RIGHTS VS. SCOTUS - In June alone, the conservative-slanted Supreme Court voted to weaken Miranda rights, required states to fund private religious schools, protected border patrol agents from excessive force claims, and lessened the requirements for concealed carry laws.
To Prevent Formula Shortages, Break Up Monopolies
SUPPLY CHAIN - It’s a tough time to be the parent of a newborn in the United States today.
Lone Star Hate: How Texas Lost Its Mind
GUEST COMMENTARY - Last weekend in Houston, Texas Republicans got a taste of just how far right their party has become.
Only Radical Changes Will Make Rents Affordable
UN-AFFORDABLE HOUSING - The affordable rental housing situation in the US has been in crisis from as early as the 1960s, and it has only worsened over time.
Crypto-Carnage Hits Every Asset Class Tied to Crypto
FINANCIAL CRISIS - It wasn’t just cryptocurrencies that crashed Monday, it was crypto exchanges, crypto mining stocks, publicly-traded companies holding large investments in crypto, and crypto ETFs.
Steve Bannon Trying To Shield At Least One Conversation With Trump From Jan. 6 Investigators
EXECUTIVE PRIViLEGE? - Steve Bannon is trying to keep at least one conversation with Donald Trump shielded from the House select committee.
Merrick Garland’s “Existential” Choice
AN 6 JUSTICE - Nobody on the Left should deride as insignificant the current public US House hearings on Donald Trump’s effort to stay in power ultimately through violent means in the wake of Joe Biden’s clear victory in the 2020 presidential election. Unimportant?
Even If Never Convicted, Donald J. Trump Will Live In Infamy
HISTORICAL RECORD - What's the use of the hearings by the House committee to investigate the January 6 insurrection—
Celebrating Juneteenth With Bold New Ideas
EMANCIPATION - One day in late June, 1865, Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas. They carried some historic news:
The Collateral Damage Comes Home
MASS SHOOTINGS - “They were at places that seemed safe — but few spaces in America are guaranteed safe anymore.”
Bipartisan Senate Deal on Guns Deemed ‘Pathetically Weak’
GUN REFORM - A group of 20 U.S. senators announced a deal Sunday on an outline of a bill designed to give the appearance that they are taking meaningful action on gun violence and mass shootings.
Newsom Says CA is an Abortion ‘Sanctuary.’ But for Whom?
SCOTUS WATCH - This month, Politico broke the news that the US Supreme Court had decided to overturn the historic abortion rights decision Roe v. Wade, according to an initial draft majority opinion.
Warren, Murray Lead Call for Biden to Defend Abortion Rights via Executive Order
WOMEN’S RIGHTS - With the U.S. Supreme Court expected to issue a ruling later this month that could overturn Roe v. Wade and imperil abortion rights nationwide, a group of 25 senators on Wednesday urged President Joe Biden to do all he can through executive action to protect reproductive freedoms at the federal level.
We Need a Strong "Wealth Squad" to Counter the Endless Defenses of the Megarich
TAXING THE VERY RICH - Whenever there are new or proposed changes to tax law, your eyes may glaze over as they skim the headlines.
Violence in America: It’s Not Just About Guns
CRIME WATCH - In 1993 I was living in a house in Kenyon Street in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of Washington DC when a gunman started shooting pedestrians from his car nearby.
How Corporations Are Using Inflation to Take Your Money
US ECONOMY - Unless we address this growing imbalance, corporations will continue siphoning off the economy's gains into their CEOs' and shareholders' pockets—while everyday Americans get shafted.
Human Rights: We're Going Backwards
HISTORY REPEATS - Several years ago I went to a small conference in Washington, D.C., and sat in on a lecture on “a new era of statecraft.”
The White Christian Nationalists Leading America's Children to Slaughter
GUN REFORM - As I write this column on Wednesday 25 May, the death toll from the US's latest mass shooting, at Robb Elementary School in the town of Uvalde, Texas, has climbed to 21—19 children aged between eight and ten, and two adults.
Historical Moments When You Could've Heard a Pin Drop
FOR MEMORIAL DAY - JFK'S Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO.
Biden: "I Am Sick and Tired of It. We Have To Act"
GUEST COMMENTARY - I am at a loss for words to describe my utter outrage, my excruciating pain, and my revulsion at yet another massacre in what has become an unending cycle of carnage wrought by guns.
Mass Shootings: It’s the Masculinity, People
GUEST COMMENTARY - I’m beyond fed up that the gender of the murderers are still largely absent from conversations about America’s mass shootings crisis.