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Robert Reich: The Secret GOP Plan to Keep Power (VIDEO)

Sept. 16, 2019 – In 2020, we need to pay attention to state elections as well as elections for president and Congress. State elections could decide whether the Republican Party further corrupts American democracy. As demographics change — and America becomes more diverse and more liberal — the GOP has responded by implementing policies that […]

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Robert Reich: The 5-Step CEO Pay Scam (VIDEO)

Aug. 23, 2019 – Average CEO pay at big corporations topped 14.5 million dollars in 2018. That’s after an increase of 5.2 million dollars per CEO over the past decade, while the average worker’s pay has increased just 7,858 dollars over the decade.  Just to catch up to what their CEO made in 2018 alone, […]

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Robert Reich: Democrats, This Isn’t Politics as Usual

July 3, 2019 – Imagine an opposition political party in a land being taken over by an oligarchy, headed by a would-be tyrant. The tyrant and the oligarchy behind him have convinced many voters that the reason they feel powerless and economically insecure isn’t because the oligarchy has taken most of the economic gains and […]

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Robert Reich: Why We Must Legalize Marijuana (VIDEO)

May 21, 2019 – The federal prohibition on marijuana has been a disaster. For decades, millions of Americans have been locked up and billions of dollars have been wasted. It’s also deepened racial and economic inequality. We must end this nonsensical prohibition. The facts are staggering. In 2017, more Americans were arrested for marijuana possession […]

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Robert Reich: 5 Responses to Climate Change Deniers (VIDEO)

April 30, 2019 – Have you ever found yourself in a conversation with someone who denies climate change? Here are 5 responses to climate change deniers: 1) The science is undeniable. Scientists have concluded that the Earth’s temperature has been steadily climbing since the late 19th century, just when humans started emitting large amounts of […]

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Robert Reich: Packing the Supreme Court

April 23, 2019 – The Supreme Court heard arguments today on the Trump administration’s decision to alter the 2020 Census to ask people if they are American citizens. In a former life, I argued cases before the Supreme Court. From what I gathered today, it looks as if the five Republican appointees to the Court […]

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Robert Reich: How McConnell is Killing the Senate

April 14, 2019 – Congress has recessed for two weeks without passing a desperately-needed disaster relief bill. Why not? Because Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn’t want to anger Donald Trump by adding money for Puerto Rico that Democrats have sought but Trump doesn’t want. America used to have a Senate. But under McConnell, what […]

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Robert Reich: The Myth of Meritocracy

April 8, 2019 – Most Americans still cling to the meritocratic notion that people are rewarded according to their efforts and abilities. But meritocracy is becoming a cruel joke. The Justice Department recently announced indictments of dozens of wealthy parents for using bribery and fraud to get their children into prestigious colleges. But the real […]

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Robert Reich: The Real Scandal of Donald Trump

March 25, 2019 – We may never know for sure whether Donald Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin to obtain Russia’s help in the 2016 election, in return for, say, Trump’s help in weakening NATO and not interfering against Russian aggression in Ukraine. Trump and his propaganda machine at Fox News have repeatedly conjured up a […]

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Robert Reich: What does a cornered Trump do?

March 18, 2019 – What does a megalomaniacal president of the United States do when he’s cornered? We’ll soon find out. House Democrats are beginning a series of investigations and hearings into Donald Trump. Senate Republicans have begun to desert him: Twelve defected on the wall; seven refused to back Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen. Almost all […]