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Our Washington political update starts with the Fox News report, “Democrats tee up filibuster reform by forcing issue on immigration, voting rights.” Harold Meyerson comments on that – and on reports that Dan Quayle saved American democracy on January 6.Also: Amy Wilentz on Haitians and Haiti – and Joe Biden’s disastrous decision to deport those 15…
 
Harold Meyerson on the sweeping Democratic victory in the California recall: its national significance for the 2022 midterms, and where it leaves California Republicans (with Larry Elder as their leader?). Also, our national politics update: today’s Reconciliation Report, and episode 15 of What Does Joe Manchin Want? Today: the Dems’ revised voting…
 
Democrats are headed toward passage of both the bipartisan infrastructure bill AND the reconciliation bill: Harold Meyerson reports.Plus: Abortion politics and Republican power – Rick Perlstein explains the long history of how abortion became a Republican issue – starting in 1972, His latest book is “Reaganland.”Also: our favorite documentary of th…
 
America’s longest war came to an end on Monday as the last troops left Afghanistan, 20 years after we started fighting there. How much have the disasters around the Afghan pullout hurt Joe Biden and his agenda? How much will it hurt the Democrats in the midterms next November? Alan Misnky comments.Also: The life, and death, of Ethel Rosenberg, the …
 
Joe Biden is betting that voters care more about health, education and jobs than about Afghanistan--Alan Minsky explains.Plus: What Americans owe Afghan women: Katha Pollitt has been talking to women who lead Afghan women's organizations.Also: 'Chair' is the new campus comedy starring Sandra Oh, on Netflix: Ella Taylor has our review.…
 
Afghanistan in American politics, past and present: Harold Meyerson explains why the disastrous end of our Afghan war won’t matter in the elections in 2022 and 2024.Plus: the Taliban Triumph: Andrew Bacevich comments on 20 years of American hubris and ignorance, promises made, and promises broken.Also: there was only one member of Congress who vote…
 
The great comics artist Art Spiegelman, who won a Pulitzer Prize for Maus, has a new book out: Street Cop, illustrations for a story by Robert Coover, published by Isolarii.com. He talks about working on that during the pandemic, and about his most controversial drawings – at the New Yorker, and The Nation.Also: here’s a new book about the sixties-…
 
The deficiencies in the bipartisan infrastructure bill will be remedied in the big one that Dems aim to pass via reconciliation, says Harold Meyerson.Also: The significance for Progressives of the defeat of Nina Turner in the Cleveland House primary: Alan Minsky comments.And Gregg Gonsalves explains three things Biden needs to do to stop the gobal …
 
The one trillion dollar infrastructure bill has made it to the floor of the Senate—where it is expected to pass. Bipartisanship lives! Harold Meyerson comments – also on the California recall, and on the most successful economic justice movement of the past decade: the Fight for $15.Plus: the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights. It’s known to…
 
Senate Republicans blocked taking up the bipartisan infrastructure bill on Wednesday-Democrats are trying one more time to satisfy GOP demands on this one. Harold Meyerson comments.Also: “Utopian” has been a term of abuse in politics for a long time now, synonymous with “irrational” and “impossible.” Instead, we are told, we should focus on realist…
 
Biden’s Big Budget: Harold Meyerson comments on the Democrats’ agreement to spend $3.5 trillion, and on Bernie’s new status as the architect of some of the most progressive elements of the bill. Plus: plutocrats in space.Also: triumphs and disasters of the sixties: there’s a new book about the movements of that decade, about some of heroes, and som…
 
The Supremes gave the green light last week to Republican moves to make it harder to vote -- that gives Democrats and voting rights groups more work to do. Harold Meyerson comments.Also: “Critical Race Theory” has been attacked on Fox News nearly 1300 times. It’s being banned from public schools and colleges in something like 15 Republican states. …
 
