Why is the New York Times afraid of MSNBC?

Nervous that critics might view the paper as too partisan and too liberal, The New York Times has told some of its reporters to stay off MSNBC, and specifically off Rachel Maddow's award-winning program in prime time. MSNBC president Phil Griffin sat down with Times executive editor Dean Baquet in hopes of smoothing things over, but…

Joe Biden for President

In a very few years, our country is going to adopt a “Green New Deal,”  and hopefully the rest of the world will follow our example. The Green New Deal will turn our existing economy upside down.  Trillions of dollars of existing power plants, and the gas and oil industries will be abandoned.  Millions of…

Q: What Happened Last Weekend?

photo: PDA Activists At The Convention Wrap Up In solidarity, Mike Hersh for Alan, Dr. Bill, Dan, Janis, Deb, Kimberly, Bryan, Mike F., and Shayna—your PDA national team. A: We Rocked The California Convention!   Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) had a powerful presence at last weekend’s California Democratic Party Convention; critically important because of…

The Daily Bucket–Globes and Magic Numbers

One morning, the water lilies began opening to that point when they were smooth round yellow globes. Next to them, the artichokes had matured into scaly green globes.  Now I see nothing but globes growing everywhere in the yard. Almost all of the fruit, for instance, lacks corners. Every sprig of grapes boast dozens of green…

There is a strong moral case for a wealth tax

and one can see it in Nick Kristof’s New York Times column today. Allow me to offer a framing, if I may, before getting to the column. And this will NOT be about limiting the influence of excessive wealth upon our political processes. That is an argument for another posting. Rather my framing is this…

I Forgot Howard Schultz Was Trying to Be a Spoiler.

It is never too late to be an asshole in an election, but I had forgotten that bad coffee king Howard Schultz had announced he was thinking as running as a “centrist independent” for president in 2020.  Turns out that Schultz is taking a “summer hiatus.”  Frankly, he can go into exile in Siberia for…