Paul Ryan’s tarnished reputation

If House Speaker Paul Ryan believes he can still save his reputation, he is sadly mistaken. Historians — and voters — will remember him as one of the once-bright stars of the Republican Party (and there are several) who was irreparably tarnished by his association with President Donald J. Trump. When Ryan made the surprising […]

The fake ‘war on Christmas’

For years, former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly railed against the predations of liberal heathens who were supposedly out to destroy the religious significance of the Christmas season. He aimed his umbrage at stores where clerks allegedly refused to say “Merry Christmas” and public school districts that insisted on proclaiming a “winter holiday” rather than […]

GOP’s campaign against voting

The franchise is a formidable weapon. That’s why it is despised by dictators, authoritarians and anti-democrats the world over: It is the one instrument that can reliably subvert their intentions, drain their power, interfere with their plans. Just look at my home state of Alabama, which stunned the nation (and me) the other day by […]

The terrible tax bill

In 1909, President William Howard Taft, a Republican, proposed an income tax on corporations. Such a tax required the passage of the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and when the amendment gained the required state support, a permanent federal income tax was born. It’s nigh impossible to imagine a sitting Republican president mounting such […]

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 […]

Working-class whites get conned

On Tuesday (Oct. 24), Sen. Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, delivered a stunning rebuke of President Donald J. Trump, excoriating his isolationism, his divisiveness, his disregard for truth, his debasement of democracy, his “reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior.” The speech by Flake, a longtime critic of Trump, added to the catalog of recent denunciations of […]

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 […]