President Donald Trump’s threat to send federal troops to Oakland is a desperate ploy to improve his sagging reelection hopes.
Millions are unemployed, public budgets are falling apart, the economy is struggling, and the COVID-19 epidemic is raging anew — and most of the $2.7 trillion floor Congress put beneath that misery will soon be gone.
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.”
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.
Last week, a group of people in Australia were caught at a birthday party in violation of new lockdown orders amid a surge in COVID-19 cases.
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.
If this pandemic has taught us anything, it is how important accurate and transparent data is to this country getting control of this disease.
There was no good reason for the federal government to rush the execution last week of Daniel Lewis Lee. No good reason, that is, other than politics.
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.
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.