(CNN) Bless your soul, Mick Mulvaney, for spelling out so clearly and succinctly the evil that drives Washington. As the former congressman and now interim director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau explained to bankers on Tuesday, “We had a hierarchy in my office in Congress. If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk [...]

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In recent years, New Yorkers, like people all over the world, have faced the realities of human-made climate change: extreme storms, rising sea levels, summer heat waves, massive winter nor’easters, and a $20 billion plan to reduce future flooding. Last year, the United States as a whole experienced the highest losses from climate disasters, an [...]

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The EU has taken the lead in responding to abuse by the likes of Facebook, thanks to its new privacy standards and proposed greater taxation of peddlers of online personal data. Yet more is needed and feasible. Read the full article on Project Syndicate.    

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(CNN) The federal government’s top ethics official has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to take “appropriate actions to address any violations” rising from the behavior of the agency’s administrator, Scott Pruitt.  Read the full article on CNN.

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Published in The Boston Globe. President Trump recently suggested that the United States should come out of Syria “very soon.” Leading voices of the foreign policy establishment — in the Pentagon, State Department, Congress, and the media — pushed back, calling for the United States to stay in Syria. Trump quickly acquiesced. Trump was right (yes, a [...]

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Published on CNN. (CNN) Most observers today, including myself, bemoan the reason that Gary Cohn is leaving the Trump White House. The President’s top economic adviser lost the trade policy battle with Trump and the protectionists around him, as the President insists he will impose tariffs on steel and aluminum — and stock markets are falling as [...]

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Published on CNN. President Donald Trump fired the first shot in a delusional and destructive trade war: tariffs of 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum. Shares of US Steel jumped 5.75%, about $460 million in market capitalization, but the overall US stock market capitalization fell by more than 1%, around $340 billion. A few steel [...]

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Donald Trump is not the first leader with a severe personality disorder – characterized by intolerable feelings of inadequacy and an overwhelming need for approval – to gain power. But such leaders have usually gained control in smaller countries that lack the world’s most powerful military. Read the full article on Project Syndicate.

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America’s official narrative has sought to conceal the scale and calamitous consequences of US efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. That is understandable, because US efforts are in blatant violation of international law, which bars UN member states from supporting military action to overthrow other members’ governments. Read the full article on Project Syndicate.

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January 12th, 2018

A bold bid for climate justice

Published on CNN. (CNN) Americans are paying a fearsome price for global warming. The federal government’s National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration reported earlier this week that the three powerful Atlantic hurricanes of 2017 — Harvey, Irma and Maria — cost Americans $265 billion, and massive Western forest fires another $18 billion. Scientists have shown that human-induced climate change [...]

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