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The Healthcare Debate’s Chronic Condition

Reading Time: 4 minutesThis is an election year, so you can count on a healthcare debate riddled with erroneous charges and popular misconceptions that impede edifying discussion. Among the biggest obstacles is what we might call Healthcare Delusion Disorder (HDD), the idea that US healthcare is the best on earth.HDD is largely a Republican affliction.

Culture: In the Trump Era, It Has a Whole New Meaning

Reading Time: &; 1 minute One “highlight” of the recent crisis involving the US and Iran was President Donald Trump’s repeated threats to attack cultural sites in Iran, which would be a brazen violation of the Geneva Conventions and other international laws.

Will Trump’s ‘Leadership’ Curb America’s Appetite for War?

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you believe the new decade needs a good shooting war in the Middle East, then the year got off to a great start: Less than two days into 2020, the world found itself a big step closer to armed conflict between Iran and the US.If, on the other hand, you feel that President Donald Trump, a narcissist with an inferiority complex the size of the Grand Canyon,

Prison Gerrymandering Is Cruel and Undemocratic

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Prisoners can't vote. They have no political power. But they count in the census. And that’s exactly why lawmakers want them in their districts.

Our Favorite Cartoon Op-Eds of 2019

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe outstanding work of our Images Department, which is headed by an artist who goes by the nom de guerre “DonkeyHotey,” is the main reason WhoWhatWhy has such a unique look. We are proud of our daily panoramas and other images, which add an engaging visual dimension to our stories.

Drawing Conclusions — Cartoons Say So Much More Than Words Alone

Reading Time: 2 minutesA good political cartoonist can make people smile with just a few images. A great political cartoonist will also make them think.

FISA Advocates Worry Spying on Americans May Become More Difficult

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Whenever the curtain is pulled back on how the FISA process works, as it was in the recent DOJ inspector general’s report, Americans are appalled. Yet anti-privacy advocates are worried that spying on US citizens may only become easier in the future.

Free Mass Transit in KC — A Slippery Slope Toward Stalinist Gulags?

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Kansas City has approved free mass transit for all. Where most people see a sensible policy that helps all citizens and the environment, others will undoubtedly invoke the boogeyman of “socialism” -- and expose how wacky they sound.

Senate Rubberstamps Another Unqualified Conservative Judge

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Want to get a job as a federal judge but have no courtroom experience, no common sense and no clue? No problem. If you are conservative enough, the GOP Senate will confirm you.

Lady Justice: Why Ruth Bader Ginsburg Has Become an Icon of the Left

If you were really quiet the Friday before last, you could hear the air being sucked in by millions of Americans who held their breaths at the same time. And the breeze you may have felt two days later was their collective sigh of relief. What had happened? On November 22 (as though the nation would have needed another tragedy on the anniversary of JFK’s assassination), Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was admitted to a DC hospital with chills and a fever. She was released two days later.

Google to Employees: Want a Union? Search Elsewhere

Like other Silicon Valley companies, Google prides itself on being open to different viewpoints. But when it comes to its employees wanting to organize, that supposed tolerance quickly reaches its limits. The post appeared first on .

Iowa and New Hampshire Are ‘First in the Nation’ at Being Full of Themselves

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn 1788, the US took a few careful steps down the road of modern democracy by electing George Washington as its first president. It was an imperfect election. Turnout was very low — only 43,000 votes were cast (11.6 percent) — and only white men were eligible to elect the leader of the young nation. Still, considering the historical context, it was remarkable.

Fox’s Alternative Impeachment Coverage Embraces Trump Over Truth

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen reality meets the right-wing fantasy wonderland created by Fox “News,” it’s usually not a good look for the network that, as we’ve pointed out, was the fears and insecur

What’s Richer Than Michael Bloomberg? His Tone Deafness

Reading Time: 1 minute Memo to Michael Bloomberg: Being a beneficiary of America’s insane wealth gap does not make you qualified to fix it.

Some of the Deepest Wounds of Veterans Go Undetected

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen President Donald Trump announced the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi last month, he was widely ridiculed for embellishing details of the raid. Journalists and fact checkers dissected every word of his press conference to catch him in one of his trademark lies. But all of them missed one of the president’s statements that is almost certainly false.

Donald Trump and Paula White — a Match Made in Heaven

Reading Time: 1 minute President Donald Trump’s newest White House aide is “prosperity gospel” television evangelist Paula White. Both are thrice-married and like to con people out of their money, so it seems like a match made in heaven.