First, the divorce last May, and then Warren Buffett resigned as a trustee last week; so, who exactly IS Bill Gates, the second richest man in the world, giving his money to? Tim Schwab, writer of award-winning reports on the Gates Foundation, explains.Next Up: the political transformation of Kyrsten Sinema: Aida Chavez of The Intercept reports.Als…
 
Tuesday Republicans blocked the Senate from even beginning to consider voting rights legislation. Chuck Schumer said afterwards, “In the fight for voting rights, this vote was the starting gun, not the finish.” Now what? Harold Meyerson comments.Also: Most of us think of Jimmy Carter as a failure as president, the Democrat who opened the door to Re…
 
Republican efforts to make it harder to vote, and easier for their judges and state legislatures to reverse elections they have lost, may backfire: Harold Meyerson comments. Also: rethinking the Green New Deal.Also: Katha Pollitt talks about a new book of advice for men – Jordan Peterson’s international best-seller “Rules for Life”. Rule Number One…
 
What does Joe Manchin want? Doesn’t he want Democrats to have equal voting rights? Without filibuster reform, Republican attacks on voting will broaden. Alan Minsky explains: he’s Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America.Plus the earthquake in Israeli politics: Amy Wilentz comments on the end of Bibi Netanyahu, after 12 years as Prime…
 
Progressives and Biden: the infrastructure plan and the threat of a bipartisan “compromise”; Biden’s ‘American Families Plan,” $1.8 Trillion for workers, students and families, financed through higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans—and healthcare reform, which will pass only with filibuster reform in the senate. Plus: Enbridge Line 3, the tar sa…
 
A group of moderate Republicans led by Mitt Romney are offering Joe Biden a bipartisan compromise on infrastructure-one trillion that would fund traditional roads and bridges, leaving out all of his proposals for a Green New Deal. Will he go for it? Harold Meyerson comments.Also: As many Democrats urge Biden to take steps toward self-determination …
 
Harold Meyerson talks about breakthroughs in the House and the Senate on Palestinian human rights. Also: remember Jared Kushner's mideast peace plan?Plus: The Palestinians’ ‘Second Front,” inside Israel: Saree Makdisi explains the roles of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the current crisis.Also: our TV Critic Ella Taylor talks about “Crime of the…
 
Rachel Kushner reports on Palestinian life inside the refugee camp that's inside Jerusalem, and on the current crisis--her new book of essays is "The Hard Crowd."also: Harold Meyerson comments on Gavin Newsom's plan to give money to almost all Californians, and to provide massive funding for homeless housing and universal preschool.and our critic E…
 
Mazie Hirono, Senator from Hawaii: She’s the only immigrant currently serving in the Senate, and she was the first Asian American woman elected to that office, starting in 2013. She talks about the need for filibuster reform and Supreme Court reform, about the storming of the capitol on January 6. Her new autobiography is Heart of Fire: An Immigran…
 
Joe Biden's American Families Plan, his Covid Relief bill, his infrastructure proposal, and his vaccine rollout mark him as the boldest and most successful president since FDR--Harold Meyerson explains.Also: Republicans keep complaining about Hunter Biden--Amy Wilentz comments on his memoir of suffering and addiction.Plus: The Oscar for Best Docume…
 
The guilty verdicts in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis made history—and came only after millions of people took to the streets, for months, in hundreds of cities across America; and only after a decade of sustained organizing by Black Lives Matter. Jody Armour comments—he’s the Roy Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern Calif…
 
At the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, the union lost the vote by more than 2 to 1. What happened? Harold Meyerson has our analysis—also comment on hazard pay for grocery store workers, and corporations for voting rights.Plus: Should Supreme Court justice Stephen Breyer retire? That would give Biden a chance to nominate a younger replacement…
 
For nearly half a century, America’s leading corporations have offshored work -- to lands where labor is cheap, and they’ve also offshored profits -- to lands where taxes are low. Now Joe Biden and the Democrats are trying to do something about that. Harold Meyerson explains.Also: Protest continues to grow over the recent displacement by the LAPD o…
 
