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Monday, May 29, 2017
George W. Bush
Wall Street

For Democrats, Obama’s Wall Street Payday Sends The Wrong Signal

With the Democratic Party struggling to redeem itself in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s loss, Obama’s Wall Street payday sends exactly the wrong signal at a very bad time.

May 3, 2017
LGBTQ

Official Involved In Bush-Era Purge of Gay Employees Now Working For Trump

A little-noticed inspector general report, released in 2013, depicts Trump appointee James Renne as a central player in an anti-gay purge at the Office of Special Counsel during the Bush administration. The report found that employees were targeted for no legitimate reason, pointing to “facts which reflect that…Mr. Renne may have been motivated…by a negative personal attitude toward homosexuality and individuals whose orientation is homosexual.”

April 10, 2017
Syria

In Syria, The First Step Down A Dangerous Road

Having opposed President Obama’s initiative to punish Assad following that attack, Donald Trump clearly has no idea what to do now that his missiles have landed in Syria. Nor do Congressional Republicans, whose enthusiastic support for Trump’s action today rings hollow for anyone who remembers how they rejected Obama’s request to authorize military force in 2013.

April 7, 2017
Democratic, healthy, resistance

How Healthy Are We The People?

When Congress returned home, Republicans got clobbered at town hall meetings. These scenes made me check up on our democracy’s wellness. Bad news: The body politic’s muscles got flabby in the last 16-17 years. Blood pressure up, and too many Cheetos, not enough kale.

February 25, 2017
Border Wall, Immigration

Former ‘Border Czar’ Gives Real Facts About Immigration

Alan Bersin, who spent almost five years as President Clinton’s “border czar,” says a border wall won’t address the real challenges confronting the U.S. border enforcement system: hopelessly understaffed immigration courts and lawlessness and poverty in Central America.

February 14, 2017
Private prisons, deportations

Obama Handed Trump’s Gang Of White Nationalists A Lethal Deportation Machine

During his presidency, Obama greatly expanded the U.S. deportation machine, overseeing a higher number of border patrols than any previous administration. That deportation machine is now being handed to Trump, whose administration is aggressively delivering on his fascist and white supremacist campaign pledges to slam the door on refugees and migrants.

February 8, 2017
Muslim Ban, Foreigners

The U.S. Has Banned Foreigners Before, But This Time It’s Different

While six of the past seven presidents, Republicans and Democrats, have relied on the same federal law to keep certain groups of foreigners out of the United States, Trump’s ban clearly discriminates against people based on their religion and is much broader, banning all people from multiple countries, including those whose status had already been determined.

February 7, 2017
Kushner

Senior Staff In Trump Administration Have Private RNC Email Accounts

According to Newsweek, senior Trump administration staffers including Kellyanne Conway, Jared Kushner, Sean Spicer, and Steve Bannon have active accounts on a Republican National Committee email system. The system (rnchq.org) is the same one the Bush administration was accused of using to evade transparency rules after claiming to have “lost” 22 million emails.

January 26, 2017
Donald Trump, Twistifications, Lies

A Deeper Look At President Trump’s Lies and ‘Twistifications’

Thomas Jefferson was so dismayed by political deceptions that he coined a word for it. “Twistifications” referred to a brew of willful misinformation, tortured logic, and artful language designed to sway credulous audiences. Can President Trump get away with his multiple misdirections and twistifications for 1,460 days of intense scrutiny?

January 25, 2017
John Ashcroft, Constitutional Rights

When Fear Rules, Constitutional Rights Get Trampled

Erring on the side of recklessness comes at a high price. It undermines the constitutional rights America values most. It harms our international image. It hands a recruitment tool to terrorists. We know this now. Time to apply the lesson.

January 21, 2017
Trump. White House, Press Corps, Shill

Trump’s Army Of Shills Take Over The White House Press Briefing Room

The Trump administration’s reported proposal to move the White House press briefing to a large room that can accommodate pro-Trump sycophants and propagandists is brazen and destructive. But it’s also not entirely new — the Bush administration adopted a similar strategy in 2004.

January 20, 2017
Trump, Electoral College, Illegitiimate

5 Ways To Measure Trump’s Illegitimacy

The Great and Powerful Trump is the weakest and most vulnerable president in at least 140 years. Behind the scowl and the curtain there is a diminished man who cannot shake off the circumstances surrounding his election. Emerging from the 2016 election, Donald Trump carries a quintuple burden of illegitimacy.

