Sorry, But It’s Entirely the Right’s Fault

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich introduces then-Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump during a rally at the Sharonville Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on July 6, 2016. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)

By Ken Levy | June 23, 2017 | Society

Many commentators are suggesting that both right and left are equally to blame for all the polarization between them. They’re wrong. The reason for all the bitterness between left and right is entirely the right’s fault. Right-wingers who suggest otherwise are self-deluded — and usually projecting. Read More

What Life Is Like After a Life Sentence

By Samantha Michaels and Jessica Earnshaw | June 23, 2017 | Inequality

Holed up in a maximum-security prison, Ronald Elston felt a pang of regret: He’d missed the high school graduation of his daughter, Shamica. She’d been a young girl when Elston was sent to St. Clair Correctional Facility in Alabama’s Appalachian foothills, a lockup known for aggressive inmates who fashion knives from fan blades. About 14 years into his stay, Elston, a former soldier with a thin build and a soft, Southern drawl, was desperate to get out and see his family again. After leaving the military in his early 20s, he’d struggled with a heroin addiction and been convicted of robbery. ... Read More

For-Profit Health Care Is a Merciless Sham

"The problem is the fact that health care in the United States is a for-profit industry, like petroleum speculation or automobile manufacture," writes William Rivers Pitt. (Photo by Hamza Butt/ flickr CC 2.0)

By William Rivers Pitt | June 23, 2017 | Health & Science

The Affordable Care Act has a number of excellent aspects to it, including protection for people with pre-existing conditions and support for Medicaid without which many, many more people would be sick or dead today. The ACA is under attack, and we need to save it in the immediate term. Still, while we fight as hard as we can to preserve the ACA, we must remember it is not the solution; we can and must do better. Read More

Zephyr Teachout — The American Dream

By Zephyr Teachout | June 23, 2017 | Society

We are at a precipice moment in our country, between freedom and two kinds of tyranny. One kind of tyranny is the authoritarianism and abuse of truth and power represented by Donald Trump. The other is the despotism of large corporations that are taking over every aspect of our lives. Read More

Mueller v. Trump: The Ultimate Lawsuit

Special counsel Robert Mueller leaves after a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. The committee met with Mueller to discuss the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

By Steven Harper | June 22, 2017 | Justice

Eventually, Trump is likely to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. Trump’s repeated statements about the Russia “hoax” — along with his apparent attempts to influence the FBI’s investigation — warrant a close look at the process by which he could do so. Equally important are the limited ways to stop him. Whether by design, inadvertence or a combination of both, Trump and his minions — including Newt Gingrich and Trump’s lawyers — have been laying the groundwork for what could become America’s defining moment. Read More

Trump EPA Fires People in Charge of Scientific Integrity

President Donald Trump with EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt after announcing his decision for the United States to pull out of the Paris climate agreement in the Rose Garden at the White House June 1, 2017. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By Ben Adler | June 22, 2017 | Environment

In the latest blow to the integrity of the science used by government agencies, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) dismissed nearly all of the members of its Board of Scientific Advisors (BOSC) this week. The board, which reviews and advises EPA’s internal research departments on their scientific methodology, was already understaffed. Read More

Is Jon Ossoff's Loss a Left Swipe From Millennial Voters?

Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff delivers a concession speech after returns show him losing the race for Georgia's 6th Congressional District on June 20, 2017 in Atlanta. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

By Susannah Jacob | June 22, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Tuesday night, 55-year-old Republican candidate Karen Handel defeated 30-year-old Democratic hopeful Jon Ossoff and secured the seat in Georgia’s 6th District in the most expensive congressional race in US history. The $28 million raised by the candidates drew national attention, but the contest was also viewed as an early test of each political party’s strength since Trump’s election. Handel dimmed, if not doused, Democratic hopes that younger candidates will bring younger voters to polls. As both parties’ strategists evaluate the lessons of the race, their attention will turn to the role that Ossoff’s age played in his initial pre-runoff success ... Read More

The Poor Aren't Involved in Politics. Can Activists Change That?

A coal miner takes a break after his shift at a small mine outside the city of Welch in rural West Virginia on May 19, 2017. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By John Light | June 22, 2017 | Activism

It's rarely clear what exactly Donald Trump means when he makes promises. So when he promised that the "forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer," perhaps it was wrong to assume that he meant struggling Americans, including the 45 million who live below the poverty line. At this point, it's well documented that the poor will in fact bear the brunt of much of what he and his administration hope to accomplish in the next few years. From defunding federal agencies to repealing Obamacare to loosening regulations on polluters and the financial industry, the agenda ... Read More