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  • Sure, give back Harvey Weinstein's money. And then actually do something to support women

    Sure, give back Harvey Weinstein's money. And then actually do something to support women

    Harvey Weinstein had to know that he was foul. Even he had to realize that his grotesque bathrobe seduction routine was, in truth, the modus operandi of a serial sexual harasser and abuser. Perhaps he recognized his evil, or merely sought to cover it up. As such, the former movie mogul busied himself...

  • Trump's one-two punch on the Obamacare exchanges will injure consumers — and taxpayers

    Trump's one-two punch on the Obamacare exchanges will injure consumers — and taxpayers

    After delivering yet another malicious blow to the Affordable Care Act, President Trump took to Twitter (of course) on Friday to tell Democrats that they “should call me to fix” the law he’s sabotaging. It sounded like the sort of thing you’d hear in a mobster movie: “Nice insurance business you’ve...

  • A cautious step forward on police drones

    A cautious step forward on police drones

    Among the arguments against the use of airborne camera-wielding drones by the Los Angeles Police Department, a statement made by one critic at a recent Police Commission meeting stood out: “Drones should not be talked about.” That’s the most extreme position, boiled down to its essence: that law...

  • Trump has declared open war on the ACA. We'll all get hurt

    Trump has declared open war on the ACA. We'll all get hurt

    The Trump administration has declared open war on the Affordable Care Act. With its abrupt decision to terminate critical subsidies, it has thrown the exchanges into chaos on the eve of open enrollment; it has imperiled the full faith and credit of the United States; and it will cause a massive...

  • We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

    We don't need the 2nd Amendment — we need a real debate about guns

    Fifty-eight dead, nearly 500 injured, but our national debate will come through unscathed. Like so many before it, the mass shooting in Las Vegas has resolved into a set piece between gun-rights advocates and gun-control advocates, yielding no fundamental change. Bump stocks may get banned, but...

  • The climate-change fire alarm from Northern California

    The climate-change fire alarm from Northern California

    Big deadly fires are nothing new to California, particularly during fire season when the Santa Ana or Diablo winds blow hot and dry, making tinder out of trees and bushes that have been baking all summer long. But the firestorm now raging through Northern California isn’t the typical wildfire....

  • Post-hurricane rebuilding will be done by undocumented workers — and they need protection

    Post-hurricane rebuilding will be done by undocumented workers — and they need protection

    In Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, mammoth hurricanes have left behind a colossal amount of work. The cleanup and reconstruction efforts are going to take years. That means a severe demand for salvage and demolition crews, roofers, carpenters, drywall installers, painters, plumbers...

  • The Never Trump establishment still hasn't reckoned with its policy mistakes

    The Never Trump establishment still hasn't reckoned with its policy mistakes

    When Sen. Bob Corker first proposed sending lethal U.S. weaponry to Kiev so that Ukrainians could fight off their nuclear-armed Russian neighbors, no one then warned that the Tennessee Republican’s ideas could hurtle us “toward World War III.” When Corker came within an eyelash of persuading then-President...

  • A bunch of scholarships for women can't atone for allegations of sexual predation

    A bunch of scholarships for women can't atone for allegations of sexual predation

    In his kinda, sorta mea culpa last week, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein announced that he was creating a $5-million foundation to give scholarships to female directors at USC. It’s almost laughable that Weinstein thought that trumpeting his largesse would help him fight off allegations of...

  • A best-case scenario for the Iran nuclear deal

    A best-case scenario for the Iran nuclear deal

    President Trump plans to demand this week that the international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear programs be revised to make it stronger. He’ll claim that Iran isn’t complying with the 2015 pact, which he has called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” His language will be Trumpian and tough, intended...

  • The gun industry's drive to circumvent gun laws helped make the Las Vegas massacre worse

    The gun industry's drive to circumvent gun laws helped make the Las Vegas massacre worse

    The non-gun-lovers among us — and maybe even a few gunlovers — have learned a couple of new terms over the last few days: “bump stock” and “trigger crank.” Without getting into the technical details, they are devices designed to let shooters fire semiautomatic rifles, which are generally legal...

  • A single-payer litmus test won't help the progressive agenda

    A single-payer litmus test won't help the progressive agenda

    Obamacare is still with us. The latest Republican repeal effort has failed, and the enrollment period begins Nov. 1. A bipartisan Senate bill to address its problems could be voted on sometime this fall. Meanwhile, many Democrats are embracing a single-payer “Medicare for all” system as the next...

  • The Supreme Court must guarantee due process for noncitizens

    The Supreme Court must guarantee due process for noncitizens

    This week the Supreme Court heard arguments in two cases that pose the question of whether noncitizens should be afforded at least some of the due process of law that Americans take for granted. The answer in both cases should be a resounding yes. On Monday, the justices considered whether a Filipino...

  • Tom Steyer: I'm a billionaire. Please raise my taxes

    Tom Steyer: I'm a billionaire. Please raise my taxes

    As a billionaire, I would profit substantially from the tax cuts proposed last week by President Trump and the Republican Party. But I am strongly opposed to even one more penny in cuts for rich people and corporations. My reason is simple: Tax cuts for the rich defund the critical public programs...

  • While Trump targets immigrants and refugees, Americans keep killing Americans

    While Trump targets immigrants and refugees, Americans keep killing Americans

    Violent crime in the U.S. has been in steady decline for the last quarter-century, but it’s only by a perverse comparison with an even bloodier past that nearly 16,000 annual homicides — 11,000 of them committed with firearms — can be considered an improvement. Matched against other developed nations...

  • Donald Trump is a textbook racist

    Donald Trump is a textbook racist

    Civil rights advocates, social scientists and regular citizens have all called out President Trump as a racist in recent weeks. The president’s supporters have countered with stories about the blacks and Latinos he has hired or befriended, and with personal testimonies: “I’ve known Donald Trump...

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