Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild was the senior editor of The Progressive magazine from 1994 to 2014.

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President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at their Inauguration on January 20, 2021. (Photo via Shutterstock) Views
Friday, January 22, 2021
After Four Brutal Years, Biden's Inaugural Was a Healing Affair
President Joe Biden hit just the right notes in his splendid Inaugural Address. You could almost hear the sigh of a relief coming from the vast majority of Americans when he said, "Let’s start afresh." This was a warm and healing speech, so necessary after what the country has been through over the...
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Trump has exposed the weaknesses of our much-ballyhooed system of checks and balances. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons) Views
Thursday, December 24, 2020
Pay Attention to the Risk of Martial Law
History will record that on Friday, December 18, Donald Trump held a discussion in the Oval Office about imposing martial law. Martial law! To even consider imposing martial law should be anathema to anyone who respects democracy and is sworn to uphold the Constitution. Disgraced General Michael...
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 On this Memorial Day, let's remember the peace and justice activists—including Rachel Corrie—who died while demanding a better world. (Photo: Denny Sternstein/AP) Views
Monday, May 25, 2020
Remembering Slain Peace and Justice Activists on This—and Every—Memorial Day
The Progressive Editor's note: This commentary first appeared on the website of The Progressive on May 27, 2013. This year on Memorial Day, we repost it in memory of all people working for change in our world—some are honored and remembered, others lesser known. Some are quiet essential workers,...
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(Photo: flickr/cc/Mark Fischer) Views
Monday, June 30, 2014
Supreme Court’s Odd Ruling in Union Case
On Monday morning, the Supreme Court issued an odd ruling in the biggest labor union case in years, Harris v. Quinn. The conservative majority, ruled 5-4, that personal assistants in publicly funded Illinois home health-care, who are represented by the SEIU, do not have to pay their fair share of...
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The US Supreme Court has ruled against NYT investigative journalist James Risen. (Photo: Alex Menendez/UCB Graduate School of Journalism/) Views
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
James Risen’s Fate Now Unclear
The Supreme Court just refused to hear an appeal by James Risen, The New York Times reporter who has asserted his reporter’s privilege not to testify about a source. As a result, he could be cited for contempt of court and then jailed. “I will continue to fight,” Risen said in a statement. But it’s...
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Journalist Glenn Greenwald and whistleblower Edward Snowden. Views
Friday, May 23, 2014
Michael Kinsley Piles on Greenwald and the Free Press
Michael Kinsley goes after Glenn Greenwald in a nasty review that was just published by the New York Times and that will appear in this Sunday’s Week in Review. At stake not only is Greenwald’s reputation but the very notion of what constitutes freedom of the press on national security issues...
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New York Times Pulitzer Award-winning journalist James Risen appearing on Meet The Press in this file image. Views
Thursday, May 08, 2014
Obama Threatens Pulitzer Prize-Winner
James Risen, a Pulitzer Prize-winner at the New York Times, may face jail time on a federal contempt of court charge if he doesn’t release the identity of one of his confidential sources. The Bush Administration’s Justice Department tried to pry the information out of him, but ultimately relented...
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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Rest in Peace Pete Seeger, A True Progressive Hero
Pete Seeger died yesterday at 94, but he’ll live on for generations to come.
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Saturday, September 28, 2013
Oh, No, Not Peace!
All of a sudden, peace has broken out, and the neocons couldn’t be more upset. Charles Krauthammer of The Washington Post is practically apoplectic. William Kristol of the Weekly Standard compares President Obama to Neville Chamberlain. You know when they wheel out their hackneyed Hitler analogies, they’re getting desperate. And what, exactly, is the problem?
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013
The 5 Most Ludicrous War Claims in Obama’s Syria Speech
1. “I possess the authority to order military strikes.”
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