opinion

Will the Integrity of the Supreme Court Die With Ginsburg?

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe enormous outpouring of respect and admiration for Ruth Bader Ginsburg last week surprised even the most cynical observers of the Washington scene. It shouldn’t have. RBG, as many of her admirers affectionately called her, belongs to that select list of American heroes who inspire the best in us and who ultimately define who and what we want to be as a nation.

Claims of Medical Abuse of ICE Inmates in Georgia Prompt Outrage

Reading Time: 5 minutes— OPINION —A whistleblower’s claims that immigrants at a federal detention center in Georgia were subjected to unwanted hysterectomies are horrifying.

As Cities Rumble and the Economy Burns, Democrats Need to Stop Fiddling

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OPINION

Attention Democrats: It’s time for less talk, more action. When it comes to strategy for defeating President Trump, Democrats of all stripes are remarkably unified. But two pressing issues can’t wait until November: violent demonstrations and pandemic-related financial assistance.

An Attempted Coup in Slow Motion

Reading Time: 7 minutesWhy does the Republican Party hate the US Postal Service with such damning intensity? The answer, of course, is that it doesn’t. What Republicans, and more specifically, Donald Trump, really hate is the idea of losing the election in November. The US Postal Service is merely collateral damage in a concerted plan that depends on considerable amounts of voter suppression.

Cheers and Jeers for Speakers’ Lineup at Democratic Convention

Reading Time: 4 minutes— COMMENTARY/HUMOR —When former two-term President Bill Clinton takes the (virtual) stage this week at the Democratic presidential nominating convention in Milwaukee, you would expect all the party faithful to be excited at the prospect.You would be wrong.“Why the F*ck is Creepy Bill Clinton Speaking?” began a

Lessons for America From Way Down Under

Reading Time: 5 minutesOPINION: This past week has been a mixed bag of emotions for us Kiwis: We got to celebrate a world first 100 days of being COVID-free as of Sunday, August 9 before the virus found a new foothold in the community days later.

Pro-Reform Prosecutors, Especially Black Women, Find Themselves Under Fire

Reading Time: 4 minutesAfter a St. Louis husband and wife were captured on video waving an assault rifle and pistol at Black Lives Matter protesters, many observers thought justice was served when St.

No One Wants Schools Shut Down.

Reading Time: 4 minutesLiving in the time of COVID-19 is like being on a slow-moving train and seeing the tracks ahead on fire. We cannot get off the train. We cannot make the train stop. We cannot put the fire out. We are stuck, watching the flames get ever closer to us at an excruciatingly measured pace. We know soon they will consume us. But we don’t know what to do about it.

Setting the Record Straight

Reading Time: 7 minutesCritics charge that the recent campaign to remove statues of Confederate Civil War figures is an exaggerated tempest over nothing. It is not. A few Confederate statues of individuals that most of the public would probably have difficulty recognizing are not the main problem, however.

Two Visions of America

Reading Time: 4 minutesJames W. Pardew was a career US Army intelligence officer who served as deputy J-2 (intelligence) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of foreign intelligence for the Army. His diplomatic experience includes US special envoy during the breakup of Yugoslavia and US ambassador to Bulgaria.

A Daughter Seeks the Truth About Her Father, Espionage, and Oil

Reading Time: 6 minutesIn January 1947, Daniel Dennett seemed to have it made. Dennett, who had taught at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon, during the early 1930s, was cultural attaché at the US Legation in Beirut. Dennett’s wife had just given birth to Charlotte, a beautiful baby girl.

A Murderous Evening in the Old South

Reading Time: 3 minutesPresident Donald Trump America “has been gripped by professional anarchists” and he knows what to do about them: Looters should be shot, peaceful protesters clubbed and tear-gassed —

Mail-in Voting Is a Must This November

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe coronavirus is not political. It does not hate Americans because of our beliefs. It does not wish to curb our freedoms due to ideological differences. It does not discriminate when it fells its victims.

Curtain Falls on Hong Kong Democracy

Reading Time: 5 minutes— OPINION — As America celebrates its independence, Hong Kong residents are surrendering their own. On June 30, draconian new “security” measures for the Chinese territory took effect, and a pro-democracy effort that had drawn worldwide attention quickly began to fade away.

Russian Bounties: What Did the President Know and When Did He Know it?

Reading Time: 4 minutes— OPINION —[James W. Pardew was a career US Army intelligence officer who served as deputy J-2 (intelligence) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and director of foreign intelligence for the Army.

Antifa, Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are

Reading Time: &; 1 minute President Trump and his attorney general love to raise the specter of antifa as a bogeyman. But the FBI has yet to find its involvement in recent protests, and there’s no indication it’s an actual organization.

Our Counterfeit President

Reading Time: 7 minutes— OPINION —This is a tale of two boys who grew up with promise. Both had outsized personalities; both were physically strong and towered over their classmates. Both demonstrated athletic ability, albeit at different levels — the black boy from Houston, TX, in football and basketball, and the white boy from Queens, NY, in baseball. Both had big dreams.

Law and Disorder: Time for a Rethink

Reading Time: 8 minutesAfter hundreds of incidents in which African Americans were killed by police, mostly over trivial infractions, or shot by overzealous neighbors, it should be obvious to just about everyone that something is fundamentally wrong in America.