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The Three Biggest and Least Accountable Power Centers in America

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The news has been dominated by the Supreme Court, whose term began last week; the Federal Reserve, and whether it will start responding to inflation by raising interest rates; and Facebook, which a whistleblower claimed intentionally seeks to enrage and divide Americans in order to generate ad revenue.

What’s the common thread here? The ...Read more

What Happened to the GOP That Stood for Limited Government?

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

I’m old enough to remember when the Republican Party stood for limited government — when Ronald Reagan thundered “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem."

Today’s Republican Party, while still claiming to stand for limited government, is practicing just the opposite: government intrusion everywhere.

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Trump’s Attempted Coup Continues

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

The former president’s attempted coup is not stopping. He still refuses to concede and continues to rile up supporters with his bogus claim that the 2020 election was stolen. Tens of millions of Americans believe him.

At a Republican event Aug. 29 in Franklin, North Carolina, Rep. Madison Cawthorn, repeating Trump’s big lie, called the ...Read more

As Children Head Back to School, Partisan Politics Threatens Their Learning and Safety

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

My granddaughter will go to school next week. So may your child or grandchild. For many, it will be their first time back in classrooms in a year and a half.

What do we want for these young people? At least three things.

First and most obviously, to learn the verbal, mathematical and other thinking tools they’ll need to successfully navigate...Read more

Our Clean-Air Crisis Demands Urgent Action

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

On Saturday morning I met a friend for breakfast at a local diner. We weren’t sure whether to sit outside because of the surging delta variant of COVID-19 or inside because stinging smoke from wildfires consuming northern and western California had spread into the Bay Area.

Our small dilemma was a microcosm of what many Americans are going ...Read more

Guns, Dangerous Drugs and Desperate Migrants

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Even as Republican members of Congress accuse Joe Biden of failing to secure the nation’s southern border, Mexico is facing a growing problem of securing its northern border. Guns from America are pouring into Mexico, arming violent drug gangs.

Mexico has tried just about everything to stop the flow of firearms from the north — passing ...Read more

With Delta Variant Surging, Republicans Fall Back on Nativism

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

As the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant surges, public health officials are trying to keep the focus on the urgent need for more vaccinations.

But with increasing vehemence, Trump Republicans are falling back on their old game of deflecting attention by blaming immigrants crossing the southern border.

Last week, Donald Trump issued a ...Read more

The Virus is Back; So is Trumpism

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

Despair is worse after hope is briefly ignited. I don’t know about you, but I was elated earlier this spring when it seemed as if Donald Trump and COVID-19 were gone, and Joe Biden appeared to be getting the nation rapidly back on track.

Now, much is sliding backwards. It’s not Biden’s fault. It’s Trump’s ongoing legacy.

The new ...Read more

Why Isn’t Biden Going All Out for Democracy?

From the Left / Robert B. Reich /

You’d think President Biden and the Democratic Party leadership would do everything in their power to stop Republicans from undermining democracy.

So far this year, the GOP has passed roughly 30 laws in states across the country that will make voting harder, especially in Black and Latino communities. With Donald Trump’s baseless claim that...Read more



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