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The needs of the politicians and those of the people are on a collision course

The federal government shutdown is an expensive, demoralizing inconvenience felt all across the nation, not just in Washington. So why didn't legislators work overtime to arrive at a compromise? More>>

Trump's America is caving, as autocrats rise

A year ago, we knew what kind of a candidate Donald Trump was, but we held out hope that his campaign-trail outrages amounted to electoral theater, to calculated tactics. We didn't know with certainty what kind of a... More>>

The Democratic Party is progressing -- some members need to catch up

In the 2 1/2 years since Sen. Bernie Sanders launched his presidential campaign, the Democratic Party has felt the Bern. A $15 minimum wage, campaign finance reform, access to a free college education and health care for... More>>

Trump has replaced old international allies with new ones

"How to Win Friends and Influence People," a self-help book by Dale Carnegie, was first published in 1936. It has since sold more than 30 million copies worldwide. More>>

Four ways Trump's first year has made us less safe

The Trump team, like so many administrations before them, has been preparing to sell the accomplishments of its first year in office. If the government shuts down, these efforts won't matter because it will all be... More>>

Planned Parenthood leader: Women are America's unstoppable force

One year ago, I took a flight from Miami to Washington, hoping to arrive in time for the Women's March the next morning. Our flight attendant leaned over to me and asked, "Do you think it's going to make any difference,... More>>

Fury but no fire: World confused after Trump's first year

A year has passed and the lights are still on: we aren't speaking Russian, or at war with North Korea, or Iran. We've not started a self-defeating trade spat with China. And right-wing populists like Brexit pioneer Nigel... More>>

Trump and the limits of transactional politics

On January 8, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet touting record and near-record low unemployment levels among African-Americans and Latinos/as. Later that day, he signed an executive order making the Martin Luther... More>>

We should have made the opioid crisis OUR problem from the start

Less than one month ago, just as many of us were gathering to celebrate the holidays with families and friends, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual report on the toll of the opioid crisis in... More>>

Return of tactical nuclear weapons would send a dangerous signal

President Trump traveled to the Pentagon on Thursday to discuss the National Defense Strategy, an unclassified version of which will be released Friday. Undoubtedly, key topics of discussion on the new strategy included... More>>

With wedding on a plane, Pope Francis reclaims love from its emoji status

In an unprecedented move, Pope Francis married a Chilean flight-attendant couple midflight from Santiago to Iquique on Thursday morning. The couple, who are legally married, had planned to wed almost eight years ago but... More>>

Cupp: Tide pod insanity -- it's better that we know

I was recently fumbling around on the internet, as we all do to pass the 20-minute train ride or the three-minute wait for dry cleaning, and found myself engrossed in TED talks by teenagers. More>>

It's a real shame Trump didn't eat more fish

Cast your mind back to the 1970s. A young Czech-born model named Ivana joins her husband-to-be at the touristy restaurant called Tavern on the Green on the west side of New York's Central Park. More>>

Senate must pass FISA Section 702 to protect Americans

For Americans, September 11, 2001 will forever be etched into our memories. The world watched as an always resolute nation fell victim to a horrific act of terror on its own soil. Our enemies celebrated in a seemingly... More>>

Trump's first year: The report card

It has been a crazy year in Washington. A new president came to town making big promises about how he would upend everything that was wrong with politics and assured his supporters that nothing could get in his way. So how... More>>

Love and Washington don't mix

I do not believe love is the answer. I want to. But love, American style, is the kind of love I can live without. Like everything else in our culture, love has become politicized. More>>

Under Trump, can we trust the government's terrorism data?

On Tuesday, the US Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice released a report that was mandated by President Trump's executive order -- signed in March 2017 -- which revised the "travel ban" from a... More>>

The Constitution has stopped Trump -- so far

Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, never promised compromise. He instead promised the opposite: reform through sheer force of will. "Nobody knows the system better than me," said Trump when accepting the Republican... More>>

A Dreamer solution both parties can agree on

Congress is running out of time to reach a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals deal for individuals brought to the United States as children by undocumented parents. More>>

Is California horror house society's fault?

What responsibility does society bear for the Turpins? More>>

Leon Panetta: The world needs to know that Trump is not who we are

The President of the United States recently made a vulgar and disparaging remark about immigrants to our country from poor and impoverished areas of the world. The remark is unsurprising -- it came from a President who... More>>

Met Museum needs to live up to its history and its public

For the first time in 48 years, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will begin charging some of its visitors a fixed and mandatory admission fee. Starting March 1, anyone visiting the museum from outside New York state will... More>>

Without immigration progress, America loses big

After months of delay and distraction, Washington is finally grappling with the question of immigration reform, and DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in particular. More>>

How GOP made family reunification a dirty word

The media has focused relentlessly on Donald Trump's closed-door meeting last week with US senators, where he reportedly referred to African nations as "shithole countries." Republicans and Democrats alike have rightly... More>>

38 Excruciating minutes in Hawaii reveal key questions

For 38 excruciating minutes last weekend, many people in Hawaii believed they were under missile attack. Some of them were convinced they were going to die -- that Saturday, the 13th of January, was their last day. More>>

