Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich, one of the nation’s leading experts on work and the economy, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. Time Magazine has named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including his latest best-seller, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future; The Work of Nations; Locked in the Cabinet; Supercapitalism; and his newest, Beyond Outrage. His syndicated columns, television appearances, and public radio commentaries reach millions of people each week. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, and Chairman of the citizen’s group Common Cause. His widely-read blog can be found at www.robertreich.org.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 3:30pm
7 Signs of Tyranny
As tyrants take control of democracies, they typically do 7 things: 1. They exaggerate their mandate to govern – claiming, for example, that they won an election by a “landslide” even after losing the popular vote. They criticize any finding that they or co-conspirators stole the election. And they...
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Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 8:00am
Why Trumponomics Fails
When Donald Trump gave a speech last Friday at Boeing’s factory in North Charleston, South Carolina – unveiling Boeing’s new 787 “Dreamliner” – he congratulated Boeing for building the plane “right here” in South Carolina. It’s pure fantasy. I’ll let you know why in a moment. Trump also used the...
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017 - 12:00pm
Michael Flynn and the 6 Big Questions
The American public deserves to know the answers to at least the first five of these questions, and will then make a judgment on the sixth: 1. Why didn’t Trump act sooner to fire Flynn? He knew about Flynn’s contact with the Russian ambassador at least since January, when then-acting attorney...
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Wednesday, February 8, 2017 - 10:30am
Trump’s War on the Courts, the Press, and the States
With congressional Republicans in the majority in Congress and unwilling to cross Donald Trump, the job of containing Trump’s incipient tyranny falls to three centers of independent power: the nation’s courts, its press, and a few state governments. Which is why Trump is escalating attacks on all...
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Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 11:15am
A Yiannopoulos, Bannon, Trump Plot to Control American Universities?
The events at Berkeley Wednesday night have been a boon to Milos Yiannopoulos, of Breitbart News, and to Steve Bannon, formerly head of Breitbart News and now Trump’s consigliere. As you may know, on Wednesday night, February 1, Berkeley gave Yiannopoulos a major forum to spout his racist and...
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Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 12:00pm
Don’t Focus on Gorsuch, Focus on Trump
Don’t get caught up in the predictable brawl over Neil Gorsuch’s credentials or his ideology. That normalizes the Trump presidency. Instead, there should be no vote on Gorsuch’s nomination until Trump’s legitimacy as a president is established. Which means the Senate intelligence committee and F.B...
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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 8:45am
Trump and Bannon’s “America First”
Donald Trump has reorganized the National Security Council – elevating his chief political strategist Steve Bannon, and demoting the Director of National Intelligence and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bannon will join the NSC’s principals committee, the top inter-agency group advising...
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017 - 2:00pm
Trump's Infrastructure Scam
Our country is in dire need of massive investments in infrastructure, but what Donald Trump is proposing is nothing more than a huge tax giveaway for the rich. 1. It’s a giant public subsidy to developers and investors . Rather than taxing the wealthy and then using the money to fix our dangerously...
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Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 2:15pm
Trump’s Two-Step Strategy To Take Over the Truth
Donald Trump is such a consummate liar that in coming days and years our democracy will depend more than ever on the independent press – finding the truth, reporting it, and holding Trump accountable for his lies. But Trump’s strategy is to denigrate and disparage the press in the public’s mind –...
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 6:15pm
Four Takeaways from Trump’s Latest Tweet Tantrum
This morning Donald Trump bashed NBC, tweeting: “Totally biased NBCNews went out of its way to say that the big announcement from Ford, G.M., Lockheed & others that jobs are coming back to the U.S., but had nothing to do with TRUMP, is more FAKE NEWS. Ask top CEO’s of those companies for real...
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