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Last Build Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:38:43 -0800


Offshore Drilling and Trump's War on the Environment for 01/14/2018

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

It's rare to see bipartisan agreement on much of anything these days. But an array of Republican and Democratic governors of states on the East and West coasts have found common cause in telling the Trump administration: Take your offshore oil rigs and put them where the sun don't shine.

A number of GOP leaders sounded as though they had just come from a two-week wilderness outing sponsored by the Sierra Club. "We cannot afford to take a chance with the beauty, the majesty and the economic value and vitality of our wonderful coastline," said South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, objecting to the Interior Department's plan to open thousands of miles of coastal waters to oil and gas exploration.

Updated: Sun Jan 14, 2018

Jeff Sessions Gives a Boost to Legalization of Pot for 01/11/2018

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

When Winston Churchill's party lost an election in 1945, evicting him from the job of prime minister of Britain, his wife ventured that the defeat might be "a blessing in disguise." He replied, "Well, at the moment, it's certainly very well-disguised."

For those who favor legalizing recreational and medical use of marijuana, there is plenty of bad news in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision to reverse the Justice Department's previous hands-off policy toward state experimentation. He ordered federal prosecutors "to enforce the laws enacted by Congress." That directive poses a threat to cannabis growers, dispensaries, investors and users who had been operating under a permissive regime.

Updated: Thu Jan 11, 2018

Trump's Brazen Hypocrisy on Human Rights in Iran for 01/07/2018

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

As protesters march in Iran, the U.S. government has emerged as a brave champion of human rights. "The great Iranian people have been repressed for many years," noted Donald Trump on Twitter. Mike Pence saluted them for "rising up to demand freedom and opportunity" and endorsed their "unalienable right to chart their own future."

The president and vice president are inordinately proud of themselves for saying such things. But every administration statement on Iran should carry a qualifier: "Void in Saudi Arabia." The noble phrases only serve to highlight the White House's hypocrisy.

Updated: Sun Jan 07, 2018

2017 Was Bad, but 2018 Could Be Much Worse for 01/04/2018

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800

The best thing to be said for 2017 is that it didn't last forever. It's gone, carrying a host of memories we'd like to forget — from white nationalists marching in Charlottesville to hurricanes devastating Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to a procession of accused sexual predators.

If the Broadway musical character Annie were around today, she'd be singing her song with extra fervor: "The sun'll come out tomorrow!" But sometimes dark clouds don't give way to sunshine. Sometimes they give way to ferocious storms. By the time this year concludes, we may find ourselves wishing for the happy times of 2017.

Updated: Thu Jan 04, 2018

Legalize Sports Betting for 12/31/2017

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Americans have long since broken free of their Puritan past, but the Puritan impulse is not quite dead. Among the places it shows signs of life is the 1992 federal law that prohibits states from — you are not going to believe this — allowing betting on sports.

If a Martian arrived today, of course, she would deduce that in this country, betting on sports is not forbidden but mandatory. In practice, it's as American as Dunkin' Donuts. March Madness costs businesses an estimated $4 billion a year in lost productivity, and it's not because employees waste time singing their fight songs.

Updated: Sun Dec 31, 2017

The Case for Pessimism in the Age of Trump for 12/28/2017

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

If there is any single trait that defines Americans, it is optimism. We read our history as a journey upward, from the arrival of the first European settlers to the present. We operate with a collective sense that progress may sometimes be slow and arduous — but will be achieved.

That intuition endows us with confidence in our destiny. But what if it's wrong? What if all along, we have not been ascending a peak but been striding toward the abyss? What if our national story is one that ultimately ends in tragic, irreversible failure?

Updated: Thu Dec 28, 2017

Will Tax Cuts Help Republicans in 2018? for 12/24/2017

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Mitch McConnell thinks the tax bill passed by Congress will put a strong wind into his party's sails. "If we can't sell this to the American people, we ought to go into another line of work," the Senate majority leader said Wednesday. Afterward, I'm guessing, he was swamped with messages from congressional Republicans asking: "Will you serve as a reference when I apply for a job in my next line of work?"

