May 4, 2018 Must Reads

1. A. In a week with much news—in fact in a year with much news—one story stands out as perhaps the most significant yet, both as a piece of journalism and as a new revelation about the Mueller investigation. Our readers no doubt know that on Monday The New York Times broke the story that the prosecutors’ questions for Trump…

April 27, 2018 Must Reads

1. A big victory this week for DACA recipients. According to The New York Times on Monday, “Judge John D. Bates of Federal District Court for the District of Columbia said that the administration’s decision to terminate the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was based on the ‘virtually unexplained’ grounds that the…

April 20, 2018 Must Reads

1. “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli” Department: We expect that most of our readers have heard about the release of James Comey’s book, A Higher Loyalty. Press coverage has been obsessive and thorough, and Comey himself has made the rounds discussing his book, including: the controversy over his firing; Trump’s character; the “loyalty oath”…

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,…