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Saturday, June 23, 2018

When Politics Was Fun

Hard as it might be to believe in the midst of today’s poisonous and personally destructive political warfare, campaigns once brimmed with rascals and laughs.

June 2, 2018

Roseanne Barr And The Persistence Of Prejudice

It has been more than half a century since Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act, which Americans of that era assumed would set the nation on the road to confronting and eliminating the blight of discrimination and prejudice.

June 2, 2018
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We Already Knew This About Roseanne Barr

So no, I did not like Roseanne Barr’s show, ever. In its original form, the series gave educated, well-off Americans an excuse to cling to their stereotypes of us.

June 1, 2018
Ben Carson, HUD

Carson Hires Crooked Friend’s Son For Top HUD Post

HUD Secretary Ben Carson added more corruption to the Trump administration by hiring the son of a close friend who was convicted of fraud.

June 1, 2018
Trump, Ethics, Terrorism

The Perils Of Megalomania In The White House

Trump’s goal has nothing to do with peace on the Korean peninsula, or even with making America great again. It’s all about making Trump feel great.

May 29, 2018

The Long Nightmare Of The Dreamers

That was the day the Dream Act, to protect young immigrants brought here illegally as children, was first introduced in Congress. Seventeen years later, they are still waiting for protection.

May 28, 2018
Facebook, Fake News

Big Loopholes In Facebook’s New Political Ad System

Facebook announced a new system to make political ads more transparent. It’s got holes.

May 27, 2018
Trump economy fix

5 Worst Right-Wing Outrages Of The Week

Opponents of the president may literally be the devil, some Evangelicals believe.

May 27, 2018
heavy security for inaugural in DC

Goons In Gucci

In the fierce labor wars of the last century, industrial barons employed Pinkertons and other goons to bloody the heads of laborers or simply gun down those struggling for a share of economic and political power.

May 25, 2018

NY Jets Owner Defies NFL On National Anthem Fines

After the NFL caved to Trump, one owner stood up for his players.

May 24, 2018

Federal Judge Rules Trump Can’t Block Twitter Critics

Once again, Trump’s reckless and unprecedented use and abuse of Twitter has come back to bite him.

May 24, 2018
Stacey Abrams Democratic

In Georgia, Democrats Nominate First Black Woman For Governor

Rachel Maddow called her “one of the most charismatic politicians of her generation.”

May 23, 2018
bishop royal wedding

Bishop Who Wowed Royal Wedding To Protest At White House

The Episcopal Church is joining the resistance.

May 23, 2018
paul ryan

House Republicans Want To Throw Ryan Out Now

Paul Ryan’s lame-duck speakership has been a disaster.

May 22, 2018
Bernie Sanders delivers a live-streamed address to his supporters

Discontent And Upheaval At Bernie’s ‘Our Revolution’

The organization is coming under increased scrutiny headed into the midterm elections.

May 22, 2018

Why Young Americans Are Drawn To Socialism

A survey last year found that only 26 percent of baby boomers would prefer to live in a socialist country. Among young people, the figure was 44 percent.

May 21, 2018
Houston chief of police Art Acevedo

Houston Top Cop Slams Lawmakers Who ‘Do Absolutely Nothing’ On Guns

Responding to the shooting at Santa Fe High, Houston chief of police Art Acevedo offered a blistering indictment of politicians who refuse to buck the NRA and take action on gun safety.

May 20, 2018
Trump voters

Trump Voters? In A Focus Group, They’re Mean

Reflecting our national inclination both to romanticize what is past and to criticize what is current, Marines will regularly gripe that there is no duty station better than the one they just left and none worse than the one they’re presently at.

May 19, 2018
Trump, Tone

Racist Rhetoric Is Trump’s Favorite Trope

A year and a half into Donald J. Trump’s mean-spirited, vulgar and callous presidency, no one should feign surprise that he referred to some illegal immigrants as “animals.”

May 19, 2018
U.S. President Trump looks on following swearing-in ceremony for Defense Secretary Mattis at the Pentagon in Washington

Seeking Revenge, Trump Pushes Postal Service To Double Amazon’s Rates

The president is reportedly going outside the normal process to target a company he explicitly links with a critical publication.

May 19, 2018

In Santa Fe, This Week’s School Massacre Elicits More ‘Thoughts And Prayers’

The epidemic of deadly campus shootings spreads to Santa Fe High School as Republicans and the NRA stand in the way of gun reform, offering ‘thoughts and prayers’ and nothing else.

May 19, 2018

Cambridge Analytica Executive Delivers Stunning Testimony In Senate Hearing

Mr. Wylie goes to Washington to help America better understand what we’re facing from social media.

May 18, 2018

Down The Memory Hole: Dismantling Democracy, Word By Word

While we were barely looking, significant parts of an American language long familiar to us quite literally, and in a remarkably coherent way, went down the equivalent of George Orwell’s infamous Memory Hole.

May 18, 2018
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Trumpist Media Ignores Struggle Over Net Neutrality

Today, senators voted on a resolution to undo a 2017 move by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to end net neutrality regulations, but major television and print media outlets have devoted little more than a few mentions to the issue.

May 17, 2018

Why Baseball Still Matters To America

There’s no finer refuge from this age’s obsessions than a well-played baseball game: three blessed hours in which one can be confident that he-who-need-not-be-mentioned, won’t be. 

May 16, 2018