Mueller reveals what we already knew

Attorney General William Barr delivered a shameful performance on Thursday, just a few hours before releasing a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. While the attorney general is appointed by the president of the United States, his job is to uphold the U.S. Constitution, to defend […]

The U.S. needs immigrants

For years now, ultra-conservative politician Patrick Buchanan has been at the leading edge of the hysteria over the prospect of imminent and decisive demographic change — a hysteria that currently grips a sizeable portion of the American population. In a lengthy 2012 screed titled, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?,” Buchanan predicted […]

GOP doesn’t want you healthy

In 1961, a young actor named Ronald Reagan made a recording that denounced a plan in Congress to provide free health care to all Americans at or over the age of 65. In the recording, which was subsequently used in political gatherings from coast to coast, Reagan called the proposal “socialism” and said that it […]

The cynicism of anti-abortion crowd

There is a profound cynicism, an ugly, jarring hypocrisy, at the heart of the battle to end reproductive rights for women, and nowhere is that fraudulent politics more vividly on display than in Mississippi. The state which brings up the rear on virtually every measure of child vitality and well-being for which we have statistics […]

New Zealand gets guns right

The United States used to be the nation that others around the world admired — the trend-setter, the standard-bearer, the first among equals. But we’ve given away our place at the head of the table. Now those of us who long for a pluralistic democracy where diversity is respected, the commons is valued, civic virtues […]