April 6, 2018 Must Reads

1. Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright has written a New York Times op-ed to appear on Sunday. She asks, “Will We Stop Trump Before It’s Too Late?,” and suggests that we are on a path, globally and even here at home, to fascism. This is a powerful indictment from a former Cabinet Secretary whose family escaped Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Her powerful words…

March 30, 2018 Must Reads

1.  Scott Pruitt to California: “Learn not to breathe.”  No, that is not a headline in The Onion. It is the latest shocker in a string of proposed attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency itself, where the “Protection” part seems to be offensive to the administration. Scott Pruitt has proposed rolling back Obama-era rules for auto fuel economy standards…

March 23, 2018 Must Reads

BREAKING NEWS: BOLTON APPOINTED NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR TO REPLACE MCMASTER   We reprint below portions of the story we covered just last week. We advise our readers to read the articles below carefully to assess the great danger posed by this appointment.    But first, for a report just yesterday on the Bolton appointment, see The Huffington Post for March 22: “Trump’s…

March 16, 2018 Must Reads

 ☞Important developing story: Trump is considering John Bolton for National Security Advisor. Would fire McMaster. This is both very very important and very very bad. Several news outlets this week reported, reliably, that President Trump has interviewed John Bolton in the Oval Office and wants him on board. Here is how Vanity Fair reported on Wednesday: “Last Tuesday, Trump met with ultra-hawkish former U.N. ambassador John…

March 9, 2018 Must Reads

1. The announced direct nuclear talks between Kim Jong Un and President Trump seem to be a major victory for Trump’s bellicose style of “diplomacy.” Right-wing (and maybe mainstream) media will certainly credit him with statesman-like success after decades of stalemate. But today’s Washington Post urges caution: “But in the afterglow of the surprise announcement — hinted by Trump in a…

March 2, 2018 Must Reads

1. We begin with a hopeful piece this week, from the same Paul Krugman who last week we quoted as warning of a growing brutishness in our society and our polity. Krugman on Feb. 26 writes that, “The Force of Decency Awakens,” as everything from #MeToo to the anti-gun agitation of the young to the broad anti-Republican activism seems to indicate…

February 23, 2018 Must Reads

1. Does the bizarre idea of arming school teachers tell us something important about who we are, or what Trump would have us become, as a society? In an excellent opinion piece in Thursday’s New York Times, economist Paul Krugman argues that the fearsome brutality of the Trump / NRA / Republican vision reflects a broad Hobbesian philosophy of an ugly, dangerous,…

February 16, 2018 Must Reads

* **BREAKING NEWS – THIRTEEN RUSSIAN NATIONALS INDICTED FOR ELECTION INTERFERENCE We will address in detail next week, but for now, see https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/16/us/politics/russians-indicted-mueller-election-interference.html ***   1. For the latest on the Florida school shooting we point you to a couple of sources, one domestic, one foreign. First, The Miami Herald has been offering up-to-the-minute information.…

February 9, 2018 Must Reads

**************BREAKING: Read this story in The New York Times this morning: “President Trump on Friday morning signed into law a far-reaching budget deal that will boost spending by hundreds of billions of dollars and allow the federal government to reopen after a brief shutdown.” Details are still being reported, but this is the overview as of 9 a.m.: “[The bill] includes about…

February 2, 2018 Must Reads

*******BREAKING NEWS: Republicans release their secret memo accusing the FBI of political bias in seeking surveillance of a member of the Trump campaign and of generally favoring Democrats. See number 3 below. Full story here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/02/us/politics/trump-fbi-memo.html.******** 1. We will report on Trump’s State of the Union Address, since it did dominate the early-week news cycle.…