opinion

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.

Trump and Twitter: A Marriage of Convenience Falls Apart

Reading Time: 5 minutes— OPINION —  Back in 2015, when President Donald Trump announced his candidacy at Trump Tower in front of dozens of cheering paid Hollywood extras, few people grasped that social media would become his secret sauce. 

McConnell Is Pushing One COVID-19 ‘Cure’ America Does Not Need

Reading Time: 5 minutesLiving in Trump-world, one often feels like Alice in Wonderland: up is down and down is up.No issue illustrates that state of affairs more vividly than the current push by corporate special interests for immunity from consumer and worker lawsuits related to coronavirus.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), who usually has all the emotio

A New College Motto: Buyer Beware

Reading Time: 6 minutesOPINIONWell before the coronavirus pandemic, the US system of higher education was broken. Not for the wealthiest students, who prep until their SAT scores reach 1500, volunteer at elephant refuges, or gain national status through private soccer league competitions, then soar through the next four years without loans or even work-study jobs. But

The American Way: Call Them ‘Hero,’ Pay Them Zero

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Healthcare workers, delivery drivers, and retail employees are members of the pantheon of heroes Americans love to lionize in the era of COVID-19. But they’re poorly paid, poorly protected, and quickly forgotten.

What Everybody Is Missing About Bob Dylan’s JFK Song

Reading Time: 11 minutes— OPINION —In the rash of hot takes that followed Bob Dylan&;s release of a previously unknown track, most commentators tiptoed around the true news value: a major cultural icon has boldly given voice to a widely held, but professionally radioactive

Killer Ratings: Watch Fox News and Die

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Fox News has made a fortune delivering misinformation to an audience that gobbles it up. During a pandemic, however, this is a recipe for disaster — and some viewers will pay the ultimate price.

COVID-19 Casualties You Should Wish For

Reading Time: 4 minutesOpinionThere’s a growing sense that the US after COVID-19 will be a far different place than it was before — just as it changed irreversibly after 9/11, the world wars, and other transformative calamities.

Trump Wants to Inject Taxpayer Money Straight Into His Businesses

Reading Time: &; 1 minute President Donald Trump has benefited financially from foreign governments, political campaigns, and even the Secret Service using his hotels. Now he wants to get his hands on taxpayer money directly.

Trump Labor Sec’s Disdain for Workers Keeps Them Broke and in Danger

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt is said that history often puts the right person in the right job during a moment of crisis. That clearly hasn’t happened during the current pandemic-driven economic meltdown.There’s the obvious example, of course, as can now be seen almost every day during “briefings” on the pandemic.

Greed Is Getting Back to Normal

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Although some banks say they won't do it, the law that authorized the issuance of the $1,200-per- person economic stimulus checks allows banks to keep part of the money to cover their (often ridiculous) overdraft and late fees.

Why Trump’s Contempt for Oversight May Sink Pandemic Stimulus

Reading Time: 5 minutesPresident Donald Trump lacks the social graces and the administrative competence of the French monarch, Louis XIV. But he does share one sentiment with him.

Ignorance Is No Defense Against COVID-19

Reading Time: &; 1 minute You may be complacent about the pandemic, thinking that the coronavirus only infects older people, or sick people, or nonwhite folks. Don’t be. Nobody is immune -- and we are all in this together.

Trump’s Dirty Deed: Latest EPA Deregulation Will Kill Americans

Reading Time: 5 minutesIt is silent, deadly, and all around us. No, it’s not the coronavirus. It’s the dirty air millions of Americans are forced to breathe.

Bernie Sanders Refuses to Play by the Media’s Rules

Reading Time: &; 1 minute Why isn’t Bernie Sanders dropping out? The real reason is very simple: Because he can still win. But that’s not good enough for the corporate media, which wants the Democratic primary to be over.

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.