Puzder aside, Trump will still shaft workers

With Andrew Puzder’s decision to withdraw from consideration as Secretary of Labor, advocates for America’s working men and women are doing a little victory dance. Progressive senators, labor unions and other allies of the working class believe they have managed an important win against an administration of robber barons. Speaking to low-wage workers rallying near […]

DeVos would destroy public education

There’s a reason that Betsy DeVos’ confirmation as the new Secretary of Education was such a close vote, requiring Vice-President Mike Pence to break the tie. Even in the Trump administration, with its clear suspicion of expertise and competence, DeVos stands out as spectacularly ill-suited for her new post. There was such a public outcry […]

The end of reproductive rights?

A new rightwing justice won’t change the Supreme Court. The confirmation of Neil Gorsuch — and he is quite likely to be confirmed — won’t alter its makeup. A committed ultra-conservative, Gorsuch would take the place of the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who was also a committed (and combative) ultra-conservative. Still, President Donald Trump is […]

Trump’s shameful border rules

President Donald Trump will build a wall along the border with Mexico. You know that’s true because, well, he says it is. Starting his tenure with a showman’s gifts for displays of authority and action, he signed an executive order calling for the “immediate construction of a physical wall.” Putting still more pressure on undocumented […]