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 for a leader of wisdom and maturity, patience and moderation, vision and moral clarity. Instead, we have President Donald J. Trump. He misses no opportunity to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 — […]

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 […]

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 […]