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Friday, June 23, 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.

An Uber car is seen parked with the driver's lunch left on the dashboard in Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States July 15, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Morality Tale At Uber: Reputation Still Counts

This was a direct reaction not to Kalanick’s infamously immature bad-boy behavior but to what his toxic personality was doing to the ride-hailing service’s bottom line. It recognizes that consumers don’t scour the internet for the lowest price and, on that basis alone, make a purchase. Reputation still counts.

June 22, 2017
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Trump As Caesar: Irresponsible, Nasty, Fun

Lend me your ears. You’ll be glad. Today’s subject is the controversial production of “Julius Caesar” in which a Donald Trump-like figure gets assassinated. Given today’s angry political climate, the costuming showed poor taste at the very least. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America withdrew their sponsorship, and who could blame them?

June 20, 2017
Macron

France Leads The Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’

But French voters gave victory instead to a man of the radical middle, Emmanuel Macron. Not everyone loves Macon’s pro-business, pro-globalist program, but he is a mold breaker and definitely not crazy. And boy, do they love the young French president’s jabs at Donald Trump. Macron easily wields the weapon of mockery and delights in turning it on Trump.

June 15, 2017
Drugs

Trump Rates Close To Zero On ‘War’ Against Opioids

Police near Daytona Beach, Florida, recently came upon an SUV with the motor running and three little kids in the back. The parents were dead in front from a fentanyl overdose. The city of East Liverpool, Ohio, posted a shocking photograph of another dead overdosed couple, heads back and mouths open from a heroin overdose, a 4-year-old strapped in back.

June 13, 2017
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The Donald Trump Apology Tour

While greatly admiring Obama’s polish on the world stage, I did find these we’re-not-perfect flourishes to be mildly irritating. We’re all flawed nations talking to other flawed nations. No need to publicly admit one’s faults. This is not couples therapy.

June 9, 2017
Trump in Ames

Trump’s Lousy Numbers Spell Doom

Thing about Donald Trump is he doesn’t have the numbers. That became apparent starting on Election Day, when he trailed Hillary Clinton, a flawed candidate, by 3 million votes. And that was a high point.

June 6, 2017

Can Americans Be Happy Again?

America is not a very happy place, and it is getting less so. Our downward trend in happiness precedes the election of Donald Trump, but sadly, there’s little in his agenda that would reverse this trend. On the contrary.

June 2, 2017
A coal-burning power plant can be seen behind a factory in the city of Baotou, in China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region October 31, 2010. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo - RTSMVQ1

We Can Move Past Trump On Climate Change

President Trump’s spoken thoughts on climate change layer ignorance over irresponsibility. They humiliate thinking Americans and frustrate our friends. The president’s recent refusal in Europe to commit to sticking with the Paris accord for curbing planet-warming gas emissions is the latest national embarrassment.

May 30, 2017

Focus On Victims Rewards Vicious Terrorism

As these gruesome events pile up, the public is learning to grimly go about its business in the aftermath. The terrorists’ ability to appall us diminishes as their assaults become sadly routine.

May 27, 2017

Campus Liberals Are Too Easy To Bait

Conservative groups routinely try this technique on college liberals. Their lure is an inflammatory right-wing speaker. The catch comes in duping liberals to act badly as censors of free speech or, even better, violently.

May 23, 2017

The Road To Single-Payer Could Go Through Medicare Part C

Actually, Medicare is Exhibit 1. Far more socialistic than the Affordable Care Act, Medicare requires a major transfer of wealth from taxpayers to older people. Medicare is also wildly popular, and I dare Akin to call it a “cancer” in front of his electorate.

May 19, 2017

Can Americans Get Their Democracy Back?

Impeachment is the constitutionally sanctioned way to get rid of him, but that job would fall on the shoulders of a Republican-controlled Congress. Despite polls showing a collapse in the general public’s support for Trump, Republican backing for the president remains high. Thus, such a bold move seems unlikely for now.

May 16, 2017

‘Bro Culture’ Companies May Do Poorly By Being Bad

Uber does have a uniquely unpleasant CEO, in the person of Travis Kalanick. Also a co-founder, Kalanick had shown himself to be a serial breaker of social and business norms, not to mention laws. He is the face of Silicon Valley’s “bro culture.”

May 12, 2017
Trumpcare

States In Shock As Republicans Unleash Health Care Chaos

And what happens when local people who previously had coverage start showing up in emergency rooms? What’s happening to Obamacare is vandalism, plain and simple. It is already killing jobs, and people are next. And who will end up coping with the human wreckage? The governments closest to the people.

