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Republicans' closing argument: Be afraid, be very afraid

Immigrants are coming for your children and lake houses. Socialists are coming for your Medicare (huh?). Black football players are coming for your flag. And now the Democrats are coming for your 401(k).

Republicans' closing argument: Be afraid, be very afraid.

The GOP has had unified control of government for nearly two years now. Yet, ...Read more

Republicans are mischaracterizing nearly all their major policies. Why?

Republicans have mischaracterized just about every major policy on their agenda. The question is why. If they genuinely believe their policies are correct, why not defend them on the merits?

Consider the GOP tax cuts. Last year, Republicans said their bill would primarily benefit the middle class, pay for itself and raise President Trump's ...Read more

The Republican tax cut is a big, fat failure

The Republican tax cut is a big, fat failure.

It has achieved none of the things that Republicans promised it would. It didn't reduce deficits. It didn't target the middle class. And it didn't win goodwill with voters.

Yet, for some reason, President Trump wants to do it all over again … in the next nine days, no less.

Last week the ...Read more

The Trump administration is also punishing legal immigrants. Here's how.

Many people assume that the Trump administration's immigration agenda is about punishing the undocumented. But for a taste of how it is punishing legal immigrants -- and their U.S.-citizen families -- consider the case of Maria, a doctor who came to California legally from Mexico.

The first thing you need to know is that when her first ...Read more

States are taking action on #MeToo. Why isn't Congress?

SACRAMENTO -- A year ago, the #MeToo movement went viral.

First came the naming, shaming and ousting of powerful men accused of sexual misconduct. Then came awareness of the prevalence of such misconduct, and of the intricate methods -- the threats, the legally enforced silence -- used to keep victims from speaking out.

Then came the righteous...Read more

Trump's arm-twisting of the Fed is what's truly 'loco'

WASHINGTON -- President Trump keeps saying that Democrats want to model the United States on Venezuela. But the only one actually trying to turn us into Venezuela is Trump.

As stock markets plummeted Wednesday and Thursday, Trump lashed out at the Federal Reserve. He blamed the central bank, and not his trade wars, for the bloodbath.

"The Fed ...Read more

The one conspiracy theory that Republicans won't believe

The Party of Trump has proved itself keen to propagate any conspiracy theory, no matter how ridiculous or racist.

Well, almost any conspiracy theory.

There were the microwave ovens that surveil your every move. There were those fake jobs numbers, crafted to make President Barack Obama look good (though today, oddly, those same jobs ...Read more

Duh, we need to see Trump's tax returns. But that's just the first step.

Everyone is shocked, shocked to learn that President Trump amassed his fortune not by the sweat of his brow, but rather the old-fashioned way: choosing the right parents and dodging the Internal Revenue Service.

That's certainly the lesson of The New York Times expose this week reporting that Trump received more than $400 million in today's ...Read more

Trump's 'historic' trade deal doesn't look so historic after all

Well, that was unnecessarily painful.

After spending a year and a half alienating our friends, punishing our farmers and manufacturers with devastating tariffs and counter-tariffs, and fracturing the hard-won alliance we had built to isolate and pressure China, we finally got a new trade deal -- and a "new" trade strategy.

Yet somehow, they ...Read more

The GOP's two top priorities seem to be duds. So what does the party even stand for?

If you'd asked me a few years ago to name the Republican Party's top policy priorities, I would have said: 1) Obamacare repeal and 2) tax cuts.

Today, the GOP seems to believe that both are duds with voters. Worse than duds: huge liabilities, ripe for Democratic exploitation.

Virtually from the moment the Affordable Care Act passed, Republican...Read more

Why should we believe Kavanaugh?

Why does it matter whether a then-17-year-old Brett M. Kavanaugh drunkenly tried to rape a 15 year old, at a house party, 36 years ago?

That question is implicit in all of the Republican defenses of the Supreme Court nominee.

The accusation amounts to "a little hiccup," says Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev.; a "drive-by shooting," says Sen. Lindsey O....Read more


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