Bill Blum: While the Janus ruling doesn’t affect private-sector unions, it will have a potentially devastating impact in the public sphere by encouraging more government employees to become “free riders” in terms of union representation.
Bill Blum: The syndrome is most prevalent among Trump supporters, whose ranks range from off-the-hinge zealots like Alex Jones to the hacks on Fox News and, of course, the president’s biggest cheerleader—himself.
Bill Blum: Unlike the retiring Kennedy, Kavanaugh will not be a “swing voter” on the high court, but an unflagging confederate of the court’s present extreme right-wing cohort.
Bill Blum: Short of selecting 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a religious zealot who belongs to the fringe Catholic cult People for Praise and was reportedly among the finalists for the nod, Trump could not have chosen a candidate who poses a greater threat to progressive values and causes.
Bill Blum: The issue of Trump’s fascism has finally reached center stage in the U.S., sparked by the administration’s shameful treatment of Central American refugees and its Gestapo-like “zero tolerance” policy on unauthorized border crossings.
Bill Blum: The U.S. Supreme Court concluded its term this week not with a whimper but a rightwing bang, handing down major decisions on racial gerrymandering, abortion, the Trump travel ban, and public employee unions.
Bill Blum: The case could embolden other states to take steps to disenfranchise minorities, homeless, low-income, and people with disabilities—i.e., those who tend to vote Democratic.
Bill Blum: We all know that nothing constructive will come from Trump’s safety commission. After Parkland, the best the commission could offer was the arming of teachers. In the meantime, we’ve come to embrace mass shootings as routine features of everyday life.