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2021-05-10 05:21:00
by Robert B. Reich
We Must not Forget that Republicans Tried to Overturn the Election

America prefers to look forward rather than back. We’re a land of second acts. We move on. This can be... Read More

America prefers to look forward rather than back. We’re a land of second acts. We move on. This can be a strength. We don’t get bogged down in outmoded traditions, old grudges, obsolete ways of thinking. We constantly reinvent. We... Read More

To Make Transportation More Climate-Friendly, Look No Further Than Rail

The movement towards a more sustainable future has become a primary driving force in decision-making, both in Washington and in... Read More

The movement towards a more sustainable future has become a primary driving force in decision-making, both in Washington and in business. In April, the Biden administration committed to taking meaningful steps in fighting climate change, announcing a new goal of... Read More

2021-05-03 14:24:00
by Robert B. Reich
Biden’s First 100 Days Make the Contrast With Trump Abundantly Clear

By almost any measure, Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated... Read More

By almost any measure, Joe Biden’s first 100 days as president have been hugely successful. Getting millions of Americans inoculated against COVID-19 and beginning to revive the economy are central to that success. Some two-thirds of Americans support Biden’s $1.9... Read More

President Biden's Estate Tax Plans Would Hit Middle Income Families and Impact Many Family Businesses, Ranches, and Farms

President Biden and his administration will soon release the details of their plan for individual tax increases. He promised during... Read More

President Biden and his administration will soon release the details of their plan for individual tax increases. He promised during the 2020 presidential campaign to lower the estate tax exemption, currently $11.7 million to $3.5 million and raise the estate... Read More

2021-04-30 18:14:34
by The Breakthrough Institute
Food Technology Is Infrastructure

President Biden’s new infrastructure proposal makes bold investments to key sectors of the economy, while also racing the country forward... Read More

President Biden’s new infrastructure proposal makes bold investments to key sectors of the economy, while also racing the country forward toward a more sustainable and equitable future. The new package is not just about fixing roads, highways, and bridges, but... Read More

2021-04-29 18:23:00
by Leonard Pitts
Times These Days When You Simply Must Close Your Mind

Thirty years ago, when I was still a music critic, I received a letter from a lady who informed me... Read More

Thirty years ago, when I was still a music critic, I received a letter from a lady who informed me in no uncertain terms that I didn’t know what I was talking about. This was after I‘d written about the... Read More

2021-04-23 18:27:00
by Leonard Pitts
We've Failed Our Children

An open letter to the children. We owe you an apology. Meaning all of us in the generations above you.... Read More

An open letter to the children. We owe you an apology. Meaning all of us in the generations above you. We had one job where you were concerned, and that was to keep you safe. “Save the children,” pleaded a... Read More

2021-04-23 18:17:00
by Mary Sanchez
Policing Will Reform With or Without the GOP

America is pushing toward policing reform, with or without Republicans. Not swiftly, not without debate, and not without public protests.... Read More

America is pushing toward policing reform, with or without Republicans. Not swiftly, not without debate, and not without public protests. But it will happen. There is simply too much momentum for either political party to revert to the status quo... Read More

2021-04-21 18:45:00
by Leonard Pitts
Leave These Children Alone!

Look, I get it, OK? A lot of this, you plain do not understand. Much of it leaves you confused.... Read More

Look, I get it, OK? A lot of this, you plain do not understand. Much of it leaves you confused. Well, me too. I have no idea what it must be like to grow up feeling as if you were... Read More

2021-04-20 18:48:00
by Rachel Marsden
Taking Our Lives Back From COVID-19 is Up to Us, Not the Government

Season One was the gripping saga of a new, mysterious and potentially plague-like virus sweeping across the globe and spooking... Read More

Season One was the gripping saga of a new, mysterious and potentially plague-like virus sweeping across the globe and spooking governments into sending everyone into hiding at home. Then came Season Two: The Variants. But many people have already switched... Read More

