Peter Dreier: Bernie Sanders supporters are still convinced that he can win the Democratic nomination, but at this point they would do better to help him build a progressive legacy.
Elections and Campaigns
Michael Hertz: There’s a proud American history of what candidates do in such situations. Starting at least as early as 1924, they debate an empty chair, meant to symbolize their opponent.
Seth Abramson: With whispers of a Trump-Sanders debate growing on the internet, some are saying it could be the Debate of the Century — a brief taste of the only alternative left to a dreary, historically nasty general election between two widely disliked politicians.
Steve Ybarra: I don’t know if the woman is married, but if somebody called my wife a bimbo and retweeted it 423 times, he would be looking up from the floor.
Jack Rothman: The first option is for Sanders to focus on reforming or radicalizing the Democratic Party, basically creating a new and robust New Deal.
Angela James and Melina Abdullah: The brutal treatment of pregnant women, as well as the abusive treatment of gender nonconforming men and women, must all be giving the same value as we assert that in fact, ALL #BlackLivesMatter. #SayHerName
Alvaro Huerta: In retrospect, I should have written about their remarkable stories of hard work, sacrifice and resilience in a hostile society.
War & Peace
Sherwood Ross: Some of the nation’s “highest values” practiced by the CIA on 119 victims, according to the ACLU lawyers, included slamming them into walls, water torture, sleep deprivation, starvation, burying them alive in coffin-like boxes for extended periods, chaining them in painful positions, and freezing them to death.
Steve Hochstadt: Politicians who promise voters that they will commit war crimes reveal how unsuitable they are as world leaders. Their words have already tarnished respect for America among nations.
Dick Price: Can you imagine where the Sanders campaign would be if over the past year Bernie had gotten anything like the onslaught of free, revenue-boosting coverage that Trump has gotten—or the fawning kid-glove treatment Clinton has received from so many reputable corners?
Tell us—if Hillary Clinton becomes the Democratic Party’s nominee, what you believe are the top 5 reasons she got it.
Bill Raden: Top executive pay has ballooned by 997% over the past 36 years. Since 2010, the average pay ratio of CEOs to median worker pay has ranged between 354-to-1 to 204-to-1, with Discovery Communications CEO David M. Zaslav topping the charts with a pay ratio of 1,951-to-1. Exorbitant CEO Salaries
Rosemary Jenkins: All of a sudden, we received a notice in the mail that my husband’s policy would be cancelled once he reached the age of 84 even though we were always on time with our payments and had paid on it for years.
Richard Eskow: Americans work more hours than citizens of any Western European country, a burden that keeps them away from their families, friends, and personal activities.
David Bacon: The number of California indigenous farm workers over the age of 50 has doubled to about nine percent — 10,000 to 15,000 people.
hile many domesticated people of color (African-Americans) in the United States have been reared in the blatant structural and systemic aspects of race and racism in America, others living in the African Diaspora may not understand such flagrant racist realities for various reasons. Although supremacist practices such as neo-colonialism, neo-imperialism, globalization, and capitalism are intersectional […]
Berry Craig: The odds of getting rid of NAFTA—or successfully renegotiating the trade pact—would be better under Hillary Clinton, Trump’s almost certain Democratic foe—or Bernie Sanders should he somehow edge Clinton at the finish line.
Berry Craig: I’d bet the farm Trump realizes a president can’t levy a tax. So he’s free to bloviate about sticking up for American workers by sticking it to outsources with punitive tariffs knowing there’s no way he can do it by himself and no way a GOP Congress would pass them.