Robert Reich

Robert Reich

Robert Reich, one of the nation’s leading experts on work and the economy, is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as secretary of labor under President Bill Clinton. Time Magazine has named him one of the ten most effective cabinet secretaries of the last century. He has written thirteen books, including his latest best-seller, Aftershock: The Next Economy and America’s Future; The Work of Nations; Locked in the Cabinet; Supercapitalism; and his newest, Beyond Outrage. His syndicated columns, television appearances, and public radio commentaries reach millions of people each week. He is also a founding editor of the American Prospect magazine, and Chairman of the citizen’s group Common Cause. His widely-read blog can be found at www.robertreich.org.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
6-Month Update for Trump Voters
So after six months, has he delivered what he promised you? 1. He told you he’d repeal Obamacare and replace it with something “beautiful.” You bought it. But he didn’t repeal and he didn’t replace. (Just as well: His plan would have knocked at least 22 million off health insurance, including many...
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Monday, July 17, 2017
The Trump Standard
What did Trump say when confronted with proof that his son jumped at the prospect of meeting with a “ Russian government attorney ” offering to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support” for his candidacy? Trump said: “many people would have held that meeting.”...
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Monday, July 03, 2017
Trump’s Escalating Assault on the Press
On Sunday morning Trump seemed to promote violence against CNN. He tweeted an old video clip of him performing in a WWE professional wrestling match, with a CNN logo superimposed on the head of his opponent. In it, Trump is shown slamming the CNN avatar to the ground and pounding him with punches...
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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
It’s Time for Medicare for All
Mitch McConnell is delaying a vote on the Senate Republican version of Trumpcare because he doesn’t yet have a majority. Some Senate Republicans think the bill doesn’t go get rid of enough of the Affordable Care Act. Others worry that it goes too far – especially in light of the Congressional...
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If the "shameful" Trumpcare bill is enacted, writes Riech, "McConnell and Trump – as well as every Republican senator who signs on – will bear the burden of hundreds of thousands of deaths that could have been avoided, were they not so determined to make rich Americans even richer." (Photo: @mjkuhns/Twitpic) Views
Monday, June 26, 2017
Trumpcare Truth: A Gift to the 1% and a Kick to the Sick and Poor
The Senate’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act is not a healthcare bill. It’s a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by a dramatic reduction in healthcare funding for approximately 23 million poor, disabled, and working middle class Americans. America’s wealthiest taxpayers (earning...
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Saturday, June 24, 2017
The Secret Republican Plan to Unravel Medicaid
Bad enough that the Republican Senate bill would repeal much of the Affordable Care Act. Even worse, it unravels the Medicaid Act of 1965 – which, even before Obamacare, provided health insurance to millions of poor households and elderly. It’s done with a sleight-of-hand intended to elude not only...
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
The Case for Obstruction of Justice
Obstruction of justice was among the articles of impeachment drafted against both Presidents Nixon and Clinton. The parallel between Nixon and Trump is almost exact. White House tapes revealed Nixon giving instructions to pressure the acting FBI director into halting the Watergate investigation...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017
Impeach Him Now
Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) is already drafting articles of impeachment related to Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, believing there’s enough evidence of Trump’s obstruction of justice to begin an impeachment inquiry (not to mention Trump’s blatant violation of the Constitutions emoluments...
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Making America Meaner
Last Wednesday, on the eve of his election to the House of Representatives, Montana Republican Greg Gianforte beat up Ben Jacobs, a reporter for the “Guardian" newspaper. What prompted the violence? Jacobs had asked Gianforte for his reaction to the Congressional Budget Office’s report showing that...
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Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Trump’s Cruel and Deviant Budget
For years, conservatives warned that liberals were “defining deviancy downward.” They said that by tolerating bad social behavior, liberals in effect lowered what was deemed acceptable behavior overall – allowing social norms to decline. There was never a lot of evidence for that view, but there’s...
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