Trump’s Report Card: No ‘A’s, Not Even For Effort

Trump’s Report Card: No ‘A’s, Not Even For Effort

Confession: Many moons ago, I actually thought there was a little bit to like about Donald Trump. During the primaries, he proved that GOP voters could care less about the party’s usual pro-business bromides. He smeared free-trade agreements as bad for workers,...
Trump’s Bad Deal on Trade

Trump’s Bad Deal on Trade

Candidate Donald Trump promised to renegotiate free trade agreements that hurt American workers. In his first week in office, he made good on that promise by withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade pact negotiated by the Obama administration. Yet...
The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

The Great Donald Trump Confidence Trick: Symbolism Over Substance

Donald Trump promised to do a lot of things on day one of his presidency. Instead, he spent his first full day in office at the CIA, trying to impress a roomful of intelligence officers by bragging about how many Time magazine covers he’s been on. “Is Donald Trump an...

How Obama Took Foreign Policy Forward — And Back

For Obama supporters, the last eight years have been a victory of wise leadership over the forces of darkness in Congress and the world at large. For critics of the outgoing president, Obama could do no right as he plunged the United States into the worst crisis in...
Victory for El Salvador Serves as Encouragement for TPP Fight

Victory for El Salvador Serves as Encouragement for TPP Fight

The executives of a global mining corporation assumed it would be easy to get their way in Cabañas, a rural region of northern El Salvador. They were wrong. What they wanted was to extract the rich veins of gold buried near the Lempa River, the water source for more...
El Salvador Ruling Offers a Reminder of Why the TPP Must Be Defeated

El Salvador Ruling Offers a Reminder of Why the TPP Must Be Defeated

 If you needed one more reason to take sides in the last great fight of the Obama years, that of the corporate giveaway package known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), here it is. Last week, the tribunal at the center of the proposed TPP ruled against a global...
Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Free Trade’s Regulatory Chilling Effects

Since 2009, the year the United States government officially decided to participate in the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama, have gone out of their way to tout the trade pact as “the most progressive trade deal...
Clinton’s Surprising Debate Stumble on Trade

Clinton’s Surprising Debate Stumble on Trade

In her first debate with Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton delivered one of her more memorable one-liners when she quipped, “I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. You know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be president.” Debate rules be...
Keep Elites Accountable, But Don’t Dumb the Issues Down

Keep Elites Accountable, But Don’t Dumb the Issues Down

You know you’re a wonk when your nighttime reading is as thick as the latest Stephen King novel, but no one in your family is clamoring to borrow your doorstop. Consider, for instance, the Iran nuclear agreement. It’s a mere 159 pages, but it’s full of technical...
Democratic Party Platform: Lots of Hot Air on Climate Change

Democratic Party Platform: Lots of Hot Air on Climate Change

“It’s not being taken seriously enough,” Janet Redman said about the DNC’s policy agenda on climate change. “The fact that they’ve said no to different financial tools for cutting carbon, the fact that they’ve said no to...