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An 'America Last' Budget

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 07:31
Katrina vanden Heuvel

President Trump’s “America First” budget is headlined by its big hike in military spending, which Trump touts as “one of the largest increases in national defense spending in American history.” The buildup is “paid for” by cuts in civilian programs, including savage cuts to the

These Are the Elections That Will Decide Europe’s Fate

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 07:22
Conn Hallinan

Going in to the recent elections in the Netherlands, the mainstream story seemed lifted from William Butler Yeats poem, The Second Coming: “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold — The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

The right was on the march, the left at war with itself, the traditional parties adrift, and the barbarians were hammering at the gates of the European Union.

It’s a grand image, rather like Game of Thrones. But the reality is considerably more complex.

Trump's Unprecedented War on Ethics

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:47
Norman Eisen, Richard Painter

The government watchdog organization we help lead called upon the White House last week to investigate whether one of its senior officials, Christopher Liddell, violated ethics laws through acting in his official capacity to benefit his personal investments. We wish this were an isolated incident. But on the contrary, it is only the latest element in an emerging pattern: President Trump and his administration are flagrantly violating ethics laws.

Reality and the 'Made in the U.S.A.' Famine in Yemen

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 05:31
Kathy Kelly

This week at the Voices for Creative Nonviolence office in Chicago, my colleague Sabia Rigby prepared a presentation for a local high school. She’ll team up with a young friend of ours, himself a refugee from Iraq, to talk about refugee crises driven by war.

The Trump GOP Prescription for America: Don’t Get Sick

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 13:40
Michael Winship

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump still insists he’s going to Make America Great Again! Mind you, it won’t be a healthy or vigorous America — in fact, it will be coughing and wheezing to the grave, but boy, will it be great!

Memo to the Media: How Not to Cover the President

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:24
Lynn Sherr

Dear esteemed colleagues, former colleagues and other members of the responsible media I’ve never met:

I am not being sarcastic. Honest. I respect your work and I know that you — we — are the only thing that has ever stood between a robust democracy and the hydra-headed evils of corruption, greed, incompetence and ignorance. Not to mention the hypocrisy of lies and self-aggrandizement from an unrelenting narcissist with no ability to temper his own apparent madness.

A Last Chance for Resistance

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 10:18
Chris Hedges

The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to liberty and justice while obliterating the institutions and laws that make them possible. Its opponents, including those within the establishment, make sporadic attempts to resist, but week by week, month by month, the despot and his reactionary allies methodically consolidate power. Those inside the machinery of government and the courts who assert the rule of law are purged.

Tax Cuts for the Rich at Heart of Paul Ryan's Attack on Medicaid

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:51
Chye-Ching Huang

House Speaker Paul Ryan has made a key Republican motive for pushing ahead with the House GOP health plan explicit in recent interviews:[1]  passing the health package first facilitates deeper tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations in subsequent tax legislation. 

Gone: Chuck Berry, Jimmy Breslin, and Their Great American Middle Class

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 09:40
Will Bunch

When they say that Baby Boomers didn't make anything, don't you believe them.

Trump’s EPA Cuts: No One Will Protect Us

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 07:50
Lois Marie Gibbs

President Donald Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency terrify me. They will gut the agency, removing protections for American families and our children.

As I travel from one polluted community to the next, women weep as they hold their children, and explain how chemicals in their air, water or land have made their families sick.

Neil Gorsuch Does Not Belong on the Supreme Court

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 05:40
Elizabeth Warren

When Justice Antonin Scalia died last year, giant corporations and their right-wing buddies spent millions of dollars to keep the Supreme Court seat open so that Donald Trump could fill the vacancy. It was only the latest step in their campaign to tilt our courts in favor of big corporations and the wealthy. Now, the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is their reward. Anyone who believes in a neutral Supreme Court guided by equal justice for all should oppose this nomination.

New Evidence that Poor Americans Pay the Highest Taxes and Get Little of the Safety Net

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 05:24
Paul Buchheit

Before taxes on the rich are cut and social programs decimated, uninformed conservatives should consider who really benefits from U.S. tax laws and assistance programs.

The Wealthiest Americans Pay Very Little Tax On Their Full Income 

When ALL forms of taxes and income are considered, poor Americans pay higher tax rates than the richest 1%. 

Right Now, Trump Can Start a Nuclear War

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 11:21
Olivia Alperstein

Right now, Donald Trump could start a nuclear war on a whim, and no one could stop him.

Under any circumstances, the prospect of nuclear war is terrifying, the deadly consequences irreversible. Yet with a single order, the president — any president — could effectively declare a nuclear war that would wipe out entire nations, including our own.

Trump’s Budget Assault on the Environment Packs a Wallop

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 09:05
Harvey Wasserman

Donald Trump’s first budget makes his antipathy to the environment clear—and his love for fossil fuels and nuclear power even clearer.

Trump Picks Fights with US Allies: Germany, NATO, EU, Britain etc.

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 07:37
Juan Cole

After Trump falsely accused President Obama of having him wiretapped at Trump Tower during the campaign, Sean Spicer upped the ante by charging that Obama could have used the British GCHQ electronic surveillance agency to carry out the monitoring. GCHQ does in fact outrageously invade people’s privacy online, but there is no reason to think it targeted Trump or that President Obama could have ordered them around.

Trump Budget Brings Harsh Cuts to Indian Country

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 07:08
Mark Trahant

Remember the sequester? Ah, the good old days. The new Trump Administration budget is short on details, but clear on direction. And we do know two things. First: If enacted, this budget would shrink the federal government to a much smaller size. Except for the military and the Veterans Administration. And, second, this budget guarantees chaos ahead.

Evaluate New Travel Ban in Light of International Law

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:17
Marjorie Cohn

After a federal district court judge and a unanimous three-judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Donald Trump's Executive Order (EO) instituting a travel ban was likely illegal, the president suspended it and issued a new EO on March 6, 2017.

Trump Lies; Ethics Dies

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 09:22
Adil E. Shamoo

In the White House, anti-science, alt-facts and frequent lying are commonplace, and it is taking a toll on our youngest generation.

Fear and Loathing on the Border

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 09:12
Belén Fernández

As Donald Trump's sordid vision of a "big, beautiful wall" on the United States-Mexico border begins to take shape, The Guardian has revealed that - of the more than 600 companies currently vying to get in on the wall-building action - 10 percent are identified as "Hispanic-American-owned" businesses.

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

Sat, 03/18/2017 - 08:49
Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving to death in Yemen, Somalia, Nigeria and South Sudan. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is responding by slamming the door on refugees and cutting aid funding while proposing a massive expansion of the U.S. military.