Richard Eskow

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Friday, March 17, 2017
‘America First’ Budget Is Unworthy of Our Nation
With typical bombast, Donald Trump dubs his 2018 draft budget America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again . No, it won’t make America great again. It reflects a hardness of the heart and a sickness of the spirit that are unworthy of the American people. Chances are, the great...
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Thursday, March 09, 2017
The American Health Care Act Is a Wealth Grab, Not a Health Plan
The Republicans’ plan to replace the Affordable Care Act is a disaster for the health of the American people. But that may be nothing more than a byproduct of the bill’s main impact: it will increase inequality, and make the rich even richer than they’ve become in the last few decades. It’s not a “...
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Friday, March 03, 2017
Resign, Jeff Sessions. It’s Not About Russia, It’s About Justice
Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is a man out of time, a holdover from an age when some people believed that certain groups were exempt from the rule of law. He may be out of time in another way, too: His days as Attorney General might be numbered. Even in the Senate, Sessions was something of a...
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
Trump Offers “A Nation of Miracles.” Your Move, Democrats
The bad news for Democrats in President Trump’s first speech to a joint session of Congress is that he exceeded expectations. A Washington Post headline called the speech “ surprisingly presidential .” it’s likely to solidify Trump’s hold on his base, and will probably gain him some additional...
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Monday, February 27, 2017
CPAC and the DNC: A Party Is Not a Movement
The meetings of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) were a study in contrasts. Both told stories to unite their faithful. At CPAC, activists fell in line, while at the DNC, the fight for leadership revealed battling narratives and deep...
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
A Big Day for Trump’s Budget Pick, Social Security — and Millionaires
A full Senate vote is expected today on Donald Trump’s pick for White House Budget Director, Rep. Mick Mulvaney. That means that Mulvaney’s nomination could come up for a vote just as a group of lawmakers and experts are speaking on the Hill in support of Social Security — and on the same day that...
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Monday, February 13, 2017
Steve Mnuchin Is No Joe Kennedy and He’s Unfit for His New Gig
There are plenty of signs that Steve Mnuchin is not a good guy, even by the lax standards of today’s banking industry. OneWest, a bank he established with partners and ran from 2009 to 2015, mounted a record of ruthless foreclosures (in one case over a 27-cent error ). A memo from top prosecutors...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Americans Like the Resistance a Lot More Than They Like Trump
For Donald Trump, this has got to hurt: Less than two weeks after his inauguration, the people who took to the streets to protest his policies have outstripped him in popularity. And, given his rich history of “locker room banter” and other sexist comments , it must be especially humiliating for...
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Monday, February 06, 2017
Trump Stands Up for Bad Bankers
The best way to spot a con artist is by paying attention to what you don’t see, as well as to what you see. Donald Trump says he represents working people, but he has already moved aggressively to tilt the scales in favor of Wall Street’s criminal elite. As Trump moved to rob Americans of some...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Trump’s Supreme Court Pageant: a Silly Show to Fill a Stolen Seat
The 45th President of the United States just handled one of his gravest responsibilities, the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, with his trademark vulgar and vaudevillian vapidity. Only 11 days into his presidency, Donald Trump’s shtick has become as boring as it is dangerous. If a president’s...
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