January 18, 2017
Cabinet Picks

Failed Cabinet Picks Offer Guide To Trump’s Prospects

According to the Senate Historical Office, there were four cases since 1970 in which a Senate controlled by the president’s party did not confirm the president’s nominees. In each case, the failed nominee had either ethical, financial, or legal lapses in their records.

January 15, 2017
Ivanka, Donald Trump, Tax

Searching For Integrity In Trumplandia

We’ve been suckered with this tax holiday scam before. In 2004, George W. Bush pulled it on us — and instead of creating jobs, the corporate tax-dodgers eliminated thousands more of our jobs! The way to know whether or not Trump’s tax holiday will benefit workers is to see if it requires that corporations actually create the thousands of good jobs promised before they get the tax break. Anything less is just another swindle.

January 11, 2017
Exxon, Tillerson, Russia

Exxon’s Rex Tillerson And The Rise Of Big Oil In American Politics

With Tillerson as the country’s top diplomat, the opportunity to redefine the rationale and methods for the entirety of our interactions with other nations is unparalleled. While this has been true to some extent since World War II, this appointment institutionalizes the view that our national diplomacy will be guided by resource acquisition.

January 11, 2017
Data, Censorship

How Archivists And Coders Plan To Stop Censorship Under Trump

Concerns about censorship under Trump have transformed the arcane art of saving web pages at the end of a president’s term into a crowdsourced effort with hackathons, fundraising, and pleas for help on Twitter.

January 6, 2017
Solidarity, Protests

Trump’s Inauguration: Why We Can Expect A Virtual Media Blackout Of Protests

16 years ago, thousands of protesters lined the inauguration parade route of the incoming Republican president. “Not my president,” they chanted. But despite the enormity of the rally, it was largely ignored. Instead, pundits marveled over how George W. Bush “filled out the suit.”

January 6, 2017
Judges, Merrick Garland, Obama

Outgoing Congress Confirmed Fewest Judges Since 1952

Since Republicans took control of the Senate at the beginning of the 114th Congress in 2015, senators have voted to confirm only 22 of President Barack Obama’s judicial nominees. That’s the lowest total since 1951-52, in the final years of Harry Truman’s presidency

January 1, 2017
Obama, Guantanamo, Defense Bill

Obama Signs Defense Spending Bill, Criticizes Guantanamo Policy

Obama pledged in his 2008 presidential campaign to close the military prison, but his efforts have been blocked by mostly Republican opposition in Congress. The Democratic president has instead reduced the population there by transferring prisoners to other countries.

December 24, 2016
voter ID

In A True Democracy, The Popular Majority Must Count

Endorsing the National Popular Vote would be a critical first step toward reshaping our electoral system. Reform from the top will encourage future Presidents, all elected by majority, to address the other distortions to our democracy, including gerrymandering, voter suppression laws, and the unfettered flow of money into politics.

December 8, 2016
Donald Trump, Democracy, and Indecency

From Nixon To Trump: Democracy and Indecency

Trump made scores of promises he could not possibly fulfill. The biggest was the same one fascist strongmen always offer: transcendent national renewal, built upon the cleansing of dangerous untermenschen from the body politic.

December 2, 2016
Trump, Mentally Ill

How Will ‘We’ Survive A President Trump?

If our calamitous past has taught us anything it should be that mere survival is not enough. And assurances that “we will survive” refer to a privileged and limited “we.”

December 1, 2016
Kris Kobach, Muslim Ban, Terrorism

Caught On Camera: Donald Trump’s Anti-Muslim Agenda Revealed

The plan was revealed when an AP photographer captured an image of Kris Kobach entering a private meeting with Trump on Sunday, carrying a binder and papers.

November 22, 2016
Trump may nominate John Bolton as Secretary of State

Trump May Name Iraq War Propagandist John Bolton As Top US Diplomat

Not only did John Bolton support the scheme to attack Iraq, but he actively promoted the official lies and propaganda that led up to the US invasion.

November 15, 2016
Solidarity, Protests

America Needs Genuine Class Solidarity Politics

What is necessary moving forward, what is essential if the future can yet be won, is a politics that can win the world as it is. There are no politics that can combat ethno-nationalism but the politics of class solidarity

November 11, 2016