Author: Harry Feirman

Know-Nothings for the 21st Century

These days calling someone a “know-nothing” could mean one of two things. If you’re a student of history, you might be comparing that person to a member of the Know Nothing party of the 1850s, a bigoted, xenophobic, anti-immigrant group that at its peak included more than a hundred members of Congress and eight governors. More likely,…

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Sens. Cotton and Perdue are outed for lying on Trump’s behalf

There is no honor among anti-immigrant advocates and liars, I suppose. After dutifully lying on behalf of the president regarding his abhorrent language (“shithole countries”), Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and David Perdue (R-Ga.) were outed by the White House. The Post reports: Three White House officials said Perdue and Cotton told the White House that they…

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Why Republicans will not pass a budget

McConnell said his plan not to do a fiscal 2019 budget was based on a soulless political calculation that his new 51-49 majority will make it hard, very hard or impossible for the Senate GOP to pass its own budget resolution this year, let alone to adopt one that will be acceptable to the House….

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Russia Aims to ‘Demoralize and Confuse Us’

Much has been written about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election – the theft and selective leaking of information, the attempt to tamper with state voting systems, and the weaponization of social media. Every day brings further revelations about Moscow’s still-ongoing information operations in the U.S. Yet little of this news and commentary explains why we, as…

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White Mortality Report for Missouri Shows Stark Reversal in Long-Term Trends

A new report titled “Why Are Death Rates Rising Among Whites in Missouri?” has put the spotlight on a disturbing trend in life expectancies in the state. Since the year 2000, 79 of 114 Missouri counties have seen a rise in white mortality rates for those aged 25-59. The publication – released by Missouri Foundation…

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How a Coal Baron’s Wish List Became President Trump’s To-Do

President Trump’s first year in office has been a boon for the coal industry, with the Trump administration rolling back regulations on coal-fired power plants and withdrawing the United States from the Paris climate change agreement. Environmentalists have expressed alarm at the new direction, and have complained that Mr. Trump was following a blueprint from…

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American babies are 76 percent more likely to die in their first year than babies in other rich countries

American babies are 76 percent more likely to die before they turn a year old than babies in other rich countries, and American children who survive infancy are 57 percent more likely to die before adulthood, according to a sobering new study published in the journal Health Affairs. Comparing the United States to 19 other wealthy democracies in the Organization for Economic…

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Republicans in Congress Are Failing America’s Children

Children from lower-income families could soon lose access to affordable health care because the Republican leaders in Congress have failed to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program. This is a travesty. After passing a lavish tax cut for corporations and wealthy families, Congress hastily left town last month without reauthorizing the federal-state health insurance program, which…

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Sinclair deal spooks liberals ahead of 2020 presidential race

  Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media would give the conservative-leaning company control of an additional TV station in Des Moines, Iowa — one of the most important presidential primary media markets in the country. Why it matters: Sinclair’s possible acquisition of an NBC affiliate in Des Moines (WHO-DT) underscores Democrats’ worries about the deal giving a right-leaning company significantly more control over local news….

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