Richard Eskow

Richard Eskow

Richard (RJ) Eskow is Senior Advisor for Health and Economic Justice at Social Security Works and the host of The Zero Hour with RJ Eskow on Free Speech TV. Follow him on Twitter: @rjeskow 

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Monday, February 13, 2017
Steve Mnuchin Is No Joe Kennedy and He’s Unfit for His New Gig
There are plenty of signs that Steve Mnuchin is not a good guy, even by the lax standards of today’s banking industry. OneWest, a bank he established with partners and ran from 2009 to 2015, mounted a record of ruthless foreclosures (in one case over a 27-cent error ). A memo from top prosecutors...
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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Americans Like the Resistance a Lot More Than They Like Trump
For Donald Trump, this has got to hurt: Less than two weeks after his inauguration, the people who took to the streets to protest his policies have outstripped him in popularity. And, given his rich history of “locker room banter” and other sexist comments , it must be especially humiliating for...
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Monday, February 06, 2017
Trump Stands Up for Bad Bankers
The best way to spot a con artist is by paying attention to what you don’t see, as well as to what you see. Donald Trump says he represents working people, but he has already moved aggressively to tilt the scales in favor of Wall Street’s criminal elite. As Trump moved to rob Americans of some...
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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
Trump’s Supreme Court Pageant: a Silly Show to Fill a Stolen Seat
The 45th President of the United States just handled one of his gravest responsibilities, the nomination of a Supreme Court justice, with his trademark vulgar and vaudevillian vapidity. Only 11 days into his presidency, Donald Trump’s shtick has become as boring as it is dangerous. If a president’s...
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Monday, January 30, 2017
Will the Senate’s "Good Republicans" Reject a Dishonest Nominee?
There’s compelling evidence to show that Steve Mnuchin, Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury, lied to the Senate in both written and verbal testimony. Senate Republicans seem to be taking these offenses in stride. None of the GOP’s “independents” and “mavericks” have indicated that...
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Friday, January 20, 2017
Inauguration Day: Letter to a Trump Voter
We don’t know each other. But today, on the occasion of Donald Trump’s inauguration, there were some things I wanted to say to you as one American to another. (I’m willing to listen, too.) Let’s get this out of the way first: I think Donald Trump is dangerously unstable, morally objectionable, and...
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Booker and the Big Pharma Dems Have No Excuse. This Vote Proves It.
It’s devastating, and potentially lethal, when Americans can’t afford life-saving drugs because their elected representatives are in thrall to Big Pharma. It’s disappointing when Democrats offer implausible excuses for their votes, as Sen. Cory Booker and twelve other senators did last week. And it...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017
The Dullest—and Most Shocking—Moment in Trump’s Press Conference
“I’m also very much of a germaphobe, by the way, believe me.” —President-elect Donald J. Trump Try not to think too much about the story that led to this comment from the President-Elect of the United States. It’s not easy, I know. We’re only human, after all, and that story is so … so out there...
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The McConnell/Trump GOP Guts Ethics Rules For Its Billionaire Cabinet
“Ironic” is an overused word. And yet, how else can you describe what’s going on this week in Washington? The Republican president-elect says he wants “extreme vetting” for Syrian refugee families who already face years of scrutiny. Meanwhile, the Senate’s Republican leader is ramming Trump’s well-...
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Friday, December 16, 2016
Beyond Resistance: The Story of 2016
This is the time of year when people try to make sense of the preceding twelve months. It’s a fool’s errand, in one sense. A year is an arbitrary division of time. We decide what it means in retrospect, and we never get it exactly right. But the meaning we give it will guide our actions in the...
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