Op-Ed

Op-Ed

The GOP wants to deny your day in court

For some reason, though, the idea of giving consumers the choice to participate in a court of law – a right enshrined in the Seventh Amendment – leaves some GOP legislators quaking in their loafers.

Op-Ed

Trump, lies, and the Peace Corps

Several times each week, Americans are pressed with an odd question – how did we come to this? Who would have thought it possible, for example, that when the presidents of the United States and Russia give conflicting accounts of their joint discussions, most of us would assume that a murderous, dictatorial KGB operative was closer to the truth. Even Republicans seemed to wince: “It’s certainly conceivable Putin is lying, but we know Trump lies constantly – all day, every day, whether he needs to or not, he’s done it his whole life.” So my money, the theory goes, is on the Russian.

Op-Ed

Tillis and Burr duck the public on health care debate

Understandable disincentives against public town halls include safety concerns, disillusioned constituents and publicity risks. However, refusal to engage with constituents weakens our democracy. Perhaps our senators avoid public town halls to protect their interests. But can they truly represent us while refusing to hear our voices?

Op-Ed

Moral vacuum in the House of Trump

That to me is the central takeaway of this week’s revelations. It’s not that the Russia scandal may bring down the administration. It’s that over the past few generations the Trump family has built an enveloping culture that is beyond good and evil.