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The PPP’s Ticking Time-bomb Tax Crisis

At the beginning of this pandemic, Congress knew that quick and decisive action was critical to limit its damage to... Read More

At the beginning of this pandemic, Congress knew that quick and decisive action was critical to limit its damage to the American public and the economy. In short order, Congress passed – with huge margins – relief bills to shore... Read More

Clayton’s SEC Sets Up Cryptocurrency Firms to Fail

Cryptocurrency may still seem like a strange, foreign concept in many American households – but the technology has reached the... Read More

Cryptocurrency may still seem like a strange, foreign concept in many American households – but the technology has reached the point where it is entering the everyday economy. The price of Bitcoin has hit a record-high, G7 officials are pushing... Read More

2020-12-13 14:18:00
by Georgia Voters Will Decide
Georgia Voters Will Decide

On January 5, Georgia voters will decide the runoff for their two U.S. Senate seats. Their votes will determine whether... Read More

On January 5, Georgia voters will decide the runoff for their two U.S. Senate seats. Their votes will determine whether Republicans retain control of the Senate or whether Democrats gain a 50-50 tie, with Vice President Kamala Harris the tie-breaking... Read More

2020-12-11 14:18:00
by Mary Sanchez
A Controversial Nominee for Some, Biden's HHS Pick Offers a Promising Path Forward for All Americans

Because bible-pounding has become a favored tactic of politicians, it was only a matter of time before one of the... Read More

Because bible-pounding has become a favored tactic of politicians, it was only a matter of time before one of the cabinet choices of the incoming Biden administration would set off screeds of fire and brimstone. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra... Read More

2020-12-09 14:21:00
by John Kass
William Barr, Vilified by All Sides, Did His Job

Attorney General William Barr, vilified witlessly and unreasonably for years by the left — and most recently by conservatives —... Read More

Attorney General William Barr, vilified witlessly and unreasonably for years by the left — and most recently by conservatives — has just performed two critically important services to the republic: After the election, Barr refused to put his name or... Read More

2020-12-06 14:07:00
by Leonard Pitts
And So This Is Christmas

And so this is Christmas. So sang John Lennon in 1971. The Vietnam War took 2,414 American lives that year,... Read More

And so this is Christmas. So sang John Lennon in 1971. The Vietnam War took 2,414 American lives that year, so the song was a prayer of harmony and peace with a scrim of irony. Nor did the irony end... Read More

2020-12-01 14:07:00
by Rachel Marsden
Targeted Assassinations Could Open a Pandora’s Box

PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump recently requested from his national security advisers a series of options for targeting... Read More

PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump recently requested from his national security advisers a series of options for targeting Iran’s main nuclear site, Natanz, his advisers reportedly deterred him from ordering a conventional missile strike. But a question loomed:... Read More

2020-11-30 13:26:55
by Robert B. Reich
The Dangerous Seduction of ‘Back to Normal’

“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised last week in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. He... Read More

“Life is going to return to normal,” Joe Biden promised last week in a Thanksgiving address to the nation. He was talking about life after COVID-19, but you could be forgiven if you thought he was also making a promise... Read More

2020-11-24 13:26:56
by Rachel Marsden
Pandemic-leveraging ‘Great Reset’ Is Hardly a Myth

PARIS — Mainstream media outlets have spilled copious amounts of ink dismissing the “Great Reset” — the notion that the... Read More

PARIS — Mainstream media outlets have spilled copious amounts of ink dismissing the “Great Reset” — the notion that the global COVID-19 pandemic is being exploited by global decisionmakers to usher in a self-serving agenda — as little more than... Read More

2020-11-23 13:26:57
by Robert B. Reich
Trump Is Stress-testing American Democracy

Financial regulators subject banks to stress tests to see if they have enough capital to withstand sharp downturns. Now America... Read More

