(4 comments) Tuesday, March 26, 2019 Has "Cover-Up General" William Barr Struck Again?
By cherry-picking Mueller's report and handing Trump the talking points he needed, Barr has done it again. The question this time is whether Congress will be as compliant as they were in 1993 and simply let it all go. Both Trump and senior Republican leadership are already calling for a repeat of '93; what remains to be seen is if the press and Democratic leadership will go along like they did back then.
Friday, January 11, 2019 Four Reasons the Corporate Media Refuses to Talk About Things That Matter
Watch a few hours of national cable TV media, and -- outside of a very few shows -- odds are you won't hear any detail of actual policy whatsoever. Every issue is instead framed in the horse-race format of "who's going to win this fight -- leaving Americans uninformed about the consequences to themselves of the issues being fought over.
(8 comments) Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Bring Back the Corporate Death Penalty
Corporations have successfully argued before the Supreme Court that they should have First Amendment rights of free speech, Fourth Amendment rights of privacy, Fifth Amendment protections against takings, and Fourteenth Amendment rights as "persons" to "equal protection (with you and me) under the law," among other "rights of person-hood."
(3 comments) Thursday, January 3, 2019 The GOP's Most Successful Scam Is About to Reboot Itself
When Republicans are in power, run up as much debt as possible, mostly by borrowing and giving that cash to the Republican donor class through tax cuts and corporate subsidies; when Democrats have political power, Republicans suddenly become hysterical about the debt and demand that Dems keep taxes low while cutting social spending.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 Medicare for All Will Destroy the GOP -- Because of Voting!
Ever since Jim Crow, racist white "conservatives" have used a variety of means to prevent poor people, people of color, low-income people, students, and older people from voting. Techniques have varied over the years, starting with poll taxes and so-called "literacy tests," and now are carefully calibrated by cutting voting sites, reducing early voting, and even disenfranchising North Dakota's Native American population.
Thursday, November 1, 2018 Trump and Fox News Have Blood on Their Hands
Trump and Gingrich and Fox are giving all-day, all-the-time coverage to a ragtag band of Central American refugees, mostly women and children, who are traveling together on foot for their own mutual safety, lying that there are Arab terrorists and evil gang members among them. All of it being amped up, day after day, over and over again, by Trump.
(4 comments) Monday, October 22, 2018 Stop GOP Voter Suppression -- Or Else!
They're using voting suppression to maintain a situation that's so hostile to workers that wages have actually fallen for the bottom half of American workers in the 38 years since Reagan's election in 1980.If we fail to do something large, substantial and dramatic about the scourge of voter suppression, we must all begin learning how to rivet chains.
Those are our options.
(13 comments) Thursday, October 18, 2018 The Fascists Are Coming for Your Social Security and Medicare
Ever since the election of Ronald Reagan, Republicans have been working overtime to kneecap institutions that support the American middle class. And, as any working-class family can tell you, the GOP has had some substantial successes, particularly in shifting both income and political power away from voters and toward billionaires and transnational corporations.
(8 comments) Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Trump Doesn't Have the Skill to Pull Off His Most Nefarious Plots
Trump will go down as the most dangerously corrupt and tragically incompetent president in America's history, and the most it seems we can hope for is that he won't start World War III or flip America into fascism with his next tweet.
(4 comments) Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Billionaire Activist Tom Steyer: You Want Trump Out? Buy Clear Channel.
The billion-dollar-plus cost of iHeartMedia, along with the eye-popping profit numbers and immense political influence of billionaire Rupert Murdoch's Fox News and Wall Street Journal, shows just how powerful and valuable the right-wing media machine has become.
(3 comments) Monday, April 30, 2018 Fascists Compete To Own America
Fascism is rising in America, this time calling itself "conservativism." The Republican politicians and their billionaire donors' behavior today eerily parallels that day in 1936 when Roosevelt said, "In vain they seek to hide behind the flag and the Constitution. In their blindness they forget what the flag and the Constitution stand for."
(24 comments) Saturday, April 28, 2018 We May Be on the Verge of a Human-Made Climate Disaster
It's long past the time we should have done something substantial and worldwide to wean off our addiction to fossil fuels. And as Republican politicians nationwide, supported in part by the Koch brothers' mind-boggling fossil-fuel fortune, continue to deny even the basic science of climate change, things are deteriorating daily.
Thursday, April 12, 2018 Donald Trump and Paul Manafort Revived Nixon's Race-Based Hate Strategy for the 21st Century
Paul Manafort -- Trump's longtime associate and former campaign manager--has a long history of helping conservative Republican presidential candidates effectively apply Nixon's Southern Strategy. After the notorious political hatchet man Lee Atwater joined Manafort's firm, Atwater masterminded the infamous "Willie Horton" attack ad for George H. W. Bush that doomed Michael Dukakis's race for the presidency.
(1 comments) Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Political Corruption Is Underwriting America's Gun Control Nightmare
While we work as hard as we can to clean up America's gun problem -- and the Parkland activists have given us all a cause and a chance to make real change happen now -- we also need to work to get money out of politics. It was financial corruption, after all, that got us in this gun mess in the first place.
(4 comments) Saturday, March 24, 2018 Facebook Turned Our Economy Into a Spying Operation
We need a serious discussion of privacy: what it is, what the appropriate parameters of it are, and the role of government in protecting our privacy from predatory corporate actors. And, at the very least, we need a "transparency in corporate spying" law right now.