Credit where credit’s due: Trump Does Something Right for Once

By Dave Lindorff

It’s entertaining to read and watch the collective horror being expressed in the US media and the Congress as President Trump unexpectedly calls for a quick end to US military involvement in Syria, where for years US forces and CIA-trained fighters have been wreaking havoc and death and sowing chaos in a doomed effort to oust Syrian dictator Basher al-Assad from power.

There’s the New York Times, still grimly trying to gin read more

New TCBH! poem: The judgement

I was driving to town.

I rounded a curve and jammed the brakes.

There was a raccoon walking away

Right in the middle of the road.

I slowed down to the speed of her gait.

I had a good chance to look at her.

I determined she was a she

With a dark outer coat.

About twenty feet and she turned

To cross to the left side of the road.

And as she turned, she stopped for a second

And looked right at me

Before scurrying into the woods.

The way she looked haunted me

All the way into town.

It was a look of judgment.

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Call for a saner, more humane US/Mexico border: An Encounter at the Wall in Nogales

By John Grant

As gullible North Americans were warned of disease-ridden Mexican and Central American rapists, killers and ISIS terrorists invading America from the infernal regions of the western hemisphere, on November 17 and 18, Veterans For Peace and other activist organizations sponsored a two-day border-straddling demonstration in Ambos Nogales, the term that covers both Nogales, Arizona (population 20,000) and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico (population 220,000).

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Pelosi’s deceptive plan to ‘protect’ people from tax increases: Blocking a Medicare Payroll Tax Rise Could Rule Out Medicare-for-All and Bolstering Social Security

By Dave Lindorff

In the surreal alternative reality world of the US Congress, there are many bills passed each year that on the surface may sound like good ideas — they even give them high-sounding names like the US PATRIOT ACT or Better Care and Reconciliation Act, that in fact are the opposite of what they claim to be (the former actually being an unpatriotic undermining of the Bill of Rights and the latter actually being an unsuccessful attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act (itself a deceptively read more

Provisional ballots: It’s All About Dealing with Voter Suppression

By Dave Lindorff

The Republicans, worried that the party may lose two Senate seats, a Governor’s mansion, and probably a bunch more close races for the House over the counting of disputed mail-in ballots and provisional ballots, are drumming up conspiracy theories now. I just drove through Trump Country last night and listened to Fox Radio as the host Laura Ingraham and her call-ins denounced the recount battles as Democratic corruption.

The biggest read more

Thinking long-term about the election: Not a Blue Wave, but Perhaps a Foreshock of the Big Blue One that’s Coming

By Dave Lindorff

The 2018 election looks at first glance like a wash: Republicans gained seats in the Senate and Democrats regained control of the House with enough of a margin to ensure that they can put some limits on presidential power.

But longer term impacts of 2018 are, I believe, more significant. In this election, with President Trump as party leader pushing a rabidly racist claim that immigrants fleeing from the largely US-caused poverty, chaos read more

Election Special!: Many Rural Citizens Vote Against Their Own Medicaid in State and Federal Elections

By Dave Lindorff

This story was written for Tarbell.org. It was co-published with the Hancock Herald in Hancock, N.Y. and 100 Days in Appalachia.

Fishs Eddy, NY — Most of Betty Rosengrant’s extended family needs Medicaid. They’re also mostly Republicans. Rosengrant, a resident of this little village in the upstate New York town of Hancock, says she knows Republicans have proposed cuts to the federal/state health care system, but that “people just vote the way their parents voted, read more

Business as usual: US INF pullout will delight arms industry as it threatens to reignite Cold War

By Dave Lindorff

Trump has been tearing up treaties since taking office, from halting negotiations on the TPP to NAFTA, but his latest threat to pull out of the nuclear deal, negotiated by President Reagan in the 80s, may be his biggest mistake.

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Meanwhile, while US President Donald Trump and his National Security Advisor, the neoconservative firebrand John Bolton, justify their threat by accusing Russia of read more