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2018-12-24 21:00:37
by Robert B. Reich
Trump's Shutdown and the Economic Precipice

I was in Bill Clinton's Cabinet when Newt Gingrich pulled the plug on the federal government in the mid-'90s. ... Read More

I was in Bill Clinton's Cabinet when Newt Gingrich pulled the plug on the federal government in the mid-'90s. It wasn't a pretty picture. A long shutdown hurts millions of people who rely on government for services and paychecks. Read More

2018-12-21 21:13:17
by The Narc on the Shelf
The Narc on the Shelf

Thirteen years into this parenting gig I was pretty sure that I was acing low-key holiday parenting. Kids get something ... Read More

Thirteen years into this parenting gig I was pretty sure that I was acing low-key holiday parenting. Kids get something big-ish from us, modest things from Santa (equality, ya know), a few books, maybe an experience, but, most importantly NO ... Read More

2018-12-21 21:00:39
by Mary Sanchez
Wall Is Irrelevant; There's So Much More We Could Do at the Border

Donald Trump should have realized that his presidential clout was weakening when a GoFundMe account became the leading source of ... Read More

Donald Trump should have realized that his presidential clout was weakening when a GoFundMe account became the leading source of funds for his long-desired "big, beautiful wall." The social media effort, started by an Iraq... Read More

2018-12-18 00:39:50
by Rachel Marsden
Canada and Africa Caught in the Crossfire as US and China Trade Blows

The relationship between the U.S. and China is like a game of water polo: competitive yet relatively civil on ... Read More

The relationship between the U.S. and China is like a game of water polo: competitive yet relatively civil on the surface, but rife with scratching and groin-kicking underwater. A top executive of a Chinese telecommunications... Read More

2018-12-17 00:32:39
by Robert B. Reich
What's Truly Terrifying About Trump's Private Transactions

Donald Trump has described the payments his bagman, Michael Cohen, made to two women during the 2016 campaign so they wouldn't ... Read More

Donald Trump has described the payments his bagman, Michael Cohen, made to two women during the 2016 campaign so they wouldn't discuss their alleged affairs with him as "a simple private transaction." Last week... Read More

After Reading Epstein's Victims' Account, How Does Labor Secretary Acosta Sleep at Night?

Stephen King himself would be challenged to invent a fictional villain as monstrous as Jeffrey Epstein, but Epstein is real. ... Read More

Stephen King himself would be challenged to invent a fictional villain as monstrous as Jeffrey Epstein, but Epstein is real. And, despite mountainous evidence of stomach-churning crimes, today he is free as a bird -- thanks to... Read More

2018-12-15 01:22:38
by Dan Mahaffee
Will Trump Be Partisan Brawler or Smart Dealmaker With Congress?

The American people settled on a divided government that reflected a divided nation in the midterm elections this week. The ... Read More

The American people settled on a divided government that reflected a divided nation in the midterm elections this week. The results foreshadow the wide gulf between the political parties and the narrow prospects for cooperation. Read More

2018-12-14 00:32:36
by Mary Sanchez
Time for Republicans to Make Their Peace With LGBTQ Rights

Perhaps it was all those holiday wishes for "Peace on earth" and "Goodwill to mankind" that crept into the mind ... Read More

Perhaps it was all those holiday wishes for "Peace on earth" and "Goodwill to mankind" that crept into the mind of retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. In his farewell address to Congress this week, the Utah Republican floated an... Read More

2018-12-12 04:54:08
by Robert Koehler
The Lost and the Entitled

When I popped open the old laptop, the Geek Squad guy said maybe I should dust it off. He slid ... Read More

When I popped open the old laptop, the Geek Squad guy said maybe I should dust it off. He slid a canister of Endust toward me. "Spray the cloth," he said, "not the machine." I started choking on my sense ... Read More

2018-12-12 01:00:57
by Rachel Marsden
Saudi Influence on US Foreign Policy May Be Coming to an End

One of the U.S. military-industrial complex's longest-running foreign-war charades may soon come to an end despite objections from the ... Read More

