
Trump political 9/11

A Political 9/11 Changes Our World

Like the 2001 terrorist attacks, the Donald Trump upset win threatens Americans’ sense of safety and continuity. The difference is that the 9/11 tragedy forged national unity, whereas the Trump election exposed grave internal discord.

November 10, 2016
What happened to Americans' sense of humor

Whatever Happened To Americans’ Sense of Humor?

Whatever happened to the clever retort? Whatever happened to the smart rejoinder? Perhaps we lost our ability to laugh during the recent campaign because we didn’t find ourselves to be funny. One of the nominees was a dangerously crazy man. Scarier than Trump himself was that so many Americans found him acceptable.

November 8, 2016
Trump Tower

The Trump Brand Goes Down-Market

If Act 1 was selling the Trump name, the play’s in trouble. Ticket prices for things named Trump are selling at a deep discount. It’s hard to make gold on a brand name that has turned to sludge.

November 4, 2016
Hillary Clinton with Warren Buffet

Comey Fallout: The Economy Votes For Clinton

Unlike conventional political polls, the markets don’t dwell much on questions of a candidate’s honesty, trustworthiness or sexual behavior. With few exceptions, America’s business leaders have endorsed Clinton’s candidacy.

November 1, 2016
Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare crazy

No, Bill Clinton Did Not Call Obamacare ‘Crazy’

No, Bill Clinton did not call Obamacare “crazy.” Could Obamacare have been better designed? Sure. As they say in politics, a camel is a horse made in committee. But this camel functions a lot better than the wheezing health-coverage beast we had in the pre-Obamacare era. Now that was crazy.

October 27, 2016
The war on yoga pants

Yoga Pants: The Fashion Police Go Both Ways

Alan Sorrentino thought readers could use a break from the election craziness and so sent a lighthearted letter to his suburban paper tendering an opinion on yoga pants. Then all hell broke loose.

October 25, 2016
Hillary Clinton - martyr of the year

Clinton’s Wall Street Speeches Were Actually Brilliant

Why Hillary Clinton insisted on keeping her brilliant Wall Street speeches secret will remain an enduring mystery of this campaign. Heck, why didn’t she just post them on her website?

October 20, 2016

How Amanda Knox Embodies The ‘American Brat Abroad’ Attitude

Americans who seems to regard other countries as amusement parks for their adventures. What’s going on here? Rampant narcissism? Immaturity? Arrogance?

October 19, 2016
Trump, Dictator, Media

The Importance of Keeping Trump Afloat

Dr. Bornstein, please keep Donald healthy. He can’t lose it if he’s not in it. America needs Trump to plunge headfirst into the black lagoon — and stay there.

October 17, 2016