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David Halperin

DeVos Declines To Support For-Profit College Accountability Rules

David Halperin | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Senate HELP committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and the Trump transition conspired to hold Betsy DeVos's confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Education at the bizarre early bird special time of 5 pm. Faced with a billionaire nominee who has...
Katie Kein

Let's All Laugh At Donald Trump: A Comedy Scholar's Call To Arms

Katie Kein | January 17, 2017 | Politics
While I contest that humor is always a useful tool for bringing people together and changing minds, I'd argue that Trump's presidency is particularly ripe for a comedic resistance, for a few specific reasons.
Peter Van Buren

We're Still Here, Consumed Most Of All By Our Fears

Peter Van Buren | January 17, 2017 | Politics
We are consumed most of all by our fears. Fear of what the Soviets, and maybe the Chinese, would do after WWII. We created a nuclear arsenal measured in how many multiples of times it could destroy the world. We dragged our country through disasters like Vietnam.
David Valdes Greenwood

A Dad Takes On Spencer's: Your Trump T-Shirt Is An Assault On Us All

David Valdes Greenwood | January 17, 2017 | Politics
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My daughter loves going to the mall. This is not shocking. It is also not surprising that your average American mall is full of mixed signals for young women, with mannequins and the models in store artwork often posed provocatively to depict the kind of fantasy girl that...
Ralph Nader

An Open Letter To President-Elect Donald Trump

Ralph Nader | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Here are some pitfalls you will need to overcome in order to avoid embroiling your administration (and the nation) in a self-initiated avalanche of charges, disputes and scandals.
David Halperin

Lieberman, Introducing DeVos, Fails To Disclose That His Law Firm Represents Trump

David Halperin | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Joe Lieberman's invocation of his Democratic Party credentials to endorse DeVos, without mentioning out loud to the American people that his law firm has long worked for Trump, is yet another piece of the deep corruption Trump is bringing to Washington.
Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D.

Last Night I Dreamed Of You And Now, I Must Say Goodbye

Imani Michelle Scott, Ph.D. | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Last night I dreamed of you We were talking and laughing like old friends And even though we have never met We share a knowing So, last night we gathered together And we talked and laughed like old friends Dear President Obama With much pride I have witnessed in...
Jacqueline Salit

My Farewell To Obama

Jacqueline Salit | January 17, 2017 | Politics
I watched much of President Obama's Farewell Address from 30,000 feet. I was flying home from Los Angeles where I'd gone for a meeting to discuss ways to change the lens through which independents -- the nearly 40 percent of Americans who consider themselves other than Democrats or Republicans --...
The Conversation Global

Trumpus Andronicus? What the Byzantine Empire can tell us about the rise of populist leaders

The Conversation Global | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Trumpus Andronicus? What the Byzantine Empire can tell us about the rise of populist leaders Maximilian Lau, Hitotsubashi University The approaching Donald Trump presidency has taken quite a battering from historians. Comparisons have abounded with the 20th century's greatest villains, including Adolf Hitler and Benito...
Richard J. Rosendall

The Grownup Is Leaving The Building

Richard J. Rosendall | January 17, 2017 | Politics
He is someone you would trust with your children as well as the nuclear launch codes. Someone who does not need you to love him, who feels no compulsion to fire back at every insult.
The Fresh Toast

Sessions Is Done Talking: How Will He Act On Legal Marijuana?

The Fresh Toast | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Some policy wonks and marijuana legalization advocates were cautious in their criticisms of the testimony. On one hand, his answers were innocuous and non-threatening. But on the other hand, Sessions has a decades-long reputation of anti-marijuana rhetoric.
Jennifer Knox

Donald Trump, 13th Nuclear Dictator of the United States

Jennifer Knox | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. But he will also be something else. Donald Trump will also become the 13th nuclear dictator of the United States.
Bob Burnett

Lessons Liberals Learned

Bob Burnett | January 17, 2017 | Politics
It’s been over two months since the devastating presidential election; time enough for liberals to ask each other, “what lessons did we learn?”  Four come to mind. 1. Initially, Democrats had the right message.  Americans of all political persuasion believe “the system is rigged.”  Democrats started off...
Matthew La Corte

More Important Than Ever: Defending Immigrants And Refugees During The Trump Presidency

Matthew La Corte | January 17, 2017 | Politics
We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work fighting for what makes America truly great: freedom, opportunity, diversity, and compassion.
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Here's What Happens When Sessions Is In The Saddle At Justice

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | January 17, 2017 | Politics
There's absolutely no hint, based on his Senate voting record, public statements and actions, and ties to hard right-wing groups, that once in the Justice Department saddle, that he will suddenly be a fair and impartial enforcer of civil rights laws, criminal justice reforms, and go after corporate abuses.
Mary Buffett

We Now Enter the Most Dangerous Chapter of American History.

Mary Buffett | January 17, 2017 | Politics
We saw a deep contrast between President Obama's farewell speech in Chicago and President-Elect Trump's first press conference in Washington. With Obama, saw heard the soaring rhetoric that we have become accustomed to over the past eight years. We have also listened as the outgoing president recounted many of the...
Sarah Anderson

The Hypocrisy of Puzder's Perks

Sarah Anderson | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Amid speculation that Donald Trump's pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, may have lost his appetite for the job, the fast food CEO's personal financial disclosure documents are being kept from public view. When -- and if -- the Office of Government Ethics releases these documents, we'll get a...
Tom Engelhardt

'Mad Dogs' In An Overheating World

Tom Engelhardt | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Heading into the Trump era, our American world already feels like it's overheating badly.
Michael T. Klare

4 Looming Flashpoints Facing President Trump

Michael T. Klare | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Why are we seeing so many potential crises now? Is this period really different from earlier presidential transitions?
Craig Crawford

Transactional Justification Of Selfish Ideals

Craig Crawford | January 17, 2017 | Politics
Two very different TV shows I watched over the recent long weekend connected a couple of dots for me. First, WSJ's Gerald Seib on "Charlie Rose" (PBS), talking about his recent interview with Donald Trump, repeatedly used the word "transactional" to describe the president-elect's world view, insisting that Trump is...
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