Giving thanks for Bannon’s exit

Posted on November 22, 2017

As you count your blessings at the Thanksgiving table, be thankful that Steve Bannon no longer works at the White House. He’s the guy who said: “I’m a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the...


What happens in Vegas

Posted on November 8, 2017

Authorities and interest groups have put on a master class demonstrating how to bamboozle the media and whitewash unpleasant facts in the aftermath of the Las Vegas mass shooting. As all of you know,...


Framing the 2018 election season

Posted on October 25, 2017

As James Carville explained 25 years ago, elections are decided by the way they are framed. In choosing a candidate, a persuadable voter is answering a question and a skilled campaign influences what question...


Reimpose a federal ban on assault weapons

Posted on October 11, 2017

The mass murderer in Las Vegas (58 killed, nearly 500 hurt) reportedly had 23 guns in that hotel room. At least 12 were assault weapons equipped with “bump-fire” stocks which allowed those weapons to...


Lies the Media Told You

Posted on September 28, 2017

We’ve just survived the umpteenth attempt by conservatives to take health coverage away from tens of millions of Americans while both increasing costs and decreasing the quality of coverage for the rest of us....


Never Say Tax Reform

Posted on September 13, 2017

We are about to embark on a nationwide debate over taxes. Newspapers want to call this a debate over “tax reform.” It is not. Progressives should never say “tax reform” and never accept this...


Hurricane Harvey illustrates the need for government

Posted on August 30, 2017

Anti-government extremists now control both our federal government and most states. In general, they believe in a Ronald Reagan quote—taken completely out of context—that “government is the problem.” And yet, Hurricane Harvey illustrates that...


Truth-telling the Confederacy

Posted on August 16, 2017

As white supremacists and neo-Nazis crawl out of the woodwork and try to infest our communities with hate, it is important to contest their revisionist history. You know that Trumpism is based on white...


How to strengthen the “Better Deal” message

Posted on August 1, 2017

Last week, the Senate and House Minority Leaders published op-eds in the New York Times and the Washington Post announcing their new messaging under the banner of “A Better Deal: Better Jobs, Better Wages,...


How to handle another ten tough questions

Posted on July 20, 2017

This is from our newly-published 3rd Edition of Voicing Our Values, which you can read here. The following questions are phrased from a relatively hostile point of view. Whether the questioner is actually hostile or...