Sabotaging Clean Energy

clean energy

Every day, we learn something new and horrible about the GOP tax bill. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, the bill is likely to derail the nation’s encouraging move to clean energy. Both the measure passed by the House and the more recent Senate version deal what the organization calls “devastating blows” to America’s booming clean energy industry—while (I know […]

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Credit For Consistency: The GOP’s Epistemic Breach

Apparently, GOP lawmakers don’t have grandchildren. It’s hard to say it more succinctly and accurately than a recent article in the Guardian: The parallels between the Republican Party positions on taxes and climate change are striking. Both are morally appalling and reject the available evidence and expert opinion. According to the article, 96% of economic experts who were asked about the GOP […]

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How Bad Is It?

Two of the most clear-eyed and knowledgable observers of the American legislature have once again weighed in on the disaster that is the current Congress. In the New York Times Sunday Review, Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein explained how the Republicans “broke Congress.” In the past three days, Republican leaders in the Senate scrambled to corral votes for a tax bill that the […]

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Jerusalem

Jerusalem embassy protests

From climate deniers who base their rejection of science on biblical passages, to the “pastors” who excuse Roy Moore by pointing out that Joseph was older than Mary (I am not making that up), to bakery owners who defend bigotry as “sincere religious belief,” America is awash with zealots who debase both authentic religion and core American values. Which brings me to […]

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Media & Journalism: Why Trust Matters

In 2009, I wrote a book titled Distrust, American Style. In it, I looked at the issue of trust through the lens of social capital scholarship. Trust and reciprocity are essential to social capital–and especially to the creation of “bridging” social capital, the relationships that allow us to connect with and value people different from ourselves. I didn’t address an issue that I […]

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Freedom From? Or Freedom TO? SCOTUS & Masterpiece Cakeshop

Masterpiece Cakeshop

The lyrics from an old song keep running through my head. “If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake, baked a cake…” Unless you’re gay, of course. Today, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case that will determine which version of that song we’ll sing. Masterpiece Cakeshop insists that its cakes are “art,” and […]

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GOP Tax Plan: If You Thought Citizens United Was A Travesty…

Wait until you get a look at the full impact of the “tax reform” embraced by a Senate filled with servants of Big Money and the rabid, white nationalist GOP base. Among the many unconscionable deals cut in order to round up the necessary 50 votes was a gift to the Christian far right that I’d suggest filing under “be […]

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Hate Crimes Escalating in the Trump Era: Disheartening But True

Islam, Islamophobia and hate crimes against Muslims

We’re getting used to seeing headlines like this recent one in the Washington Post: “Hate in America is On the Rise.” According to the lede, A NEW FBI report on hate crimes tells a sobering story. For the second year in a row, police departments across the country reported a rise in the number of crimes motivated by bias. A statistical breakdown suggests that nearly […]

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