Peter Certo

Peter Certo

Peter Certo is the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) editorial manager.

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Impeachment supporters rally outside the White House. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
The Case for Impeachment Goes Way Beyond Ukraine
“Has Trump finally gone too far?” There’s a headline you’ve seen a thousand times. At last, Speaker Nancy Pelosi says he has. A whistleblower says Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine to pressure the country’s new president into investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s past business there. Trump...
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The "Squad": Democratic Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Washington vs. The Squad
You’ve heard the cliche: If you’re taking heat from “both sides,” you must be doing something right. It’s dubious advice, but it fits pretty well for “the Squad” — the progressive first-year Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ilhan Omar. Donald Trump recently...
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School children march through the city center carrying a banner during a demonstration calling for action on climate change in South Africa, on June 14, 2019, in Cape Town, as part of the international "Extinction Rebellion" (XR) protests. Views
Sunday, June 16, 2019
A Father’s Day Gift for Myself: Activism
News about climate change has been so spooky for so long that it can feel like background noise. We find a way to carry on like normal, even when the news is disquieting. Well, let me tell you I’m having a moment when it’s hard to do that. For me the trigger was a recent report by Australia’s...
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Meanwhile, egged on by Bolton, Trump is considering sending 120,000 or more troops into another purposeless bloodbath in the Middle East. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, May 24, 2019
Pardoning War Criminals Is a Monstrous Way to Honor Memorial Day
How are you spending Memorial Day? Ordinary people may attend parades, host cookouts, or take the long weekend to visit loved ones. Donald Trump, on the other hand, may pardon a few war criminals. The president recently requested the files of several accused and convicted U.S. war criminals, a...
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What it should end, however, is the incredibly naive belief that someone was going to wave a magic wand and make all this “Trump stuff” go away. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Russia Was Never the Real Scandal
Robert Mueller won’t be filing any more indictments related to the “Russiagate” investigation. Though the search unearthed ample evidence that Russia wanted Trump to become president—and hints that some members of Trump World were perhaps aware of this — the recent summary declared no concrete...
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Thursday, January 31, 2019
People Who Care About Democracy Don’t Plot Coups Abroad
For some months now, Venezuela’s socialist government has lurched through a series of escalating crises — hyperinflation, mass protests, political violence — while both the government and its opposition have flirted with authoritarianism. It isn’t pretty — and to hear the right wing tell it, it’s...
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It wasn’t until 2009, for example, that NFL players were even required to leave the locker room for the national anthem, much less stand for it.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Does the Super Bowl Feel Too Political? Thank Militarism
Super Bowl season is like the holidays — a celebration shared by people more accustomed to arguing than sitting down together. As one of the few transpartisan, mass media events left to our tribal culture, the biggest TV night of the year can’t help but channel the political tensions most of us...
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The point is systematic disinformation, to the point that facts mean nothing. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, January 09, 2019
Not One Network Should Have Aired Trump’s Immigration Speech
Way back in 2014 — a century ago, it feels like — President Barack Obama requested time on major networks for an Oval Office address on immigration reform. Fearing the subject was too “political,” the broadcast networks declined, plying viewers instead with The Big Bang Theory and Bones. Few...
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He was a frat bro from a wealthy family who read a lot of Ayn Rand. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Friday, December 21, 2018
Paul Ryan Was a Villain And No One Will Miss Him
Each New Year’s, my wife and I indulge one of our favorite traditions: the household purge. We scour our closets for stuff that’s just taking up space, quietly draining our home’s energy, and move it along. I can’t recommend it enough. This year, America’s doing the same thing — and putting House...
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Under Bush, the U.S. committed genuine war crimes. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Thursday, December 06, 2018
It’s Good to Argue About Dead Presidents
Our death rituals for public figures are evolving. For a moment, obituaries favored the late President George H. W. Bush with the banal pleasantries usually afforded to deceased presidents. Well-wishers from both sides of the aisle hailed Bush’s patriotism, service, decency, and other traits we...
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