Reading Time: < 1 minute On the campaign trail, Donald Trump said he’d run the country like one of his businesses. That is one promise he kept: Even in a healthy economy, he managed to amass an annual deficit of $1 trillion.
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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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
Reading Time: 4 minutesThe Founding Fathers devised a political system with the goal of preventing a man of low morals and shady character from leading the United States.
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.
Reading Time: 4 minutesThis week, the Washington Post published a devastating account of the situation in Afghanistan.
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.
Reading Time: 5 minutesForget impeachment. Forget Medicare for All, global warming, and income inequality. The sleeper issue of the 2020 campaign is none of those.
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.
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.
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 Google to Employees: Want a Union? Search Elsewhere appeared first on WhoWhatWhy.
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.
Reading Time: < 1 minuteBarack Obama, who won the 2008 presidential election on a “hope and change” platform, has apparently cooled on the idea of Democrats standing for bold action to address the country’s problems.
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 created to monetize the fears and insecur
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.
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.
Reading Time: 4 minutesThe anonymity of the Ukraine whistleblower is hanging by a thread.
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.
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.
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.
Reading Time: 3 minutesAcross Europe, the populist wave that threatened to sweep away the politics of consensus may be ebbing.
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.
Reading Time: 1 minute Polls show that more and more Americans want President Donald Trump impeached — and that includes some Republicans. But why? They all have their reasons.
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.
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.
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.
Reading Time: 3 minutesEverybody knows Aesop’s fable of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” — the story of a young shepherd who repeatedly pretends his flock is being attacked by wolve
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.
Reading Time: 5 minutesChennai, India’s sixth-largest city, is running out of water. The parched Chembarambakkam reservoir, plus three others supplying the city, are all nearly empty.
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.”
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?
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.
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.
Reading Time: 1 minute A poll this week showed the Democratic presidential campaign evolving into a three-way race between Joe Biden and progressive Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT). What are they thinking?
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.
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.
Reading Time: 4 minutesDear Mr. President,You claim to be the smartest person in the room, perhaps in the entire country.