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Robert Reich: The Constitutional Crisis is Now

June 10, 2018 – I keep hearing that if Trump fires Mueller we’ll face a constitutional crisis. Or if Mueller subpoenas Trump to testify and Trump defies the subpoena, it’s a constitutional crisis. Or if Mueller comes up with substantial evidence that Trump is guilty of colluding with Russia or of obstructing justice but the […]

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Robert Reich: The Unconstitutional Census Power Grab (VIDEO)

June 7, 2018 – The Trump administration’s decision to alter the 2020 Census to ask people if they are American citizens is an unconstitutional power grab that would hurt many disadvantaged Americans. It must be stopped. The U.S. Constitution calls for “actual enumeration” of the total population for an explicit purpose:  To count the residents – not […]

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Robert Reich: Trump’s curious coalition of the white working class and the nation’s ownership class

May 21, 2018 – Trump’s strategy for keeping power is to build up his coalition of America’s white working class and the nation’s ownership class. It’s a curious coalition, to say the least. But if Democrats don’t respond to it, it could protect Trump from impeachment and even re-elect him. It just might create a permanent Republican […]

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Robert Reich: The Monopolization of America (VIDEO)

May 7, 2018 – Not long ago I visited some farmers in Missouri whose profits are disappearing. Why? Monsanto alone owns the key genetic traits to more than 90 percent of the soybeans planted by farmers in the United States, and 80 percent of the corn. Which means Monsanto can charge farmers much higher prices. […]

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Robert Reich: How to Stop Trump

April 30, 2018 – Why did working class voters choose a selfish, thin-skinned, petulant, lying, narcissistic, boastful, megalomaniac for president? With the 2018 midterms around the corner, and prospective Democratic candidates already eyeing the 2020 race, the answer is important because it will influence how Democrats campaign. One explanation focuses on economic hardship. The working […]

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Robert Reich: The Shameful Silence of the CEOs

April 23, 2018 – Congressional Republicans would be more willing to stand up to Trump if their major financial backers – big business and Wall Street – had more backbone. Ever since 1971, when the then future Supreme Court justice Lewis Powell urged corporations to mobilize politically, corporate money has flooded Washington – most of […]

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Robert Reich: While China Picks Winners, Trump Picks Losers

April 16, 2018 – “It’s nonsense that there’s a beautiful free market in the power industry,” Energy Secretary Rick Perry said last week as he pushed for a government bailout of coal-fired power plants. Republicans who for years have voted against subsidies for solar and wind power – arguing that the “free market” should decide […]

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Robert Reich: The Truth About an Untethered Trump

April 9, 2018 – The petulant adolescent in the White House – who has replaced most of the adults around him with raging sycophants and has demoted his chief of staff, John Kelly, to lapdog – lacks adequate supervision. Before, he was merely petty and vindictive. He’d tweet nasty things about people he wanted to […]

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Robert Reich: The Con Mannity Show (video)

April 4, 2018 – Rox News host Con Mannity is an old-school conservative who believes in reducing the deficit, states’ rights, free trade, and standing up to the Russians. But lately everything seems upside down. Con Mannity here. Shrink deficits! States’ rights! Stand up to Russia! Free Markets!  I’m a conservative from the old school, […]

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Robert Reich: Voting with our consumer dollars for decency

April 2, 2018 – Last Wednesday morning, Laura Ingraham, Fox News’s queen of snark, tweeted that David Hogg – a 17-year-old who survived the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, and has been among the eloquent advocates for gun control – “whines about” being rejected by four universities he applied to. She linked to an article […]

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Robert Reich: Trump’s Brand is Ayn Rand (VIDEO)

March 6, 2018 – Donald Trump once said he identified with Ayn Rand’s character Howard Roark in “The Fountainhead,” an architect so upset that a housing project he designed didn’t meet specifications he had it dynamited. Others in Trump’s circle were influenced by Rand. “Atlas Shrugged” was said to be the favorite book of Rex […]

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Robert Reich: The Meaning of America

Feb. 18, 2018 – When Trump and his followers refer to “America,” what do they mean? Some see a country of white English-speaking Christians. Others want a land inhabited by self-seeking individuals free to accumulate as much money and power as possible, who pay taxes only to protect their assets from criminals and foreign aggressors. […]

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Robert Reich: Trump’s Big Buyback Bamboozle

Feb. 9, 2018 – Trump’s promise that corporations will use his giant new tax cut to make new investments and raise workers’ wages is proving to be about as truthful as his promise to release his tax returns. The results are coming in, and guess what? Almost all the extra money is going into stock […]

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Robert Reich: Straight Talk About Trump

Jan. 16, 2018 – Now that Trump has been president for almost a year, it’s time the media called his behavior for what it is rather than try to normalize it. Here are the six most misleading media euphemisms for conduct unbecoming a president: 1. Calling Trump’s tweets “presidential “statements” or “press releases.” “The President […]

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Robert Reich: Corporation and Nation

Dec. 7, 2017 – Trump and congressional Republicans are engineering the largest corporate tax cut in history in order “to restore our competitive edge,” as Trump says. Our competitive edge? Who’s us? Most American corporations – especially big ones that would get most of the planned corporate tax cuts – have no particular allegiance to […]

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Robert Reich: The True Path to Prosperity

Dec. 5, 2017 – It’s often thought that Democrats care about fairness and not economic growth, while Republicans care about growth even at the cost of some fairness. Rubbish. Growth and fairness aren’t opposites. In reality, Democrats are the party of economic growth and fairness. Republicans are the party of neither. The only way to […]