Politicians are often accused of pandering to popular sentiment, but that charge cannot be laid on the members who voted for this bill. Most of their constituents would rather drink vinegar. A recent CNN poll found that 55 percent of Americans oppose the measure, with 33 percent in favor. When asked about the Republicans' claim that it will help them in the 2018 elections, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi replied, "Let. Them. Think. That."

Updated: Sun Dec 24, 2017

A Puny Tax Reform Built on Broken Promises for 12/21/2017

Thu, 21 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Modern politics is a steady process of lowering standards, eroding norms and peddling fictions. The so-called tax reform that passed Congress this week is the latest disappointing result of that decline.

President Ronald Reagan is remembered for the big changes he helped bring about in our tax system — and for good reason. Under him, the top individual income tax rate plunged from 70 percent to 28 percent. On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan celebrated the new Republican overhaul. It will take the top rate from 39.6 percent to 37 percent.

Updated: Thu Dec 21, 2017

Will Trump Start a Nuclear War With North Korea? for 12/17/2017

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Given the improbable events of the past two years, it is almost impossible for anything to happen that would really surprise the American people. They could, however, wake up any morning to a horrific shock: mushroom clouds billowing on the Korean Peninsula.

The Trump administration has given so many signals of its willingness to initiate a war against North Korea that they no longer attract attention. Like the case with much of what Donald Trump says, the public assumes these salvos are nothing more than empty bluster. But there are grounds to think the reckless talk will lead to even more reckless action.

Updated: Sun Dec 17, 2017

Trump Unintentionally Advances Sexual Equality for 12/14/2017

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

In the physical world, Isaac Newton postulated, every action produces an equal and opposite reaction. In the world of politics and society, the same is true — except the reaction is sometimes more than equal. Barack Obama's presidency proved it, and Donald Trump's offers new confirmation.

History doesn't move in a straight line. When the first African-American was elected president, it suggested that racism was on the wane and bigots were an endangered species. "His talent was to project an idealized vision of a post-racial America," Hoover Institution senior fellow Shelby Steele wrote immediately afterward. "Obama's special charisma — since his famous 2004 convention speech — always came much more from the racial idealism he embodied than from his political ideas."

Updated: Thu Dec 14, 2017

Trump Triumphs Over His Appeasers for 12/10/2017

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Anyone with the slightest knowledge of World War II remembers its chief moral: Appeasement is not only futile but contemptible. It signifies cowardice, naivete and moral bankruptcy.

Adolf Hitler first marched into the Rhineland with impunity, and then Austria. He threatened war over a part of Czechoslovakia, and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain tried to purchase peace by letting him have it.

Donald Trump knows the story of Winston Churchill, whose judgment was: "Chamberlain had the choice between war and shame. Now he has chosen shame — he'll get war later." A year later, he was proved right.

Updated: Sun Dec 10, 2017

The Fraudulent Case for the Border Wall for 12/07/2017

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

One night last month, a Border Patrol officer in southwest Texas was killed and his partner seriously hurt while on patrol near the Mexican border. What quickly emerged was a gruesome tale. The officers were "ambushed by a group of illegal aliens" who smashed their heads with rocks, according to the head of the union representing Border Patrol agents.

An array of elected leaders reacted with outrage. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the bloodshed illustrated "the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities." Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of those who are guilty of the "murder" of Rogelio Martinez. President Donald Trump vowed swift justice and tweeted that the episode proved the need to "build the Wall!"

Updated: Thu Dec 07, 2017

Lessons Learned From Lauer and Other Predators for 12/03/2017

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

The list of men credibly accused of sexual assault or harassment has grown to the length of a Charles Dickens novel, and like a Dickens novel, it offers spectacularly instructive episodes. We are all learning more than we care to know about the nature of human beings and the functions of morality.

For this, we are indebted to Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., Bill O'Reilly, Roy Moore, Al Franken, John Conyers, Matt Lauer and many others — notably, let us not forget, Donald Trump.

