News, of course, is defined as that which is new. Which might explain why the resignation Friday of acting Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan barely stirred the surface of President Trump's infamous swamp.
When you're the fourth person in less than three years -- 999 days and counting -- to leave the same top government job, that's less of...Read more
Is Beto O'Rourke a double agent, insinuated into the Democratic presidential race by Christian conservatives? Of course not, but his suggestion that religious groups should lose their tax-exempt status for opposing same-sex marriage is exactly what such a plant would say.
On last week's CNN Equality Town Hall, moderator Don Lemon asked the ...Read more
You could practically hear the wails of umbrage and despair if you logged onto Twitter Sunday night. The New York Times had just broken the story of another and-you-thought-you-could-no-longer-be-outraged-in-2019-America outrages.
This time, it was a kind of snuff video depicting a deep-faked Donald Trump violently gunning down his "enemies," ...Read more
John Bolton's most accurate threat assessment when he was President Trump's national security adviser may have been his description of former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani as a "hand grenade who is going to blow everybody up."
A former colleague of Bolton's in the White House, Fiona Hill, reportedly shared Bolton's description of Giuliani ...Read more
Last summer, in an excruciatingly detailed New Yorker profile, former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter came clean about his struggles with addiction, his foreign business dealings and his run-ins with the law. If the piece was meant to inoculate Hunter's father against a drip-drip-drip of revelations about Hunter that would distract from ...Read more
Ever since Donald Trump assumed the presidency on a tide of vile hatred and racist attacks upon Mexican migrants, the administration has been chipping away at our asylum laws and protections for refugees. As someone who has been part of this system for decades as an immigration judge and refugee officer and most recently a supervisory asylum ...Read more
There is no need to speculate about President Donald Trump's strategy for reelection. He plans to -- and needs to -- destroy his general election opponent.
That's the only way an incumbent president with a job approval rating in the low 40s and sitting at 40% in hypothetical ballot tests can possibly win.
Trump loves the combat and the name-...Read more
Despite a federal court ruling that a Philadelphia nonprofit's plan to open a supervised injection site does not violate federal law, the issue remains controversial and subject to confusion. A plan by State Sens. Anthony Williams and Christine Tartaglione to introduce legislation prohibiting supervised injection sites is not likely to add ...Read more
The United States may not be the only target of Vladimir Putin's social media warfare, but many Americans do seem particularly vulnerable to Russian agents' tricks.
Consider Russian operatives' malicious use of social media platforms to upend our democracy and influence the 2016 election, outlined in a Senate Intelligence Committee report ...Read more
What's the difference between UCLA and the KKK? Or a neo-Nazi and a Girl Scout? These are not setups for jokes. They are questions the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee recently spent 21/2 hours trying to answer. This is because many white supremacist groups enjoy the same tax-exempt status as public universities, churches and other ...Read more
The 2016 presidential campaign showcased the worst of Facebook. Remember the headline "Pope Francis shocks world, endorses Donald Trump for president"? That story had nearly 1 million Facebook impressions by Election Day, prompting the pope to call such fake news a "sin" and a "sickness."
That wasn't the worst. There was much to dislike, ...Read more
The 2008 housing crash wiped out the savings of millions of people and sent America's homeownership rate crashing to its lowest level in 50 years. But a few tycoons made out like bandits -- and some of them are now guiding economic policy in the Trump administration.
This shocking and underreported history is laid out by award-winning ...Read more
We owe much to our farm families, particularly for dedicating their lives to ensuring we have access to safe, secure, affordable and nutritious food, while at the same time protecting the environment and our precious natural resources.
But producing the harvest we enjoy is extremely challenging. Roadblocks that farmers face in order to get ...Read more
You know, I do love me some Bernie Sanders. But he should stand down and fully support the strongest Democratic candidate with an agenda closest to his: Elizabeth Warren.
A heart attack at age 78? Not disqualifying for him. But as soon as a middle-aged woman has so much as the flu, she's swept aside by the bigwigs from any plum office ...Read more
Higher education prides itself on two overarching values: supporting the marketplace of ideas and academic freedom. But there has been an increasing and unremitting effort to eliminate conservatives and conservative thought in the humanities and social sciences in the American academy.
Channeling the late civil rights advocate President John F....Read more
Gov. Gavin Newsom ripped Pacific Gas & Electric on Thursday, calling the power shutdown that affected hundreds of thousands of Californians unacceptable.
"This is not a climate change story as much as a story about greed and mismanagement over the course of decades," he said. "Neglect, a desire to advance not public safety but profits."
We ...Read more
Does Donald Trump ever wonder what Americans will think of him years from now? Is it possible that somewhere down the road, long after he can no longer harm our nation, a former first lady will embrace him or a celebrity will call him a friend?
The best that Trump can hope for is that Americans are as forgiving of him as they have been for ...Read more
It's been 27 long years now, but I can still vividly remember where I was on Sept. 16, 1992 -- at my preinternet computer terminal in the New York Newsday newsroom, working on an innocuous story -- when news started filtering back from breathless colleagues rising up from the No. 6 subway, that something wild was happening in lower Manhattan.
If there ever was a Trump crime worthy of impeachment, it was just committed in Syria.
In one feckless phone call President Trump abandoned our loyal Kurdish allies, green-lit Turkish war crimes, spurred the revival of ISIS, helped the Kremlin and Iran and sapped U.S. military morale. And then he went golfing.
Leading GOP senators are furious ...Read more
Last week White House counsel Pat Cipollone notified leaders in the House of Representatives that the Trump administration will not "participate" in an impeachment investigation in any way. If you are looking for the most prominent indicator of the outrageous nature of Cipollone's letter, you have a lot to choose from. I would probably choose ...Read more