Peter Certo

Peter Certo

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

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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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"These results show that Republicans can’t win with their actual policy agenda — not even in many red states, judging by some ballot initiative results." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Midterm Takeaway: We Need a Lot More Democracy
I can’t be the only one who spent the night of the midterms tossing and turning. Though I managed to shut off the coverage and try to sleep, spasms of anxiety woke me repeatedly throughout the dreary hours. Ultimately, Republicans picked off several red-state Senate seats while Democrats won back...
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Trump has made unique his own contributions to modern conservatism — alliances with white nationalists, concentration camps for babies, etc. But our anonymous “adult in the room” offers no objection here either, even as down-ballot Republicans increasingly embrace those extremes. (Photo: CNN/screenshot) Views
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Nobody in the White House is Part of ‘The Resistance’
This week, the White House continues its furious hunt for the anonymous official who proclaimed themselves part of “The Resistance” in a New York Times op-ed . Unsurprisingly, the president is “obsessed” with it, CNN reports . What really set Trump off — perhaps understandably — was the suggestion...
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
The Iraq War Should Be a Much Bigger Part of McCain’s Legacy Than His ‘Civility’
In the last days of his life, an old video of John McCain surfaced on the internet. It’s 2008. He’s running for president and fielding questions from voters in Minnesota. A middle-aged woman takes the microphone. “I can’t trust Obama,” she complains of McCain’s Democratic opponent. “He’s an Arab.”...
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Friday, August 17, 2018
Trump Snubbed McCain. The Media Snubbed the Rest of Us.
On an otherwise sleepy August day, President Trump signed the John McCain National Defense Authorization Act. Named for the dying Arizona senator who’s championed military budgets for his entire career, the bill increases U.S. military spending to an astonishing $717 billion. According to my...
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"U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Judge Neil Gorsuch (L) takes the judicial oath as President Donald Trump looks on during a ceremony in the Rose Garden at the White House April 10, 2017 in Washington, DC." (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 28, 2018
The Supreme Court Is a Slurring, Undemocratic Mess
The Supreme Court is a real piece of work. Over the last few days it’s been popping off far-right proclamations like a drunk uncle at Thanksgiving. Except this uncle gets to make the rules in your house, and he can stay there until he dies. Over about 48 hours, the nation’s highest court gutted the...
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 "If they have their children with them, the kids are seized and warehoused in some overflowing detention facility." (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, June 06, 2018
Nevermind the Wall — They’re Building Warehouses
Most mornings lately, I’ve woken up to two things. First I hear my toddler, sounding off that it’s time to get up. Then I see the news stories about other toddlers our immigration authorities ripped away from their parents. For weeks, I’ve felt the gnawing need to write something, anything, about...
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U.S. bombs explode over Syria, 2014 (Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
There Was Nothing Humanitarian About Our Strikes on Syria
Just after midnight on April 14, the U.S. and its allies bombed three Syrian regime targets. The reason, they said, was to punish Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons in the town of Douma. Now, the Syrian regime’s brutality has been well documented. Maybe the allegations are true. But there’s a...
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"Trump most likely knows Bolton from Fox News, where the mustachioed chicken hawk appears regularly to drop rhetorical bombs in support of dropping literal bombs." (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Get Ready for Bush 2.0
Political reporters have a saying : There’s always a tweet. That is, for nearly every political moment or presidential decree, there’s an uncannily on-point comment buried somewhere in the presidential Twitter feed. Often it features the president expressing a past view that’s diametrically opposed...
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
What Trump Wants on Immigration Is Ethnic Cleansing
I’ll be honest: I didn’t watch Trump’s State of the Union address when it aired. Instead, I put my baby to bed and watched reality TV with my wife. If that rattled a few brain cells, hopefully I saved a few more by not guzzling the bourbon I’d set aside to steel myself for the speech. The next day’...
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