Updated: Sun Dec 03, 2017

No, Roy Moore, God Won't Solve Our Problems for 11/19/2017

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Roy Moore's die-hard supporters have shown a vast capacity to accept his denials as a procession of women accuse him of sexual assault, fondling a 14-year-old and creeping out girls in malls. His evangelical followers are ready to believe him on that matter because they agree when he says that to be saved, we Americans must "turn from our wicked ways" and "come back to God."

Moore is a good approximation of a theocrat. A former chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, he was removed for defying a court order to take down the Ten Commandments monument he had installed in the state judicial building. He put it there, he announced, to affirm "the sovereignty of God."

Updated: Sun Nov 19, 2017

Should Trump Be Able to Start a Nuclear War? for 11/16/2017

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Every home should have some essential items around in case of a disaster or another emergency — including canned goods, bottled water, spare batteries and a first-aid kit. But in 2017, every American should also have at hand an answer to one question: What would you do if you had only half an hour to live?

A nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missile launched from North Korea would take about 30 to 40 minutes to reach its target in the United States. North Korea has tested such missiles, and it may also have nuclear warheads small enough to be carried across the Pacific.

Updated: Thu Nov 16, 2017

Harvard and Yale Should Stop Playing Football for 11/12/2017

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Harvard and Yale are among the premier educational institutions in the world. They have spent centuries at the task of strengthening and elevating young minds. But on Saturday, Nov. 18, they will join together in a ritual guaranteed to damage young brains: the Harvard-Yale football game.

Updated: Sun Nov 12, 2017

How to Pay for National Parks for 11/09/2017

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0800

If you assume that anything the Trump administration does is bad, you will be right more often than not. But there is the occasional surprising exception. The administration's proposal to raise entrance fees at 17 popular national parks is proof that even the worst presidents can't always be wrong.

The idea has sparked predictable objections. A group of Democratic senators led by Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray of Washington accused Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke of plotting "to exclude many Americans from enjoying their national parks." Ninety House Democrats signed a letter saying, "Public lands belong to all Americans, not just wealthy families who can absorb the steep fee increases."

Updated: Thu Nov 09, 2017

Trump's Biggest Flaw: He's Dumb for 11/05/2017

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

Donald Trump has many serious flaws, including incorrigible dishonesty, rampant narcissism, contempt for women and a fashion sense that makes him think that hairstyle is flattering. But nothing compares to his most prominent, crippling and incurable defect: He's dimmer than a 5-watt bulb.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was reported to have called the president a "moron" — emphasizing that term with an emphatic adjective I can't repeat here. Forced to hold a news conference to praise the president's intelligence, Tillerson was too honest to deny what he had said.

The late William T. Kelley, who taught Trump at the University of Pennsylvania, said, "Donald Trump was the dumbest goddamn student I ever had." Tony Schwartz, the ghostwriter of "The Art of the Deal," says Trump had "a stunning level of superficial knowledge and plain ignorance."

Updated: Sun Nov 05, 2017

Republicans Embrace Tax Cuts and Ruinous Deficits for 11/02/2017

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 00:00:00 -0700

The U.S. economy is humming like a bee in clover. Gross domestic product is growing at a solid clip; inflation has stayed down; and unemployment is at its lowest level in 17 years. So Republicans have soberly assessed the economic conditions, carefully considered all the options and selected the prescriptions that would do the most to enhance long-run prosperity.

Sure they have. And I'm Serena Williams. Actually, they want the only thing they ever want: tax cuts. Most things in this vale of tears are tragically temporary. But the GOP's insistence on reducing taxes is eternal.

Updated: Thu Nov 02, 2017

Trump's Weak Response to the Overdose Epidemic for 10/29/2017

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700

You'd think it would be impossible to kill 100 people a day, every day, without inducing widespread shock and deafening demands for action. But that's what opioids have been doing for the past decade, and Americans have given it only passing attention. This year, the toll is expected to rise to 175 a day — 64,000 in all.

On Thursday, it looked as though President Donald Trump would address the problem with the urgency it demands. But his speech was blighted by his usual oratorical crimes: deep self-infatuation ("I've never had a drink"), bloated adjectives ("tremendous," "horrible"), cheap promises (changes "will come very, very fast") and swipes at President Barack Obama ("not like in the past").

Updated: Sun Oct 29, 2017