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Puerto Rico, in the dark

The departure from Puerto Rico this week of the Army general who led the military’s response to Hurricane Maria is being depicted as a sign the island is no longer in crisis mode but instead is transitioning to long-term recovery.…

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Sunday 11/19/2017
Jim Hightower: No corporate welfare for Amazon.com
icon Posted: 19 November 2017 [07:33 PM]

Columnist Isn’t it funny that right-wing politicians across the country piously rant against giving a few bucks worth of jobless benefits to the needy - then turn around and shove billions of our tax dollars into corporate welfare for the…

Saturday 11/18/2017
Kathleen Parker: What to my wondering ears did he say?
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:36 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Without nearly enough fanfare, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made history this week with a scant four words: “I believe the women.” All across America, forks dropped, glasses shattered and knees wobbled as women turned to…

Michael Reagan: Not aspiring for Senator Moore or Weird Al
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:33 PM]

Hello, Senator Franken. Welcome to the growing list of creepy guys in Hollywood and Washington who apparently think it’s OK - or funny - for men in power to sexually harass or assault women and men. We’ll see if the…

Has Sessions got the world's worst memory or what?
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:30 PM]

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ defense for apparently misleading Congress about his knowledge of campaign contacts with Russians is that he has a bad memory. No, honestly. The man who now oversees the entire Justice Department might have heard about contacts…

Richard Cordray's Consumer Finance Protection Board has done its job well
icon Posted: 18 November 2017 [07:28 PM]

BLOOMBERG View President Donald Trump will soon get a chance to remake the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, one of the signature creations of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform law. The current director, Richard Cordray, has just announced his…

Friday 11/17/2017
JIM HIGHTOWER: One monstrosity The Donald won't want his name on
icon Posted: 17 November 2017 [09:52 PM]

If you’ve been to any of the cities graced with a Trump hotel, casino, or resort, you know that The Donald splashes his name in giant, gaudy letters across every structure he owns - preferably in gold. Now he’s taken…

Wednesday 11/15/2017
Students lose the most from DeVos' deregulations
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:46 PM]

BLOOMBERG View Under President Barack Obama, the government took steps to impose greater accountability on the for-profit education industry and protect students from predatory schools. The policy is both just and cost-effective: For-profit schools saddle students with more…

Fox's Shepherd Smith debunks his network's Clinton 'scandal' story
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:44 PM]

Fox News anchor Shepherd Smith debunked what his own network has called the Hillary Clinton uranium “scandal,” infuriating Fox viewers, some of whom suggested that he ought go work for CNN or MSNBC. Smith’s critique, which called President Donald Trump’s…

Russia passes law targeting foreign media as 'foreign agents'
icon Posted: 15 November 2017 [06:42 PM]

MOSCOW - The Russian State Duma voted 414-0 on Wednesday to pass legislation allowing authorities to force any foreign media organization to register as a “foreign agent” under penalty of fines or a possible ban on operations in Russia. The…

Monday 11/13/2017
E.J. Dionne: Trump's real constituency: The super-rich
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:51 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - The focus on President Trump’s political strength among white working-class voters distracts from a truth that may be more important: His rise depended on support from rich conservatives, and his program serves the interests of those who…

Granddaddy's Secrets: Parenting tips from the No. 1 program in the world!
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:49 PM]

Columnist According to research, the Triple P- Positive Parenting Program is the United Nations top-ranked parenting program. Triple P is supported by more than 30 years of research and has helped millions of families worldwide. The help centers around five…

Trump says tax plan would make him a 'big loser.' Prove it
icon Posted: 13 November 2017 [04:48 PM]

Rustling up votes for the GOP tax plan, President Donald Trump on Tuesday reportedly assured Senate Democrats that he would not personally benefit from the proposal. In fact, he insisted, his accountant told him he will be a “big loser”…

Sunday 11/12/2017
Saturday 11/11/2017
E.J. Dionne: Voters yearn for an end to the Trump era
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:50 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Tuesday’s Democratic sweep obliterated a series of outdated story lines in American politics and opened a new era. Forget those repetitious tales about some piece of President Trump’s base still sticking with him. It’s now clear, from…

Chris Powell: Whitewash by state police in fabricated charges scheme
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:48 PM]

Columnist Michael Picard is a provocateur in support of gun rights and opposition to drunken-driving checkpoints. Whatever people think of his politics, he has acted within the law, as he did one night in September 2015, when, standing near an…