2021-04-20 18:41:00
by Leonard Pitts
Real Justice Shouldn't Be This Difficult

I sat there trying to remember how to breathe. I suspect I had that in common with people — particularly... Read More

I sat there trying to remember how to breathe. I suspect I had that in common with people — particularly African-American people — all over the country. Didn’t we all hold our breath as we awaited the verdict in the... Read More

2021-04-15 18:51:00
by Leonard Pitts
A Riot is the Language of the Unheard

“The anguish we are suffering cannot translate into violence.” So said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week in the wake... Read More

“The anguish we are suffering cannot translate into violence.” So said Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey last week in the wake of yet another police killing of yet another unarmed African-American man. The sentiment was altogether fitting and proper, especially given... Read More

2021-04-13 18:54:00
by Leonard Pitts
It Takes Two Parties to be Bipartisan

There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did... Read More

There is nothing sacred about nine. The number was not carried down from a mountain on stone tablets, nor did it appear in a burning bush. In fact, before the Supreme Court contained nine justices, it contained six, the number... Read More

2021-04-05 17:27:00
by Robert B. Reich
The Political Benefits of Building Back Boring

Joe Biden is embarking on the biggest government initiative in more than a half-century, “unlike anything we have seen or... Read More

Joe Biden is embarking on the biggest government initiative in more than a half-century, “unlike anything we have seen or done since we built the interstate highway system and the space race decades go,” he says. But when it comes... Read More

2021-04-02 17:16:45
by The Breakthrough Institute
Solving Agriculture’s Climate Footprint

According to a popular proverb, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time... Read More

According to a popular proverb, the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.  Like planting a tree, governments should have funded large-scale research and development 20 years ago to better address... Read More

America’s Mariners Are Essential Workers. It’s Time to Get Them Vaccinated

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed appreciation for a strong, stable and resilient national logistics system. America’s mariners, who have... Read More

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed appreciation for a strong, stable and resilient national logistics system. America’s mariners, who have safely ensured essential cargo continue to reach American’s doorsteps amid the current crisis, are the cornerstone of that system.  Though... Read More

2021-03-31 17:17:00
by John Kass
Asian American Judge Challenges Racism Inherent in ‘Equity’

Have you read, heard or seen that important news story about an Asian American federal judge — born in Taiwan... Read More

Have you read, heard or seen that important news story about an Asian American federal judge — born in Taiwan and subject to discrimination growing up — who confronted and denounced those who discriminate by race? No? With all that’s... Read More

2021-03-26 17:33:00
by Mary Sanchez
Before the BLM Movement There was Emmett Till and the Man Who Tried to Bring Him Justice

More than 40 years before Black Lives Matter emerged as a movement, Alvin Sykes was doggedly questioning police brutality in cases famous, and not.... Read More

More than 40 years before Black Lives Matter emerged as a movement, Alvin Sykes was doggedly questioning police brutality in cases famous, and not. Sykes convinced the federal government to reopen unsolved 50-year-old civil rights era murders, scores of cases in Mississippi and other southern states,... Read More

UWM’s Hardball Tactics Hurt Homebuyers and Our Economy

As COVID raged, and mortgage rates plummeted, last March my husband and I found ourselves unexpectedly in the market to... Read More

As COVID raged, and mortgage rates plummeted, last March my husband and I found ourselves unexpectedly in the market to purchase a new home just a few weeks before the birth of our daughter. Even though we thought we saved... Read More

2021-03-18 23:40:00
by Leonard Pitts
He Was Having a Bad Day

He was having a bad day. So said Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker by way of explaining last week’s... Read More

He was having a bad day. So said Cherokee County Sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker by way of explaining last week’s mass shootings at three Atlanta-area massage parlors. The suspect, a 21-year-old white man whose name won’t be used here, is... Read More

New Research Definitively Links Digital Tools to More Revenue and Hiring for Small Businesses During Pandemic

As Congress continues its investigation into large technology companies, the critically important role digital tools and services play for small... Read More

