"It's nonsense that there's a beautiful free market in the power industry," Energy Secretary Rick Perry said recently as he pushed for a government bailout of coal-fired power plants.
Republicans, who for years have voted against subsidies for solar and wind power, arguing that the "free market" should decide our energy future, are now eager to...Read more
The petulant adolescent in the White House -- who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog -- lacks adequate supervision.
Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He'd tweet nasty things about people he wanted to humiliate, such as former San Francisco 49ers ...Read more
Last week, Laura Ingraham, Fox News' queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg -- a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control -- "whines about" being rejected by four universities to which he applied. She linked to an article from the Daily Wire calling him a "gun ...Read more
What's worrying isn't that Donald Trump is now getting advice about public policy from fanatics such as John Bolton and Lawrence Kudlow. Trump has never cared about public policy.
The real worry is that with special counsel Robert Mueller breathing down Trump's neck, and with several special elections suggesting a giant "blue wave" in November,...Read more
Donald Trump is moving into a new and more dangerous phase.
Before, he was constrained by a few "adults" -- Rex Tillerson, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster and John Kelly -- whom he appointed because he thought they had some expertise he lacked.
Now, Trump has either fired or is in the process of removing the adults. He's replacing them with a "Star ...Read more
Last Friday, Martin Shkreli was sentenced to seven years in prison. What, if anything, does Shkreli's downfall tell us about modern America?
Shkreli's early life exemplified the rags-to-riches American success story. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1983, to parents who emigrated from Montenegro and worked as janitors in New York apartment...Read more
Before I turn to Jared Kushner, let me ask: Do you believe the U.S. government does the right thing all or most of the time?
The Gallup organization started asking this question in 1963, when more than 70 percent of Americans said they did. Since then, the percentage has steadily declined. By 2016, before Donald Trump became president, only 16 ...Read more
For years, big corporations had welcomed the opportunity to accumulate more customers by giving discounts to NRA members. Yet in the aftermath of the shootings in Parkland, Florida, and the activism of high school students, corporations are bailing out of their deals with the NRA.
As we've seen with the corporate firings of sleazebag movie ...Read more
When Donald Trump and his followers refer to "America," what do they mean?
Some see a country of white, English-speaking Christians.
Others want a land inhabited by self-seeking individuals free to accumulate as much money and power as possible, who pay taxes only to protect their assets from criminals and foreign aggressors.
Others think ...Read more
Donald Trump's promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers' wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns.
The results are coming in, and guess what? Almost all the extra money is going into stock buybacks. Since the tax cut became law, buy-backs have ...Read more
If special counsel Robert Mueller finds that Donald Trump colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 election, or even if Trump fires Mueller before he makes such a finding, Trump's supporters will protect him from any political fallout.
Trump's base will stand by him not because they believe Trump is on their side, but because they define themselves...Read more
Trump to global CEOs and financiers in Davos, Switzerland, last week: "America is open for business." We're now a great place for you to make money. We've slashed taxes and regulations so you can make a bundle here.
Trump to ambitious young immigrants around the world, including those brought here as children: America is closed. We don't want ...Read more
America has never before had a president as deeply unpopular at this stage of his presidency, or one who has sucked up more political oxygen. This isn't good news for the Republican Party this November or in the future, because the GOP has sold its ...Read more