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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The crimes of Iran-Contra were shocking when they were revealed in real-time, but the murky ending has allowed the story to drift into relative obscurity, especially as the American right-wing embarked on a campaign (which I wrote a book about) to create a mythical Ronald Reagan who’d be worthy of a spot on Mt. Rushmore. (Photo: Marion Ross/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Reagan’s Forgotten Iran-Contra Escape May Reveal More About Trump’s Fate Than Watergate
When the scandal finally broke, it was on the other side of the Atlantic , in a nation that millions of Americans couldn’t pinpoint on a map. Congress had made its intentions clear in the form of legislation, but the White House secretly ignored that to illegally pursue its own controversial agenda...
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In a nation where locking up young black men is a lot more expedient than fixing their broken neighborhoods, yet it runs away at accelerating speed from the Donald Trumps and the Jeffrey Epsteins and all the others who hire the right lawyers and know the right people.(Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Monday, September 30, 2019
Trump Impeachment Isn’t Politics. It’s Whether There's Anything America’s Powerful Can’t Get Away With
A lot of stuff had to happen before Donald Trump could stand in front of Iowa voters on a chilly yet somehow more innocent day back in January 2016 and make his famous declaration that “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and wouldn’t lose any voters, OK ...” — shocking...
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The only workable fix for a broken democracy is the will of the people—if necessary, expressed with our marching boots. (Photo: STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer) Views
Friday, August 30, 2019
The Constitution’s 3 Ways to Stop a Demagogue Like Trump Haven’t Worked. Now What?
Alexander Hamilton didn’t burst into hip-hop rhymes in real life, but he did anticipate something else about the complicated rhythms of 21st century America. He had a plan to stop a dangerous demagogue like Donald Trump from becoming president. His idea was the Electoral College . During the...
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Sunday, August 04, 2019
Neither ICE Nor Storms of Controversy Stops South Philly’s Le Virtù From Fighting for Immigrants
Whether anyone ever told the late Alfonso Cretarola to “go back to where he came from” — that would be the Abruzzo region of Italy, from which he emigrated to the United States in 1909 — is a question we’ll never be able to answer. But his grandson says the Italian immigrant was definitely ordered...
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Climate change isn’t just for policy makers—that there are things that you, Ms. or Mr. Everyday Person, can do! (Photo: NBC10) Views
Friday, June 28, 2019
Explosions! Floods! Cancer! What More Will It Take for Pa. to Ditch Fossil Fuels?
The rusty old site hard by the riverbank used to be a dirty belching epicenter of this Pennsylvania city’s Industrial Revolution economy. Much like South Philadelphia’s iconic 19th-century oil refinery, the ancient Jones and Laughlin steel mill complex along the Monongahela River was part of a...
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Friday, April 26, 2019
Climate Denier Trump Can’t Handle the Tuth About Why Central Americans Flock to U.S.
Let’s stipulate right here that President Trump doesn’t understand a lot of things, even as he enters his 28th month in charge of the massive bureaucratic battleship that is the U.S. government. But no issue has flummoxed our rage-prone 45th president more than the rise in unauthorized crossings at...
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Saturday, April 20, 2019
Trump Thought Mueller Would Be 'the End of My Presidency.' It Should Be.
Buried on Page 290 of the long-awaited Mueller report into Russia’s 2016 election interference and questions of collusion and cover-up surrounding President Donald Trump was one of those rare peeks behind the curtain of our insane presidency — exactly why the 440-page report was so highly...
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Pelted by high winds and a week of near-biblical rainfall that melted snow and then cascaded across prairies frozen by the long winter, Nebraska has this month suffered at least $1.4 billion in flood and related damage. (Photo: Nati Harnik / AP) Views
Monday, April 01, 2019
As Floodwaters Rise, GOP Lawmakers are Frantically Building Levees of Climate Denial
When it came to climate change in the great state of Nebraska, spending a whopping $250,000—just one-quarter of a million dollars—on a study for how a flood-prone prairie state could prepare for the impact of the earth’s rising temperatures was simply too big a hill to climb. The push for a climate...
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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Stop Joe McCarthy-ing the 'Socialist' Bogeyman and Fix America's Broken Capitalism
President Trump actually almost got something right the other day. Americans should be worried about a return of “McCarthyism,” the kind of list-waving, name-calling, career-destroying mass hysteria that was pioneered in the 1950s by then-Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, over his invented claims...
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We need to do better than Tweety McTweetface.(Photo: MEG KINNARD / AP) Views
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Media Promised Better Coverage of the 2020 Race, and All I Got Was Kirsten Gillibrand’s Fried Chicken
Poor Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. The Democratic New York senator, now a 2020 White House hopeful, entered the race practically glowing with the current zeitgeist of today’s Democratic Party, the angry women who marched in the millions after President Trump was inaugurated in 2017 and converted that...
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