Politics

No excuse for fake news rhetoric | Guest Viewpoint

The plight of a grieving orca who continues to carry her dead calf for weeks is reported by the Seattle Times. The Spokane Spokesman-Review lets… Continue reading

For Manafort and Cohen, the Truth and Nothing But the Truth | Blair Bess

There may be hope for the American judicial system. The felony convictions of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort is evidence of this, as is… Continue reading

This Column Is a Column | Peter Funt

“Things are seldom what they seem,” the playful lyric in Gilbert & Sullivan’s “H.M.S. Pinafore,” could well be an anthem for the Trump White House.… Continue reading

Another Week Under Trumpocracy | Mel Gurtov

Some takeaways from another week under He Who Would Be Emperor: “All politics is local.” Speaking to local issues rather than echoing the official mantra… Continue reading

Battle of the D.C. Network Stars | Raging Moderate

The ongoing warfare between Omarosa Manigault-Newman and President Donald Trump is more scarily delicious than an underbaked blueberry muffin covered in strawberry marshmallow sauce and… Continue reading

Trump’s 81st week in office | In cartoons

Our (sadly) hilarious cartoon chronicle of the Trump Presidency continues with a look back at Donald J. Trump’s 81st week in office. This week’s contributing… Continue reading

Anti-American, anti-truth White House | Tom H. Hastings

How is Trump doing in his fake MAGA quest? MPGA? Make Putin Great Again? My career as an activist since the 1960s has focused on… Continue reading

Trump’s 80th week in office | In cartoons

Onward! Our cartoon chronicle of the “reality show” White House continues with a look back at Donald J. Trump’s 80th week in office. This week’s… Continue reading

Swamp Thing | Raging Moderate

During the 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump famously proclaimed he would drain the swamp in Washington. But looking at the cast of characters he’s surrounded… Continue reading

Poverty, Violence and Spiritual Wildfires | Robert C. Koehler

“They take advantage of that opportunity and they shoot into a crowd, no matter who they hit.” The news this past weekend emerging from my… Continue reading

Honestly Looking at Family Values | Wim Laven

A recent look at the GOP’s platform on immigration was quite heartbreaking; they want to break up and damage good families. I thought about the… Continue reading

Rolfes honored by fire chiefs

State Sen. Christine Rolfes has been awarded the 2018 Honorary Fire Chiefs Award for her work to fund firefighter training and wildfire response during the… Continue reading

Under Trump, It’s Easy To Like Ike | John L. Micek

GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The golf clubs in the laundry room at the rear of Dwight Eisenhower’s farmhouse here are perched and ready, as if the… Continue reading

Politicians Less Than Frank About Their Use of Franking | Blair Bess

Let’s be frank. Congressional incumbents seeking re-election have a distinct advantage over their opponents. One of those advantages is the congressional franking privilege. For those… Continue reading

Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Awful, But There’s a Better Alternative than the Establishment’s Version | Lawrence Wittner

Since the advent of the Trump administration, large numbers of Americans have been aghast at its narrow nationalist approach to world affairs. But many of… Continue reading

Let’s Tax the Rich | Lawrence Wittner

Whatever happened to the notion that rich people should pay their fair share of the cost for their country’s public programs? Progressive income taxes —… Continue reading

Border Security: Wall vs. Principles | Robert C. Koehler

Consider the limited thinking that produces a concept such as “border security.” The essential assumption here is that the United States of America is primarily… Continue reading

The Cummington Story | Richie Davis

The little red house in the hill town of Cummington, Mass. (pop. 800) sits not far along Main Street from the town’s historical museum, which… Continue reading

WEA insists ‘the money is there’ | The Petri Dish

Teacher salaries are soaring as the Washington Education Association predicted they would. Leaders of the statewide teacher union declared in March that a surge in… Continue reading

While Rome (and Most Everywhere Else) Burns | Mel Gurtov

By now we’re accustomed to learning that every year brings record high temperatures around the world. Extreme weather, says Prof. Michael Mannof Pennsylvania State University,… Continue reading