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Monday, June 25, 2018
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.

How His Opponents Feed Trump’s Media Machine

It is slowly dawning on the anti-Trump camp that repeating every inanity only feeds the propaganda machine.

June 22, 2018
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Weak Environmental Policies Cost Jobs

Without an environmentally healthy and accessible outdoors, the industry’s consumers have no place to recreate.

June 14, 2018
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Going Off The Economic Cliff With Wile E. Trump

Then there are Trump’s reckless tax cuts. Price tag: an astounding $1.5 trillion over 10 years. They helped deliver a druggy economic high. Deficit pushing does that — until it turns on you.

June 12, 2018
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From Roseanne To The Eagles, What About Whataboutism?

Whataboutism is a “logical fallacy that attempts to discredit an opponent’s position by charging them with hypocrisy without directly refuting or disproving their argument.” Thank you, Wikipedia.

June 7, 2018
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Immigration Policy Both Nasty And Ineffectual

Here’s the naked truth: Trump tries to look tough by brutalizing Central Americans without papers but avoids disturbing the companies that hire them.

June 5, 2018
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Dumping Roseanne: Quick, Dirty And Smart

But Roseanne the public personality wasn’t as smart as her writers. She apparently thought that headlining a hit network program would give her license to upchuck just about any vile sentiment crossing her mind.

May 31, 2018
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America’s Clown Show Negotiations Are Not Funny

When bluster ends in capitulation, what do other negotiating partners see? Blood in the water.

May 24, 2018

Why Higher Techie Incomes May Bring Lower Quality Of Life

With the prosperity came a crisis of homelessness and crushing housing prices for those with moderate incomes.

May 20, 2018

California Keeps The Faith On Climate, Replacing Washington

Evidence to the contrary emerged last week in news that California has just zoomed past Britain to become the world’s fifth-biggest economy. California must be doing something right.

May 15, 2018

Freeing Predators To Bilk Little People Hurts Everyone

The mortgages looked like easy money but were actually booby-trapped contracts loaded with high fees and exploding interest charges. They often transformed what could have been manageable setbacks into foreclosures.

May 12, 2018
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It’s Time To Dial Down Our Response To Trump Chaos

For Donald Trump’s critics, it’s tempting to jump on every juicy reveal regarding the president’s sex romps. The swirl of accusations, denials, contradictions, backstabbing and confusion does keep us entertained.

May 8, 2018
America

Democrats Need Their Own Version Of ‘America First’

“America First” would be a harmless phrase were it not loaded with dark undertones. It harks back to the America First Committee, a group advocating U.S. neutrality in World War II. Some members were Nazi sympathizers, while others simply wanted to keep America out of another bloody conflict in Europe. The attack on Pearl Harbor […]

May 2, 2018
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The Real Lesson Of The Alfie Evans Tragedy

The baby Alfie Evans has died. Born in Liverpool with a degenerative brain condition, Alfie had been in a semi-vegetative state for over a year. Against his parents’ wishes, the hospital took Alfie off ventilation. The parents had wanted to move him to a Vatican hospital in Rome that would have kept him on life-support. […]

April 30, 2018
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Why Florida And Montana Escape Trump’s Environmental Plunder

It’s easy to tell when the Trump administration has nasty plans for the environment. The officials in charge spare the places where they or their political allies operate. The examples are as egregious as they are bizarre. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is on a big push to transfer large chunks of federal land to various Western states. Just not in his state of Montana.

April 26, 2018
Our Revolution

Bernie The Good Versus Bernie The Bad

Here is Bernie at his best — blunt and colorful, the senator from Vermont whom Sunday talk shows love to book. Here is the unapologetic progressive who speaks plainly on the economic plight of working Americans. And unlike so many self-defeating Democrats, Sanders does not divide them by color, gender or sexual identity. He recognizes that “white” is not synonymous with “rich and privileged.”

April 24, 2018
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Will We See A Trump Vs. Cuomo Street Fight In 2020?

