Politics

The Numbing of America: Trump Allegations Treated As Old News | Dick Polman

In a normal universe, a vivid allegation of rape, leveled at a serially misogynist president, would be a news story worthy of 24/7 coverage. Heck,… Continue reading

Iran — Who and Where is the Threat? | Mel Gurtov

The official U.S. narrative on Iran is that it is an escalating threat to “peace and security” in the Middle East and must be stopped.… Continue reading

War Begets War … And Nothing Else | Robert C. Koehler

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran … Thanks, John McCain! Let’s mix a little humor in with war. It’s so much easier to take when… Continue reading

I’d Trade 23 Candidates for One Sure Winner | Peter Funt

Is the bulging field of Democrats seeking the 2020 presidential nomination a sign of strength? Or is it a troubling indication that wresting the presidency… Continue reading

We Need Evidence-based Decision Making | Wim Laven

Imagine for a moment that political discussions can assume the same evidence-based knowledge as active components in decision making as treatment pathways do when responding… Continue reading

Trump’s 123rd week in office | In cartoons

Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president continues with a look back at Week 123 for the “stable genius” who is warming a chair at… Continue reading

Imagine Obama | Raging Moderate

Interesting how the Republican Party’s attitude toward the office of the presidency has changed in three short years. During the tenure of the previous POTUS,… Continue reading

FDR in 2020 | Peter Funt

Modern politics can be summed up this way: Republicans frequently refer to Ronald Reagan, while Democrats prefer to conjure memories of Franklin Roosevelt. Roosevelt’s New… Continue reading

The armed bureaucracy | Robert C. Koehler

“Sooner or later they end up in a cage, where (they) belong.” This is hardly a surprise: A recent study by the Missouri attorney general’s… Continue reading

Father’s Day and a woman’s right to choose | Rob Okun

The old bumper sticker, “Keep Your Laws Off of My Body” isn’t old and isn’t a bumper sticker. It’s a chilling reality for women today.… Continue reading

Some Final Thoughts About Mueller | Raging Moderate

Breaking his two-year vow of silence, special counsel, professional Boy Scout and part-time monk Robert S. Mueller III took time from his busy schedule of… Continue reading

In Defense of Joe Biden’s Switcheroo | Dick Polman

H.L. Mencken, the famed crusty commentator, said one century ago: “A politician is an animal which can sit on a fence and yet keep both… Continue reading

Compromise is the Essence of Our Democracy | Lee H. Hamilton

You may not be ready for next year’s elections, but in political time, they’re coming up fast. Even politicians who aren’t running for president are… Continue reading

Creative + Strategic = Effective Movements for Change | Rivera Sun

Posit: You and some friends want your town to change a public policy and the city government is ignoring you, so you decide to make… Continue reading

Where Is A ‘Tank Man’ For 2019? | Wim Laven

On June 4th, 30 years on, I ruminated to myself about the “tank man” from Tiananmen Square. I often reflect on the sacrifices that are… Continue reading

Trump’s 122nd week in office | In cartoons

Our cartoon chronicle of the 45th president continues with a look back at President Donald J. Trump’s 122nd week in the White House. This week’s… Continue reading

Whatever Happened to an Affordable College Education? | Lawrence Wittner

As U.S. college students — and their families — know all too well, the cost of a higher education in the United States has skyrocketed… Continue reading

Trump Predictably Took The Low Road in Europe | John L. Micek

It was tempting, for a moment there, to believe that President Donald Trump might get through his overseas trip to the United Kingdom and Normandy… Continue reading

Hold on a minute | The Petri Dish

As Gov. Jay Inslee prepared to launch his campaign for president earlier this year, he had a request of three fellow Democrats he knew to… Continue reading

Bainbridge Councilman Peltier accused of insensitivity after proposing city proclaim ‘I Didn’t Reproduce Day’ be held on Father’s Day

An attempt by Bainbridge Island Councilman Ron Peltier to have the city proclaim Father’s Day as “I Didn’t Reproduce Day” brought a blunt response from… Continue reading