Olympics diplomacy could solve the Korea crisis

Olympics diplomacy will get its day, even if it comes beneath the shadow of the North Korean nuclear program. More>>

Simone Biles is champion -- that's what matters

As the #MeToo movement continues to grow, American gymnast Simone Biles is the latest woman to come forward with a horrific story alleging sexual exploitation. Biles joins a long list (more than 140 to date) of other... More>>

Should Trump speak to Mueller? A debate

The Washington Post reported last week that special counsel Robert Mueller has told President Donald Trump's legal team that his office will likely seek an interview with the President. Trump indicated he might be willing... More>>

Here's why we have to keep talking about Aziz Ansari

When I see a well-known male figure in entertainment, politics or media trending on Twitter because of sexual harassment allegations, my heart sinks. Him? But he seemed like one of the good ones? Then comes the onslaught... More>>

Russia's hidden world of North Korean labor

In pre-fabricated buildings, down a muddy track on the outskirts of St. Petersburg lies a world of hidden North Korean labor in Russia. More>>

Democrats, don't let Trump's bad words kill DACA deal

Shithole. Shithouse. WTF does it matter? More>>

Heed MLK's call with a pro-democracy movement

From pulpits and podiums across the country, Americans will be reminded on Monday of the relevance of Dr. Martin Luther King's message in 2018. Some time ago, during my tenure as president and CEO of the NAACP, I was... More>>

Trump owes us money

Donald Trump owes each and every American money. And I don't mean the trickle-down economics kind that supposedly accompanies tax cuts to the one percent. I'm talking a check to every man, women and child for $3,239 per... More>>

What Trump doesn't get about Martin Luther King Jr.

The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have celebrated his 89th birthday on Monday. This year, the federal holiday in his honor, which takes place every third Monday of January, falls on his actual birthday, January... More>>

Say the words as plainly as Trump does

Around the world, news organizations were struggling under the burden of translating the "colorful vernacular" that the American President had reportedly used to describe certain nations during Thursday afternoon's meeting... More>>

Here is what it was like being in Hawaii and getting a false missile alert

I could tell something was wrong the moment my wife stepped into our hotel room. More>>

Five ways you can be a better American than the President

President Donald Trump's comments about Haitian and African immigrants seeking refuge or a better life in the United States and his stated preference for immigrants from wealthy, European (and largely white) countries were... More>>

After Zainab's murder, what will it take to protect the other children of Pakistan?

One week after the body of 7-year old Zainab Amin was found on a garbage heap near her home, protests continued in many parts of Pakistan. On television talk shows, politicians and analysts demanded the resignation of top... More>>

Why Walmart's bait and switch matters

If the man sitting in the Oval Office honestly admitted he made his fortune from exploiting thousands of people, he'd likely be enraged when people pointed out he's small-time compared to the Walton family. Year after... More>>

Obama's stern warning for Trump

During a conversation with David Letterman on his new Netflix program, former President Barack Obama issued a stern warning for the current commander in chief: "One of the things that Michelle figured out, in some ways... More>>

The immigrants who prove Trump wrong

For Abdikadir Negeye, who is with Maine Immigrant and Refugee Services, a Somali-founded community organization in Lewiston, it was shocking to hear reports that that the president of his adopted country had described... More>>

Why the "sh***y men" list author deserves our praise

It started as a story about Sh***y Media Men. But it became a story about Amazing Media Women. More>>

Donald Trump's enmity for Haiti

Today, January 12, marks the eighth anniversary of the devastating Haitian earthquake that claimed as many as 300,000 lives, shattered the island nation's infrastructure, and sent thousands of displaced people across a... More>>

Trump's racism has gone from dog-whistle bigotry to megaphone prejudice

With only weak and belated denials, the world is left to ponder the reports that President Trump described some African nations as "shithole countries" while protesting the idea of admitting immigrants from, let's face it,... More>>

Avoiding London is the best gift Trump could have given Theresa May

President Donald Trump's decision not to visit London next month to open the new US Embassy may be a relief to beleaguered British Prime Minister Theresa May. More>>

The Trump administration's Medicaid announcement isn't really about 'work'

The Trump administration's announcement on Thursday allowing states to tie low-income people's eligibility for Medicaid to work or work-related activities isn't aimed primarily at promoting work. Don't be fooled. It's the... More>>

Trump's outrageous remark shows his affinity for the worst of America's past

President Trump's outrageous remark about immigration leaves us stunned -- embarrassed for him and for this country. More>>

Missouri governor faces an uncertain future

Gov. Eric Greitens of Missouri, a rising GOP star, has just gotten his first serious dose of national public attention in the form of a tawdry sex scandal -- one that could derail the political hopes of a man who, until... More>>

A bold bid for climate justice

Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government's National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 --... More>>

Kushner's effort to sway Trump on prison reform is smart

Conventional wisdom told us that we should have lost all hope for any federal criminal justice reform after President Donald Trump was elected. His law and order rhetoric as a candidate and his nomination, as President, of... More>>

