Trump’s phony patriotism

For twelve days after four U.S. Special Forces soldiers were ambushed in Niger, President Donald Trump said nothing publicly about their deaths. He didn’t mention […] Continue Reading…

Trump goes after contraceptives

Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel fantasizing a theocratic coup in the United States, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. The book rocketed to the top of bestseller […] Continue Reading…

This is American exceptionalism

On Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman opened a peculiarly American chapter in the history of violent deaths. Mowing down unsuspecting students and tourists from a tower at the University […] Continue Reading…

Donald Trump divides us

We are a nation at war with itself, cleaved in two by racial, ethnic and cultural differences, each side convinced of its own righteousness. These tumultuous times cry out […] Continue Reading…

Alabama’s Senate race a farce

In 1991, a political wit came up with a bumper sticker to persuade his fellow Louisianans of the importance of keeping Ku Klux Klansman David Duke out of the […] Continue Reading…

President Trump’s voter fraud

Among true believers on the right, there is no sturdier fiction — no more popular fairy tale — than the one that insists American elections are plagued by voter […] Continue Reading…

Keep the DREAMERS here

If you listen closely to the most logical arguments presented by immigration skeptics, you’ll hear a recitation of the ways in which undocumented border-crossers drain public resources and strain […] Continue Reading…