America Redacted

BY | | Letters From an American

Department of Health and Human Services have been altering the weekly scientific reports issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) following the course of the coronavirus pandemic. They believe the reports are undermining Trump’s cheery pronouncements about the disease, and claim there is a “deep state” at the CDC determined to hurt the president. Read More

Trump’s Climate Change Record Is a Threat to the Planet

Dark orange skies hang over the San Francisco skyline seen from Treasure Island in San Francisco, Calif. Wednesday, September 9, 2020 due to multiple wildfires burning across California and Oregon. (Jessica Christian/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

BY , and | | Environment

Now seems like a good time for a reminder that the official Republican Party platform for 2020 — recycled from 2016 — barely mentions climate change, except to say that market forces and innovations will solve it. In a bulleted list of priorities the Trump campaign released on the eve of the Republican Convention was a pledge to continue the president's "deregulatory agenda for energy independence." So let's take a look at what that agenda has achieved with a rundown of some 159 climate-related actions Trump has taken since 2017.  This post originally appeared at InsideClimateNews, a Pulitzer Prize-winning, non-profit, non-partisan ... Read More

Patton and Westy Meet in a Bar

BY | | War & Peace

This post first appeared on TomDispatch. It’s only mid-afternoon and Army Lieutenant General Victor Constant has already had a bad day.1 Soon after he arrived at the office at 0700, the Chief2 had called. “Come see me. We need to talk.” The call was not unexpected. Any day now, POTUS3 will announce the next four-star to command the war effort in Afghanistan — how many have there been? — and Constant felt certain that he’d be tapped for the job. He’d certainly earned it. Multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and, worse still, at the Pentagon. If anyone deserved that fourth star, he did. Unfortunately, the Chief ... Read More