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The Big Tech Investigations That Should Have Started in 2012

Yichuan Cao/Sipa via AP Images Google's logo is seen at its headquarters in Mountain View, California.  The antitrust authorities, roused after a decades-long slumber, sorted out jurisdictional issues on the dominant technology platforms last week, with the Justice Department taking Google and Apple, and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) taking Facebook and...

The Same Old Scare Tactic about Socialism

AP Photo, File President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Act into law.  I keep hearing a lot about “socialism” these days, mainly from Donald Trump and Fox News, trying to scare Americans about initiatives like Medicare for All, a Green New Deal, universal child care, free public higher education, and higher...

The Inslee Difference

Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/Sipa via AP Images Inslee’s unyielding stance on the climate crisis has every wing of the Democratic Party scrambling to keep up.   History yields a few examples of presidential candidacies designed not to win office but to raise attention to a pressing issue: “free soil” anti-slavery candidates...

Check a Box for Free Health Care

Brian Witte/AP Photo Stan Dorn, director of the National Center for Coverage Innovation, speaks at a news conference in Annapolis with Delegate Joseline Pena-Melnyk and State Senator Brian Feldman.  The Trump administration has spent the last two and a half years doggedly attacking the Affordable Care Act (ACA). From limiting...

What Does Oligarchy Mean?

Mary Altaffer/AP Photo Heavily armed police officers stand guard outside Trump Tower in New York.  “Oligarchy” means government of and by a few at the top, who exercise power for their own benefit. It comes from the Greek word oligarkhes, meaning “few to rule or command.” Even a system that calls itself...

Why We Must Legalize Marijuana

AP Photo/Richard Vogel A marijuana leaf on a plant at a cannabis grow at Loving Kindness Farms in Gardena, California.  The federal prohibition on marijuana has been a disaster. For decades, millions of Americans have been locked up and billions of dollars have been wasted. It’s also deepened racial and...

The de Blasio Paradox

AP Photo/Seth Wenig New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio speaks at his State of the City address in New York.  New York Mayor Bill de Blasio launched his bid for president last week, amidst protests and jeers. On Good Morning America, where he was having what should have been his first softball...

Controversial Change to Consumer Rights Postponed

Imaginechina via AP Images Even in an environment where the public feels occasionally helpless to shape events, raising collective voices on behalf of the public interest can still make an impact. On Monday, I wrote about an obscure group called the American Law Institute, which was about to approve a sweeping reinterpretation...