May 10, 2017
Trump lies

Has The Old Trump Magic Lost Its Spell?

There was a time when a phrase typed by the mighty fingers of Donald Trump would shock world leaders, swing markets and send public opinion into convulsions. But those awesome powers have shrunk considerably since Election Day. Responses that once quaked with “What does this mean for the planet?” have relaxed into “Oh, it’s him again.”

May 8, 2017
obama

What’s Wrong With Obama Getting $400,000 For A Speech?

Let’s unpack the complaints about President Obama’s $400,000 Wall Street speech. First off, his current job title is former politician. As president, he pushed the passage of Dodd-Frank, the Wall Street reforms despised by many in this paying audience. So where’s the quid pro quo?

May 1, 2017
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Can We Think Our Way Past Robots?

Bubbling beneath today’s comic-book politics are threats to American workers that have nothing to do with people or things coming over the border. Robots and artificial intelligence are nipping at the heels of not only blue-collar workers but also white-collar professionals who assumed that a degree would keep them several steps ahead of the machines.

April 26, 2017

What It Means To Be Truly Liberal On Abortion

Donald Trump has mastered the authoritarian act, and that’s how he attracted his brigade of humble followers. Some on the left seem to envy this ability to force obedience through threats and attacks. But that approach doesn’t work on issue-oriented voters, doubly so on matters requiring nuance. Abortion is one such issue. Thus, one cannot fathom the ongoing crusade by abortion rights activists to crush Heath Mello, a moderate Democrat running for mayor of Omaha.

April 24, 2017

Will Trump’s Order Help US Tech Workers Or Not?

“It’s weaker than it could have been,” Ron Hira, a political scientist at Howard University and longtime H-1B critic, told me. “Some things can be done through policy guidance, policy memos and regulation writing.” On the other hand, Hira was pleased that Trump at least acknowledged the problem, something his predecessors had not done.

April 20, 2017
Bannon

The Strange And Thankfully Short Ascendancy Of Steve Bannon

But the political aide was allowed to keep his desk. It made sense for Trump to keep the noisy peddler of lunatic conspiracies on the inside — as insurance against Bannon’s directing the feral talents of Breitbart News against his presidency. And from the Bannon perspective, eviction from the White House power center would have turned him into just another right-winger with an inflammatory website. Some defenders of Republican unity, however, were taken aback by the brutality of the demotion.

April 18, 2017

What US Airlines Need Now Is Middle-Class Class

The problem isn’t that people paying more are getting more. That’s the way of the world. He who pays more gets a choicer cut of steak. She who pays more gets more gigabytes in the smartphone. We are consumers, and if we don’t like the deal, we don’t have to buy. Speaking for myself, I’d rather spend the extra hundreds that I’d have to shell out for a fancier seat at a four-fork restaurant in the destination city. Not that I would.

April 14, 2017
clean energy

Mired In The Present, They Won’t Seize The Clean Energy Future

While Donald Trump is hectoring China over subsidies to steel and other smokestack industries, China is shoving government money into production of solar panels. China is also hot to dominate the manufacture of electric cars and the batteries that go in them. Our conservatives, meanwhile, are sniping at Tesla.

April 11, 2017
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Liberals Find Community — And That Could Be Big

Like the Tea Party right, liberals are flocking to their own media campfires for warmth, talking points, and calls to action. The Tea Party’s membership was never huge in numbers, but the movement knew how to turn communal passions into political clout. Members jeered politicians and joined enthusiastic protests. But their real power came from marching as a group to party primaries and other elections that less engaged voters ignored.

April 6, 2017
Fake news is on the rise on Facebook

Phone Addiction Has Unleashed A Deadly Toll

Many Americans are so hooked on the flashing pleasures of smartphone use that they barely register the risks their distraction poses to themselves and others. Between 2010 and 2015, pedestrian deaths jumped an astounding 25 percent, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Cellphone use took much of the blame.

April 4, 2017
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There’s Little Dignity Left In Coal

This event, held tragically at the Environmental Protection Agency, was almost as celebratory as the one in which Trump called for ditching a rule that would have stopped coal companies from dumping waste in streams. Some waters in coal country are so polluted they run orange. One forgets that there are only about 80,000 coal mining jobs left in America, and nearly 40 percent of them don’t involve the dangerous work of going underground. The solar power industry employs twice as many people.

March 31, 2017