One of the U.S. military-industrial complex's longest-running foreign-war charades may soon come to an end despite objections from the White House. What's puzzling is why President Donald Trump isn't standing up for the values on which he campaigned... Read More

2018-12-10 00:28:12
by Robert B. Reich
A Tip for Tariff Man

"I am a Tariff Man," Trump tweeted last week. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth ... Read More

"I am a Tariff Man," Trump tweeted last week. "When people or countries come in to raid the great wealth of our Nation, I want them to pay for the privilege of doing so. ... We are right now taking in $... Read More

2018-12-09 14:45:08
by Leonard Pitts
George H.W. Bush Is Gone, and so Is His Vision of 'A Kinder, Gentler Nation'

On the last night of the Republican National Convention in 1988, the candidate sought to impart to the country a vision ... Read More

On the last night of the Republican National Convention in 1988, the candidate sought to impart to the country a vision of the America it could be. "Some," he said, "would say it's soft and insufficiently tough to care" about troubled ... Read More

2018-12-07 14:45:12
by Mary Sanchez
U.S. Bears Responsibility in Conditions That Created the 'Caravan'

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his ... Read More

"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder." Most Christmas seasons, the Bible passage from Isaiah prompts only the best of humanity to come forth with abundant ... Read More

2018-12-06 14:56:28
by John Kass
George H.W. Bush Was Indeed a Prudent Man, and the World Was Better for It

The funeral of former President George H.W. Bush was a great celebration of a noble American patriot. There were ... Read More

The funeral of former President George H.W. Bush was a great celebration of a noble American patriot. There were the tears of his son that I won't forget. And there was the respect shown to him by his nation. Read More

2018-12-05 14:45:10
by Leonard Pitts
This Is What Actual Election Tampering Looks Like

I said it before, I'll say it again. "As this country becomes blacker, browner, gayer, younger, more Hispanic and more ... Read More

I said it before, I'll say it again. "As this country becomes blacker, browner, gayer, younger, more Hispanic and more Muslim, it is increasingly the case that the GOP cannot win if all voters vote. It cannot win, in other ... Read More

Midterms Show Moderates Are Far From Being Politically Extinct

For years, partisans and ideologues have assured us that the political center is dead, so don’t bother making persuasive arguments... Read More

For years, partisans and ideologues have assured us that the political center is dead, so don’t bother making persuasive arguments to swing voters. Just get your base out, and may the most “energized” team win. The 2018 midterm elections, however,... Read More

2018-11-28 21:39:07
by John Kass
Democrats Use Tear Gas Image as Sentimental Weapon to Avoid Clearheaded Immigration Debate

If there is one thing worse than that photograph of a little Honduran boy breathing through an oxygen mask after ... Read More

If there is one thing worse than that photograph of a little Honduran boy breathing through an oxygen mask after being hit with tear gas on our Southern border, it's this: Using that image as a sentimental weapon to fend... Read More

2018-11-28 13:39:24
by Leonard Pitts
The Day We Used Tear Gas Against Children

The United States is composed of 329 million people spread over 3.8 million square miles. In population and landmass, it's a pretty ... Read More

The United States is composed of 329 million people spread over 3.8 million square miles. In population and landmass, it's a pretty big place. But those are not the only criteria that matter. Morality matters, too. And on Sunday... Read More

2018-11-27 23:39:56
by Sameh Elamawy
Isn’t It Time We Put Borrowers First?

