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Category: Politics

Proposed USMCA Is Just Trumped Up Version of Old NAFTA Treaty

by Steven Pressman | Dec 7, 2018 | Foreign Policy, Politics

NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement, was the brainchild of Ronald Reagan when he first ran for president. Following years of negotiation, an agreement between Canada, Mexico, and the United States was signed (by President Clinton for the United States) in December 1993 and finally took effect on January 1, 1994. The trade deal […]

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The Ghost Script

Judge Kavanaugh, I Feel For You

by Jules Feiffer | Nov 19, 2018 | Media, Politics

Strip by Jules Feiffer. The Ghost Script, Jules’s new graphic novel, is just out. This piece originally ran in Tablet magazine, at tabletmag.com, and was reprinted with permission in the November issue of The Spectator.

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Donald Trump

Four Policy Experts on Goals For a New Majority

by Steven Aftergood, Lisa Graves, John Cavanagh, and Jack Blum | Nov 19, 2018 | Politics

Steven Aftergood directs the project on government secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. First, and in order to accomplish almost anything else, Congress needs to strengthen its own institutional capacity as an independent branch of government. This means increasing investigative and oversight staff; providing committee access to subject matter expertise; promoting fact-based policymaking; and […]

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The Middle Class

Flat Wages, the Middle Class in Retreat—Is It Time for Basic Income?

by Steven Pressman | Nov 12, 2018 | Economy, Politics

President Trump and Republicans in general have been touting the low U.S. unemployment rate, which now sits at 3.7 percent. This is close to what economists regard as full employment, or the best the U.S. economy can reasonably be expected to do. What this number doesn’t tell us, however, is what kind of jobs people […]

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An Election for the Soul of America

by Andrew Cohen | Nov 5, 2018 | Elections, Politics

The election Tuesday isn’t so much a battle between what America is and what it aspires to be, as it is about what will happen when the two “real” versions of America clash at the ballot box. There is the “real” America that woke up this morning believing the country is about to be invaded […]

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