Financial regulators subject banks to stress tests to see if they have enough capital to withstand sharp downturns. Now America is being subject to a stress test to see if it has enough strength to withstand Donald Trump’s treacherous campaign... Read More

Commentary | Energy Was On The Ballot This November

Two years ago, Democrats won back control of the U.S. House by nominating largely moderate candidates in swing districts who... Read More

Two years ago, Democrats won back control of the U.S. House by nominating largely moderate candidates in swing districts who ignored litmus test issues like the Green New Deal and refused to be defined by extreme economic and energy policies... Read More

2020-11-18 12:55:25
by John Kass
Abolish Electoral College? Sure, and Why Not Let ‘Majority Rule’ on the Bill of Rights?

When we were kids on the playground and there was an angry dispute, someone would always shout “majority rules.” And... Read More

When we were kids on the playground and there was an angry dispute, someone would always shout “majority rules.” And we’d vote. If the losers didn’t like the outcome, there were two options: punch the winners in the stomach or... Read More

Now More Than Ever We Need Science, Not Politics

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy... Read More

The global COVID-19 pandemic, with all its devastating consequences, has reaffirmed why science must be at the center of policy considerations, political debate, and media attention. But, lamentably, it is often at the center for all the wrong reasons. Against... Read More

2020-11-09 12:55:26
by Robert B. Reich
Can Biden Heal America When Trump and His Allies Don’t Want It Healed?

In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted,... Read More

In case you missed the news, Joe Biden was elected president of the United States. With almost all ballots counted, Biden has more than 75 million votes and Trump some 71 million. The Electoral College isn’t even close. But Donald... Read More

2020-11-07 16:13:33
by Leonard Pitts
The Election of 2020 Has Ended at Last

Forgive me for being the ant at the picnic. Certainly, this is a glad moment, an ecstatic and delirious moment.... Read More

Forgive me for being the ant at the picnic. Certainly, this is a glad moment, an ecstatic and delirious moment. The election of 2020 has ended at last. Joe Biden is finally the president-elect and Donald Trump is finally consigned... Read More

2020-11-07 14:18:01
by Make America Big Again
Make America Big Again

Fans of Donald Trump typically say, “I wish he wouldn’t tweet so much, but I like his policies.” As you... Read More

Fans of Donald Trump typically say, “I wish he wouldn’t tweet so much, but I like his policies.” As you peel back more layers of the onion, they really mean they like his tax cuts and conservative appointments to the... Read More

2020-11-04 16:26:11
by Leonard Pitts
Springsteen Wrestles With Death

Bruce Springsteen is wrestling with death. You hear him as you float high above leafless trees dusted with snow. The... Read More

Bruce Springsteen is wrestling with death. You hear him as you float high above leafless trees dusted with snow. The scene, captured in creamy tones of black and white, is one of beauty almost unbearably elegiac, sacred in its stillness.... Read More

Stand Together. Vote Together. Win Together

I’ve been talking about the significance of the black vote for a while now. I know, you’re probably sick of... Read More

I’ve been talking about the significance of the black vote for a while now. I know, you’re probably sick of hearing it. But we have to understand that, from the caucuses and primaries to early voting and Election Day, this... Read More

2020-11-01 15:32:28
by Leonard Pitts
Happy Endings in US History Are Not Guaranteed

America is not guaranteed. There is, in other words, nothing foreordained about this country someday returning to anything approximating normal.... Read More

America is not guaranteed. There is, in other words, nothing foreordained about this country someday returning to anything approximating normal. That’s important to keep in mind as we await results of the most critical U.S. election since 1860, when Abraham... Read More

2020-10-28 15:32:25
by Leonard Pitts
Dear Jared Kushner

Dear Jared Kushner: So I see where you think you’ve figured out what’s wrong with Black people. Monday, you shared... Read More

Dear Jared Kushner: So I see where you think you’ve figured out what’s wrong with Black people. Monday, you shared it on Fox “News.” ”One thing we’ve seen in a lot of the Black community,” you said, “which is mostly... Read More

