All hail the Trump court

Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold — “The Second Coming,” William Butler Yeats It matters less, now, if President Donald J. Trump serves only one term. It matters less if he is impeached. It matters less if Robert Mueller indicts him […]

This is child abuse

It’s not over. President Donald J. Trump has finally caved to wide-ranging pressure, including pleas from his wife, Melania, and daughter, Ivanka, and ended the vicious policy of separating children from their parents at the border. The crisis will recede from view as journalists move on to other political outrages and members of Congress lapse […]

Kim Kardashian West+Donald Trump=freedom

The nation’s foolish and costly “War on Drugs” has destroyed so many lives — taking fathers and mothers from their families, condemning parolees to lives on the margins and decimating entire neighborhoods, especially in poor, black areas. It was uplifting, then, to hear that 63-year-old Alice Marie Johnson, who served 21 years behind bars for […]

It’s Trump’s party now

It’s no surprise that Kay Ivey, Alabama’s Republican governor, is touting her support for President Donald J. Trump. Running for election after taking over the governor’s office last year when her scandal-ridden predecessor resigned, Ivey voted for the accused pedophile Roy Moore and has bragged about a law that keeps Confederate monuments in place. Her […]

Religious right reveals its sexism

A year and a half into Donald J. Trump’s mean-spirited, vulgar and callous presidency, no one should feign surprise that he referred to some illegal immigrants as “animals.” It is an echo of his campaign rhetoric, in which he branded undocumented border-crossers from Mexico drug dealers and “rapists.” As his troubles with Special Counsel Robert […]