OPINION

Why March for Science?

Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By George Lakoff – The enormous role played by science — especially government-sponsored science — in our everyday lives is barely appreciated. Start with modern medicine. We, the public, paid for it through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and research universities where the medical researchers, surgeons,…

New York Times Hires Extreme Climate Science Denier

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Joe Romm – Amidst backlash and subscription cancellations for hiring extreme climate science denier, colunnist Bret Stephens, the New York Times offered a stunning defense: There are “millions of people who agree with him.” With that ‘logic’, the Times could hire as a columnist former Imperial…

The World According to Trump

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – The starkest difference between dictatorships and democracies is that democracies are ruled by laws, and dictatorships are ruled by dictators. The “rule of law,” as it’s often referred to, stands for laws that emerge from a process responsive to the majority, that are…

The Grounds for Trump’s Impeachment

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Robert Reich – By my count, there are now four grounds to impeach Donald Trump. The fifth appears to be on its way. First, in taking the oath of office, a president promises to “faithfully execute the laws and the constitution.” That’s Article II Section…

Trump’s Incredibly Dumb Bet on Coal

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Robert Reich – When Donald Trump was running for president, he talked a lot about putting people back to work. And one of the industries he focused on most was the coal industry. He even put on a hard hat and waved around a pick…

How We Are Going to Fund the New Free Press

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Do you wake up in the morning, make the coffee, crank up your computer and look at your Facebook news feed and ever feel confused about what’s really going on in the world? Don’t feel bad. You are not…

Failure of Health Care Overhaul Shows Republicans Can’t Govern

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Robert Reich – House Speaker Paul Ryan, in his press conference following the demise of his bill to replace Obamacare, blamed Republicans who had failed to grasp that the GOP was now a “governing party.” “We were a 10-year opposition party, where being against things…

Countering Trump’s Twitter Distractions

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Editor’s Note: In President Barack Obama’s final two press conferences and his farewell address from Chicago, he advised Democrats to learn how to talk to average, working people like the ones who voted for Donald Trump. Now there is an academic who has solid advice for how…

The Very Legitimacy of Our Democracy Is Under Threat

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Donald Trump’s presidency is just one element of our disintegrating democracy. By Russ Feingold – Today, less than two months into a new administration, we are now facing the biggest crisis of legitimacy of our democracy in a generation or more. But the crisis has been building…

Trump’s War on the Truth Tellers

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Trump and his White House don’t argue on the merits. They attack the credibility of the institutions that come up with facts and arguments they don’t like. They even do it preemptively. Last week, White House press secretary Sean Spicer warned that the…

Three Terrifying Reasons for Trump’s Latest Rant on Obama Wiretaps

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – Early Saturday morning, March 4, the 45th president of the United States alleged in a series of tweets that former president Barack Obama orchestrated a “Nixon/Watergate” plot to tap Trump’s phones at his Trump Tower headquarters last fall in the run-up to the…

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Exposed as a Partisan Hatchet Man

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – MOBILE, Ala. — Partisan political prosecutions have a long history in the system of jurisprudence in the United States, in spite of what judges, lawyers and politicians want the public to believe. Republicans and Democrats have been guilty of…

Robert Reich: Seven Signs of Tyranny

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… By Robert Reich – As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically do 7 things: 1. They exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a “landslide” even after losing the popular vote. They criticize any finding that they…

Oops, They Did It Again: Crowd Bowls Over Gaetz in Beery Alley

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By David Underhill – PACE, Fla. – The dapper dude in a dark suit entered with a surrounding shield of so many uniformed cops that he looked like one of those football coaches who can’t cross the field at game’s end to shake the opposing coach’s hand…

Republicans Rob Public Education Funding With Alt-Facts

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…EDITOR’S NOTE: Republican legislators in Montgomery are monkeying around again and turning more public education funding over to private schools. They claim 5,793 scholarships have been awarded under the Alabama Accountability Act, but numbers from the Department of Revenue show that only 127 people have asked for…

Donald Trump is Unfit to Serve as President of the United States

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By E.J. Dionne Jr. – Let’s not mumble or whisper about the central issue facing our country: What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States? The Michael Flynn…

Thanks Jeff Sessions: Alabama is a National Joke Again

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…Joe Reed and the Democrats are no better: It’s time for an independent third party to emerge. The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Little Jeffry Beauregard Sessions of Alabama has made the big time. No, it’s not just because a Republican majority in the U.S.…

The Watchdog Press Must Expose the Liar-in-Chief

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share… The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – Since television celebrity businessman Donald J. Trump shocked the world and became president of the United States, the news has become so dissonant it’s hard to find a place to enter the conversation with facts that matter. This…

Mobile Civil Rights Activist Jerry Pogue Dies at 80

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…EDITOR’S NOTE: During the turbulent 1960s when the civil rights movement made Selma and Birmingham Alabama infamous, turning Martin Luther King Jr. of Atlanta and other activists into household names, including Fred Shuttlesworth of Birmingham, there were other activists in other cities who never became so well…

Trump’s War on the Courts, the Press and the States

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Help promote a free and independent watchdog press. Share…By Robert Reich – With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to three centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press and a few state governments. Which is why Trump is…