Honor John Lewis — and serve democracy — by reinvigorating the Voting Rights Act

Republicans in Congress, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, effusively eulogized Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia after the civil rights legend died last week. McConnell, R-Ky., rightly described Lewis as an “American hero” who “put his life on the line to fight racism, promote equal rights and bring our nation into greater alignment with its founding principles.”

Payout time for Congress on virus Rx

Two months ago, House Democrats passed the HEROES Act, another round of coronavirus stimulus relief. At $3 trillion, it was proclaimed dead on arrival for Senate Republicans, who crossed their fingers and bided their time, hoping Jared Kushner’s prediction of a “rocking” economy by mid-July would come true.

The Portland problem: Trump’s terrifying re-election gambit

Donald Trump, a congenital liar who hides his tax returns, is in one small sense the most transparent president ever: Ignoring a pandemic that has killed nearly 150,000 and trailing Joe Biden in all polls, he is brazenly attempting to terrify the electorate over a largely non-existent threat, conjuring an image of urban America brought to its knees by a tsunami of chaos and violent crime only he can stem.

What you don’t know can’t hurt Trump

NEW YORK — We’re now at the stage of the COVID-19 pandemic where President Donald Trump and his allies are trying to suppress information about the coronavirus’s spread — because, of course, they are.

American Indians see change coming

A football team finally discards a despised and derogatory name, and the U.S. Supreme Court unexpectedly holds Congress to account for promises more than a century old. These two decisions, one symbolic, one legal, should provide some genuine hope that despite so many challenges, society is capable of positive change.

Planning for the unknown, with hope

“As we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.”

Biden shows he gets it on clean energy

As governments gear up to spend vast sums to deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus, the world has an unprecedented opportunity to land a big blow against climate change by investing in clean energy and green infrastructure. This week, the Democratic nominee for president showed he gets it.