January 20, 2017, 5:50pm
By David Remnick – The New Yorker.
On September 17, 1787, as Benjamin Franklin was leaving the deliberations of the Constitutional Convention, at Independence Hall, in Philadelphia, a woman called out to him, saying, “Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?”
“A republic,” Franklin said, “if you can keep it.”
The ratification of the Constitution, H. W. Brands, one of Franklin’s biographers, writes, marked the conclusion of “the revolutionary period in American history” and the climax … Read more »
January 20, 2017, 3:36pm
By Jennifer Rubin – The Washington Post.
Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) ran circles around Treasury nominee Steven Mnuchin on the topic of President-elect Donald Trump’s foreign holdings and debt held by foreign banks.
McCaskill got Mnuchin to acknowledge Trump will return to his businesses and reap the benefits accrued while he was president. She pressed him to promise to report on the percentage of his debt held by foreign banks. (He declined to promise, but he promised to talk to … Read more »
January 19, 2017, 2:10pm
WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Moving vans arrived at the White House on Wednesday to remove all traces of competence and dignity.
Working around the clock, movers started clearing out the optimism and progress that had accumulated during the past eight years.
“Once we’ve packed up that stuff, we’ll start moving out the wisdom and maturity,” one of the movers said. “The guy who’s moving in wants all of that gone.”
After the … Read more »
January 19, 2017, 1:21pm
By E.J. Dionne Jr- The Washington Post.
Why is this inauguration different from any other?
Let’s start with the fact that most Americans are not happy that Donald Trump is about to become president. The Post/ABC News poll this week found that Trump enters the Oval Office with the lowest favorable ratings since the question has been asked. Only 40 percent view Trump favorably. That compares with 62 percent for George W. Bush as he entered office in 2001 and … Read more »
January 16, 2017, 5:10pm
Barack Obama is leaving the White House with polls showing him to be one of the most popular presidents in recent decades. This makes sense. His achievements, not least pulling the nation back from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, have been remarkable — all the more so because they were bitterly opposed from the outset by Republicans who made it their top priority to ensure that his … Read more »
January 16, 2017, 5:10pm
ROANOKE, Va. — On March 18, 1991, my life changed. I was an 18-year-old student at a community college in southwestern Virginia, working out at the gym, when I got a headache. A thunderous pain shot through my head and I thought, “I am going to die now.”
One month later, I woke up. Two brain surgeries lasting a total of 22 hours repaired the ruptured blood vessels that had caused a … Read more »
January 16, 2017, 5:08pm
By Charles M. Blow – The New York Times.
On Friday, the Georgia congressman, civil rights icon and Donald Trump inauguration-boycotter John Lewis told NBC’s Chuck Todd something that I believe millions of Americans are thinking.
“I don’t see this president-elect as a legitimate president,” Lewis said. “I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected. And they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton.”
The release of the clip in which Lewis made his stark assessment
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January 16, 2017, 5:07pm
By The Editorial Board – The New York Times.
Donald Trump has been consistent on one thing. He wants to weaken or end regulations on businesses and industries. As if on cue, House Republicans and a handful of Democrats recently passed three bills that would radically deregulate corporate America.
Under the regulatory process, executive agencies write rules to carry out laws passed by Congress aimed at ensuring cleaner air and water, food safety and many other things vital to all … Read more »
January 16, 2017, 5:05pm
By Paul Krugman – The New York Times.
As a young man, Congressman John Lewis, who represents most of Atlanta, literally put his life on the line in pursuit of justice. As a key civil rights leader, he endured multiple beatings. Most famously, he led the demonstration that came to be known as Bloody Sunday, suffering a fractured skull at the hands of state troopers. Public outrage over that day’s violence helped lead to the enactment of the Voting Rights
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January 14, 2017, 4:25pm
In 1965, fewer than 2 percent of eligible African Americans living in Selma, Ala., were registered to vote. As we all know, this was the result of laws and policies whose purpose was to keep African Americans out of the voting booth. It took decades of blood, sweat and tears to reverse this deeply embedded discrimination. Having lost my father to that struggle when I was still a small child, … Read more »