Donald Trump suffered what would have been a major PR setback to other administrations in June when six of the members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned in protest. The resignations came after the members determined that Trump didn’t care sufficiently about the prevention and cure of HIV/AIDS. But it was proposed cuts … More HIV/AIDS … MIA

Drinks and DACA

Last week I went to a bar in West Fargo, ND for conversation. A radio station – FM 107 – was broadcasting from the bar so beers were $1.07 each. Wings were half off so I got a big plate of wings and a beer for $7.07. I decided as I drove to the bar … More Drinks and DACA

Russia Probe Intensifies

While much of the country (and the White House) was transfixed with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, there is compelling evidence that Robert Mueller’s Russia probe is gaining steam. Here are the key developments: The Mueller investigators are teaming up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to put pressure on former Trump campaign chairman … More Russia Probe Intensifies

Trump and Clean Energy Jobs

Data from the U.S. Department of Energy indicates that 3.3 million Americans were employed in the clean energy industry in 2016. By contrast, during the same time period the fossil fuel industry employed 2.9 million Americans. The economic importance of clean energy jobs – fueled by a marketplace that increasingly demands the U.S. play a … More Trump and Clean Energy Jobs

Words Still Matter

This blog tries to focus on what President Trump does rather than what he says. But in the wake of the Charlottesville demonstrations that left a protester dead at the hands of an alleged white supremacist, Donald Trump’s words have been his actions – and the polls are showing that most Americans feel his words … More Words Still Matter

Budget, Border, Wall

Donald Trump is using a trip to Arizona today to shore up support for his flagging effort to build a wall along the U.S.- Mexico border. Trump is scheduled to visit the border near Yuma, AZ for a photo opportunity and review of border patrol facilities and operations. Trump will address supporters at a rally … More Budget, Border, Wall

Racism and Tax Inequality?

Recently fired adviser to the President Steve Bannon likes it when progressives talk about racism because it distracts them from Trump’s core message of economic, nationalistic populism. “I want them to talk about racism every day,” Bannon told The American Prospect earlier this week. “If the left is focused on race and identity, and we go … More Racism and Tax Inequality?

Trump’s Betrayal

I would be be very angry if I were a Trump supporter who voted for a disruptive candidate because he promised to drain the swamp, break the gridlock, and finally fix some of the country’s most challenging problems. I would feel betrayed and angry for two reasons: First, his legislative agenda has been ineffective and … More Trump’s Betrayal