Joe Biden has redefined "infrastructure" to include workers - Harold Meyerson explains what's in the biggest 'public works' bill in 50 years.Also: Big Pharma profits while the Global South waits for covid vaccines: Gregg Gonsalves comments.And Ella Taylor talks about "Bloodlands," a BBC thriller set in Northern Ireland 20 years after the end of "Th…
 
Biden’s next big thing: after the success of his $1.9 trillion covid relief bill, Biden’s economic recovery bill is ready for prime time. Harold Meyerson explains. Also, the Democrats’ voting rights bill – and the unlikely union organizing Amazon workers in Bessemer, Alabama.Also: Michelle Obama’s memoir is out now in paperback - It’s called “Becom…
 
Bernie Sanders and Biden’s $1.9 trillion covid relief bill: it’s the most important piece of social legislation at least since Medicare in 1966, 55 years ago. The bill that became law is nothing like Joe Biden’s politics over the last 30 years--nothing like the Democrats under Obama, or Clinton--and very much the culmination of Bernie’s politics ov…
 
Joe Biden’s 1.9 trillion dollar covid relief bill is about to become law, seven weeks into Biden’s presidency. It’s a huge achievement. Harold Meyerson comments.Also, Chesa Boudin, the recently elected progressive district attorney of San Francisco, talks about prisoners as parents—he grew up with parents in prison (David Gilbert and Kathy Boudin).…
 
Joe Biden is becoming a working class hero, after the strongest statement in support of unions since FDR: Harold Meyerson talks about support for Amazon workers in Alabama.Also: Katha Pollitt takes up the question, what can we do about the 74 million people who voted for Trump?Plus: Eric Foner will talk about Will Smith’s new 6-part series on Netfl…
 
Biden’s Pandemic Relief Bill should pass the House Friday–-it includes child benefit payments for every family with children. But in order for Biden’s plan to be included in the bill, it can only be for a year. Mitt Romney has proposed a permanent program – that’s what we really need.Also: Rick Perlstein talks about the future of the Republicans wi…
 
Biden’s economic recovery plan: Harold Meyerson comments, starting with the latest obstacles to keeping the $15 minimum wage in the Senate bill that goes to reconciliation – also, is aid to state governments a “blue-state bailout”?Also: UCLA has gotten a multi-million dollar grant to establish an archive of the age of mass incarceration, starting w…
 
Harold Meyerson says the devastating new footage of the rioters shown on Day Two of the impeachment trial underlines Trump's failure to try to stop them, the most undeniable grounds for a guilty verdict on his impeachment trial.Also, Alan Minsky of Progressive Democrats of America makes the case for the $15 minimum wage, and looks ahead at Biden's …
 
Biden's $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill: Harold Meyerson says he won't reduce it. Also: the Republicans, and the impeachment.Plus: Biden and Black America: Barbara Ransby comments.And Ella Taylor reviews "Dear Comrades!", the Russian film about a massacre of striking workers in Russia in 1962.Finally, we remember Rennie Davis -- he died on Feb. …
 
Biden's first week was filled with bold and necessary executive orders, and a plan to pass pandemic economic relief without Republican support--Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect explains.also: Gary Younge talks about the coming fight with Trump and Trumpsim, starting with the insurrection of January 6.plus: Ella Taylor reviews "White Tiger,"…
 
The inauguration of Joe Biden was delightfully normal--Harold Meyerson comments on what happened -- and what didn't.Plus: Alan Minsky, Executive Director of Progressive Democrats of America, discusses the challenges facing the Congressional Progressive Caucus--and the opportunities.And our film and TV critic Ella Taylor reviews "Assassins," an amaz…
 
The impeachment vote barely papered over the growing crisis in the Republican party, says Harold Meyerson of The American Prospect. Harold comments also on security at the Biden inauguration.Also: Eric Foner provides some historical perspective on the attack last week on the capitol.Plus: Ella Taylor talks about the new documentary “MLK/FBI”, on J.…
 