Michael Reagan: Don't be fooled by the fake news from Virginia
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:47 PM]

Columnist Will someone please throw an ocean of ice water on the Pelosi-Schumer-MSM axis of evil? Their ecstasy over the results in Virginia’s election returns Tuesday night shows how desperate the Democrats are for any sign of hope that their…

The candidacy of Roy Moore is another GOP calamity
icon Posted: 11 November 2017 [07:45 PM]

By Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post’s blockbuster article on Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, the twice-booted judge whose incendiary rhetoric on gays and Muslims spurred a handful of elected Republicans to refuse to back him, found Moore allegedly engaged…

Friday 11/10/2017
Veterans Day by the numbers
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:20 PM]

“I had no idea that many men and women have served our country in our armed forces.” “Ah, yes, you refer to Veterans Day facts and figures shared by the U.S. Census Bureau. Did you know there are nearly 20…

Senate tax bill: What the middle class needs
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:18 PM]

For too long, middle-class Americans have struggled with stagnant wages, sluggish labor markets and economic growth well below the historic average. Much of the economic stagnation stems from our nation’s broken tax code, which has become too big, too complex…

A chance on climate change
icon Posted: 10 November 2017 [07:17 PM]

THE Washington Post And then there was one. The Associated Press reports that, at a U.N. climate conference in Bonn, Germany, this week, Syrian representatives said their country will join the Paris climate agreement. That means every country on…

Thursday 11/09/2017
Chris Powell: Sensible gun control starts by persuading gun owners
icon Posted: 09 November 2017 [07:31 PM]

Columnist Responding this week to the shooting massacre in Texas, President Trump made himself irrelevant to the problem by declaring that it wasn’t a gun problem, while other elected officials and political activists made themselves irrelevant by ranting again about…

Leaders vow: Puerto Rico, Congress hasn't forgotten you
icon Posted: 09 November 2017 [07:29 PM]

We recently led a bipartisan congressional delegation to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and the Florida Keys to survey the damage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria and to bear witness to the suffering of families and communities still…

Mueller has more questions to ask
icon Posted: 09 November 2017 [07:28 PM]

THE Washington Post For the past week, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Rick Gates have been under house arrest following their indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller III. A campaign staffer with…

Monday 11/06/2017
Six problems for the GOP tax plan
icon Posted: 06 November 2017 [07:53 PM]

Columnist House Republicans finally revealed their tax plan this past week. They received some swift and fierce pushback, which suggests this might be more difficult than they expected. Right now we see six areas of concern. * First, who needs…

When truth and China collide
icon Posted: 06 November 2017 [07:51 PM]

Springer Nature publishes books and prestigious journals, including Nature and Scientific American, and portrays itself as a champion of open access to reports of scientific research. Its website declares that “research is a global endeavor and the free flow of…

Monday 10/30/2017
E.J. Dionne: The tax cut debate is an utter waste
icon Posted: 30 October 2017 [08:28 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - It is a victory for Republicans that the political conversation - when it’s not being hijacked by President Trump’s assorted outbursts and outrages - is focused on tax cuts. No matter how critical the coverage gets, the…

A Trump tax idea that might actually do some good
icon Posted: 30 October 2017 [08:26 PM]

With all the focus on health care, tax cuts and regulatory rollback, there has been little attention left for an idea of President Donald Trump’s that might actually do some good: investing in the nation’s roads, bridges, rails and ports.…

Sunday 10/29/2017
Saturday 10/28/2017
E.J. Dionne: Republicans aren't ready to quit Trump
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [08:07 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Yes, it’s a very big deal that Republicans Jeff Flake, Bob Corker, John McCain and George W. Bush are now ready to take on what Flake rightly calls President Trump’s “reckless, outrageous and undignified” behavior. Their voices…

Michael Reagan: Hail, Hillary Clinton, the Queen of Dem Collusion
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [08:06 PM]

Columnist Excuse me, but didn’t I write this column already? Didn’t I point out a while ago that when it comes to asking the Russians to mess with our presidential elections the real pros of collusion have always been the…

Chris Powell: Connecticut may be starting to get government under control
icon Posted: 28 October 2017 [08:04 PM]

Columnist After three months of fecklessness, delusion, incompetence, and disorder that embarrassed the state throughout the country, Connecticut may be grateful for any budget at all, even if the compromise budget developed this week by the General Assembly’s Democratic and…

