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Pandemic’s Heartless Bosses Stiff Heroic Workers

Reading Time: 5 minutesOPINIONAs a customer walked into , a grocery clerk reportedly heard this cell phone conversation: “I’m pretty sure I have it; I’m going to the doctor now.

OPINION: Steve Mnuchin Wants More Power — to Save the Rich, and Screw the Rest

Reading Time: 5 minutesTreasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has asked for a return of the powers utilized by his predecessor Hank Paulson, and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, during the crash of 2008.It is clear that this is a crisis moment for the economy.

The Silver Lining in the Coronavirus

Reading Time: 4 minutesOPINIONOne of life’s more sublime pleasures is the sight of a zealous ideologue being hoist with the petard of his own convictions, something Rep. Ted Yoho experienced last week.

The Myth of American Exceptionalism Falls Victim to Coronavirus

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Americans are always being told that they are the best, and have the best. The response to coronavirus exposes that as wishful thinking.

Democracy Dies in Daylight — and Nobody Seems to Care

Reading Time: 4 minutesMany Americans following the story of primary voters who stood in line for hours in Texas on Super Tuesday probably wondered what had gone wrong or who had screwed up. The answer to these questions will come as a surprise to many: Absolutely nothing went wrong and nobody screwed up. At least as far as Texas election officials are concerned.

GOP’s Dirty Tricks Pay Off on Super Tuesday

Reading Time: &; 1 minute The long lines minority and young voters faced on Super Tuesday were not an accident. They are the result of policies put in place to systematically disenfranchise certain groups of Americans.

American Outlaw: Get Ready for Donald Trump at His Worst

Reading Time: 4 minutesThere have been some lawless times in US history. The Wild West comes to mind, the Prohibition era, and, most recently, the first three years of the Trump presidency.

The Primary Process Is Killing Democracy

Reading Time: 9 minutesWhile Iowa Democrats, with an assist from the national party, have rightfully been criticized for botching an election about as badly as possible — short of lighting ballot boxes on fire — they may have done the country a favor.

You’re Not a Crook — Trump Pardons Those Who Are Like Him

Reading Time: &; 1 minute President Donald Trump never thinks he does anything wrong. That explains why he pardons the celebrity crooks whose crimes resemble his own.

Psst! The Media Sucks at Predicting Primary Winners

Reading Time: &; 1 minute The media has a poor track record of predicting who will win presidential primaries. No wonder many Americans feel that journalists are out of touch with what is really happening in the country.

A Democrat Who Isn’t Running Already Won Tomorrow’s Caucuses

Reading Time: 4 minutesThe big winner of tomorrow’s Iowa caucuses isn’t running for president. At least not yet. In fact, that wouldn’t even be allowed … after all, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) won’t be old enough to seek the presidency until 2024.

Impeachment Trial Exposes Twisted Legal Minds

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Donald Trump’s impeachment trial not only exposed the president’s wrongdoing, but also the twisted hypocrisy of Ken Starr, Alan Dershowitz, and others.

Like a Fox — How a TV Channel Is Tearing America Apart

Reading Time: 7 minutesIt is amazing that more than half of all Americans believe that President Donald Trump is exerting , that more than 75 percent

Clinton Crashes Kumbaya Primary

Reading Time: 4 minutesIn this super-charged political environment, imagine a group of 30 people with — at times widely — different views coming together to discuss politics. Imagine further that they have been given the means and opportunities to attack each other over those viewpoints, and that they are all competing for one job.

The Media’s Silence on Spurious Greenwald Charges Is Deafening

Reading Time: &; 1 minute While the media has, rightly, been very vocal about press restrictions during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, it has been much more quiet about Brazil’s recent efforts to silence Glenn Greenwald.

The Sleeper Issue That Could Swing the 2020 Election

Reading Time: 5 minutesToday, President Donald Trump, in the middle of an impeachment trial, is defending his own political “right to life.” He at the

How to Break the Cycle of Indifference on Climate Change

Reading Time: 5 minutesWhoWhatWhy Climate Change Coverage“People, for reasons of their own, often fail to do things that would be good for them or good for society.” Truly wise words.

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.