Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American ProspectHis email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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Trump’s Racist Silence

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(Rex Features via AP) Demonstrators rally in solidarity with Charlottesville in Denver, Colorado, on August 13, 2017. I n a quick-reaction mini-op-ed on The Washington Post ’s website, conservative columnist Hugh Hewitt opined about the Charlottesville killing, “Anyone who incited the driver, indeed anyone whose actions obliged the state troopers to be airborne in defense of the public’s safety, should lawyer up.” Well, President Trump is already lawyered up, but by Hewitt’s standard, there’s now one more reason why the president needs legal help. The very essence of Trump’s political strategy and his administration’s policy has been and remains white nationalism, which has intentionally both fed on and fostered the virulent and violent racism we saw in Charlottesville on Saturday. Not since George Wallace’s presidential runs had there been a campaign so premised on the hates and fears of white racism as Trump’s. Though he began his bid with birtherism, and made an attack on “Mexicans...

Sam Brownback’s Not One for Religious Freedom

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AP Photo/John Hanna, File Kansas Governor Sam Brownback speaks during a news conference at the Statehouse in Topeka. trickle-downers_35.jpg C ourtesy of his friends in the Trump administration, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback now has a ticket out of his state, where his blind faith in trickle-down economics (TDE) plunged Kansas into economic chaos and dragged down his own approval rating to a level so low that he’s duking it out with New Jersey’s Chris Christie as America’s least popular governor. But the position to which Trump has nominated Brownback — Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom—is one for which Brownback’s performance as governor leaves him almost uniquely unqualified. Immediately following his election as governor in the 2010 Tea Party landslide, Brownback announced he’d call on his fellow Republicans in the legislature (who held a decisive majority) to eliminate the state’s top income tax bracket, exempt a large number of businesses from any income tax...

The Party of No Negates Itself

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters at the Capitol. C an a party that defines itself almost entirely by what it’s against transform itself into a party that can govern? From the evidence of the Republicans’ futile efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the answer seems to be: no. Mitch McConnell’s talent, it turns out, has always been for obstructing the Democrats. No to considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee; no to shoring up the infrastructure; no to a higher minimum wage; no—if not a thousand times no, then close to a hundred times no—to Obamacare, which both House and Senate, under GOP control, voted repeatedly, regularly, like clockwork, to repeal—in the assurance that Obama would veto those measures. When given the power, once Donald Trump entered the White House, to actually enact legislation, however, none of McConnell’s wiles sufficed. The failure to construct even a remotely plausible market-driven...

Exclusive: Donald Jr. to Resign as Trump’s Son

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(Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) Donald Trump Jr. F acing a rising chorus of allegations of law-breaking and even treason, Donald Trump Jr. will announce today that he is resigning his position as the president’s son. In a draft of a letter to be released “imminently or soon, whichever comes first,” Trump wrote: When Americans elected Dad as their president and the Trumps as their government (with the largest majority in American history if not more), they entrusted all of us—Eric, Ivanka, Tiffany, Barron, Melania, Jared, me, maybe two or three of those Russian girls (I’ve never been entirely sure)—with putting them, Americans, first (or at least, right behind us). That’s what we’ve all tried to do—Jared in the Middle East and Arabia and Israel, Ivanka in the parts of factories and coal mines set aside for the “paid leave workers” (the parts with slower assembly lines or in the mines, not down so deep), and me with Russia—with our friends in Russia, the...

A Modest Proposal for Mitch McConnell

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined by Senator John Barrasso, left, tells reporters he is delaying a vote on the Republican health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes, at the Capitol. M itch McConnell’s epic bamboozling failed to persuade a sufficient number of his Republican colleagues, so the Senate vote on his bill to repeal Obamacare, decimate Medicaid, and cut taxes on the rich has been put on hold. The final stake, however, has not yet been driven through its cankered heart. Both the House and Senate versions of the ACA repeal are almost without precedent in American history. By taking away health coverage from more than 20 million Americans, these bills tread new ground: The withdrawal of life-saving services from tens of millions of citizens is something that no previous Congress has ever seriously considered. The closest analogy I can come up with is the Fugitive Slave Act, passed in 1850, which required...

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