Peter Certo

Peter Certo

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

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
'Get It Done or Don't Call Me Again': GOP Admit Their Tax Plan Is All About Rich Donors
Sometimes I have to remind myself that people in “real America” with “real jobs” don’t while away their mortal hours reading about politics. But God help me, if you’ve suffered through any coverage of the Republican tax plan, you’ve probably heard three things. First, it’ll dramatically slash taxes...
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Americans like to imagine ourselves as citizens of a democracy that rejects the colonial ambitions of Old World powers like France and the UK. And yet we’ve deployed troops to literally most of the planet, and our leading lawmakers — tasked by the Constitution with the exclusive right to declare war — don’t even know about it. Views
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
A U.S. Soldier Died in Niger. What on Earth Are We Doing There?
In our military-revering culture, it’s a strange thing for a president to start a war of words with the grieving families of slain soldiers. Strange, yes. But from Donald Trump’s campaign season feud with the parents of Humayun Khan, who died protecting fellow soldiers in Iraq, to his recent feud...
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
White Supremacy Carries More Than a Tiki Torch
Our president has no trouble naming his enemies — CNN, Rosie O’Donnell, Nordstrom, immigrants, Muslims, the all-women version of Ghostbusters , etc. etc. But when it comes to violent white supremacists, his passive streak is impossible to miss. When neo-Nazis and Klansmen incited a riot in...
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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Trump’s Worst Collusion Isn’t With Russia — It’s With Corporations
I’ve always been a little skeptical that there’d be a smoking gun about the Trump campaign’s alleged collusion with Russia. The latest news about Donald Trump, Jr., however, is tantalizingly close. The short version of the story, revealed by emails the New York Times obtained, is that the president...
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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War
One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign — a short list, I’ll admit — was the candidate’s apparent glee in ridiculing the war-mongering of his rivals and predecessors. In early 2016, Trump (correctly) summed up George W. Bush’s legacy this way: “We’ve been in the Middle East...
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017
The Hidden Bombshell in the Comey-Trump Story
How can you tell an authoritarian when you see one? We know the 20th century hallmarks — brown shirts, street rallies, and the like. But there’s an autocratic attitude, some historians suggest, that can easily be traced across the centuries. To put it simply, New York University professor Ruth Ben-...
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Sunday, March 05, 2017
The Worst Thing About Sessions? Everything We Already Knew.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions is in hot water following revelations that he met twice with Russia’s U.S. ambassador when he was a surrogate for the Trump campaign — and then lied about it to Congress. Many of his critics are now calling for his resignation. The contents of Sessions’ talks with the...
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Wednesday, March 01, 2017
There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech
Donald Trump began his recent speech to Congress with a line seemingly designed to appease his critics. “As we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month,” he said, “we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains.” He went on to condemn “...
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Foreign Meddling in Our Vote? Remember How This Feels.
Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell than Russia intervening to help Donald Trump. But that’s exactly what the CIA believes happened, or so unnamed “officials brief on the matter” told the Washington...
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Saturday, October 01, 2016
Clinton’s Surprising Debate Stumble on Trade
In her first debate with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton delivered one of her more memorable one-liners when she quipped, “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. You know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president.” Debate rules be damned, Clinton’s supporters in...
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