Monday, July 23, 2018

What’s wrong with pointing out monstrous leaders in public? Absolutely nothing.

Being unable to stop Trump and Friends is bad enough. Now, Democratic Party leaders say be polite in the face of inhumanity, corruption, and treason. Be patient and vote. But Thoreau, Gh...

Becoming an activist, again

"You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will be as one." My inner activist, long dormant, has been revitalized by the y...

Republican friends, what happened to you?

Hi, Republican friends! It’s been a while since I’ve seen many of you in person. And how you’ve changed! You used to be all about standing tall with our allies, free trade, balanced budgets,...

WSJ video series: ‘Financial inclusion in America’

Nearly one-fourth of U.S. adults can't pay their monthly bills and have little or no access to a bank. In Tchula, Miss., many families struggle to make ends meet with a patchwork of jobs...


Deflection: A dangerous game

After his threat to "totally destroy North Korea,” Trump upped the ante in his game of "whataboutism"—a form of logical jiu-jitsu used to win arguments by changing the subject. Americans...

The case for collusion: Paul Manafort

Marked by close ties to some of Russia's richest oligarchs, political operative Paul Manafort made a career out of stealthily reinventing the world’s nastiest tyrants as noble defenders of f

Exactly what swamp is Trump draining?

Donald Trump rose to power promising to “drain the swamp.” Almost everyone, even those opposed to him, thought he was talking about the corrupt influence of wealthy individuals, lobbyists, a...


Keeping up with the 1%

Cumulatively, the top 1% of earners have received 22% of all tax cuts since 2000. The top 20% of earners (those earning more than $111,000) have received 65% of tax cuts. And those earning more than $607,000 a year will pay a combined $111 billion less this year in federal taxes than they would have if the laws had remained unchanged since 2000.

From Butina and Russia to NRA and Republicans–with love

Alleged Russian agent Maria Butina, who infiltrated the NRA, could open a huge can of worms for Trump and Republicans. Her testimony could indict the NRA as having received money from Russia to pour into Trump’s and Republicans’ campaigns.


If the NRA was compromised by Russia, it could be that rather than covering for Trump, some Republicans are covering for themselves. NC senator Richard Burr, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, is Congress’s leading recipient of NRA support.

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