New Year’s Fears, Cheers and Beers

We fear what could happen in Washington as Republicans take control of the Senate. And we cheer some of the recent moves that show the President has stiffened his spine. We risk falling into further...Read more

If Only Christmas Came To Washington...

On Christmas Day, we mark the birth of an immigrant boy born to a single mom. But both immigrants and single moms are often in the crosshairs of American politics. We celebrate a prophet who cared...Read more

Bush and Cheney - The Answer to Nobody's Prayer

As the President normalizes relations with Cuba, Governor Cuomo bans fracking in New York and the Senate actually confirms nominees, Dick Cheney returns to defend torture. As Elizabeth Warren rallied...Read more

Cruel and Too Usual

Horrific and outrageous details come to light about America’s use of torture in interrogations, yet so many of us aren’t surprised by this news, and too many others still defend the actions. Protests...Read more

"No Indictment" Is An Indictment

In Ferguson, a grand jury didn’t indict the officer who killed Michael Brown, despite the frequent adage that a prosecutor could get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. In New York, a grand jury...Read more

Thankful, Rageful, Hopeful, Forceful

The failure to indict in Ferguson has stirred anger, fear, outrage, surprise, and calls for justice, reform, peace, honesty, but giving thanks isn’t the first instinct for most. The President’s...Read more

Pipelines and Lifelines

Republicans and ConservaDems nearly passed the disastrous Keystone tar-sands pipeline. A pipeline of progressive opposition stopped it for now, but ultimately the Prez’s veto is our only lifeline...Read more

Fight or Flight to Face the Right?

After the midterm elections, many wondered whether losses would neutralize the President. But this week he wasn’t neutral on Net Neutrality, calling for the FCC to protect a free and open internet...Read more

Election -- or Ejection?

Voters made it clear: for higher minimum wages, pro-choice, anti-gun and pro pot legalization -- and they also gave the Republicans a landslide. Voters want a more effective government -- and...Read more

Election Day Tricks or Election Night Treats?

Halloween is coming, but the true cause of fright are the anti-science, anti-women’s-rights, anti-equality, anti-diplomacy right wingers who may take control of the Senate. As we don spooky costumes...Read more

The Threat of Right-Wing Errorists

Iraqi civilians face a real threat from ISIS , but hawks want Americans to believe militias are amassing at the Mexican border. Ebola is a dangerous outbreak in West Africa, but conservatives are...Read more

The Disease Unease Trapeze

Ebola causes suffering in Liberia and Sierra Leone, but America’s response to the crisis is limited, more likely to spend money bombing the Middle East than containing a real threat in Africa. A few...Read more

A Gay Old Party vs The Grand Old Party

The Supreme Court’s refusal to overturn rulings has expanded marriage equality to more states. Yet when it comes to approving of equal rights, many GOP leaders still can’t admit, “I do.” While...Read more

Pols Are Scary. Polls Are Scarier.

Republicans have spent years in Washington obstructing, opposing, derailing and distracting. Polls now show them winning the Senate. Conservatives want to privatize Social Security, slash education...Read more

President O-Bomb-a

The President whose political star rose as a principled voice to end a Mideast war has just started a new bombing campaign there. The leader who dreamed of international efforts on climate change and...Read more

When You're In A Hole, Stop Digging

It’s a mess in the Middle East but not clear how the US helps by making it messier. As we arm questionable “allies,” remember: getting Syrian is easier than getting Syri-out. The NFL and Roger...Read more

How Quickly "Never Forget" is Forgotten

On the eve of September 11th, the President outlined an intense military escalation in the Middle East without clear rationale or achievable goals, without full public debate or Congressional...Read more

Time for Politiicans to Head Back to School

As the Obama administration escalates military actions, it would do well to reread a history book on what quagmires did to LBJ's domestic agenda. As the GOP presses a midterm election agenda that's...Read more

From Ice Buckets To ISIS Rockets

The US escalates action against ISIS with the threat of plunging into another war, but we are more likely to hear about ice buckets and who has plunged themselves to fight ALS. We are already tuning...Read more

We Are The World

We're wary of sending tanks back into Iraq and alarmed by Russian tanks near Ukraine. Meanwhile we witness police on military tanks rolling through the streets of Ferguson. We're aghast at the...Read more