Matthew Rothschild

Matthew Rothschild

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

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Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Bush Can’t Travel Abroad Without Risking Arrest
George W. Bush better stay at home. The confessed waterboarder is a marked man. If he travels abroad, other countries can—and should—nab him and try him for the crime of torture. In his memoir and in last week’s NBC interview, Bush acknowledged ordering waterboarding.
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Thursday, November 11, 2010
Shame on Holder and Panetta for Not Going after CIA Destruction of Torture Evidence
If you’ve been a cynic all along, you win again. I’m referring to the decision this week by the Justice Department not to go after a senior official of the CIA who ordered the destruction of dozens of videotapes of the torture of terrorism suspects. Remember, this wasn’t a low-level operative of the CIA going off on some rogue mission.
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Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Rand Paul’s Lack of Class
Kentucky's newly minted Senator is not ready to play nice. Appearing on "This Week" with Christiane Amanpour on Sunday, Paul boasted that the tea partiers have will not be coopted by the Republican Party but vice versa. "The tea party is coopting Washington," he said. "We're proud, we're strong, we're loud, and we're going to coopt. And in fact, I think we're already shaping the debate." He's shaping it in such an ugly way, too.
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Saturday, November 06, 2010
Obama’s Pathetic Post-Mortem Response
The President's post-mortem press conference underscores why he lost, and why progressives should no longer invest hope in him. While he accepted responsibility for the defeat, and while he acknowledged that people were "frustrated" and wanted "their jobs to come back faster," he failed to even mention the massive housing crisis that he has so ineptly handled.
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Thursday, November 04, 2010
Crushed by Feingold’s Defeat
How ironic it is that Feingold, who more than any other Senator tried to limit the poisonous influence of corporate money in politics, succumbed to that very disease. Progressives across Wisconsin, and across the country, are feeling crushed by the defeat of Sen. Russ Feingold, one of the finest Senators ever to represent the Badger state. Feingold lost 52-47 to Ron Johnson, a wealthy plastics manufacturer with no political experience.
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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
Nov. 2: The Death Knell of Corporate Liberalism
I feel like one of Custer’s relatives after the Little Big Horn. Except that Tuesday’s slaughter at the polls was not unexpected. It marked the death knell of corporate liberalism, and it signed the death certificate of petty gradualism. I’m tired of the Democratic Party’s excuses, and Barack Obama’s apologists. Yes, Bush and Cheney trashed the place like a couple of crazed heavy metal bands in a hotel room. Yes, they left an exploding economy on Obama’s desk.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Good Riddance, Larry Summers!
Good riddance, Larry Summers. Obama’s top economic adviser is going back to Harvard by the end of the year, and Harvard can have him. Summers has a resume of disaster. As chief economist at the World Bank, he proposed dumping the West’s toxic waste on the Third World. As Clinton’s Treasury undersecretary, he forced privatization on the Russian people, who experienced enormous poverty as a result. (See Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine.”)
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Republicans Cry “Class Warfare” When They’re Winning the War
Whenever Republicans are at risk of not getting their way for their millionaire constituents, they cry “class warfare.” So it was that House Minority Whip Eric Cantor just whipped out the old accusation again in the Wall Street Journal, blaming the Democrats and “the progressive left” for “provocative class warfare rhetoric.” What Cantor doesn’t like is the rhetoric. But he’s content with the class warfare, because his class keeps winning, battle after battle, war after war.
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Friday, September 17, 2010
Feingold Slams Supreme Court over "Citizens United," Implies Roberts and Alito Lied Under Oath
Sen. Russ Feingold recently slammed the Supreme Court and strongly implied that Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito lied, under oath, to the Senate during their confirmation hearings. In a speech on Sept. 10, Feingold, the chair of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, denounced the “Citizens United” decision that the Court handed down earlier this year. Feingold called it “a lawless decision.”
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Saturday, September 04, 2010
Glenn Beck and the Yearning for Fascism
Glenn Beck’s got me worried again about fascism in America. His so-called restoring honor rally last weekend assumed that somehow America has been dishonored, and that is a classic trope of fascists. Nor was I comforted by all talk from Beck about “America today begins to turn back to God.” Nor was I comforted by the full-throated and repeated chants of “USA, USA.”
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