Since the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump has said, "I have the right to do whatever I want as president." He has described himself as the country's "chief law enforcement officer," ignoring the fact that it is the Supreme Court, not him, who makes the ultimate decisions about matters of law under the Constitution. Nonetheless, ...Read more
If Donald Trump has his way, Harvard's 5,000 international students will either be deported from the United States or denied entry for the fall semester, not because they are threatening anyone but because President Trump has decided to use them as pawns to force colleges and universities to open up for in-person classes. Because it will look ...Read more
I'm taking the day off, not from swimming in the swamp of sickness of a loved one, where I've been since October; not from veering between anger and terror because half the people I love are on the super-high-risk list, while I'm only plain old risk.
There is no day off from the sadness and fear that has gripped me.
And the thing is I'm not ...Read more
I have a soft spot for bars, and for the people who like to go to them.
For one thing, bars put me through law school. When I was 21, I took a step up from serving "coffee and," which had helped me get through college, to serving and making cocktails.
My first bar job was in a glitzy, Mob-run nightclub that only looked glitzy in the dark. The ...Read more
Maybe it's because he resents his predecessor's popularity, especially as his plummets to record lows.
Or maybe he is just so clueless and in such a state of denial that he has no idea what is going on in this country beyond his inner circle of yes men.
On Thursday, the Trump administration filed a brief once again asking the Supreme Court to ...Read more
If not for COVID-19 and President Donald Trump's truly disastrous handling of it, Trump -- unstable, erratic, self-centered and all -- might still win the November election on the strength of the economy.
Instead, he'll be running on record unemployment, with whole sectors of the economy just failing, and some 2 million Americans (actually, it'...Read more
Twice in a week. First, the court holds that you can't discriminate against employees on the basis of sexual orientation. And if that isn't enough, the chief justice goes and holds that President Donald Trump's administration actually needs a reason to deport 700,000 young people who came to this country as children and have grown up here.
Finally, in a landmark decision authored by none other than Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's first Supreme Court appointee, gay, lesbian and transgender people are protected by federal law against employment discrimination.
Conservatives, who enthusiastically supported Gorsuch's nomination, are tearing their hair out while ...Read more
America is being rocked by passionate protests reflecting all the pent-up anger of those who have been the victims of racism since the day they were born: the guys who are guilty until proven innocent, suspect because of the color of their skin. I'd be angry, too. I've been researching policing since the early 1980s, when I joined a task force ...Read more
Modern conventions don't decide anything. On occasion, there are votes that matter -- not on the roll call for president but on the seating of all-white delegations, or the inclusion of reproductive freedom and gay rights in the platform.
The candidate and his staff decide everything. They decide who speaks and what they say (yes, speeches are ...Read more
Donald Trump has been trying for years to play his Willie Horton card, to divide the country along lines of race as a means of reaffirming his base.
You can hardly give him credit for creativity, strategically speaking. It's not so different from the way former President Richard Nixon played "law and order," the way former Sen. Jesse Helms ...Read more
The weather was glorious in Southern California the past week, as it was in much of the nation. The beaches and Boardwalk were so crowded, full of families who had clearly come from other parts of the city to escape the confines of crowded apartments. No, it wasn't the usual crowd of druggies and bikers and meth heads but families old and young ...Read more
He is 73 years old. At his checkup last year, he weighed 243 pounds. Obese -- that's the medical definition.
And he has been reported to be taking drugs to control his cholesterol and prevent a heart attack. Obesity and heart problems are among the "high-risk" indicators for serious COVID-19 illness.
But who cares? Those rules just apply to us...Read more
Or, to be fair, you may not die; you may just be the type who kills other people.
Sound like government playing God? Making life and death decisions? Just what conservative orthodoxy has insisted for years government must never do? Yes.
Reports agree that President Donald Trump, for some time now, has been gaming to try to reopen the economy. ...Read more
Three months ago, it was difficult to find an honest Democrat who privately believed that President Donald Trump would lose reelection. The economy seemed to be, quite simply, too strong to convince a majority of Americans in some of Trump's red states that they'd be better off with a Democratic president.
Three months ago, it was difficult to ...Read more
"When you're a mother, you'll understand."
How many times did my mother say that? And how many times did I think, "No, I won't, because I'll be a better mother"?
I tried to be a perfect mother. And I failed. For that, I have apologized with all my heart to my children. Because I am, after all, just a flawed, imperfect person struggling to do ...Read more
Announcement: Spring prom has been canceled. Instead, Cruella DeVos invites you to harass or rape your would-be date off campus. Just make sure you follow her regulations when doing so.
A new and complex set of regulations was released in the middle of a pandemic that has posed a crushing burden on colleges and universities? According to ...Read more
Who are these idiots -- excuse me, neighbors -- frolicking on the beach on a warm April day, when frolicking on the beach can cost someone (more than just one someone) their life? But what is a death compared with a life without frolicking on the beach?
You can't just blame the beach frolickers. They're not the only ones who can't wait to get ...Read more
I live in Los Angeles County, where new coronavirus cases are showing up as fast as anywhere in the country. We're on lockdown. We were the first state to be told to stay in place. Until this week, we were actually able to take some comfort in that, because we lagged so far behind New York in cases and in deaths.
California isn't competing with...Read more
What about them? They have started dying. It would be surprising if they didn't. What hasn't happened -- but will -- is the numbers becoming concentrated. We'll see television anchors not only in skid row but also on streets full of well-protected neighbors who will not react well to being told that the sidewalk actually belongs to the person ...Read more