From the Alabama hill country to the state’s Black Belt, Roy Moore, the Republican senate candidate accused of sexual assault of a 14-year-old, seems to be losing ground to his Democratic opponent Doug Jones. Howell Raines, the legendary Alabama newsman, reports on the final days of the election campaign. Also: It’s been a big week for Russiagate special counsel Robert Mueller. Bob Dreyfuss discusses the guilty plea by Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and the subpoena for Trump’s associates’ records at Deutsche Bank, notorious for money laundering—two developments with ominous implications for the president. Plus: Two ways to interview a Nazi: on the one hand, The New York Times recently did a profile of “the Nazi next door,” portraying him as an ordinary guy; on the other, Gary Younge confronted Richard Spencer, America’s leading white supremacist, on video. With Gary’s help, we compare and contrast … [Read more...] about How the Democrats Can Defeat Roy Moore in Alabama
Howell Raines is a legendary figure in journalism, an Alabama native who joined The New York Times in 1978 and was executive editor of the paper from 2001 to 2003. He’s also published a novel, two memoirs, and an unforgettable oral history of the civil-rights movement, My Soul is Rested. This interview has been edited and condensed. Jon Wiener: Alabama votes on Tuesday. The most recent polls show a tight race between Republican Roy Moore, accused of sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl, and Democrat Doug Jones, the civil-rights attorney who put the men in jail who bombed that church in Birmingham in 1963 and killed four black girls. The Washington Post poll of likely voters has Doug Jones at 50 percent and Roy Moore at 47. Do you think that’s about right? Howell Raines: It is right in the sense that this is a very tight race. All the polls have trouble estimating turnout. This is the most competitive and theatrical race we’ve had in Alabama since 1970, when George … [Read more...] about On Tuesday, Alabama Decides Between an Accused Child Molester and a Democrat
Among the stranger features of the 2016 election campaign was the success of Donald Trump, a creature of globalization, as an America First savior of the white working class. A candidate who amassed billions of dollars by playing globalization for all it was worth —he manufactured clothes and accessories bearing his name in low-wage economies and invested in corporations eager to outsource—won over millions of voters by promising to keep jobs here in the United States. Admittedly, only a third of his voters earned less than $50,000 a year and cultural and racial resentment, not just economic grievances, drove many of them to Trump. Still, in an ever more economically unequal America, his populist economic message resonated. It helped him win the presidency by peeling off white working-class votes in key regions, particularly the industrial Midwest. Now he’s stuck with his populist narrative, and here’s the problem for him: It’s not likely to work—not … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Is Guaranteed to Betray His Base
It actually takes some serious provocation to get the British government to call out the president of the United States. But Donald Trump brought the wrath of No. 10 Downing Street upon himself Wednesday by retweeting anti-Muslim videos posted by a leading figure in one of the most notorious far-right groups in the world. After Trump shared posts from Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the racist Britain First organization (who features an image of Trump at the top of her Twitter feed), the office of British Prime Minister Theresa May condemned the president’s embrace of a political movement that is so aggressive in its rabidly anti-Islamic advocacy that Fransen has been charged with hate speech. The statement from No. 10 was blunt: Britain First seeks to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives that peddle lies and stoke tensions. They cause anxiety to law-abiding people. British people overwhelmingly reject the prejudiced rhetoric of the far right which is the … [Read more...] about Donald Trump’s Most Vile Tweets Yet Deserve Global Condemnation
What will it take for Republicans to pass “the biggest tax scam in history” (Paul Krugman’s phrase)? George Zornick reports on the obstacles the GOP is facing in the Senate, and the pressure its members are feeling from donors. Still to come, if the bill passes the Senate: problems in the House, where the Tea Party Republicans may be more serious about the deficit and the debt. Plus: sexual harassment in Washington—we’ve learned a lot about that in the last week, and about the way Congress deals with complaints against its members. The procedures have been called “flawed.” Joan Walsh comments, starting with the different cases of John Conyers and Al Franken. Also: Republicans who have stood up to Trump—like Jeff Flake and John McCain—seem like truth-telling heroes to a lot of liberals; but not to Rick Perlstein. The author of the classic political history Nixonland talks about the trouble with anti-Trump Republicans. Joan Walsh on … [Read more...] about What Will It Take for the GOP to Pass Its Terrible Tax Bill?
