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Sunday, August 19, 2018
Froma Harrop
Democrats struggling to stem the tide

Good Republicans Must Vote For Democrats

The most memorable campaign event I attended in 2016 was a rally for John Kasich in Rhode Island.

August 16, 2018
Trump business conflicts

Comic Relief From Rick Wilson As We Await Trump’s Exit

Rick Wilson was minding his own business as a Republican operative when Donald Trump happened.

August 14, 2018

Dereliction Of Political Duty In A Tweet

Did we neglect to mention that California will have also built up a $16 billion cushion of reserves by next year? That will come in handy for the coming recession.

August 10, 2018
Democratic, healthy, resistance

Female Candidates Must Move Beyond #MeToo

That’s wind in the Democrats’ sails, but it’s not a magic carpet ride into office for female candidates. And chaining oneself to MeToo poses its own set of problems.

August 2, 2018
Politics, Top News, Congress, Memorial Day Recess, Highway Trust Fund, Budget, Voting, Partisanship, Infrastructure

Democrats Should Move To The Center — Of The Country

To win political power, Democrats must take congressional seats away from Republicans. Geographically central Democrats know best how to attract wavering voters.

July 28, 2018
Supporters of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump demonstrate outside Trump Tower where Trump lives in New York

Fifth Avenue Shrugs As Trump Screws MAGA Chumps

But this isn’t about that. It’s about how Fifth Avenue — as a stand-in for the prosperous coasts — interprets the self-destructive tendencies of Trump country.

July 24, 2018

How Trump Got The World To Boycott America

By the way, China recently passed the U.S. as the world’s biggest consumer market.

July 21, 2018
drugs, pills, ecstasy

How Many Times Must We Save People Who Overdose?

“The revival drug should be around everywhere,” he told me. “Around all events.” If you have an addict in your family, you should stock a kit.

July 12, 2018
pregnant woman us

Roe v. Wade Is Yesterday’s Fight

If the Supreme Court were to overturn Roe v. Wade, the right to an abortion might no longer be law of the land.

July 10, 2018
The press/Donald Trump

‘Abolish ICE’ Is A Wrong-Headed Slogan That Trump Loves

But Trump didn’t need to pay anyone to pull off the T-shirt feat. Ellison did it for him and for free.

July 6, 2018

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Is Off To A Mostly Fabulous Start

As most everybody knows, a remarkable Bronx resident named Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez just won a Democratic primary against a 10-term congressman.

July 5, 2018

If You Want Fiscal Responsibility, Elect Democrats

These would have enhanced productivity and put the money into blue-collar pockets, as opposed to rich-investor portfolios.

June 26, 2018

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
Environemnt, Coal Industry, Pollution, Hazard, Energy, Mountaintop Removal Mining, Congress, Obama, Republicans

Weak Environmental Policies Cost Jobs

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

June 14, 2018
Donald Trump Veterans Charity Donations

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

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
Trump, Tone

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

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

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
The press post-mortem, CNN

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

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

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