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Will Bunch is author of the new "Tear Down This Myth: How the Reagan Legacy Has Distorted Our Politics and Haunts Our Future", published by Free Press, which examines the calculated effort by the modern right wing to canonize the 40th president, and how that's harmed America on everything from runaway debt to failed energy policies to unchecked greed on Wall Street. He is senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of its popular blog, Attytood.
Will has won numerous journalism awards, including a share of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting when he worked for New York Newsday. His articles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, American Prospect, American Journalism Review and elsewhere, and he is author of one other book: Jukebox America: Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country's Greatest Jukebox.
SHARE Sunday, April 28, 2019 Climate denier Trump can't handle the truth about why Central Americans flock to U.S.
President Trump doesn't understand a lot of things, even as he enters his 28th month in charge of the massive bureaucratic battleship that is the U.S. government. But no issue has flummoxed our rage-prone 45th president more than the rise in unauthorized crossings at the U.S.-Mexico border -- even after promising his xenophobic base that his harsh immigration crackdown would make America great again.
(14 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 31, 2018 She Warned America That Russia Hacked Our Voting Rolls. Why Is She In Jail?
If America wants to emerge from the current quagmire, we need a system that will encourage responsible truth-tellers, not deprive them of their liberty. Those things aren't going to happen with a president who's at war with the First Amendment or a Congress brainwashed to do his bidding.
(35 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 18, 2018 It's time for a general strike, because Trump treason demands a brave response
The American people are going to have to kick things up a notch, in a hurry. It's time to begin the planning for a general strike -- perhaps right after Labor Day, when school is back in session and vacation season is over -- that would show our ability to shut down the American economy while this unfit and arguably treasonous president insists on clinging to power.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 29, 2018 "Did Climate Change Kill ... People in Ellicott City?"
Halting fracking in Pennsylvania is seen as a radical idea, and politically impossible. This despite that fact that the states immediately to our north and south -- New York and Maryland -- have managed to do exactly that. Maybe it's time for Pennsylvania to stop focusing so much on whether we can afford to stop drilling, and start asking how many more events like Ellicott City will it take to begin understanding reality.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 26, 2018 How the chaos of 1968 set the stage for a President Donald Trump
The so-called coded "dog whistles" on welfare fraud or crime that Republicans had used to make racial appeals in the 1980s became a bullhorn in the tiny hands of The Donald, who screamed about Mexican rapists and "The Wall" and won primary after primary.
SHARE Wednesday, May 23, 2018 How the Trump family sold U.S. foreign policy to the highest bidder
Trump's dealings with the Saudis and UAE is the puzzle piece that finally brings the big picture into focus. What is beginning to take shape is the outlines of a scandal that threatens to be worse than Watergate on a massive scale, that would make Richard Nixon's crimes truly seem like "a third-rate burglary" in comparison.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 14, 2018 Michael Cohen and Donald Trump take American graft to the Bada Bing club
Pay-to-pay politics is nothing new in America, and in fact our lawmakers and judges have worked hard to ensure that much of it is legal. Still, there's something especially crass and unseemly about the way Team Trump does it. Big cash payments to an unskilled and sometimes thuggish "fixer" so close to the president himself. Welcome to the Bada Bing's new location on K Street.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 12, 2018 What's a guy gotta do to get impeached in Trump's out-of-control America?
The Emoluments Clause of the Constitution spelled out in plain old English that presidents are barred from profiting in their dealings with foreign powers. Trump's refusal to divest his global business interests while making life-or-death foreign policy decisions is a clear-cut case of the short-fingered vulgarian in the White House once again flipping the bird to constitutional law and democratic principles.
(34 comments) SHARE Thursday, March 29, 2018 America pays steep price for ignoring crimes of George W. Bush era
It was the 20th century philosopher George Santayana who said that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it," but even Santayana would likely be stunned at both the speed and the relish with which a 21st century United States is doing exactly that. At least this is one way in which America truly is exceptional.
SHARE Thursday, February 1, 2018 Trump and his teleprompter assure America that the State of the Union is strong. No, really.
In the hours before the speech, CNN and other news outlets were reporting that Trump may refuse to give Mueller an interview about alleged campaign collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice, that he might actually fire Mueller, and that the president is about to release a slanted, classified memo aimed at tarnishing the FBI and taking down Mueller's probe.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, January 2, 2018 The one half-true thing Trump said in Times interview was scarier than his two dozen lies
This past week -- the totally-devoid-of-actual-news dead zone between Christmas and New Year's -- that the president suddenly, without warning, made himself available for a half hour, without any aides present and with minimal interruption, to New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt for a rambling interview that completely dominated the cycle for the next 48 hours. In these crazy times, that seemed like an eternity.