On Tuesday, a three-judge panel in Pennsylvania rejected Bill Cosby's appeal of his rape conviction, holding that it was proper for the judge to allow five additional women to testify that they, too, had been drugged and sexually assaulted by Cosby.
That evidence did not come in at the first trial, which is almost certainly why the first jury ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- They kept it simple and solemn in the House late in fall: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.
These are twin articles of impeachment now facing President Donald J. Trump, just announced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Democratic chairmen, notably Reps. Adam Schiff of Los Angeles (House Intelligence Committee) ...Read more
There's nothing inevitable about inequality. It's an injustice that the moneyed powers and their political hirelings have chosen. We the People can choose a brighter path, one that bends toward justice, starting with a wealth tax such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren's plan to apply a 2% per annum wealth tax only to net worth over $50 million and ...Read more
Civility gets a bad rap these days.
One need look no further than our head of state for confirmation, but it could be argued that Donald Trump is no more capable of civility than he is of humility, justice, good faith, wise counsel or any other virtue we'd wish our leaders to have. The rest of us -- we can be better.
What disconcerts is that ...Read more
Paul Volcker administered the tough medicine when the American economy badly needed it. It was 1980, and the inflation rate had passed 14 percent. OPEC, a cartel of foreign oil producers, had launched an oil embargo against the United States a few years before, causing prices to soar. Older Americans remember long lines of cars snaking to gas ...Read more
We're coming to the end of what might be called the anti-democracy decade. It began Jan. 21, 2010, with the Supreme Court's shameful decision in Citizen's United v. Federal Election Commission, opening the floodgates to big money in ...Read more
About two miles from my house, in the same city, there's a convenience store. It sells coffee, liquor, beer, lottery tickets, sandwiches wrapped in plastic and disposal lighters, and it offers two aisles of canned goods, toilet paper and disposable diapers.
There used to be a Hindu temple across the street, located in a former paper-box factory...Read more
Remember when candidate Donald Trump sought black votes by asking somewhat sarcastically, "What do you have to lose?" One answer now comes from President Trump's chosen attorney general: How about your police protection?
At a Justice Department awards ceremony to honor outstanding police officers Tuesday, Attorney General William Barr called on...Read more
Let's get two things straight right off the bat.
The first is that, in the last few years, no one has protested police wrongdoing more vociferously than African Americans.
The second is that no one has had more reason.
Those reasons include Darrius Stewart, Oscar Grant, Jordan Edwards, John Crawford III, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Michael ...Read more
What should be a momentous announcement seems more like the opening gong of a bad reality show we've been living inside of for going on three seasons.
Trump really did it this time. Again. And we already know the ending.
The House Judiciary Committee will draft articles of impeachment.
The House Judiciary Committee will send ...Read more
"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK?" President Donald Trump said at an Iowa campaign rally in January of 2016. That remark gets quoted a lot, mostly by liberals bemoaning the unquestioning loyalty of the president's stupid supporters.
But there's another, more interesting, facet ...Read more
A lot has changed in the 50 years since the predawn Chicago police raid that left two Illinois Black Panther Party leaders dead and four other members wounded.
For one, I'm a lot older now. Illinois chairman Fred Hampton, who was 21, and member Mark Clark, 22, were about the same age as I was then and were robbed of that opportunity.
I used to...Read more
Nobody on Capitol Hill rants more fervently about imaginary conspiracies than Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee and devoted congressional promoter of Trumpian nonsense. For years, Nunes has regaled America with ideological tall tales, from former President Barack Obama's mythical "spying" on Donald ...Read more
A fixture of family Christmas movies is worldly-wise children recovering some of their innocence. "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) provides an early example.
The new animated film "Klaus" (on Netflix) does not stray from this theme. Children living on an icy island seek a workaround to their toyless Christmas, the work of mean, greedy adults. ...Read more
His staff used to brag that he was Donald Trump before there was Donald Trump. That was before he pled guilty but after he took to blaming his wife for the misuse of official campaign funds that allegedly financed his extramarital affairs.
Trump before, during and after Trump is more like it. Liar, liar, pants on fire.
Rep. Duncan Hunter ...Read more
There's a new political army on the march in America, moving forcibly into the 2020 presidential campaign. Tromp, tromp, tromp they come -- it's the Billionaire Brigade!
It's actually a very small army -- only 749 Americans rank as billionaires -- but they have lots of firepower. Collectively, they've amassed some $4 trillion in personal wealth...Read more
STOCKHOLM -- Over 1,000 people packed into the historic Cirkus Arena in downtown Stockholm Wednesday night. It wasn't for the building's original purpose, an actual circus, or for a rock concert, which is one of the contemporary uses of the building. What drew this remarkable cross section of Swedish society, as well as people from around the ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Wise women elders are our nation's saving grace at a moment when democracy is in peril from the president. Thankfully, a critical mass has aged gracefully into power.
It's high irony, little noted, that women in high government posts are the principals opposing the forces of President Donald Trump.
A female senator, 70, is ...Read more
This is an open letter to all of you privately disgusted Republicans.
It's prompted by the fact that in the last few days, two of your colleagues have come forward to share with us your angst.
One was actually an ex-colleague, former GOP Rep. Charlie Dent. He told CNN that you continue to support Donald Trump because pressure from the base -- ...Read more
Elizabeth Warren had great momentum for a while. Then her poll numbers leveled and fell. The standard explanation is that the Democrat's "Medicare for All" plan comes across as too radical -- both the price and the part that would force over 150 million Americans off their employers' private coverage.
But other negatives subtract from Warren's ...Read more