2020-10-23 21:20:54
by Mary Sanchez
When Horrible Things Happen to Other People's Children

Sometimes I worry about the soul of our nation. Politicians of all stripes go on boastful rants about their “Christian-centered”... Read More

Sometimes I worry about the soul of our nation. Politicians of all stripes go on boastful rants about their “Christian-centered” family values. Meanwhile, horrific orders — to other people’s children — are carried out on their watch. That’s key. They... Read More

2020-10-21 21:20:53
by Leonard Pitts
We Will Not Forget

You did not stand up. Granted, America faced neither enemy bombers nor terrorist plot, but the threat to her was... Read More

You did not stand up. Granted, America faced neither enemy bombers nor terrorist plot, but the threat to her was — still is — no less real. Your country needed you. And you did not stand up. You told yourself... Read More

Congress Should Honor Puerto Rico’s Statehood Decision on November 3rd

On November 3rd, Puerto Ricans will head to the polls to answer a simple question with powerful implications: "Should Puerto... Read More

On November 3rd, Puerto Ricans will head to the polls to answer a simple question with powerful implications: "Should Puerto Rico be admitted immediately into the Union as a State? Yes or No.”  This is not the first time Puerto... Read More

2020-10-19 21:20:52
by Robert B. Reich
The Public, the Personal and the Utter Hypocrisy

Donald Trump and many Republicans insist that the decisions whether to wear a mask, go to a bar or gym,... Read More

Donald Trump and many Republicans insist that the decisions whether to wear a mask, go to a bar or gym, or work or attend school during a pandemic should be personal. Government should play no role. Yet they also believe... Read More

2020-10-18 18:12:31
by Leonard Pitts
Living in an Era Where Misinformation Is Weaponized

“Jared Kushner is under federal investigation for diverting money to terrorist organizations according to a guy I met at the... Read More

“Jared Kushner is under federal investigation for diverting money to terrorist organizations according to a guy I met at the gas station who told me he works for the FBI” is something I would never be allowed to publish. “Donald... Read More

2020-10-12 18:09:29
by Robert B. Reich
Trump Nearing a Dead End on 5th Avenue

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Donald Trump boasted... Read More

“I could stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,” Donald Trump boasted in 2016. Trump’s 5th Avenue principle is being severely tested. Some 40 percent of voters have stuck by him even... Read More

The Democratic Party Is Most Successful When It's at Its Broadest Big Tent

The Democratic Party is most successful when it’s at its broadest, attracting everyone from far-left democratic socialists to center-left moderates.... Read More

The Democratic Party is most successful when it’s at its broadest, attracting everyone from far-left democratic socialists to center-left moderates. Most of the time, the metaphor we use is that of a “big tent.” But the Rev. Jesse Jackson put... Read More

2020-10-08 14:30:45
by The 30 Minutes That Matter
The 30 Minutes That Matter

Last night marked the 32nd Presidential or Vice Presidential debate that I remember closely watching and there are several trends... Read More

Last night marked the 32nd Presidential or Vice Presidential debate that I remember closely watching and there are several trends that persist. First, and most importantly, viewer responses are typically very subjective. As America becomes more polarized, the vast majority... Read More

2020-10-06 15:50:02
by Mary Sanchez
COVID-19 Makes Trump a Wartime President

PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, it wasn’t long before the chaos began.... Read More

PARIS — When U.S. President Donald Trump was diagnosed with COVID-19 last week, it wasn’t long before the chaos began. Those who lament the lack of transparency and the mixed messaging from the White House regarding the president’s condition are... Read More

America’s Voting Systems Need A Glow Up

As 2020 has shown, our future is not set in stone. There is no telling when the COVID-19 pandemic will... Read More

As 2020 has shown, our future is not set in stone. There is no telling when the COVID-19 pandemic will be over or when the next crisis might arise. This uncertainty only cements the fact that our democracy must meet... Read More

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