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Impeach Now?

We are currently half-way through the first four-year term of President Trump. Almost from the beginning there have been calls for impeachment, and the polls show that some 40 percent of our citizens support this extreme measure. This is, of … Continue reading

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The Plutocrats Strike Back

During his campaign in 2016, Donald Trump made an effort to reach out to the Black community, repeating the phrase, “What have you got to lose?” It was clear to many of us—including 90-some percent of that community—that we in … Continue reading

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Filibuster Bust

Is the filibuster dead? Was last week’s Senate move “unprecedented”? Was it “unthinkable”? Did it ever deserve the hyperbolic appellation “nuclear option”? Did the media overreach when they used such language? The event was certainly significant in its effects, but … Continue reading

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Biz Prez?

“Run government like a business.” That has been the mantra of conservatives for decades. We have been told, over and over again, that the private realm is much more efficient then the public world, and that in order to eliminate … Continue reading

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What, vote?

Another presidential election has passed, and once again the pundits are scrambling to interpret the results. This time they seem a bit more disoriented than normal, largely because the pre-election pollsters all predicted the wrong results. They have managed to … Continue reading

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New Gun President

In recent years, whenever there has been a mass shooting and the resulting national call for improved gun control laws, conservative politicians and pundits have responded with two primary policy proposals: (1) We need to improve our responses to mental … Continue reading

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The Return of Divisive Sameness

Two old political chestnuts have resurfaced in recent months, both beginning their periodic regrowth among the kudzu of punditry, an expansion that recurs every time our media begins preparing for the presidential campaign season. I was tempted here to use … Continue reading

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Torture is Torture

I never thought I’d produce a sentence like the one I’m about to write, but politics sometimes provides seemingly contradictory realities. So here it is: Senator John McCain is right and the Obama Administration is wrong. I try to deal … Continue reading

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The Real Ebola Epidemic

Up till now, we’ve been lucky. Ebola has infiltrated the United States but has only claimed one victim here. It has, however, exposed some of the serious flaws in our health care system. As several experts have pointed out, our … Continue reading

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Republicuts and Government Services

The Veterans Administration has long delays for doctor’s appointments. An ambassador and other U.S. personnel are killed in Benghazi. U.S. educational quality is declining. Thousands sicken or die from food contaminated at the plant that processed and packaged it, forcing … Continue reading

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