When the history of this era is written, when future generations wonder how a mostly educated and largely literate nation became mired in "truthiness," when they ask how we became so mentally muddled that we lost the ability to identify facts and the capacity to care, they'll find many culprits.
They'll blame Fox "News" for ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- President Trump's antics in his "Crazytown" White House inevitably dominate the headlines. Meanwhile, however, his wrongheaded policies are damaging far more than the nation's dignity and honor.
Hampered by inexperience and incompetence, the administration is pursuing a radically un-American agenda that should alarm progressives ...Read more
The Republican Party has a communicable disease. It has been intimate for so long with Donald Trump that it acts pretty much as he does. He lies and then Republicans lie about his lies -- they don't matter, just noise, the wall is more important, etc.. These evasions are intended to suggest that moral squalor can be cleansed by a jump in ...Read more
Yale Law School, from which Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh got his law degree, issued a statement about him with glowing quotes from professors attesting to his impeccable legal credentials.
Perhaps the Yale Law faculty deemed his credentials impeccable because he graduated from Yale Law ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Senate Republicans and President Trump share the same inclinations when it comes to one of the worst habits in our politics: Placing ideology and partisanship above the health of our institutions.
While Trump is destroying the honor and reputation of the presidency, Senate Republicans are doing all they can to destroy the ...Read more
I live in Fall River, Massachusetts, a city of 88,000 people invariably described in newspaper stories as either "a gritty former mill town" or "a town at the epicenter of the opioid crisis." In a needle-sharp bit of irony, a company is trying build a new opioid treatment center on the site of an abandoned mill that burned down a couple of years...Read more
WASHINGTON -- So this is how retiring House Speaker Paul D. Ryan wishes to leave public service: with lies, name-calling and racism?
The fall general-election season has begun, and the $100 million Congressional Leadership Fund, which Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, and his House GOP leadership team endorse and raise money for, has released a ...Read more
For a man who places such a premium on loyalty, Donald Trump inspires remarkably little.
Bad enough his administration is a sieve, embarrassing accounts of bungled phone calls with foreign leaders and cheeseburger-fueled rants with cronies regularly showing up in the news. Bad enough top aides keep fleeing his White House like it's on fire. Bad...Read more
In 1982, James Q. Wilson and his Harvard colleague George Kelling offered a simple idea that had a profound effect on policing: "If a window in a building is broken and is left unrepaired, all the rest of the windows will soon be broken." And that is not simply a blight for the neighbors but a clear message that the neighborhood is dangerous, ...Read more
Mostly missing from the moving and deserved tributes to Sen. John McCain was attention to McCain's gift for self-deprecating humor. When a Gallup Poll, during his last Senate term, showed that only 11 percent of the public had a favorable view of the U.S. Congress, McCain noted that when you're at 11 percent favorable, it basically means you're ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Under the unusual circumstances surrounding his selection, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should have agreed to recuse himself from deciding cases involving the investigation of President Trump. The reason Kavanaugh asserted at his confirmation hearing for refusing to make such a pledge -- that it would violate the ...Read more
He will be confirmed, barring some totally unexpected development. He has been vetted by the investigators. He has been vetted by the media. The Republicans have the votes. The Democrats' best argument is against the invocation of executive privilege; the documents should have been disclosed, but getting the country to rally around a process ...Read more
NEW YORK -- For those few people left who still believe Donald Trump is unconventional but canny, that there is a method to the madness, the revelations of this week should clarify. Bob Woodward's new book and The New York Times op-ed written by an anonymous official make plain that behind Trump's ranting, impulsive, incoherent and narcissistic ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Journalist Bob Woodward's new book and an op-ed by an anonymous administration official portray President Trump as dangerously capricious and amoral, exhibiting textbook symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and behaving in ways that suggest, to some, early signs of age-related dementia.
But you knew that.
We've all known...Read more
"Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble."
-- First Amendment to the Constitution, ratified Dec. 15, 1791
"I don't know why they don't take care of a situation like that. I think it's embarrassing for the country to allow protesters."
-- President Trump,...Read more
BOSTON -- The day before Ayanna Pressley rattled national Democrats by overwhelming Rep. Mike Capuano, a popular 20-year incumbent, in Tuesday's primary, she brought her youthful canvassers to the campaign's Jamaica Plain headquarters to fire them up for the offensive to come.
Pressley always delivers fire in public speeches, but the 44-year ...Read more
WASHINGTON -- Brett M. Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing is scheduled to last all week. Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley lost control after just 13 words.
"Good morning," he said. "I welcome everyone to this confirmation hearing on the nomination of --"
"Mr. Chairman?" interrupted Sen. Kamala D. Harris (Calif.), a ...Read more
Nothing that Brett Kavanaugh said on his first day of his Supreme Court confirmation hearings relieves the most profound suspicion: that President Donald Trump nominated him to front a legalistic coup against the rule of law.
Of course, he uttered all the expected platitudes. "I am a pro-law judge," he promised, nonpartisan and neutral, "...Read more
Colin Kaepernick is staring at you.
It's a black-and-white image, a portrait taken from a distance that feels painfully close, even intimate. Kaepernick, the reviled and revered NFL quarterback who has been unemployed and unemployable since he sparked a movement of athletes and others kneeling during the national anthem to protest police ...Read more
Sept. 15 will mark the 10th anniversary of the collapse of politics/fromtheleft/robertbreich/s-2120662">Read more