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How Mitch McConnell engineered a sweet deal for the coal industry

Kentucky coal miners—along with the rest of us—will be paying the price to keep the government running next year. And we can thank Kentucky’s senior senator, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, for the sellout. Buried in the giant $1.4 trillion government spending package that McConnell ushered through the Senate last week was a relatively modest […]

2019: The year Trump made hash of US foreign policy

End of year proves a good platform for looking back to sum up administration achievements or missteps over the year, as well as how certain we are about the directions in which our nation is moving. Americans looking at foreign policy and our relationships overseas will find this year deepened U.S. isolationism, widened support for […]

It’s time for an intervention with the dangerously sociopathic president: noted psychiatrist

If Donald Trump were not president, he would have been held and evaluated long ago.  Mental health professionals have deemed this a “no brainer” since early 2017.  Dangerousness is more about the situation than the person, and we ask questions such as whether the environment, including others, can constrain the person and whether one has access to weapons. The […]

How Chief Justice Roberts could ruin Mitch McConnell’s plan for a sham impeachment trial

Amid grass-roots impeachment gatherings, partisan debates and a seething White House, Donald Trump this week became the third impeached U.S. president. A lot of people underwent a lot of effort to make things dramatic, but the numbers the House of Representatives vote were understood from the get-go. Then Nancy Pelosi blindsided everyone. But first, there […]

The man who could ruin McConnell’s plan for a sham impeachment trial

Amid impeachment gatherings in cities nationwide, partisan debates and a seething White House, the House of Representatives has finally voted along party lines to impeach Donald Trump, an action that is only the third in history. A lot of people underwent a lot of effort to make things dramatic, but the numbers of the vote […]

Trump doesn’t want you to know how toxic your neighborhood may be

Former President Ronald Reagan enshrined in law the public’s right to know what dangerous chemicals are in our communities. But Trump Republicans have killed off an online mapping tool that lets us easily do that. ToxMap, a feature of the National Library of Medicine, which bills itself as “an international leader in health informatics research […]

We’re about to find out if Trump can literally get away with murder

Donald Trump’s claim that if he actually shot someone on Fifth Avenue the NYPD cannot investigate him will be heard by our Supreme Court. Such are the crazy times we live in. In fighting a New York City investigation into whether Trump is a serial tax cheat, one of his lawyers argued in October that […]

David Cay Johnston: Senators have a choice — convict Trump or crown Him

Letting the President Get Away with Contempt of Congress Will Make the Legislative Branch as Irrelevant as the Roman Senate The two articles of impeachment, which have drawn criticism as either too much or too little, strike me as cleverly drafted to put Senate Republicans in a most uncomfortable box. The second article, obstruction of […]

Trump’s forest service moves to open ‘America’s Amazon’ to loggers

Trump’s Forest Service is using a refuted scientific theory to justify building roads in our country’s largest national forest, what some call “America’s Amazon.” Loggers want to raze trees more than 1,000 years old. The discredited study says the environmental impact of more logging in the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska would be temporary and […]

There’s a big problem if Joe Biden only wants to serve one term as president

Former Vice President Joe Biden may intend to only serve one term if elected president in 2020, a new report from Politico found on Wednesday. The idea of eschewing a second term had previously buzzed around the campaign, as well as the related notion that Biden could announce a one-term pledge. But according to Politico, Biden is […]

‘Useful Idiots’: Tonight’s impeachment debate will show how the GOP is now the ‘Grand Old Putin’ party

When Congress begins debating changes in the articles of impeachment Wednesday night, we will see on full display how Congressional Republicans, to defend Donald Trump, have given up any pretense of principle, the rule of law and loyalty to the country. House Republicans have embraced Trump’s win-for-Trump-at-all-costs philosophy. Think of them as the kind of […]

A startling trove of documents reveals the truth about Afghanistan

The disclosures are extreme, but, sadly, what we have come to expect of government–across administrations. The Washington Post obtained 2,000 documents showing that over years, news of U.S. military deployment to Afghanistan was routinely and repeatedly manipulated to reflect a rosier picture than what was happening on the ground. Further, the documents show that there was […]

Trump’s Interior Department stacks environmental panel with anti-environmentalists

Trump’s Interior Department stacked an advisory committee for Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah with ranchers and politicians who opposed former President Barack Obama creating the 1.35-million acres of protected land and welcomed Trump shrinking it by 85%. Democracy Forward, a nonprofit founded in 2017, asked the Inspector General of the Interior Department to […]

