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Safety lies only in surrender … or resistance

This week, gadfly New York Times columnist Bari Weiss resigned her position at the so-called newspaper of record. She did so after years of fielding slings and arrows from her own colleagues and editors, who treated her as an ultra-conservative enemy — this despite the fact that her ...

Cut the Pentagon 10 percent, invest in public health

It feels like the world is falling apart. But with a pandemic raging and an eviction crisis looming, the Senate is preparing to spend three quarters of a trillion dollars… not on public health or housing, but on the Pentagon. The United States may be going down, but we’re going down ...

Supreme Court, Congress rival Trump as power centers

As opinion polls foresee an electoral defeat for President Donald Trump in November, leaders of the two other federal branches are increasingly emerging as challengers to his primacy here in the capital city. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a political thorn in his side from the start of ...

Iowa women still need Equal Rights Amendment

The Equal Rights Amendment is not yet the law of the land and discrimination on the basis of sex is not prohibited by our Constitution. The ERA was first proposed to Congress in 1923 and reintroduced every year. It took almost a half century to achieve the required two-thirds vote from the ...

Saving what we can

Before I sat down to write this column, I looked out our front window and found our hydrangeas in a state of despair. It’s 91 degrees — a July cold snap in Phoenix, perhaps, where it’s currently 107 degrees, but here in Cleveland, it’s the temperature of wilted morale. This was ...

The far right’s absurd war on masks

The chief cultural signifier of our times is this: Wearing a mask. Or not. These low-tech, low-cost, high-impact coverings are simple and effective at helping reduce the COVID-19 infection rate. Our top political leaders’ failure to produce, distribute, and require them en masse when the ...