Silicon Valley likes to talk about disruption. From how you hail a cab to how you shop for groceries, technology ... Read More

Silicon Valley likes to talk about disruption. From how you hail a cab to how you shop for groceries, technology developed in Silicon Valley has changed almost every part of the average American’s life. But we haven’t disrupted... Read More

2018-11-26 13:39:25
by Robert B. Reich
Trump's Assault on the Rule of Law

The "rule of law" distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It's based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of ... Read More

The "rule of law" distinguishes democracies from dictatorships. It's based on three fundamental principles. Trump is violating every one of them. The first is that no person is above the law, not even a president. Which means... Read More

2018-11-25 13:39:22
by Leonard Pitts
A Few Words About 'Us' and 'Them'

"All life is interrelated." -- Martin Luther King Jr. "Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." -- John Lennon ... Read More

"All life is interrelated." -- Martin Luther King Jr. "Imagine all the people, sharing all the world." -- John Lennon A few words about "us" and "them." It is, of course, the baseline division of human existence, probably dating... Read More

2018-11-20 14:09:49
by John Kass
Jim Acosta, on a Peacock's Crusade, Wins Because of Trump's Appointed Judge

That a grandstanding show pony like CNN's Jim Acosta would be transformed by President Donald Trump into a First Amendment ... Read More

That a grandstanding show pony like CNN's Jim Acosta would be transformed by President Donald Trump into a First Amendment crusader knight is perhaps a sad but fitting comment on our age. Acosta is back at work... Read More

2018-11-18 13:39:19
by Leonard Pitts
Michelle Obama Tells Her Truth

So now Michelle Obama finally tells her truth. There has always been about her a sense that she did, indeed, ... Read More

So now Michelle Obama finally tells her truth. There has always been about her a sense that she did, indeed, have a truth of her own and that it was, if not at odds with the one her husband expressed ... Read More

2018-11-16 13:39:17
by Mary Sanchez
Hate Crime Stats Leave Much to Be Desired, But What They Tell Is Disturbing

When FBI released its report "Hate Crimes Statistics, 2017" earlier this week, Srinivas Kuchibhotla's name was nowhere to be seen. Yet ... Read More

When FBI released its report "Hate Crimes Statistics, 2017" earlier this week, Srinivas Kuchibhotla's name was nowhere to be seen. Yet his widow, Sunayana Dumala, knows his murder in Olathe, Kan., was a hate crime. She... Read More

2018-11-14 13:52:42
by Leonard Pitts
What Journalists Do

"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character." -- Lyndon Johnson "They ... Read More

"The fact that a man is a newspaper reporter is evidence of some flaw in character." -- Lyndon Johnson "They are a sort of assassins..." -- John Quincy Adams "I look forward to these confrontations with the press to kind ... Read More

This Is a Time for Everyday Heroes

“Not all heroes wear capes.” This Veterans Day, I have a new spin on that popular saying: Not all American ... Read More

“Not all heroes wear capes.” This Veterans Day, I have a new spin on that popular saying: Not all American heroes wear camouflage. I appreciate the high regard most Americans have for us veterans in the post-9/11 era, but the ... Read More

The Midterms Point Us Toward a More Democratic Future: Four Lessons From the Elections

Although not quite the stinging rebuke that Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans were hoping for, the midterm elections show that President ... Read More

Although not quite the stinging rebuke that Democrats and Never-Trump Republicans were hoping for, the midterm elections show that President Trump’s strategy of maximum polarization has reached the point of diminishing political returns. Read More

2018-11-08 18:10:42
by John Kass
Americans Need Sunshine on Trump/Russia and the Clinton-Funded Dossier -- Now

After the midterm elections, Americans were still trying to see past the political spin to the serious implications of it ... Read More

After the midterm elections, Americans were still trying to see past the political spin to the serious implications of it all. Did the Democrats win a short-term victory by taking the House and, with it, subpoena power allowing... Read More

2018-11-07 18:10:43
by Robert B. Reich
America Has Rejected Trumpism

Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 ... Read More

Make no mistake: America has rejected Trumpism. No one seriously expected the Senate to flip, because Democrats had to defend 26 seats in that chamber, compared with only nine held by Republicans. The real battleground... Read More

2018-11-02 18:10:47
by Leonard Pitts
We Could Lose Our Country, Or Save It

"What are these politicians going to do for us?" A guy in Texas asked that question a few weeks back ... Read More

"What are these politicians going to do for us?" A guy in Texas asked that question a few weeks back on "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," by way of explaining why he won't be voting in the most important midterm ... Read More

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