Congress must weigh Trump’s poisonous narcissism — as well as his corruption: Yale psychiatrist

On Thursday, leading psychiatrists and I, along with more than 650 other mental health professionals, submitted a “Petition to the Judiciary Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives,” to include our statement on the psychological dangers of the president. It reads: “We are speaking out at this time because … as the time of possible impeachment […]

Mueller Report Redux: Bill Barr is about to undercut a report on the origins of the Trump-Kremlin investigation

Here we go again. A respected Justice official has spent months in an investigation into possible wrongdoing at the start of what became the special counsel’s probe, only to have Atty. Gen. William P. Barr moving to counter the results even before they are published. The official this time is the Justice Department’s inspector general, […]

The real DC showdown: Pelosi vs. Trump

Love her or hate her, Nancy Pelosi is a classy, effective and persuasive Speaker. Repeatedly through the Trump presidency, she has stepped up to offer just the right gesture, just the right opinion, just the right level of evenness or passion that proves effective in making the role of leadership believable. Along the way, she […]

Here are 9 things you absolutely need to know about the 2020 Democratic primary race

If you’re a political junkie who’s been watching every twist and turn in the Democratic primary race since the day after the 2018 midterm results came–and if those in your social media circle are the same way–you’ve probably grown weary of the drawn-out campaign and wish people would start voting already. But keep in mind […]

Congress schooled in the Constitution: Impeachment hearing was less about the answers than about the questions

The Judiciary Hearing Probably Changed No Minds, But, Yes, the Democrats Had the Better Questions The opening of the new round of impeachment inquiries before the House Judiciary Committee was less about the answers than about the questions. If you were a Democrat, you asked questions that prompted the constitutional scholars present to pin the […]

The Army just quietly re-opened its infamous germ warfare lab that experiments with Ebola, plague and other deadly toxins

Research at a secretive Army germ warfare lab about 50 miles from Washington, D.C. that works with tularemia, which spreads more easily than anthrax, has been partially restarted after a federal inspection found two failures in containing unnamed germs or toxins. No one was exposed to any germs or toxins at the U.S. Army Medical […]

A fantasy world of hate, anger, revenge and lies: Junior’s book says a lot more about the Trump family than he knows

Donald Trump Junior’s Triggered is quite a book, rich with insights, all of them unintended. The subtitle of Triggered is “How the Left Thrives on Hate and Wants to Silence Us.” What the text shows is that it is Junior who spews hate, mixed with an unhealthy dose of made-up facts to justify his anger. […]

World to the US: ‘What the hell is going on’ with Trump’s ‘shady cast of characters?’

It may be the biggest story in Washington and one that’s further polarized an already bitterly divided nation but does the rest of the world care about the effort to impeach Donald Trump? If you scanned the biggest global media outlets during the first two weeks of the proceedings, the answer would be no–except for […]

Thanksgiving ‘war’ correspondent bravely reports from the front

Happy Thanksgiving. It was my intent to skip a column today, or just to post a greeting to readers. After all, my wife and I are with our full nuclear family for the first time in some years, and that’s a fearsome lovefest whose happiness is infectious. And, it is acknowledged all around as a […]

‘America First’ is another Trump fraud: Watchdog reveals how foreign companies steal US defense secrets

While Donald Trump declares his policy is “America First,” yet another government watchdog report shreds that claim. Congress requires that all Defense Department work at home be done by American companies. After all, we wouldn’t want a Shanghai electronics maker, operating as a front for the Chinese military, to put even one transistor in America’s […]

Ukraine’s man in the middle: With Putin on one side and Trump on the other, Zelenskyy learned quickly to keep talking but say nothing

The closest President Volodymyr Zelenskyy came to complaining about Ukraine being dragged into a scandal and impeachment hearings in the U.S., was when he said his people were “tired” of Burisma, the energy holding where Joe Biden’s son held a board post for about 5 years, starting in 2014. President Donald Trump in a July […]

The Senate’s most famous anti-science member is OK with flooding his neighbors — if it keeps his lake view

Sen Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), the powerful chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, tucked an amendment into the $750 billion defense spending bill that would benefit fellow wealthy homeowners at Grand Lake in northeast Oklahoma by keeping lake levels high but is expected to worsen flooding in nearby Miami, Okla. The amendment, which starts on […]

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