The Americans with Disabilities Act Is Under Threat

President Bush signs the Americans with Disabilities Act on July 26, 1990 (Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum)

By Kristin Miller | September 22, 2017 | Civil Liberties

The optics were bad enough when disabled Americans were being dragged out of capital buildings as they protested potential loss of benefits in the first two iterations of Republican health care bills. For the protestors it was all about Medicaid. The Senate bill did away with Obamacare's Medicaid expansion which would drop millions of low-income Americans from the rolls. And the bill completely changed the way Medicaid is financed — getting rid of open-ended funding and moving toward a "per-capita" system. The new Graham-Cassidy bill under consideration needs to be voted on within the next week to get an easy ... Read More

How Did We Get Here With North Korea?

Pedestrians watch the news on a huge screen displaying a map of Japan and the Korean peninsula in Tokyo on Aug. 29, 2017, following a North Korean missile test that passed over Japan. (Photo by Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP/Getty Images)

By William R. Polk | September 22, 2017 | War & Peace

The US and North Korea are on the brink of hostilities that if begun would almost certainly lead to a nuclear exchange. This is the expressed judgment of most competent observers. They differ over the causes of this confrontation and over the size, range and impact of the weapons that would be fired, but no one can doubt that even a “limited” nuclear exchange would have horrifying effects throughout much of the world, including North America. Read More

'Battle of the Sexes' Then — and Now

Emma Stone as Billie Jean King and Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs in Battle of the Sexes. (Photo by Melinda Sue Gordon. © 2017 20th Century Fox Film Corporation)

By Lynn Sherr | September 22, 2017 | Society

Midway through Bobby Riggs’ cocky telephone pitch to Billie Jean King in 1973 — a nationally televised tennis match with a $100,000 prize between her, the top-ranked female player, and himself, the fading superstar — Riggs brands the event. “Male chauvinist pig versus hairy-legged feminist,” he says, succinctly defining the cultural stakes. Although Riggs instantly walks back his hustle with a glib, “No offense,” it sets the terms. Yes, Riggs, 55, needs the money (and the renewed fame); and yes, playing against the eye-popping King, 29, will make for great tennis and must-see TV. But this is a boy-girl smackdown, a ... Read More

A Timeline: Russia and President Trump

Composite: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images); National security adviser Michael Flynn (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images); President-elect Donald Trump (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Steven Harper | September 21, 2017 | Democracy & Government

When it comes to Donald Trump, his campaign and their dealings with Russia past and present, sometimes it’s hard to keep track of all the players without a scorecard. We have one of sorts — a deeply comprehensive timeline detailing what actually happened and what’s still happening in the ever-changing story of the president, his inner circle and a web of Russian oligarchs, hackers and government officials. Read More

Reflections on Mind, Hope and Climate Change Survival with Robert Jay Lifton

Hurricane Irma over Cuba approaching the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 9, 2017. (Photo by Karl-Ludwig Poggemann/ flickr CC 2.0)

By Bill Moyers | September 21, 2017 | Environment

Resistance to climate truths is giving way to an embrace of them. Our mindset has been changing from rejection to confronting climate danger. I take that to be a profound change and a somewhat hopeful one because at the global climate conference in Paris in 2015, virtually every nation in the world joined in the recognition that we’re part of a single species in deep trouble. Read More

Donald Trump's Addiction to Violence

President Donald Trump speaks at Suffolk Community College on July 28, 2017 in Brentwood, New York. Trump, speaking close to where the violent street gang MS-13 has committed a number of murders, urged Congress to dedicate more funding to border enforcement and faster deportations. Trump spoke to an audience that included to law enforcement officers and the family members of crime victims. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By Henry Giroux | September 21, 2017 | Democracy & Government

Donald Trump is addicted to violence. It is the principal force that shapes his language, politics, and policies. He revels in a public discourse that threatens, humiliates, bullies, and inflicts violence. He has used language as a weapon to humiliate women, a reporter with a disability, Pope Francis, and any political opponent that criticises him. He has publicly humiliated and waged symbolic violence on members of this own cabinet such as Jeff Sessions, the current Attorney General, not to mention the insults and lies he perpetrated against former FBI head, James Comey, after firing him.1 He has humiliated world leaders ... Read More