Tell the Truth and Shame the Devil

Ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) confer during the first day of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Russian actions during the 2016 election campaign, March 20, 2017 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

By Michael Winship | March 23, 2017 | Democracy & Government

There was so much smoke being blown in Washington on Wednesday you could probably see it from the International Space Station. And it all seemed to come from a single polluter: Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), chair of the House Intelligence Committee. His pants were burning from one end of Pennsylvania Avenue to the other. Read More

A Last Chance for Resistance

Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI), an executive committee member of the Congressional Black Caucus, has copy of a report titled We Have A Lot To Lose during a meeting with President Trump at the White House on March 22, 2017. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Chris Hedges | March 23, 2017 | Democracy & Government

The crawl toward despotism within a failed democracy is always incremental. No regime planning to utterly extinguish civil liberties advertises its intentions in advance. It pays lip service to liberty and justice while obliterating the institutions and laws that make them possible. Its opponents, including those within the establishment, make sporadic attempts to resist, but week by week, month by month, the despot and his reactionary allies methodically consolidate power. Those inside the machinery of government and the courts who assert the rule of law are purged. Critics, including the press, are attacked, ridiculed and silenced. The state is reconfigured ... Read More

It's Time to Shout Out for the Endowments

President Donald Trump's budget calls for eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities, which will affect arts programs across the nation including Bakehouse Art Complex, which uses some federal funding to give artists gallery and studio space. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Martin E. Marty | March 23, 2017 | Arts & Culture

Editor's Note One of my first responsibilities as President Lyndon B. Johnson’s assistant for domestic affairs in 1964 was to organize and orchestrate a task force of men and women charged with creating the National Endowment for the Humanities. Two of the most rewarding days of my life came when Congress enacted and LBJ signed the legislation bringing the NEH into being. Over the past years, under Democrats and Republicans, the NEH has made a singular (Donald Trump might even say “terrific” or “fantastic”) contribution to the nation by supporting books, films, exhibits and many other activities that enrich the life ... Read More

Kansas Republicans Are Finally Embracing Obamacare

ADAPT protesting in the Capitol against the American Health Care Act of 2017 and cuts to Medicaid on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

By Patrick Caldwell | March 23, 2017 | Democracy & Government

While Republicans in DC are pushing for massive cuts to Medicaid, John Eplee and other Republicans in one of the country's most conservative states are fighting to expand the program. Eplee is a family doctor in Atchison, Kansas — a town of about 11,000 in a county that Donald Trump won by 32 points. He's also a Republican politician; last year, he ran for and won a seat in the state House of Representatives on a platform that included improving access to health coverage for poor residents of his district. Read More

Why Big Insurance Adores the American Health Care Act

President Donald Trump speaks before a meeting with health insurance executives. Clockwise from bottom: Patrick Geraghty, CEO of Florida Blue; Vice President Mike Pence; Stephen Hemsley, CEO of UnitedHealth Group; David Cordani, CEO of Cigna; Scott P. Serota, president and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield Association; Andrew Bremberg, director of the Domestic Policy Council; Joseph R. Swedish, CEO of Anthem; Bernard Tyson, CEO of Kaiser Permanente; and Daniel J. Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, Feb. 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

By Wendell Potter | March 23, 2017 | Health & Science

There's been a lot of talk about just who was hurt and helped by Obamacare and who will profit or be imperiled by the next phase of health care legislation. Yet health insurance executives have been curiously silent about the House GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. While the American Medical Association and the American Hospital Association, among many others, have come out against it, insurers have clearly made a strategic decision not to show their hand. But know this: They love it. Their fingerprints are all over what the Republicans are calling the American Health Care Act. Arguably the only ... Read More

Has the Trump Budget Blown Republicans’ Cover?

Atlas holding the world at Rockefeller Center. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand is an honored favorite for many in the GOP. (Flickr CC 20.0 /GmanViz)

By Neal Gabler | March 22, 2017 | Democracy & Government

The one question you never hear journalists ask Republicans is why? Why do so many Republicans want to throw 24 million struggling Americans off the health insurance rolls? Why does the allegedly populist Trump administration submit a budget that slashes job training programs for the very same jobless white folks he claimed to represent? Read More