Will Bunch

Will Bunch

Will Bunch is a columnist for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of its popular blog Attytood.

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
George W. Bush Started an Immoral War. Now He's Getting the Liberty Medal
At least the timing is exquisite. Former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, are coming to Philadelphia on Sunday night to receive the National Constitution Center's much-ballyhooed Liberty Medal, which is supposed to be earmarked for leaders "who have strived to secure the blessings of...
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 Dishonest appeals to racism, xenophobia, and misogyny only work when millions of voters are receptive to hearing them. (Photo: JEFF ROBERSON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Views
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Trump Appealed to the Very Worst in America. Too Often, It Worked
For all the people who spent much of the last two years saying, "America is better than that …" Apparently, it's not. For two months, President Trump pulled out everything in his bag of tricks to excite the rabid base of overwhelmingly white voters who shocked the world by delivering him the White...
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Most of the worst voter-repression schemes — overly strenuous voter ID laws to fight nonexistent fraud, purging voter rolls, closing polling places, curtailing early voting — have been enacted by GOP legislatures, governors, or secretaries of state.(Photo: CHUCK BURTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS) Views
Friday, November 02, 2018
Stop Blaming Millennials for Not Voting. Blame America’s Screwed-up System—and Fix It!
In what people are calling — accurately, in my opinion — the most important American midterm election in our lifetimes, there's been a lot of things we've never seen before: like, for example. a president sending thousands of troops to the U.S. southern border or erasing the existence of more than...
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In Pittsburgh, one very bad man was consumed by his hatreds — but the helpers were everywhere. (Photo: Gene J. Puskar / AP) Views
Monday, October 29, 2018
The Love That a Pittsburgh Madman Tried to Extinguish – and How You Can Feed the Flame
Beginning in 1880 — before the words "Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free" were stamped on the Statue of Liberty dedicated on this very date 132 years ago — Jewish refugees fleeing violent pogroms in Europe were often met in New York Harbor by volunteers from...
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Monday, October 15, 2018
Trump Is Clamping Down on White House Protest. Be Very Afraid of What Comes Next
It hasn't gotten the attention it deserves — almost nothing does anymore — but since July 16, a colorful and boisterous protest has taken place every single night in front of Donald Trump's White House. The crowds — sometimes in the hundreds, sometimes less — try to mix it up and have a little fun...
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Will it be enough, though? (Photo: CNN) Views
Monday, October 01, 2018
Maria Gallagher, Ana Maria Archila and the Amazing Power of Everyday People Raising Their Voice
Maria Gallagher, a 23-year-old woman from New York, had never told anyone about the time she was sexually assaulted before she blurted it out to a United States senator, Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona, with millions watching on live national television. During a remarkable, emotional three-minute...
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 The most unconscionable situation is the thousands of migrant youths that the U.S. government currently has locked up in its rapidly expanding archipelago of detention centers — tents rapidly erected in the arid desert or other substandard facilities rife with abuse. (Photo: CAROLYN COLE / LOS ANGELES TIMES)  Views
Monday, September 17, 2018
Trumpism Is Fueled by One Thing: Fear. 12,800 Kids Are Paying a Terrible Price
It seemed like a typical Tuesday morning last month when Juan Esquivel noticed a helicopter hovering over the East Texas trailer-parts factory where the Mexican native had worked for much of his 23 years in the United States — doing a hard manufacturing job that few Americans are lining up to do,...
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On the very same day that Trump was warning Southerners to evacuate from Florence's path, his regulators at EPA were preparing to side with industry (what else is new?) and make it easier for oil and gas drillers to release methane — a significant greenhouse gas — into the atmosphere. (Photo: GRACE BEAHM / THE POST AND COURIER)  Views
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
North Carolina Politicians Have Decried the Climate-Change Science That Makes Hurricane Florence so Dangerous
For most of the eastern United States, this is a week of high anxiety — fixated on a swirling red, green, and yellow blob at the bottom of the TV screen and the increasing certainty that the most powerful East Coast storm of our lifetimes is going to slam into the coastal Carolinas with a massive...
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To achieve such an anti-democratic outcome requires an anti-democratic process. (Photo: AP / J. Scott Applewhite) Views
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
GOP Ramming Unpopular Brett Kavanaugh Down America’s Throat Is Another Democracy Death Blow
Here's just a few of the more salient things that America still doesn't know about President Trump's Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh as the 53-year-old D.C. jurist's Senate confirmation hearings began Tuesday morning What he did or didn't do in the Bush White House to facilitate unlawful torture...
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Friday, August 31, 2018
Is Delaware’s Kerri Evelyn Harris the Next Explosion to Rock the Democrats?
Kerri Evelyn Harris' secret weapon in her upstart Democratic campaign for a U.S. Senate seat is size — or, more specifically, Delaware's lack of it. The First State is, after all, also America's second-smallest state, in terms of square miles. It's the kind of place where an anonymous arm juts out...
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