The Trump mob attack on the capitol should have been expected, says Harold Meyerson--Trump himself had been calling for it for weeks. But it signals an irreparable split in the Republican Party.Also: Priorities for vaccination against covid-19 need to be based both on science and on ethics - Gregg Gonsalves explains.And Ella Taylor talks about the …
 
A year, and a decade, of political challenges: Joan Walsh reviews the fall and rise of Kamala Harris, the return of Joe Biden, and the deepening problem posed over the last decade by white voters who now support Trump.Also, Amy Wilentz looks back on how things went in 2020 for Ivanka, Jared, Don Junior and Little Eric.And Ella Taylor talks about he…
 
2020 began with Kamala Harris dropping out of the first primary, and is ending with Trump blowing up the Republican Party - it was also the year of the biggest protests in American history, organized by Black Lives Matter. Harold Meyerson comments.And we're still thinking about John le Carré, who died last week—he was 89, and one of the greats, aut…
 
This week the US began vaccinating people against covid-19, and we consider proposals to establish a coronavirus commission, empowered to investigate the many failures in the fight against covid-19: is that something progressives should fight for? Mike Davis says “Yes” – and explains what’s at stake.Also: Will Donald Trump pardon Ivanka and Jared—a…
 
L.A. elected a new progressive district attorney last month – George Gascon – and he just announced the sweeping changes he will make, starting with an end to cash bail and to sentencing “enhancements.” Jody Armour explains: he’s the Roy Crocker Professor of Law at USC, and his new book is “N*gga Theory: Race, language, unequal justice, and the law…
 
Joe Biden got six million more votes than Donald Trump—so how come the Democrats did so poorly in the Senate and House elections? Harold Meyerson has an analysis – and some comments on how the Dems could win the Georgia Senate runoff.Also: how are the Trump kids dealing with the refusal of their father to admit he lost the election? Amy Wilentz wil…
 
All eyes are on Georgia now, as the campaigns for both senate seats are underway to determine which party will control the US Senate. For Democrats, the starting point for winning in Georgia is the historic work of Stacey Abrams. When she ran for governor of Georgia in 2018 as the first African American and the first woman candidate, she got more v…
 
Mike Davis on Trump voters: Latinos in south Texas and white workers in the rust belt—and Biden’s big mistake: allowing Trump to claim "the economy" as his issue, instead of connecting jobs to controlling the pandemic.Also: Monday we had good news on a covid vaccine from Moderna, created with a billion dollars of taxpayer funding. Gregg Gonsalves t…
 
Harold Meyerson argues that none of Trump’s tactics to hold on to the White House will succeed—the lawsuits are ridiculous, the proposals for Republican state legislatures to send their own Trump electors to Washington won’t work. But the fact that Trump got more votes than any Republican in history gives him a lot of power over the party.Also: the…
 
Harold Meyerson considers the consequences of failing to win control of the Senate--and points to dozens of far-reaching executive actions Biden could take without Senate approval. Plus: Joan Walsh of The Nation says, 'It shouldn't have been so close."and TV critic Ella Taylor reviews "The Queen's Gambit," the proto-feminist story about the first f…
 
Harold Meyerson reviews Biden’s excellent recent poll results in swing states, and looks at the Democrats’ long standing problem with white male voters, and what can be done to bring them back into the party. Also: The one union that’s doing door-to-door precinct work during the pandemic.Also: ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’ – the new Aaron Sorkin fil…
 
Maybe the November election will have a big enough vote for Biden so that it can’t be challenged in court; maybe the Republicans won’t dispute the outcome. But maybe they will – we’ve had other disputed elections in our history -- of course we had the Supreme Court stopping the count in Florida in 2000--and there was another one, much less well kno…
 
When Attorney General Bill Barr told the House Judiciary Committee recently that voting by mail on a large scale presented a “high risk” for “massive voter fraud,” Pramila Jayapal challenged him—with evidence. She’s co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, she represents Seattle, and she talks about the fight against Trump for voting by ma…
 
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