In the First Debate, Trump Failed to Achieve the Reagan Effect

Trump offered a return to top-end tax cuts and deregulation with a populist trade posture. Clinton called for public investment to rebuild the country. Both indicted the failed policies of the past: Clinton, trickle-down; Trump, trade.
Robert Borosage
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Donald Trump: Welfare King

If Trump really is a $10 billionaire as he claims, there'd be no reason for him to beg a charity to pay his bills. Before voting, Americans have a right to know whether Trump is lying about his wealth. He must release his tax returns.
Leo Gerard
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In the First Debate, The People’s Issues Came Second

The debate was largely a clash of personalities, rather than a clash of visions for the nation’s future. In her zeal to defeat her opponent, which she clearly did, Hillary Clinton didn’t do enough to inspire and motivate her base.
Richard Eskow
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Nothing Left But The Dog Whistle

The provincial anger, stoked for so long by the Republican Party, has finally boiled over. Donald Trump is telling those folks what they’ve been wanting to hear, exactly the way they’ve been wanting to hear it for a very long time.
Digby
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Immigrants Don’t Steal Jobs or Wages. Billionaires Do.

Not all anti-immigrant arguments are based on fear, dehumanization, or inappropriate analogies. Economically vulnerable populations are often told that immigrants “take our jobs” and drag down wages. Is it true?
Richard Eskow
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Trump Promises Nationwide Stop-And-Frisk Policing

Leave it to Donald Trump to stand in black church, before a somehow still overwhelmingly white audience, and promise to implement New York City’s racist, unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policing nationwide.
Terrance Heath
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Union-Made Miracle on the Hudson

From Captain Sully to the ferry crews, it's union-trained workers who saved the passengers on Flight 1549.
Jim Hightower
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Republicans ‘Working The Ref’ With War On IRS

The Republican IRS commissioner impeachment is an obvious attempt to kneecap the IRS and keep it from doing its work, which includes policing the misuse of nonprofit organizations to keep secret the sources of political cash.

When Will Black Lives Finally Matter To Donald Trump?

For all his bloviating about “law and order,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has yet to express any serious outrage over police killings of unarmed African Americans.
Terrance Heath
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Wells Fargo Had a Bad Day. That’s a Start.

People looking for drama in Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf’s Senate testimony on Tuesday did not come away disappointed – even if he did not crack on the stand and admit everything like the villain in a Perry Mason episode.
Richard Eskow
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Morning in America, Delivered by Democrats

Despite incomes and health insurance coverage rising while unemployment, poverty and food insecurity all falling, Donald Trump says America is a hellhole. Perhaps that’s because he can’t accept morning in America delivered by Democrats.
Leo Gerard
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Where Are The Issues?

One candidate offers actual policies and proposals. The other offers entertainment. Which one does the "news" media flock to? Which candidate is receiving the news coverage — the policy wonk or the entertainer? We all know the answer.

Trump’s Yuge Bamboozle

Trump says his tax cuts would cost $4.4 trillion over 10 years, most of it paid for by economic growth. We’ve been here before. Both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush tried “trickle-down” economics. We should have learned two lessons.

There’s No Debate

Let’s call the whole thing off. Not the election. No, we mean the presidential debates — which, if the present format and moderators remain as they are, threaten an effect on democracy more like Leopold and Loeb than Lincoln and Douglas.
Bill Moyers
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Despite Some Good Economic News, The Status Quo Is Not Enough

Should Democrats present themselves as fighters for a transformative economic vision, or as skilled managers restoring and maintaining the status quo of the last several decades? The question came up again last week.
Richard Eskow
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Anti-Pipeline Movement Gathers Steam

Thousands of Native Americans at Standing Rock in North Dakota are protesting a pipeline project that puts their water supply at risk, threatens to plow up their sacred sites, and would worsen climate change.
Chuck Collins
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Minimum Wage Increases On the Ballot In Four States

This election isn’t just about whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be president. Ballot initiatives will give voters the chance to raise the minimum wage for workers in four states.
Terrance Heath
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