Category: Health Reform


A Process That Makes Democracy Look Bad

The run-down PIX Theatre sign reads "Vote Trump" on Main Street in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. July 15, 2016. (Photo by Tony Webster Flickr)

The circus-like U.S. political process, with a media that treasures trivia over substance, is giving democracy a bad name in the world and making alternative structures look good by comparison, says ex-CIA official Graham E. Fuller.

Billionaires’ Spectacular Stumbles

A SpaceX rocket exploded on Sept. 1, 2016, at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Many Americans disparage “government” for its stodginess and hail private entrepreneurs for their daring, but the reality often is different, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains in the wake of a rocket explosion.

Democrats Adopt a More Progressive Tone

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaking to one of his large crowds of supporters. (Photo credit: Sanders campaign)

At the Democratic National Convention, some tough-guy/gal militaristic talk has prompted floor shouts of “no more war,” while most domestic policy rhetoric has been markedly progressive, say Bill Moyers and Michael Winship.

Poverty Protests at RNC/DNC Conventions

Cheri Honkala, National Coordinator of the Poor Peoples’ Economic Human Rights Campaign and the founder of the Kensington Welfare Rights Union (Photo from Wikipedia)

For decades, Democrats like Republicans have shied away from talking much about poverty, but America’s severe income inequality has made the plight of the poor a national crisis, notes Dennis J Bernstein. 

Lobbying Money Twirls the Political World

Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey performing "Money Makes the World Go Around" in the movie, "Cabaret."

As the Cabaret song observes, “money makes the world go ‘round,” and that’s especially true of American politics with the Democratic platform objecting to lobbying only sotto voce so as not to offend, says Michael Winship.

Hillary Rebuffs Bernie’s Policy Demands

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. (NBC photo)

Eager to hold the political “center,” Hillary Clinton has budged little on Bernie Sanders’s policy proposals beyond nice-sounding platitudes, a strategy that could lead to clashes at the Democratic convention, says Lawrence Davidson.

The Ongoing Struggle for Abortion Rights

U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court’s 5-3 decision overturning Texas’ onerous rules for abortion clinics blocked one line of attack used by anti-abortion activists to restrict women’s access to the procedure, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Mexico’s Neoliberal ‘Reforms’ Spark Clashes

Mexican President Pena Nieto.

Neoliberal “reforms” of Mexico’s schools and health care have sparked public protests, including a clash with police in Oaxaca that left some nine protesters dead amid a growing challenge to President Peña Nieto, says Dennis J Bernstein.

Democrats at a Clinton-Sanders Crossroad

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders. (NBC photo)

With California and other late primaries in view, Democrats face a fateful choice, whether to plunge ahead with status-quo Hillary Clinton or turn away at the last minute and go with hope-inspiring Bernie Sanders, as Lisa Pease urges in this open letter.