BLOGS


  • Will Progressives Only Talk To Themselves? As Trump stumbles, and maybe crumbles, progressives are confronting a painful truth: Trump is a reflection of a much bigger problem ― the rise of runaway inequality and the failure of the liberal establishment to address it. Between 1980 and 2014, the gap between the top 100 CEOs and the average worker climbed from $40 to ...
  • Now That Trump’s Trashed The Paris Climate Accord: Isn’t This Enough To Discuss Changing The Presidential Election System? I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When will our reasonable leaders, progressive and moderate ― even clearheaded conservatives ― come to grips with the reality that we have an unelected, dysfunctional president, selected by an archaic, outmoded Electoral College that must be abolished or circumvented? When are reasonable commentators, progressive and moderate ― ...
  • American Democracy Remains In A Cage The wound burst open in November. History, suddenly, could no longer be avoided. Reality could no longer be avoided. American democracy is flawed, polluted, gamed by the oligarchs. It always has been. But not until the election process whelped Donald Trump did it become so unbearably obvious. Welcome to The Strip and Flip Disaster of America’s Stolen ...
  • Donald Trump’s War On Our Children “Woo-hoo! Trump is going to kill my children!” That’s what my son snarked this morning as he was looking over his media feed on our way to the orthodontist. He’s prone to exaggeration – that’s for sure – like any full-of-himself (but still lovable!) 13-year-old. While half-joking, he was also completely serious. “Dad, why would ...
  • Unbroken: My Journey To Reclaim Life After Domestic Violence I want to begin with a confession: I almost lost myself in the struggle. It’s often said that time is the remedy to heal most wounds. Frequently – more than I care to admit – I have found myself wondering just how much time is needed to be whole again after surviving two tumultuous relationships hallmarked ...
  • How MSNBC Created Fox News Much of the commentary surrounding the death of Roger Ailes has centered on the impact of the creation of Fox News and through that, its impact on our body politic. There is no doubt the former Fox News Chief created a media force which changed American politics, one which arguably has led to the political ...
  • How Trump’s Paris Decision Hurts America, In 5 Graphics function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   Trump’s decision to quit the Paris climate accord, combined with a steady stream of executive actions to try and erase America’s climate programs, adds up to a full-scale retreat from America’s record of environmental leadership. Not only is that leadership good for America’s health and economy, but our businesses, ...
  • Biden’s New PAC Could Be A signal… Or Not by Ashley Balcerzak Remember when we told you super PACs are already gearing up for 2018, and even in some cases 2020? Looks like a potential challenger to President Donald Trump is also stocking a war chest more than three years in advance: former Vice President Joe Biden. “he negativity, the pettiness, the small-mindedness of our politics today ...
  • Trump’s Withdrawal Of The U.S. From The Paris Climate Agreement Is A Disaster function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Since the end of World War II, the United States has proudly carried the mantle of global leader of the international community. American leadership brought us the United Nations, the World Bank, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and the Marshall Plan, which helped rebuild a continent decimated by war ...
  • A Goodbye Letter To Earth Hi, Earth — It’s me, Jon. How are you? Dying a slow and painful death? Yeah, thought so. (at this point pretend that I am doing an audible sigh) I know we haven’t had the greatest relationship over the years. At points I’ve thrown things that should be recycled in the trash. Admittedly, I’ve left the water ...
  • Trump Recklessly Pulls U.S. Out Of The Paris Agreement function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   President Trump has decided to pull the U.S. out of the historic Paris Agreement on climate change. This agreement marked a critical turning point in efforts to address climate change as it included, for the first time, specific commitments from all major countries and a path to strengthen domestic ...
  • Workers Want A Green Economy, Not A Black Environment function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); To justify withdrawing from the Paris climate change accord, President Trump said during his press conference today, “I was elected to represent the city of Pittsburgh, not Paris.” From terrible experience, Pittsburghers know about pollution. Before Pittsburgh’s renaissance, its streetlights frequently glowed at noon to illuminate sidewalks through the darkness of ...
  • President Trump’s Decision To Exit Paris Climate Agreement Is A Mistake function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement is the latest demonstration of his administration’s complete disregard for the health and safety of the American people, the economy on which those families rely, and the future of the planet we all share. The landmark 2015 climate agreement ...
  • Pulling Out Of Paris A Blow To American Business, Innovation And Jobs function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible);   By Mindy Lubber and Bob Keefe On the campaign trail, Donald Trump promised to be “the greatest jobs president that God ever created.” But our would-be jobs president is risking millions of jobs and U.S. economic competitiveness with his short-sighted decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate ...
  • The Unparented: A Reflection On The Global Day Of Parents Back around 2008 and 2009, I often traveled to impoverished places to lead discussions and facilitate workshops. I was asked to go into Delft, which is a violent township outside of Cape Town in South Africa. This township, with a population of almost 700,000 people, had massive unemployment and a low school graduation rate. There were ...
  • Am I Really ‘Proud’ To Be A Lesbian? I participated in my first LGBTQ Pride Parade 24 years ago in Syracuse, New York. The “parade” consisted of maybe 100 people, all of whom pretty much knew one another. On an early Sunday morning, we marched down an empty downtown street, led by our one “Dyke on Bike,” Karen. Our only spectators were a few ...
  • Trump’s Budget Is Cruel And Deeply Un-American Despite his degree, Donald Trump is not an economist. He has no experience in government. He does not know what it takes to run a municipality or state, let alone an entire country. He pays people to deliver economic and financial analysis and, most of the time, they probably tell him what he wants to ...
  • The Paris Climate Agreement Is Up To Us Now Politicians were never going to save the world. That’s up to the rest of us. There’s a moment in the movie “The Martian” where in order to save their fellow astronaut left on Mars, the crew of the Hermes pulls of a daring maneuver to use the Earth’s gravitational pull as a slingshot to send them ...
  • If The World Lets Venezuela Fall, Democracy In The Region Will Fall With It CARACAS, Venezuela ― For the past two months, Venezuelans like myself have taken to the streets to exercise our constitutional right to peaceful protest against the most repressive regime in our nation’s history. While the unconstitutional and failed attempt by the Supreme Court to dissolve the Venezuelan National Assembly on March 29 sparked these protests, we ...
  • News Roundup for June 1, 2017 New month, same old news. 1. Trump is to announce his decision on the Paris climate agreement today. Our future is in his tiny, tiny hands. More here. 2. Ten Philippine soldiers have been killed in a misdirected air raid by their own military. “Friendly fire” is the term being used, which doesn’t sit quite right with ...