The answer to border security is technology, not wall

I was born and raised on the US-Mexico border, and I represent 290 miles of that border today. I know from personal and professional experience that a physical wall would be ineffective at reducing the number of... More>>

Michelle Williams is the last straw -- Hollywood needs a new system

On Tuesday, USA Today reported that actor Michelle Williams was paid less than 1% of her male co-star Mark Wahlberg's salary for filming re-shoots of the movie "All the Money in the World." More>>

Scrapping the Iran deal will only harm America's international interests

President Donald Trump is about to come face-to-face with his next quarterly brush with Armageddon. Should he, or shouldn't he, scrap the Iran nuclear accord? More>>

The souls left in Guantanamo Bay won't just disappear

Few things could more appropriately commemorate Thursday's 16th anniversary of the opening of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility than a new lawsuit filed by 11 of the 41 detainees still in US custody there. More>>

Why a second Brexit vote would be a bad idea

As someone who voted Remain, who believes that both EU membership and European migration have on balance been good for Britain's economy and society, I don't often say this. But Nigel Farage is right. More>>

Germany's future: Merkel without Merkelism

Amid all of the uncertainty of Germany's laborious search for a new government, the one certainty is that, in the end, Angela Merkel will be Chancellor again. More>>

Louisiana teacher's arrest shows a broken system

It was going to be hard to top the absurdity of a well-built, well-armed man, well, manhandling, then handcuffing, a much smaller woman because she dared to publicly challenge a Louisiana school board and superintendent.... More>>

The problem isn't Trump's brain. It's his heart

During an hourlong performance Tuesday at a table crowded with lawmakers -- let's call it The President Show -- Donald Trump appeared determined to prove two things. The first was obvious: After much speculation about his... More>>

Why did Trump grant only one governor's wish on drilling?

Only days into the official comment period on the Trump administration's plan to open nearly all US waters to offshore drilling, the administration has exposed this plan for exactly what it is -- playing politics with our... More>>

Apple needs to stop kids from getting hooked on phones

Some of Apple's biggest investors dropped a bombshell on the tech giant earlier this week, demanding that the company does more to fight iPhone addiction amongst kids. More>>

Voting can't be use it or lose it

Suppose that in the last two years, you didn't show up to vote. Perhaps you couldn't make it to the polls, despite your best efforts, because it conflicted with your unpredictable work or child care schedule. Or perhaps... More>>

When women unite, we're unstoppable

Sunday night I attended the Golden Globes as one of eight activists invited by actresses affiliated with Time's Up, an initiative of 300 prominent women in Hollywood working to bring an end to sexual harassment and assault... More>>

Bannon and the never Trumpers should stop fighting -- and back the President

The ongoing conservative civil war came to a head Tuesday with the ouster of Steve Bannon at Breitbart News. This latest twist comes in the wake of a dispute between President Trump and Bannon, triggered by bombshell... More>>

President Reagan didn't have Alzheimer's while in office

Only a few days into the New Year, we have already learned much: Donald Trump is still President, he is by all accounts still sensitive to what irks him, and, contrary to those who attempt to make a comparison, he is... More>>

My mom chose me

When I was little my mom would read to me from a book called "The Chosen Baby." It was aimed at adopted kids like me, to help us understand how we came to become part of a family. More>>

Trump administration's new immigration decision is shortsighted and cruel

Time's up, start packing. That's the message the Trump administration announced on Monday for nearly 200,000 people from El Salvador who have been living here under a humanitarian program known as Temporary Protected... More>>

The president who harped on the anthem fumbled it

Monday night, Donald Trump made an appearance at the College Football Playoff national championship game in Atlanta. But when he joined members of the military on the field for the National Anthem before the game, it... More>>

Let's rethink how we determine Olympic success

Which of these speed skaters is the greatest US Winter Olympian: Bonnie Blair with six medals or Apolo Ohno with eight? Why, Bonnie Blair, of course. More>>

What do smartphones and cigarettes have in common?

At first glance, a packet of cigarettes and a smartphone only have a passing resemblance. They are both perfectly designed rectangles that can be slipped into your pocket to stay within reach. Many users will tell you... More>>

Architect of Obama's campaign has advice for Oprah

Oprah is a cultural icon; a familiar and revered brand so well-known and pervasive that she no longer needs a surname. She is brilliant, thoughtful and famously well-read, with a long history of activism. She has a great... More>>

Amazon's headquarters choice could say a lot about diversity in America

In October, Jeff Bezos stepped to the podium at the Human Rights Campaign's annual dinner to deliver a speech befitting a social activist rather than a CEO. More>>

Grand Canyon is a national treasure, not a place for uranium mining

The Grand Canyon is a great natural treasure, one of the most recognizable and revered landscapes on earth. And yet, despite its universally beloved status, it is threatened by the Trump administration. A recently released... More>>

Russia's discontent with Putin bubbles up

Though Vladimir Putin's presidential re-election in March will make international headlines, the greatest achievement of the election cycle will be the giant strides that Russian society has taken despite the government's... More>>

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