As Congress continues its investigation into large technology companies, the critically important role digital tools and services play for small businesses is once again being overlooked. Before Congress, regulators, or Attorneys General take any action that changes the way the... Read More

2021-03-15 23:36:00
by Robert B. Reich
How Bidenomics Can Unite America

A quarter-century ago, I and other members of Bill Clinton’s Cabinet urged him to reject the Republican proposal to end... Read More

A quarter-century ago, I and other members of Bill Clinton’s Cabinet urged him to reject the Republican proposal to end welfare. It was too punitive, we said, subjecting poor Americans to deep and abiding poverty. But Clinton’s political advisers warned... Read More

Climate Judo: A Path to Turn Crisis Into Jobs

At the heart of the Martial Art Judo is the notion that the momentum of your opponent’s aggression can be... Read More

At the heart of the Martial Art Judo is the notion that the momentum of your opponent’s aggression can be converted to your advantage in overcoming them. Advances in technology and a global momentum to avert the deepening climate crisis... Read More

2021-03-09 14:14:00
by Leonard Pitts
When Facts Cease to Matter, Consequences Do, Too

My brother-in-law died of hogwash. Another brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two cousins and several grandchildren are all recovering from... Read More

My brother-in-law died of hogwash. Another brother-in-law, a sister-in-law, two daughters-in-law, two cousins and several grandchildren are all recovering from hogwash. My wife spent a week in the hospital with hogwash. I tested positive for hogwash, but had few symptoms.... Read More

2021-03-08 14:27:00
by Robert B. Reich
Joe Biden, LBJ and the Future of Voting Rights

In 1963, when the newly sworn-in Lyndon Baines Johnson was advised against using his limited political capital on the controversial... Read More

In 1963, when the newly sworn-in Lyndon Baines Johnson was advised against using his limited political capital on the controversial issue of civil and voting rights for Black Americans, he responded: “Well, what the hell’s the presidency for?” America is... Read More

2021-03-04 23:44:00
by The Breakthrough Institute
Our Ecomodernist Politics

For all their pitched battles, climate activists and climate deniers seem to agree on a fundamental premise: the incompatibility of... Read More

For all their pitched battles, climate activists and climate deniers seem to agree on a fundamental premise: the incompatibility of climate action and economic growth. “Growth now comes with enormous levels of risk. Indeed, it risks ending the game of... Read More

2021-03-03 14:19:00
by Mary Sanchez
Yes, in Many States, People can Still be Fired for Being Gay

Religious conservatives are clearly confused and agitated. After all, they gave it their best effort, endlessly admonishing about “Adam and... Read More

Religious conservatives are clearly confused and agitated. After all, they gave it their best effort, endlessly admonishing about “Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.” They were insistent that love is only love when it occurs between a man and... Read More

Becerra Confirmation Crucial to Addressing Health Inequities Deepened by the COVID-19 Pandemic

The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has become more complicated, despite the breakneck speed of vaccine development. The country is... Read More

The fight against the COVID-19 pandemic has become more complicated, despite the breakneck speed of vaccine development. The country is facing the dual challenges of combating the spread of new variants of the virus while coordinating a nationwide vaccination effort.... Read More

2021-02-20 04:08:33
by How to Spot the Moderate
How to Spot the Moderate

Can you spot the moderate? Ok, not Joe Manchin. That’s too easy. Spot the other one. You found her! Rep.... Read More

Can you spot the moderate? Ok, not Joe Manchin. That’s too easy. Spot the other one. You found her! Rep. Sharice Davids, the first congressional Democrat from Kansas in a decade was recently re-elected to her second term. A former... Read More

Stop Protecting Big Banks: End the War on Cryptocurrencies

On the day President Joe Biden was sworn into office, he ordered a freeze on the blizzard of last-minute rules... Read More

On the day President Joe Biden was sworn into office, he ordered a freeze on the blizzard of last-minute rules that the Trump Administration tried to ram through in its final days. They were a grab bag of favors to... Read More

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