Richard Eskow

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"The latest evidence of the Republican Party’s anti-democratic activities comes from a federal court ruling, issued Tuesday, which found that North Carolina Republicans deliberately drew congressional district boundaries in order to benefit their own party."(Photo: Common Cause NC/Twitter) Views
Thursday, January 11, 2018
When Will Democrats Start #Resisting GOP Voter Suppression?
Remember all those pictures of smiling Iraqi citizens proudly holding up their blue, ink-stained fingers when they voted for the first time after the fall of Saddam Hussein? The Republicans – and far too many Democrats – who had supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq hoped those vivid images would...
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"They want to conquer and colonize the public economy, reducing government to an empty shell and turning its activities into profit centers for corporations whose power cannot be questioned." (Photo: Twitter/JJ Wyatt) Views
Monday, January 08, 2018
The GOP’s 100-Year War Is Bigger Than Taxes or Trump
The new year had barely started when the world got new grist for the ‘Trump-is-crazy’ mill, one of the few American industries to experience a boom since Trump became president. Michael Wolff’s profile of the current White House, “Fire and Fury,” is filled with rumors and backbiting. But the book,...
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"We are experiencing historic levels of inequality, where two families – the Waltons and the Koch brothers – own more wealth than 115 million people." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Tax Bill Is a Lifeline for Democrats. Will They Sink or Swim?
This simple rule of thumb has rarely failed: When Democrats get confident, I get nervous. That’s true, even when Republicans inflict disaster on the country – and potentially on themselves. “This tax bill will be an anchor around the ankles of every Republican,” says Sen. Chuck Schumer. “If they...
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"Without black voters, an accused pedophile would be preparing to assume one of the highest offices in the land." Views
Thursday, December 14, 2017
'Wake Up Call': Charles Barkley’s Wise Words to Democrats on Alabama
Before he became one of the great basketball players of his time, Charles Barkley was a son of the Alabama soil. He went home to help Doug Jones pull off his upset victory against Roy Moore in this week’s special Senate election. Here’s what he had to say on CNN after Jones was declared the winner...
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The Republican tax bill remains extremely unpopular, according to current polls. Unless they can distract the public with other issues, they may pay a steep political price for it. Views
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
“Every Darn Penny”: The GOP’s Philosophy on Death and Taxes
Republican Senator Charles Grassley tells the Des Moines Register his party’s plan for deep tax cuts to the rich “recognizes the people that are investing, as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” Perhaps Sen. Grassley is...
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Donald Trump was hostile to the CFPB from the start, and he said this as he shoehorned Mulvaney into the director’s chair (in a tweet, naturally) Views
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Mulvaney’s In, Bankers Win, and Trump Shafts Americans Again
A Trump-appointed judge has issued his ruling . Mick Mulvaney – the Tea Party Congressman turned Trump apparatchik – will run the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The political extremist who once said the CFPB was “extremely frightening,” who called it “a joke… in a sick, sad kind of way” and...
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"Behind all the bellowing and bluster, Hatch’s tax plan is nothing more than another giveaway to his rich patrons." Views
Monday, November 27, 2017
Orrin Hatch’s “Bullcrap” on Taxes Is Exactly That
“Bullcrap!" That’s the epithet Orrin Hatch threw at his fellow senator, Sherrod Brown, during a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. Brown’s offense? He pointed out that Republicans aren’t shooting straight when they say their tax cuts for the rich will help the middle class. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-...
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Friday, November 17, 2017
Trump’s HHS Pick Alex Azar Is the Worst Pharma Bro of All
Nominating Alexander Azar to run Health and Human Services is like pinning a sheriff’s badge on Billy the Kid. For all his polish and small-town charm, when it comes to pharmaceutical predation, the mild-mannered Azar puts blowhard “pharma bros” like Martin Shkreli to shame. Shkreli is the...
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"The explosive growth of billionaire wealth, at a time when the middle class is dying and millions of Americans are struggling, has implications for democracy as well as the economy." Views
Monday, November 13, 2017
Why We Need to Confront the Billionaires’ Paradise
The concentrated wealth of the global plutocracy is the dark matter of the world economy: it is rarely glimpsed and difficult to measure, yet it reshapes everything around it. Two recent reports – the UBS/PwC report on the “new Gilded Age” of the international billionaire class , and the “Paradise...
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Monday, November 06, 2017
Donna Brazile, the DNC, and Democratizing the Democrats
Democrats are fighting again. The trigger this time is former Democratic National Committee Chair Donna Brazile’s forthcoming book, which says that Hillary Clinton’s campaign was given significant control over the DNC long before she became the party’s nominee. It’s easy to be cynical about the...
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