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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Saturday, January 02, 2021
Nashville, Rockford, and the New Age of Paranoia
If you’re one of the millions who believe that Die Hard is a Christmas movie, you might find the bizarre events that unfolded in downtown Nashville beginning around 1:22 a.m. on 2020′s celebration of Christ’s birthday a little Bruce Willis-y, more like something from a bad Hollywood blockbuster...
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Supporters of President Trump listen to the National Anthem at a "Stop the Steal" rally in Phoenix, Arizona on November 7, 2020. (Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
A Notable Death in 2020: American Democracy
True story: I used to be a crazy Civil War buff when I was 5 years old. In the year when most normal kids were getting Beatles records or the latest loud offering from Mattel, I asked Santa for my blue Union soldier uniform. I even made my dad get off the Pennsylvania Turnpike and take me to see...
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"It's hard to say what is more damning on the Trump pardon beat right now—the already indefensible acts that kept his political allies like Michael Flynn, Roger Stone, or Joe Arpaio out of prison, the talk of pardoning his kids and his cronies, the fear that he'll test the Constitution's break-point by pardoning himself, or a report that the Justice Department is probing an alleged bribery scheme involving a presidential pardon." (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, December 05, 2020
A Self-Pardon Would Be a Fitting Tribute to Trump's Raging Narcissism—And Shows Need For Clemency Reform
Donald Trump is probably the world's worst Monopoly player—all his steel hotels on Boardwalk are already mortgaged to the hilt even before he passes "Go," right?—but it sure was a lucky roll of the dice when he scooped up the ultimate get-out-of-jail free card, which works for his pals, his kids,...
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 That grim portrait of a divided nation emerged after what felt like the longest Election Day in American history. (Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, November 04, 2020
America Wakes Up to a Near Worst-Case Scenario
A republic? I’m no long sure we can keep it after an excruciating Election Night that devolved after midnight into a strange, inert uncertainty. But the things that seem pretty clear on Wednesday morning are terrible enough. Despite an Electoral College map that leans ever so slightly in Joe Biden’...
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President Donald Trump and newly sworn-in U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett look on during a ceremonial swearing-in on the South Lawn of the White House October 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The Senate confirmed Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court today by a vote of 52-48. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 30, 2020
Trump's Politicized Supreme Court Has Lost Legitimacy. 2021's Dems, Do Something!
We’ve just seen one of the worst weeks in the 230-year-plus history of the U.S. Supreme Court. And that is really saying something, when you think about its other low points including the 1857 Dred Scott ruling , which held Black people as inferior and denied them U.S. citizenship, or 1896′s Plessy...
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Could bands of Trump supporters disrupt polling places? (Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images) Views
Friday, October 02, 2020
It’s Not 'Chaos': Trump Revealed a Clear Blueprint for Crushing American Democracy
September 29, 2020, will likely go down in history as one of the darkest days in American democracy—but arguably not in the way the average voter saw things. All eyes, after all, were focused on a debate stage in Cleveland where the 45th and possibly last president of the United States was...
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I continue to believe that voting through the compromised USPS should only be a last resort for those who must be quarantined or who are medically avoiding even masked contacts because of the coronavirus. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 25, 2020
Will Dems' Embrace of Mail, Masks, and Social Distance Help Trump Win the Election?
It’s becoming something of a cliché in this crazy year of 2020, but in mid-September Joe Biden came to a minor-league ballpark in Moosic, Pa.—a few home-run balls from where the Democratic presidential hopeful was born — and staged a campaign event unlike anything America has ever seen before. In a...
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Tenants and housing activists gathered at Maria Hernandez Park for a rally and march in the streets of Bushwick, demanding the New York City administration cancel rent immediately as many New Yorkers remain strapped for cash and out of work. (Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images) Views
Sunday, September 06, 2020
The Real 'Hoax' in America Is Record Wall Street Profits as Nation's Jobless Millions Cannot Afford Rent
Don’t blame Lisa Scott, a 43-year-old certified nursing assistant who lives in the Oxford Circle section of Philadelphia, for not celebrating this week as the Standard & Poor’s 500 index soared to yet another record high, as Wall Street’s unbelievable — in every sense of the word — summer...
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Sunday, June 07, 2020
Why Do Police Unions Talk and Act Like the Mafia? How Can We Stop Them?
Finally! After an unforgettable week in which America — already reeling from the brutal caught-on-video Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd, on top of a pandemic, a recession, and ... everything — watched with dropped jaw literally dozens of videos of police clubbing, shoving, or driving...
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Donald Trump needs to go, and we can’t wait until even November 3, let alone January 20, 2021. (Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
Donald Trump Needs to Go. And No, We Can’t Wait Until November
The moment we’ve been dreading since that escalator ride down Trump Tower five years ago this month — that’s been slowly building brick by brick as Donald Trump tore down the rule of law , abused the presidency to enrich himself, and grabbed the bully pulpit of the White House to divide America...
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