Politics

Washington’s mental health system is overwhelmed | The Petri Dish

OLYMPIA — The state is paying millions of dollars a year in sanctions because it’s unable to evaluate the mental health competency of jailed defendants… Continue reading

Of Time and Immigration | Andrew Moss

There is a certain tyranny to the 24-hour news cycle, a certain grip on human awareness and attention. We have been rightly consumed by the… Continue reading

Tariffs toughest on small newspapers | In Our Opinion

“I never argue with a man who buys ink by the barrel.” — Roger Branigin, 1962 One wonders if Branigin, an attorney who three years… Continue reading

Crying Children and Due Process of Law | Kary Love

Being a lawyer, I have long been interested in and have studied the question, where did law come from? It turns out to have been… Continue reading

The Trump Administration: Absurdity, Normalized | Raging Moderate

People keep wondering how the hell we got here. How did America become a country that forcibly separates kids from their parents? The answer is… Continue reading

Let Sarah Sanders Eat in Peace | John L. Micek

You’d think a pan-seared pork chop wouldn’t come freighted with political baggage. But politics, and that pork chop ($28, with Wades Mill Goat cheese grits,… Continue reading

Reaching and listening across the divide | Richie Davis

When 18 Leverett, Massachussetts residents launched their grassroots effort just after the 2016 Election, they were struggling to understand how the political opposites of their… Continue reading

The Photo with Borderline Truth | Peter Funt

The little girl at the border with tears in her eyes. We saw her on front pages, on TV newscasts and on the cover of… Continue reading

Trump’s 74th week in office | In cartoons

We need just three words to describe what’s become of our country during Donald J. Trump’s 74th week in the White House: Children in cages.… Continue reading

This is Us | Blair Bess

This is us, America. This is who we are at this precise moment in time. A nation that separates families. A nation that interns children… Continue reading

Trump, Kin and the Nuclear Status Quo | Robert C. Koehler

Peace, love and Donald Trump? I get the skepticism regarding the tentative nuclear disarmament agreement the president and Kim Jong-un reached last week, but not… Continue reading

Vlad’s man in the White House | Tom H. Hastings

OK, if you are the brutal authoritarian ruler of Russia and you want more global power, what is your fantasy about your enemies in the… Continue reading

Children in cages create glimmers of the moral reserve | Patrick T. Hiller

Are children in cages the turning point? Under huge public pressure, President Trump issued an executive order that instead of children being put in cages,… Continue reading

Separation of Immigrant Families Is Institutionalized Cruelty | José-Antonio Orosco

As I listened to the recording of immigrant kids crying because they were being separated from their parents, I heard the Border Patrol agent joke… Continue reading

A primary vote that matters | The Petri Dish

Washington may have a meaningful Presidential Primary in 2020. If it happens, Bernie Sanders and Ron Paul will be among those to thank. This week… Continue reading

Boom Times in the Golden State | Peter Funt

SAN FRANCISCO - Welcome to the Hotel California. You can check out any time you like but, to paraphrase the Eagles, your money can never… Continue reading

Trump’s 73rd week in office | In cartoons

This is not going to end soon. Or end very pretty. We’re talking about this week’s cartoon chronicle of the 45th president. This week’s gallery… Continue reading

Trump Wants Credit. Don’t Give Him Any | John L. Micek

Earlier this week, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., thought reports of children being brutally separated from their parents at the United States’ southern border with… Continue reading

Hey Leadership! Let Congress Work | Lee H. Hamilton

There aren’t many people who would argue that Congress is working well these days. It’s been 24 years since it passed a comprehensive budget without… Continue reading

What Happened? Assessing the Singapore Summit | Mel Gurtov

“Peace and prosperity,” “lasting and stable peace,” “peace regime,” “denuclearization,” “new U.S.-DPRK relations” — these fine words and phrases dominate the joint statement of Donald… Continue reading