The end of reproductive rights?

Women's March DC

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

Protestors Rally At JFK Airport Against Muslim Immigration Ban

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 […]

The awful Age of Trump


It begins. We have officially entered the Age of Trump, an era that may be the most contentious and most dangerous to the health of the republic since the Civil War. We are two nations of nearly equal count, divided by opposing views on race, religion, pluralism, sexual orientation, feminism and even science. Each side […]

The injustice of Jeff Sessions


Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is one in a long line of reprehensible characters likely to inhabit the Trump White House. Now that he s confirmed as the nation’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer, Sessions is in a position to provoke extraordinary harm in the lives of ordinary Americans. As U.S. Attorney General, Sessions will run the […]

US sets a bad example

Peace on earth? Good will to all men? Hardly. The latest terrorist attack in Germany has added a cruel exclamation point to a holiday season already punctuated by unspeakable assaults on the very idea of humanity. The so-called Islamic State has claimed credit for the Berlin atrocity, in which a tractor-trailer truck intentionally plowed into […]