Democrats scouring their ranks for a 2020 presidential candidate should put Andrew Cuomo high on their list. The New York governor is already on the case, giving speeches tailored for the Iowa caucuses. Assuming Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination for a second term, Cuomo would be an especially strong combatant.

April 21, 2018
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Social Media Spreads Fake Bodies, As Well As Fake News

Public anger at the ills unleashed by social media currently burns hottest on Facebook — namely, its profiting off political lies posted by masked operatives. Many also blame Facebook for stoking the modern hell of FOMO — fear of missing out. We speak of the feelings of inadequacy fanned by friends’ jolly vacation and party posts, presentations that make many think everyone is having a better time than they are.

April 18, 2018
Fake news inspired gunman to discharge weapon in a crowded D.C. restaurant

Facebook Clearly Won’t Fix Itself

Zuckerberg this week at the Senate hearing on Facebook’s failures regarding privacy, fake news and foreign interference in elections: “It was my mistake, and I’m sorry. I started Facebook. I run it. And I’m responsible for what happens here.” Well, that makes us feel a whole lot better. Zuckerberg wisely dressed up for the grilling but still issued kid-in-a-T-shirt apologies.

April 15, 2018
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Nature’s Great Bird Migration Under Threat By You-Know-Who

Since Inauguration Day, the Trump administration has engaged in a tireless assault on the nation’s environmental protections. It should thus surprise no one that it is now going after the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. Three days before Christmas, it issued a legal opinion that the law doesn’t prohibit the incidental killing of these birds. Penalties for doing so vanished.

April 6, 2018
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Boycott Ingraham’s Advertisers? What About All Of Fox News?

For Laura Ingraham, the decline came well before the fall. The Parkland teens’ success in pressuring advertisers to flee her Fox News Channel show could cut her career down to tweet size. Ingraham made the mistake of mocking student leader David Hogg’s reaction to being turned down by several colleges. Ingraham is great at dishing invective, less so at taking it.

April 3, 2018
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The Fashion Of Silicon Knavery

Holmes amassed several billion selling a modern Silicon Valley fantasy using old-fashioned smoke and mirrors. She built a “narrative” around herself as the mythical tech genius. She wore black turtlenecks like Steve Jobs. She reveled in having dropped out of college like Jobs and Bill Gates. She gave her blood-analyzing device the brainy but simple name of “Edison.”

March 29, 2018

Lesson For Democrats: Why Lamb And Lipinski Won

Consider a recent House primary race in Illinois. If there is any Democrat a liberal might want to see the last of, it’s Chicago-area Rep. Dan Lipinski. Lipinski voted against the Affordable Care Act because of the mandate requiring employers to cover birth control. (Let the record show that he’s since opposed Republican efforts to kill Obamacare.)

March 27, 2018

Hey Kids! Don’t Let The Gun Lobby Wear You Down

The 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado opened a new horrifying chapter in U.S. gun violence. The nation stood transfixed for months. But a subsequent parade of mass shootings has worn down the shock over carnage on school property. The public became so numbed that even the 2012 slaughter of 20 elementary school children in Newtown, Connecticut, failed to produce meaningful response in Washington.

March 26, 2018

Capital Idea: Seize The Oligarchs’ Manhattan Penthouses

Finally, finally, there’s talk of hitting back at Putin where his filthy-rich cronies hurt — their mansions, Bentleys and other baubles of the posh life in Britain. A study released by Deutsche Bank in 2015 says that Russians were a major source of the $129 billion that had made its way into Britain through secret offshore dealings the previous nine years.

March 21, 2018

When Only A Human Will Do

As computers continue to replace cashiers, ticket vendors and bank tellers, consumers increasingly don’t notice or care much whether they are dealing with a human or a machine. The big exception is when they do. Consumers often prefer the convenience of interacting with computers. A checkout employee who doesn’t know the price of Gala apples adds grit to the smooth functioning of an over-scheduled day.

March 11, 2018