Inflation is likely to be the most powerful issue working for Republicans in this year’s congressional elections. Public concern over it has been rising fast. Republicans can plausibly blame the administration of President Joe Biden for making the problem worse by spending too much money on a pandemic stimulus program he pushed through ...Read more
Everyone familiar with basic Florida law knew that Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decision to manhandle the redistricting process for political gain violated the Florida Constitution.
But DeSantis went ahead anyway and used his office to draw congressional district map lines, blatantly favoring Republicans and disenfranchising the state’s Black voters....Read more
About 200 years ago, a palm tree was planted in downtown Los Angeles.
The fan palm was originally from the Southern California desert, a newcomer to the city like so many who would arrive later. And like so many who settled here, this young migrant prospered while adapting to the changing times.
It grew up as humble landscaping for a home on ...Read more
When Russia sent hypersonic missiles into a shopping center in Ukraine’s elegant port city of Odesa on Monday, it was literally attacking the world.
Ukraine is known as the “breadbasket of Europe” and a global grain exporter. Eighty percent of its wheat used to ship from Odesa until Russia began blockading this major Black Sea port and ...Read more
With Pennsylvania voters headed to the polls Tuesday to choose the Republican and Democratic candidates for governor and U.S. Senate, it's as if the primaries are occurring on two different planets.
On the Republican side there was a palpable shift, one that seems to have happened between the presidential election on Nov. 3, 2020, and the ...Read more
From red-state capitals to Washington, Republican politicians are conceding what's been obvious for decades: Their "pro-life" advocacy ends with a child's birth.
That's not what they intend to convey, of course. Since the leak last week of the draft Supreme Court opinion to end the constitutional protection for abortion rights, Republicans have...Read more
As a thriller writer, I’m never certain where my research will take me, and often it takes me to very dark places. Demonic possession, for example.
“Possession” is now recognized in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.
I have on my desk a letter from an exorcism team at a Southern ...Read more
It’s becoming clearer by the day that the Republican Party is betting that animus toward LGBTQ Americans is a big winner this election year. Now Kansas’ junior senator is taking his culture war fight to Hollywood — and making it about kids.
Roger Marshall led four fellow GOP senators in sending a letter to the board of the TV Parental ...Read more
The apparently pending Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade is an affront to women’s rights to biological self-determination and to all Americans’ rights to privacy. This is why wide majorities of the country oppose the coming reversal of Roe. But if that support is to remain strong and eventually translate into abortion-protection ...Read more
President Joe Biden launched a new offensive of message politics this past week, but appeared to be operating without the inner circle confidant he needs now more than ever.
With his polls still underwater and prices still soaring, Biden was clearly performing on our news screens and behind the scenes as his own master strategist, maestro and ...Read more
These are things we know about Shireen Abu Akleh. We know that she was a dedicated journalist, respected throughout the Middle East and beyond for two decades of dogged reporting in and around the Palestinian territories, often giving a voice to those who felt overlooked, most recently for Al-Jazeera.
We know that on Wednesday she was wearing a...Read more
For about an hour Wednesday night, the crunchy green artificial turf of the big indoor practice field at Newtown Athletic Club in Bucks County offered a kind of a safe space for Kathy Barnette to revel in her new status as sudden-shock co-front-runner in Pennsylvania’s GOP U.S. Senate primary, in the election that could tip the balance of ...Read more
There's a Twitter game that routinely starts whenever a new, frightening revelation about the Trump administration becomes public: Clips of Hillary Clinton predicting that specific horror are resurrected. It's really quite remarkable. From President Donald Trump's affinity for Russia's Vladimir Putin to his refusal to accept the election results...Read more
The expected Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade is an affirmation of America's beleaguered federalist system.
If the final opinion from the court mirrors the leaked draft, the court will be making a clear statement: States matter.
The justices, if the draft holds, found no constitutional support for Roe's declaration that abortion is...Read more
As the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, America is suffering a baby formula shortage.
Connect those dots and it isn't too hard to imagine a world where women are forced not only to have babies they do not want but to breastfeed them too. On top of treating women as broodmares, this makes adoption, the antiabortion ...Read more
Once the most trusted branch of government, the Supreme Court has been hijacked by the Republican Party for its war on equality and civil liberties. Latinos, who make up nearly 19% of the U.S. population, are seen by many conservatives as a threat. Not surprisingly, the effect of the court's rulings will fall heavily on Latinos and other people ...Read more
Over the last two decades, Mike Madrid has battled Democrats, Republicans, Donald Trump and a pesky family of squirrels that assumed residence in the eave of his Midtown Sacramento home.
His latest mission is taking on Vladimir Putin and the substructure of lies and misinformation the Russian leader built to support the invasion and attempted ...Read more
For about 20 minutes on the floor of the House of Representatives late Tuesday afternoon, the usual partisan jockeying was dispensed as a handful of members on both sides of the aisle extolled an only-in-America original: Ben Ferencz, a Jewish immigrant brought here by his family as baby fleeing Eastern European anti-Semitism to grow up in the ...Read more
In December 1773, a group of white men donned attire as Indigenous Americans to hide their identities, and to avoid being caught in the “No Taxation Without Representation” protest against the British. This is the story we know as the Boston Tea Party.
In May 2020, the world’s largest group of protesters for civil rights reacted to the ...Read more
Following the leak of a draft majority opinion, expectations run high that the U.S. Supreme Court soon will overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision affirming the constitutional right of women to abortion, and we have an idea of what abortion foes will target thereafter: pills.
In recent years, a two-drug combination approved by the Food and Drug...Read more