ICE detainees on hunger strike are being force-fed, just like Guantánamo detainees before them

Alleged ‘enemy combatants’ held at Guantánamo Bay who went on hunger strikes to protest their indefinite detention were force-fed by the US military. Today, ICE is force-feeding immigrant detainees.

The federal National Emergencies Act is not a blank check

The National Emergencies Act doesn’t give the president unlimited power to declare a national emergency even when no emergency exists.

Billionaire presidential candidates think they know what’s best for us

Billionaires are pretty damn sure they know what’s best for you. No more taxes on the rich and none of that Medicare-for-all is what’s best for you, according to two billionaires toying with seeking the presidency.

Extreme wealth threatens our planet

Millions of years ago, life on Earth survived an existential climate crisis. But that Earth had a distinct advantage: no rich people.

Shutdown’s economic impact is a forceful reminder of why government matters

The shutdown is highlighting the crucial role government plays in the lives of citizens and businesses, offering a reminder of its fundamental value to the economy.

America’s public schools seldom bring rich and poor together. MLK would disapprove.

Public schools were originally envisioned as ‘common schools’ where rich and poor kids could be educated together. MLK wanted the same thing. It’s not happening.

Government shutdown expands America’s ‘underwater nation’

Unemployment is low, but federal employees are lining up at food banks. They aren’t alone.

Government by extortion

The White House’s “rule or ruin” strategy — wall or shutdown! — is anti-democratic. When you insist on rule or ruin, the result is likely to be ruin for the rest of us.

Will Pelosi open the floor to bipartisan ideas?

Pelosi has agreed to a more open process, but amendments backed by both parties have become a rarity in polarized Washington.

No, Trump is not like Obama on Middle East policy

Obama’s plan to withdraw from Afghanistan had several facets and was part of a wider strategy in the Middle East.