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Paul Christensen: The Rain It Raineth Every Day

They say the average cloud weighs about the same as eighty elephants. A big storm such as now darkens the sky overhead must be an infinite parade of elephants milling around in the dark gray pastures above us.

October 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: The True High Crimes and Misdemeanors of Donald J. Trump

Extorting political favors from foreign leaders is bad enough, but Donald J. Trump has done so much worse…

October 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Tom McCarthy, Julian Borger: John Bolton sounded alarm about Rudy Giuliani’s actions

According to Fiona Hill, a high-ranking National Security Council official, Giuliani was acting in concert with White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, in a rogue operation

October 16, 2019 · Leave a comment

W.J. Astore: Trump’s Priorities for Action

Various power brokers may laugh at Trump’s vanities and object to his vulgarity and his selfishness and greed, but they also abet him because he serves to divide people while protecting elite privileges against reformers.

May 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

David C. Barker, Morgan Marietta: From ‘Total exoneration!’ to ‘Impeach now!’ – the Mueller report and dueling fact perceptions

Can a country move ahead when its citizens hold dueling facts?

May 10, 2019 · 3 Comments

Marc Jampole: A House of Cards

Trump supporters and the GOP are building a house of cards on Attorney General William Barr’s four-page interpretation of the Mueller report.

March 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

John Nichols: What to Do When a President Believes He’s Above Justice

To protect our democracy, Congress must value the Constitution over partisan politics. . Impeachment was never meant to be about crimes and punishments. It was intended at the founding of … Continue reading

August 27, 2018 · Leave a comment

Miles Mogulescu: Treason

As former CIA Director John Brennan stated on Monday, “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to and exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’ It was nothing … Continue reading

July 18, 2018 · Leave a comment

Robert Borosage: It’s Time To Change More Than Trump

Every day, the media feasts on Trump’s lurid antics. Don’t fall for it. He’s a distraction, the clown show. And while he’s barking outside the big top, the GOP is … Continue reading

December 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

Greg Thielen: Bumper Sticker Politics in the Age of Trump

I grew up in Arizona during a time when it was more desert than concrete, when there were a lot of dirty pickup trucks sporting gun racks, roll bars, and, … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Bill Moyers & Michael Winship: We Must Have a Special Prosecutor

The firing of FBI Director James Comey makes an independent investigation of Trump and Russia more important than ever. So Donald Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director mistreated … Continue reading

May 11, 2017 · 2 Comments

Hank Edson: Reaching Impeachment Critical Mass

Regaining Our Common Sense Two things are inhibiting our exercise of common sense as a self-governed people: First, the cancer of our corporate media monopoly has ravaged the culture of … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 2 Comments

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