Op-Ed

Taxpayers for Common Sense: Federal Responses to Emergencies Shouldn’t be a Fiscal Disaster

March 22, 2019 - Record setting winter flooding in the Great Plains is the latest emergency to bring federal disaster policies to the forefront....

Lisa Rosenberg: Jared Kushner is Poster Child for Presidential Records Act Reform

March 22, 2019 - Note: Revelation of Kushner’s actions is the latest likely violation of the PRA by a senior White House official. Reports...

Nour Halabi: The unspoken violence of Donald Trump’s border wall

  Shutterstock Nour Halabi, University of Leeds March 21, 2019 - Ever since his days on the election campaign trail the US president, Donald Trump, has assured...

Jill Richardson: Politicians are finally catching up on marijuana

March 20, 2019 - Usually I don’t look to sitcoms for wisdom, but the new season of One Day at a Time has a...

Michael A. Genovese: The Cult of Trump

March 18, 2019 - Michael A. Genovese is President of the Global Policy Institute at Loyola Marymount University. The author of 50 books, he...

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...

Richard Cohen: New Zealand attack shows white supremacy is global terrorist movement

March 15, 2019 - The atrocity in New Zealand shows us, once again, that we’re dealing with an international terrorist movement linked by a...

Nazanin Ash: Congress must act to reverse the systemic attacks on protections for vulnerable...

Washington DC, March 15, 2019 — The International Rescue Committee (IRC) reacts this evening to President Donald Trump’s veto of the “Resolution of Disapproval”...

CJR: A mosque massacre is livestreamed

March 15, 2019 - Yesterday, in New Zealand, an Australian man in his late twenties logged on Twitter and 8chan, an online message board,...

Aaron Belkin: Pentagon to Reinstate ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ for Transgender Troops

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 13, 2019 – The Palm Center released the following statement by director Aaron Belkin in reaction to today's Defense Department release of...

Chuck Collins: Bring back Eisenhower socialism

March 13, 2019 - Beware of the specter of socialism! Anytime a politician proposes a wildly popular idea that helps ordinary people, a few grumpy...

Wenonah Hauter: Trump’s Budget Serves Industry Profits at the Expense of Our Health

Washington, D.C.  March 11, 2019 – Today the Trump administration released its proposed 2020 budget, with steep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency and...

Robert Greenstein: President Trump’s Fiscal 2020 Budget Proposal a Troubling Vision for the Nation

March 11, 2019 - President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget proposal presents a deeply troubling vision for the nation. It sharply cuts funding in the part...

Mack Clayton Shelley, II: 3 reasons why people fall for politicians’ lies about statistics

They said it, but is it true? EQRoy/shutterstock.com Mack Clayton Shelley, II, Iowa State University March 11, 2019 - Why do people make such poor decisions about...

Sarah Gertler: Criticizing Israel Isn’t Anti-Semitic. Here’s What It Is.

March 8, 2019 -  Weeks ago, when the first accusations of anti-semitism were being leveled against Representative Ilhan Omar, I was deeply agitated. Not long...

Taxpayers for Common Sense: Emergency, Schmergency

March 1, 2019 - The president’s recent declaration of a national emergency to grab billions of dollars to spend on the Southwest border elicited...

Feinstein Speaks on Blue Slips, Ninth Circuit Nominees

Washington March 7, 2019 - Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today spoke out against Republican efforts to ignore the Senate blue...

Ashley Houghton: Call for Congress to exercise oversight of administration’s attempts to crack down...

WASHINGTON, DC, March 7, 2019 – According to reports, the United States government is tracking and investigating journalists and immigration advocates believed to have supported or...

Annie Laurie Gaylor: The inhumanity of forcing children to have children

March 5, 2019 - The news that an 11-year-old rape victim in Argentina had been forced to continue a pregnancy brought back a poignant...

Mary Bauer: Let’s be clear: family separation has not ended.

Feb. 28, 2019 - Mary Bauer is Deputy Legal Director, Immigrant Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center. The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony  from senior Trump...