A black woman governor for Georgia?

As Georgia’s Democratic nominee for governor, Stacey Abrams has taken on a daunting challenge. If elected, she would be the first black governor of a Deep South state — and the first black woman governor of any state. Despite the excitement she has generated among Democrats nationwide, Georgia has remained reliably red for the last […]

Crime is falling, fear is not

Mobile, AL. — Listening to some campaign commercials, I’m swept into the 2013 horror film, “The Purge” — which portrays a terrifying evening of violent crime. Here in Trump country, politicians running for posts from sheriff to attorney general are pledging to bring an end to what the president has infamously called “American carnage.” Steve […]

Roy Moore’s child abuse

Roy Moore, a former jurist and the Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate from Alabama, has carefully crafted an image over the years as an ultra-conservative religious zealot. He bashes gays and lesbians, denounces abortion and brings his hateful brand of religion into the courtroom, where it runs afoul of the U.S. Constitution. Now, it […]

How Russia invaded the US

Earlier this week, an Uzbek national named Sayfullo Saipov, apparently unhappy with his life here and radicalized by watching ISIS videos, allegedly plowed a rental truck into a busy bike path in Manhattan, mowing down as many cyclists and pedestrians as he could, killing eight and injuring at least a dozen more. That’s the sort […]

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 fraud. “Election integrity” is the hallmark of GOP activists, and stories that purport to show voter fraud are a staple in the rightwing media-sphere. Every now […]

The real fraud in voter fraud

President Donald J. Trump is right about this much: The vital democratic process of voting has been overwhelmed by fraud, beset by scams, hobbled by duplicity. But the president is quite wrong about the origin of the misdeeds. The chicanery that has corrupted the ballot cannot be traced to undocumented immigrants who show up to […]

Who is ‘rigging’ the vote? GOP

As if he hadn’t already broken just about every rule of conventional politics (and common decency), Donald Trump decided at the last debate to plow through a guardrail of American democracy that has stood since the Civil War. In the final face-to-face encounter with Hillary Clinton, he refused to pledge to accept the results of […]