Medicare For All Can Reshape the ‘Art of the Possible’

The sixteen senators who have joined Sanders understand their health bill won't pass in today's Republican Congress. They signed on because it's a good idea, and because they recognize that they can both reflect and shape political change.
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What Matters Is What Happens Next, Not ‘What Happened’

Hillary Clinton's campaign memoir sparks controversy and debate. Is this useful? While it's unproductive to argue about her personal merits, a fight over what values will drive the Democratic Party into the future is well worth having.
Richard Eskow
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Disaster Recovery Should Heal, Not Divide, Our Communities

Climate science tells us more superstorms like Harvey and Irma are coming our way. We should learn how to recover from these disasters in a smart, humane way so that people and communities can truly heal and become more equitable.
Richard Eskow
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Grow Up and Apologize, Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz is a champion hypocrite. He leads Texas Republicans' call for federal disaster aid, yet insists they were right to try to deny aid to those in need after Hurricane Sandy. It's time for Cruz to grow up, and admit he was wrong.
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Open Letter to Louise Linton About Angels and Humanity

Nobody enjoys the hostile attention that comes when something they’ve said goes viral. I hope the next time you’re tempted to speak out, you do so with humility and compassion. Meanwhile, here are some hints about life in real world.
Richard Eskow
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Kochs and Trump Team Up to Cut Billionaires’ Taxes

What do you get when you combine the Koch brothers' money and influence with Trump’s executive power and support from the Republican base? A unified Republican Party marching in lockstep toward a destructive goal.
Richard Eskow

The Mooch, the Donald, and the Goldmanization of Government

Donald Trump’s White House seems more like a Quentin Tarantino movie every day. Amid allegations of broken laws and self-dealing at the highest levels, the president has now hired a Communications Director called “The Mooch.”
Richard Eskow

If Hell Had a Budget: The GOP Breaks the Ten Commandments

If hell had a fiscal policy, it would look a lot like the House GOP budget. It's a wish list for millionaires, billionaires, and corporate special interests. It also breaks most of the Ten Commandments, which is more than a little ironic.
Richard Eskow

On the CFPB’s Birthday, Stand Against Sharks

The six-year anniversary of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, created after a Wall Street crime wave led to the 2008 financial crisis, is a day to celebrate and a day to fight.
Richard Eskow

Medicare For All Is Coming, No Matter What They Say

Medicare For All, which until recently was rarely mentioned in mainstream political and media circles, has gained so much momentum that it was recently the answer to a question on the quiz show Jeopardy. Is it coming to a town near you?
Richard Eskow

There’s a Big Hole in the Center of the Democratic Party

Consultants Mark Penn and Andrew Stein want to steer the Democratic Party safely away from calls to restore economic justice, end pointless wars, and to protect women and people of color. They're the ones who are way off course.
Richard Eskow

Why We Need to Know What Trump Says Behind Closed Doors

Trump's secretive remarks to wealthy donors are just the tip of the iceberg. We need to shine more daylight – on his relationship with the GOP, and his financial ties around the world. We need more journalism, and more activism, too.
Richard Eskow

Would a Berniecrat Have Won Ossoff’s Georgia Race?

Do you have to run like a Republican to win in a district like the Georgia 6th? The answers lie in the Census Bureau's free database, which very few seem to notice. We mined the data, and found the answer for you.
Richard Eskow

GOP “Health” Bill: Death, Disaster and Gilded Age Greed

Give them less and make them think it’s more: that’s the GOP’s goal with “Trumpcare.” Why? To give tax cuts to the wealthiest among us, when we already have inequality not seen since the Gilded Age. It's time to say we've had enough.
Richard Eskow

Resistance in a Time of Gunfire

The smell of gun smoke had net yet lifted from an Alexandria baseball field when the calls for unity began. But unity doesn't mean silence, or inaction: issues like health care and gun violence need debate, and lives are at stake.
Richard Eskow

The Koch Brothers & Trump: The Men Who Sold the World

Trump and his party have been marching in lockstep with the fossil-fuel industry for some time now. That influence can be seen in Trump's appointments, in his deeds and now in his budget.
Richard Eskow

Kitchen Logic: Don’t Let Trump’s GOP Privatize America

If you needed a new stove or refrigerator, you wouldn't give the keys to your kitchen to Olive Garden then pay them to let you eat. Unfortunately, that’s what Trump and his party want us to do so they can give away our shared wealth.
Richard Eskow

The Republican Party’s Sickness of the Soul

So many Republican leaders find ways to justify living with our society's growing injustices, and even to make them worse. There’s no polite way to say it: they suffer from a sickness of the soul.
Richard Eskow

Of Budgets and Beatitudes: The Pope Meets the Donald

Contrary to what some might have expected, the universe did not explode in an antimatter fireball when these two opposites came together. Nevertheless, the Pope’s dissatisfaction, and their different views of justice, are plain to see.
Richard Eskow

What Progressives Should Demand From the FBI

Donald Trump will choose the next FBI director. We can't change that. But we have the power to imagine a nation run on principles of economic and social justice. That can, and should, include the FBI and its new leader.
Richard Eskow

What Kind of FBI Do We Want After Comey?

The firing of James Comey from the FBI raises fundamental questions we need to ask now. Why do we have a federal police agency? How should its mission be defined? And, what kind of person should run it?
Richard Eskow

Attention, Democrats: Voters Want More Government, Not Less

A recent poll finds a record number of Americans say that the government should do more — not less — to solve the nation's problems. That's the highest it's been since the question was first asked, and we should all take note.
Richard Eskow

Who’s Behind the Billionaire PAC Targeting Elizabeth Warren?

The conservative group America Rising is targeting Sen. Elizabeth Warren as she tours the country in support of her new book. Why? Their billionaire backers might lose cushy tax breaks and regulatory favors under the policies she supports.
Richard Eskow

Yes, Obama’s $400,000 Speech is a Problem

Obama’s payday for a Wall Street speech reflects a longstanding pattern of behavior from Democratic leaders: talk like liberals, govern from the center, then make a lot of money once you’re out of office.
Richard Eskow

The First 100 Days of Resistance

From the Women’s March that inaugurated his presidency to the town-hall activism that blunted his first healthcare bill, the progressive resistance to Trump and his party has outperformed even the most optimistic expectations.
Richard Eskow

Rep. Pramila Jayapal on Activism for America [video]

Pramila Jayapal, the newly elected member of Congress from Washington state’s 7th District, shared her unorthodox vision for elected office with us in a recent video conversation.
Richard Eskow

Trump’s Five Worst Tax Secrets, Revealed

Barring an unexpected surprise – a W2 form issued by Vladimir Putin, for example, or a 1099 from mafia boss Anthony 'Fat Tony' Salerno, we already know Trump’s most terrible tax secrets. We will reveal them… right after this break.
Richard Eskow

Filibuster Neil Gorsuch; Tradition Demands It

Republicans have done violence to Senate traditions for years. The nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court is the fruit of their disrespect for tradition. It's time for all Democrats to say no.
Richard Eskow

Koch Caucus Continues Its Assault on Healthcare

Billionaire brothers David and Charles Koch agressively fund "dark-money" campaigns for far-right causes through sham grassroots organizations, and contribute to eighty percent of the far-right "Freedom Caucus" members in Congress.
Richard Eskow

ALEC’s Push for a Constitutional Convention Reaches Wisconsin

A constitutional convention makes for a snappy hashtag, #ConCon. But, as GOP leaders in Idaho recently discovered, it is an impractical idea that could result in a "runaway" convention that dangerously rewrites the U.S. Constitution.
Richard Eskow
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