Thursday 10/26/2017
Murphy says he's laying the groundwork for gun legislation
icon Posted: 26 October 2017 [06:23 PM]

Whenever a Democrat starts talking about gun regulation, there’s a (not unreasonable) temptation to ask, “What’s the point?” We all know that as long as the GOP controls Congress, not even the most modest measures to limit gun violence have…

Congressional Republicans have let consumers down
icon Posted: 26 October 2017 [06:21 PM]

Congress and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have been fighting over the principle of mandatory arbitration - the idea that companies can make consumers sign away their right to take disputes to court. CFPB proposed a rule to ban this…

Wednesday 10/25/2017
Kathleen Parker: And we ask, 'What's in a name?'
icon Posted: 25 October 2017 [07:06 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - If there’s any redeeming news this week, it’s that no one will ever forget La David Johnson’s name. Johnson, of course, was one of the four U.S. soldiers recently killed in Niger. Apparently his name seemed to…

A disservice to honorable men
icon Posted: 25 October 2017 [07:05 PM]

THE Washington Post Staff Sgt. Bryan C. Black, 35, always relished a challenge. As a child, he drove himself to learn chess; as a teen, he excelled as a wrestler; and as an adult, he joined the Army,…

Tuesday 10/24/2017
I don't care about 'Merry Christmas'
icon Posted: 24 October 2017 [08:02 PM]

President Donald Trump went before a Values Voter Summit audience here in Washington last week and declared, “We’re saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again.” There is no warrant in law that directs Americans to say “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Holidays” or anything at…

The next Mideast wars
icon Posted: 24 October 2017 [08:01 PM]

THE Washington Post The final capture of the Islamic State’s de facto capital of Raqqa last week by U.S.-backed Syrian forces brings the would-be caliphate to the brink of extinction: It has lost 87 percent of the territory…

Monday 10/23/2017
E.J. Dionne: Why patriots can't serve Trump
icon Posted: 23 October 2017 [06:42 PM]

WASHINGTON - The United States is in the middle of a very unfortunate experiment in how disoriented a great nation can become before it loses its moorings entirely. At times, politics seems fairly conventional with Republicans and Democrats arguing…

From classroom to courtroom
icon Posted: 23 October 2017 [06:41 PM]

A quaint idea about school discipline is that students who are unruly and disobedient, or who get in minor scrapes or hallway shoving matches, will be dealt with sternly by teachers and principals. If only. In fact, in a…

Granddaddy's Secrets: The days are long but the years are short!
icon Posted: 23 October 2017 [06:32 PM]

I know just about every parent I meet is tired. I also know that my oldest daughter just turned 16 years old and I’m wondering where the years went. And you’re probably experiencing the same thing, aren’t you? My daughter…

Sunday 10/22/2017
JIM HIGHTOWER: Robots aren't taking your jobs. Corporations are.
icon Posted: 22 October 2017 [09:17 PM]

There’s a robot in your future. Not one of those cute little labor-saving automatons - like a “Roomba” vacuum cleaner. Far from saving you from doing extra labor, this new wave of robots is being brought into your workplace to…

Saturday 10/21/2017
E.J. Dionne: The enablers of a debased politics
icon Posted: 21 October 2017 [08:18 PM]

Columnist WASHINGTON - Permit me to confess: I am one of the very last people in the United States who does not consider the word “politician” to be an insult. On the contrary, the work politicians do is important because…

Chris Powell: State budget compromise aims to repudiate Governor Malloy
icon Posted: 21 October 2017 [08:17 PM]

Columnist Knocking Gov. Dannel Malloy down is a big part of the tentative compromise state budget assembled this week by the General Assembly’s Democratic and Republican leaders. Not only did the leaders not involve the governor in their negotiations; they…

Michael Reagan: Outing the Weinsteins of Hollywood and the world
icon Posted: 21 October 2017 [08:16 PM]

Columnist We know Hollywood moguls are infamous for taking advantage of aspiring young actresses. The movie producer’s casting couch has been a “tradition” since Tinsel Town began. But Harvey Weinstein must be setting some kind of record. His sexual rap…

Trump can't stop complaining about Puerto Rico, and it shows in his policies
icon Posted: 21 October 2017 [08:14 PM]

Special To The Washington Post President Donald Trump’s approach to Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria has been coherently inhumane. He has called some Puerto Rican leaders “politically motivated ingrates,” made insensitive references to how much federal money is being spent…