Richard Eskow

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Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:15am
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 - 11:00am
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 8, 2017 - 11:30am
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 6, 2017 - 8:45am
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 1, 2017 - 9:15am
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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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 1:00pm
Will the Senate’s "Good Republicans" Reject a Dishonest Nominee?
There’s compelling evidence to show that Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury, lied to the Senate in both written and verbal testimony. Senate Republicans seem to be taking these offenses in stride. None of the GOP’s “independents” and “mavericks” have indicated that...
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Friday, January 20, 2017 - 3:00pm
Inauguration Day: Letter to a Trump Voter
We don’t know each other. But today, on the occasion of Donald Trump’s inauguration, there were some things I wanted to say to you as one American to another. (I’m willing to listen, too.) Let’s get this out of the way first: I think Donald Trump is dangerously unstable, morally objectionable, and...
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 11:00am
Booker and the Big Pharma Dems Have No Excuse. This Vote Proves It.
It’s devastating, and potentially lethal, when Americans can’t afford life-saving drugs because their elected representatives are in thrall to Big Pharma. It’s disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and twelve other senators did last week. And it...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 9:45am
The Dullest—and Most Shocking—Moment in Trump’s Press Conference
“I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.” —President-elect Donald J. Trump Try not to think too much about the story that led to this comment from the President-Elect of the United States. It’s not easy, I know. We’re only human, after all, and that story is so … so out there...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 3:45pm
The McConnell/Trump GOP Guts Ethics Rules For Its Billionaire Cabinet
“Ironic” is an overused word. And yet, how else can you describe what’s going on this week in Washington? The Republican president-elect says he wants “extreme vetting” for Syrian refugee families who already face years of scrutiny. Meanwhile, the Senate’s Republican leader is ramming Trump’s well-...
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