Trump’s Stench Will Hurt GOP Candidates for Years to Come

Reading Time: 3 minutesIn the 2016 GOP primary, Donald Trump destroyed the chances of 16 Republicans to be elected president that year. It’s an accomplishment he is rightly proud of and talks about often. Since taking office, however, he has achieved an even more astonishing feat: He has obliterated the chances of scores of Republicans to be elected president ever.

Boos or Paid Propaganda — What’s the Real Problem?

Reading Time: 1 minute If you have a problem with people booing a president who maligns their city, but not with unsubstantiated smear campaigns paid for by millionaires and crackpots, you may be missing the bigger picture.

Diplomacy for Dummies: Foreign Policy Is No Place for Amateurs

Reading Time: 3 minutesDonald Trump on Wednesday that the US has nuclear weapons in Turkey, something the US government has long declined to disclos

Is Trump’s Clown Car Going off the Rails?

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe past couple of weeks have been crazy — even by the insanely high standards for absurdity that President Donald Trump has set. There were so many things that were either completely bonkers, brazen, or bizarre that we couldn’t pick just one for our weekly editorial.

Democrats Can’t Afford Unforced Errors in Impeachment Process

Reading Time: 3 minutesAn increasingly unhinged President Donald Trump started the week by suggesting that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is guilty of treason and should be arrested. While that is, of course, completely nuts, what Schiff did was so dumb that you would have thought he headed the House Stupidity Committee, and not the Intelligence panel.

A Tragedy (for Democracy) in Three Acts

Reading Time: 3 minutesAs the Ukraine scandal unfolds, President Donald Trump and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani are frequently compared to a Mafia boss and his lawyer. We should be so lucky, because that would certainly mean the end of the mob.

Liar, Liar, British Politics on Fire

Reading Time: 3 minutesOmar Salem was frantic with worry. What should have been the happiest time of his life had become his worst nightmare. The birth of his daughter seven days earlier had turned into a medical emergency and she was hospitalized. Worse, the ward where she was battling for life was seriously understaffed, her father believed.Enter stage right, Boris Johnson.

Dear US Government: Please Do Nothing on Climate Change

Reading Time: 1 minuteMany people are accusing the US government of doing nothing on climate change. That could not be more wrong. Every day, this administration is taking new steps to muffle scientists, shirk responsibility, deny evidence, shut down research, and undermine international efforts to fight this problem. 

Only Climate Action Now Can Stop a Global Drought

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhoWhatWhy Climate Change CoverageChennai, India’s sixth-largest city, is running out of water. The parched Chembarambakkam reservoir, plus three others supplying the city, are all nearly empty.

The GOP’s ‘Socialism’ Scam Is About to Backfire

Reading Time: 3 minutesWhen little kids don’t want to eat something, they often throw a temper tantrum and loudly proclaim that the food on their plate is “yucky.” In politics, when the rich don’t like something, they have their puppets throw a tantrum and loudly proclaim that the policy they object to is “socialism.”

The Sins of the Father, Mother, and President

Reading Time: 1 minute In order to punish the children of undocumented immigrants, President Donald Trump wants to end birthright citizenship, which makes anyone born on US soil an American. But once we start holding people accountable for the sins of their fathers and mothers, where does it stop?

Trump’s Kind of Labor Day

Reading Time: 5 minutesLabor Day is a national holiday, but probably not one that generates much celebration in the Trump White House, which is moving to add regulatory insult to the existing injury of policies that depress the wages of low-income workers.

Could Warren Turn a Supposed Weakness Into a Strength?

Reading Time: 4 minutesWith Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) moving up in the polls for the Democratic presidential nomination, the talking heads of the corporate media are trying to identify her greatest vulnerability.

Donald Trump, Hamilton’s Nightmare

Reading Time: 4 minutesIt’s perhaps fortunate timing that a federal appeals court has just decided that the 538 people who actually elect a president are not bound by the popular votes of their respective states.

Epstein Death: Deep Digging Not Welcome in Corporate Media

Reading Time: 4 minutesWhen news broke of Jeffrey Epstein’s death in prison, some corporate media were quick to assure the public — as they so often do — that whatever that was about, it should not be viewed as involving any sort of conspiratorial behavior. They did question why Epstein was taken off suicide watch, especially since he allegedly attempted to kill himself in July, but few considered foul play.