Tony Schwartz wrote Trump’s best-selling memoir, The Art of the Deal. In 1987 it spent 48 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list. More than a million copies have been sold. Schwartz has written other bestsellers—and his essay, “I wrote ‘The Art of the Deal’ with Donald Trump” is featured in the new book edited by Bandy Lee, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. This interview has been edited and condensed. Jon Wiener: How much time did you spend with Donald Trump when you were working on Art of the Deal? Tony Schwartz: I spent 18 months from start to finish, and during the majority of that time, I was essentially sitting in his office on an extension phone listening to him talk to a vast range of people over the course of a day. When he wasn’t in the office, I was usually traveling with him. So I spent hundreds and hundreds of hours with Trump. JW: How different was Trump in the mid-’80s from the man we see now? TS: Until several … [Read more...] about Trump’s Ghostwriter Says the President Is Now In Survival Mode
If I asked you how many women have reported being sexually harassed or assaulted by President Trump, how many would you say? Five? 10? No fewer than 16 women have come forward to report being sexually harassed or assaulted by the president. In the latest video from Brave New Films, we put all of their stories together for the first time. Seeing their stories together is incredibly powerful, and damning. Watch “16 Women and Donald Trump” now. As a society, we are finally beginning to hold powerful men to account for abusing for their positions and influence to harass and abuse women. But this movement for accountability will ring hollow if it doesn’t apply to the most powerful, and public, sexual harasser in America—the president. In the post–Harvey Weinstein (or Roy Moore, Louis C.K., etc.) world we live in, we cannot ignore 16 women who over the course of decades in a broad range of situations encountered the same pattern of manipulation, … [Read more...] about 16 Women or Donald Trump—Whom Would You Believe?
The legendary journalist Howell Raines reports from Alabama on the continuing Republican support for Roy Moore, the Senate candidate accused of molesting a 14-year-old and sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Meanwhile, his Democratic opponent, the heroic civil-rights attorney Doug Jones, is running “the most vigorous Democratic campaign that’s been waged in Alabama in at least 30 years.” Also, Trump and the bomb: We’re hoping the generals keep him from doing anything crazy, like starting a nuclear war with North Korea—but the system is set up to give the president control over nuclear weapons, rather than the military. Adam Shatz explains. Plus: The reactionary mind of Donald Trump: Corey Robin talks about Trump’s place in the tradition of reactionary political thought—his book The Reactonary Mind: from Edmund Burke to Donald Trump is out now in a new paperback edition. Adam Shatz on Trump and the Bomb Corey Robin on The … [Read more...] about Can the Democrats Actually Beat Roy Moore in Alabama?
A federal judge is prepared to hear a legal challenge Tuesday afternoon in Washington over who should be acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the independent agency created in 2011 to protect consumers from predatory behavior by companies in the financial sector. Leandra English, the deputy director of the agency, is seeking a temporary restraining order to keep Trump’s appointee for acting director, Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, from serving in that role. English contends the law is clear: The Dodd-Frank legislation that created the CFPB says the deputy director of the agency takes over for the director when he or she departs or is otherwise unavailable, until the Senate can confirm a replacement. Before he resigned, Cordray made English, his former chief of staff, deputy director. But Trump believes that the 1998 Vacancies Reform Act gives him the power to appoint an acting director—in this case, Mulvaney. The legal … [Read more...] about The CFPB Case Is a First Look at Trump’s Legal System
ALBANY— A married Cuomo economic development aide who abruptly quit his job this week has been under investigation after a woman filed a sexual harassment complaint against him. The woman said the man, Sam Hoyt, paid her $50,000 last October to stay quiet. Hoyt, who’d headed up the Buffalo office for the Empire State Development Corp. since 2011, had a relationship with the employee, who did not work in his agency and did not report to him, a source with knowledge of the situation told the Daily News. After the relationship went sour, he still pursued her against her wish, which prompted her to file a complaint more than a year ago with the governor's office, the source said. Cuomo aides said the matter against Hoyt - who was involved in a different sex scandal in 2008 - was referred to the Governor's Office of Employee Relations. "At the same time Mr. Hoyt was instructed to have no further interaction with the complainant and to cooperate fully … [Read more...] about Cuomo aide who abruptly quit is under investigation for alleged ‘inappropriate’ relationship with colleague