Neal Gabler

Neal Gabler

Neal Gabler is an author of five books and the recipient of two LA Times Book Prizes, Time magazine's non-fiction book of the year, USA Today's biography of the year and other awards. He is also a senior fellow at the Lear Center for the Study of Entertainment and Society and is currently writing a biography of Sen. Edward Kennedy.

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"Here is hope. Even if 40 percent of Americans have gone to the dark side, there are still so many people who are good and decent and self-sacrificing and who will continue to fight for a just society," writes Neal Gabler. (US Map by Mina De La O/Getty Images) Views
Friday, December 15, 2017
Why the Trump Era Won’t Pass Without Serious Damage to America
Sad to say, this will be my last column for billmoyers.com, where I have written for the past two years . In recent months, in the process of trying to understand for myself the cataclysm of Nov. 8, 2016, I have tried to examine a number of forces — demographic, economic, cultural, media — that may...
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Saturday, December 09, 2017
The Republican Long Game
It isn’t easy watching the country you love fall down a black hole from which it is not likely to emerge, but that is precisely what happened this past week with the Senate passage of the so-called “tax reform” bill. Bernie Sanders spoke for many when he said it will “go down in history as one of...
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Tax ‘Reform’: Have Americans Finally Wised Up?
OK, you know the scenario by now. Congressional Republicans propose — surprise! — tax cuts. The vast bulk of these cuts go to the very wealthiest Americans and to corporations, which are headed by these wealthy Americans and which give them dividends that are taxed at lower rates. Meanwhile,...
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Sunday, November 12, 2017
One Year Later: The Political Cancer Metastasizes
Exactly one day short of one year after the election of Donald Trump, the fog finally seemed to lift and the skies brightened. On Tuesday, voters rejected Trumpism in New Jersey and in Virginia, where establishment Republican Ed Gillespie embraced Trump’s racism and nativism, indicating how deeply...
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Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Trump the Entertainer
It is becoming increasingly clear that to speak of a “Trump presidency” is a misnomer. There is no presidency, at least not by traditional standards. There is a “Trump show,” and that makes all the difference in the world. I and many others have written about how heavily our president borrows from...
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"But just because morality has been hijacked by right-wing immoralists and used to justify intolerance and support Donald Trump doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be having a moral conversation that challenges this view. And to some extent, thankfully, we are." Views
Friday, September 01, 2017
The Conversation We Should Be Having
It has been another rough patch in the pothole-pocked presidency of Donald Trump, beginning with his tone-deaf remarks on the Charlottesville tragedy, in which he demonstrated, yet again, that he lacks even the barest shred of human decency; then continuing with his rant in Phoenix, in which he...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The Testosterone-Fueled Presidency
Oh, those authoritarian strongmen! They are so much more masculine than we ordinary males, so much more alpha, so much more physically powerful. At 73, Mao Zedong allegedly swam the Yangtze River at a pace that would have been faster than that of Sun Yang, the 2012 Chinese 1,500-meter Olympic gold...
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Friday, July 14, 2017
Trump Bet Americans Would Like His Un-Presidential Antics. He May Be Right.
Political pundits have been intoxicated lately by explanations as to why Democrats always seem to be behind the eight ball — never mind that Hillary Clinton won the popular vote; that liberal positions on issues like health care , climate change and income inequality are held by a majority of...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Why the Obamacare Repeal Effort Will Not Die, No Matter What
If you want to calibrate just how bad the Senate Republican health care bill is, you don’t need the Congressional Budget Office telling you that 22 million Americans would lose their insurance. Look no further than Susan Collins. The bill is so god-awful that the Republican senator from Maine, whom...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Your Health May Be in Susan Collins’ Hands. And That’s Not Good News
Susan Collins says she’s disturbed. That’s not exactly news. The Republican senator from Maine is frequently disturbed. She was disturbed by the Benghazi raid ; by the Republican shutdown of the government in 2015; by the “cruel comments” of Republican nominee and now president Donald Trump; by...
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