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      The Case for Impeaching Trump Goes Way Beyond Ukraine
      Sep27

      The Case for Impeaching Trump Goes Way Beyond Ukraine

      “Has Trump finally gone too far?” There’s a headline you’ve seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country’s new president into investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s past business there. Trump doesn’t even...

      For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home
      Sep27

      For Trump, Regime Change Begins at Home

      A month after he won the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump gave a speech in North Carolina where he declared that “we will stop racing to topple foreign regimes that we know nothing about, that we shouldn’t be involved with.” It’s still commonplace for foreign policy analysts of the left, right, and center to distinguish Trump...

      Burning Down the House
      Sep05

      Burning Down the House

      Doesn’t idiocy ever take a vacation? As August wound down, the populist troika of Donald Trump, Boris Johnson, and Jair Bolsonaro proved once again that the United States, the United Kingdom, and Brazil would be better off with no leaders rather than the dubious characters that currently pretend to govern these countries. In all three...

      Tax the Rich Before the Rest
      Sep05

      Tax the Rich Before the Rest

      Presidential candidates should take a pledge: The middle class should not pay one dollar more in new taxes until the super-rich pay their fair share. Already candidates are outlining ambitious programs to improve health care, combat climate change, and address the opioid crisis — and trying to explain how they’ll pay for it. President...

      Trump Silences Tlaib and Omar for Embracing Palestinians’ Humanity
      Sep05

      Trump Silences Tlaib and Omar for Embracing Palestinians’ Humanity

      Years ago, I visited Gaza. It was in 2009, shortly after the disastrous Israeli war, and I was there to see the damage firsthand with other activists. There was devastation, but that’s not what I remember most. More than the skeletal remains of a hotel on the beach, riddled with holes from artillery fire, I was struck by the laughter of the...

      Big Pharma to Pay for Opioid Crisis, But What Happens to the Money?
      Sep05

      Big Pharma to Pay for Opioid Crisis, But What Happens to the Money?

      A trial in Cleveland County, Oklahoma recently concluded with Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay a $572 million settlement for its role in the opioid crisis. It is the third case in Oklahoma to end with a pharmaceutical company being held liable for paying damages related to the abuse of opioids and the ensuing deaths caused by overdose. The...

      We’re the Wealthiest Country — Our Kids Shouldn’t Go to School Hungry
      Sep05

      We’re the Wealthiest Country — Our Kids Shouldn’t Go to School Hungry

      Nearly half of America’s children live in low-income and poor families, and the majority of public school students qualify for free breakfast and lunch programs. Nearly 30 million children — more than the population of Texas — benefit from the National School Lunch Program. In low-income households, it’s often food that gets...

      It’s a Borderful World
      Nov29

      It’s a Borderful World

      Nation-states: what a quaint notion. As a means of organizing territory, they seem to be a brief transition period between large empires and an even larger, borderless world. Sure, nation-states might live on in the form of anthems and flags and independence days, but the idea of fixed borders just don’t make sense in a world of cell...

      The New, New Cold War
      Mar09

      The New, New Cold War

      U.S. Army Europe / Flickr When an epoch ends, as the Cold War did between 1989 and 1991, it takes some time to come up with a name for the new order. For some years, the world lived in a “post-Cold War” era. That phrase was supposed to capture the optimism of a new beginning as well as the uncertainty that accompanies any great transition....

      The Dangerous Trend Threatening the Future of the Nation-State
      Oct26

      The Dangerous Trend Threatening the Future of the Nation-State

      Photo: Shutterstock When the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., published his bestseller The Disuniting of America in 1991, he didn’t seriously entertain the worst-case scenario suggested by the title. At the time, the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia were imploding, while separatist movements in Quebec, East Timor, Spain’s Basque country,...