Trump’s Russia connection

Neither John le Carré, Frederick Forsyth or Robert Ludlum could have topped the real-life drama of international intrigue that is currently consuming Washington. None of those spy novelists could have created a tale as twisted, characters as corrupt or a plot as implausible. Nor would they have crafted a story that has the Russians winning […]

Fantasy of trickle-down economics

Earlier this week, Dorothy and Toto returned to Kansas. Or reality returned, anyway. The Republican-controlled state legislature revolted against the preposterous, alternative-reality dogma espoused by the ultra-conservative governor, Sam Brownback, who is a follower of the doctrine that claims cutting taxes will increase government revenue. On June 5, the legislature overturned Brownback’s veto, keeping in […]

Trump’s climate consequences

This is disastrous. With his decision to withdraw from the Paris accord on climate change, President Donald J. Trump shoved his country from its chair at the head of the table. We sided with those notable world leaders Syria and Nicaragua, which were the only two of 197 nations that refused to join the historic […]

The courage of Mitch Landrieu

The past is never dead. It’s not even past. — William Faulkner New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a brilliant speech earlier this month about his decision to remove Confederate monuments from prominent display. It was gracious, eloquent and powerful. “The historical record is clear, the Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and P.G.T. Beauregard statues […]

Jeff Sessions likes mass incarceration

With all the mayhem and malfeasance emanating from the Trump administration, it’s hard to keep up with the myriad policies and practices that are doing harm to the nation. That’s especially true at the Department of Justice, where Attorney General Jeff Sessions seems determined to turn back the clock to a meaner, harsher era — […]