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The Washington Spectator has been a leading source of independent, progressive news and commentary since 1974.

Mission: The Washington Spectator is a monthly, independent political periodical with a circulation of 35,000. In the tradition of I.F. Stone’s Weekly, it gives independent-minded readers behind-the-scenes insight into significant news ignored by the corporate media. Founded by Tristram Coffin in 1974, it is currently edited by Hamilton Fish.

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Americans were speechless as Trump pandered to Putin, called Russian interference in our elections a hoax, and maneuvere...
02/20/2021
American Kompromat

Americans were speechless as Trump pandered to Putin, called Russian interference in our elections a hoax, and maneuvered to
obstruct and discredit federal and state independent investigations into his own extensive dealings with Russian actors. In this excerpt in The Washington Spectator from his new book #AmericanKompromat, the veteran journalist Craig Unger chronicles how Trump was compromised by the KGB.

  The ascent of Donald Trump to the presidency of the United States in 2016 did not take place in a vacuum, nor did his grab for unprecedented executive power that far transcend democratic norms. Starting back in the Soviet era, the KGB and its successors methodically studied various components of ...

Soaring hunger and homelessness, small business closures, and rising unemployment demand a forceful response.  Fortunate...
02/02/2021
Keynes to Democrats: Major Government Infusions Needed to Rescue this Economy

Soaring hunger and homelessness, small business closures, and rising unemployment demand a forceful response. Fortunately, there is a blueprint for government investment with an unambiguous history of success.

Developed by John Maynard Keynes during the Great Depression, Keynesian economics provides a blueprint for combating economic stagnation and helping people survive difficult economic times. It advocates government spending programs and tax cuts for the poor and middle class, aiding those in greatest...

01/01/2021

Slowly, agonizingly, like the gradual process of clearing the scene of a terrible accident, our consciousness and our politics are shifting away from the deformities of the Trump years, toward a new era marked by the restoration of the public trust and the return of functioning self-government.

We’ll never know how close we came to the destruction of the constitutional system. If we thought such a thing was unimaginable, perhaps Trump has done 21st-century America a perverse favor by showing how easy it is to bring this country to the precipice.

We are left to imagine what fuse Trump could have lit in a second term to dismantle an increasingly anxious, vulnerable democracy and convert it to an authoritarian regime built on equal parts cult devotion, alternative reality and corruption. We’ve been given a reprise, the chance to absorb the lesson of his hideous presidency, that democratic values and practice, however imperfect, are fragile and require constant vigilance.

Industry and their allies in government have long suppressed the known health hazards of cell phones.   Now with the adv...
12/28/2020
Wireless Hazards

Industry and their allies in government have long suppressed the known health hazards of cell phones. Now with the advent of #5G, the stakes are escalating, and scientists and researchers are sounding the alarm - this technology is harmful to human life. https://washingtonspectator.org/wireless-hazards/

If you think your cellphone is safe, have you considered why you believe that? Is it a fact or is it based on carefully crafted messages that you’ve read or heard? For the past few decades, the telecom wireless industry and its enthusiasts have heralded cellphones as the greatest achievement of th...

11/06/2020

The startling news this morning that Joe Biden is now fractionally ahead in the Georgia count calls for a tribute to the awe-inspiring determination of peach state voters. Georgia may or may not figure in the final tally of electoral votes that later today or tomorrow awards the presidency to Biden and shows the fulminating Trump the exit, but it's worth pausing to appreciate what Georgians have accomplished.

Voters accustomed to the normal exercise of democracy's most fundamental right - by walking to their nearby polling place and casting their ballot unchallenged on election day - would be stunned to learn of the obstacles to voting erected by Republican lawmakers around the country, and in Georgia in particular, always in the name of preventing non-existent fraud, and most often in the path of classes of voters whom they assume are less likely to support their candidates.

Comprehensive non-partisan investigations, examining over 600 million ballots cast, have found .00005% possible instances of election fraud. Still, 21st century Republicans continue to argue that evermore restrictive measures are needed to protect the integrity of our elections, a strategy that former Georgia gubernatorial candidate and voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams has described as "solving the issue of a hangnail with chemotherapy."

While my personal favorite remains the Texas photo ID law that lists both a passport and a gun license as acceptable forms of voter identification, there are few places where voter suppression is more finely tuned than in Georgia.

These efforts include reducing the number of polling places in high-turn out and disproportionately Black precincts, where voting machines habitually break down and poll workers are insufficiently trained; purging millions of names from voter lists (17 million between 2016-2018), not just names of people who have allegedly died or moved, but also those who may not have voted in a prior election; running name and "signature match" programs to winnow the voter files: instituting new requirements for voter identification; and charging for ID cards, then limiting their availability. And gerrymandering, where district lines are redrawn to create one or a handful of majority Black districts - while protecting white majority status in all the rest.

So as the counting continues, and the likely shape of a Biden victory tantalizingly includes Georgia, we should savor the achievements of voters who had to fight to be heard.

This Special Report by an award-winning investigative journalist details how the president and the Attorney General prom...
11/02/2020
Under Pressure From Trump, Barr Misrepresented the DOJ Investigation of Ukraine, Misled Congress, and Enabled Trump to Evade Conviction

This Special Report by an award-winning investigative journalist details how the president and the Attorney General promoted a false narrative to enable Trump to avoid impeachment.

In late September 2019, President Donald Trump called Attorney General William Barr, seeking a favor. Trump was at the time facing impeachment in the House of Representatives for pressuring the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to announce investigations that could be politically advantageo...

Special Report - New reporting on how Attorney General Barr misled Congress, obstructed the impeachment process and enab...
10/29/2020
Under Pressure From Trump, Barr Misrepresented the DOJ Investigation of Ukraine, Misled Congress, and Enabled Trump to Evade Conviction

Special Report - New reporting on how Attorney General Barr misled Congress, obstructed the impeachment process and enabled Trump to evade conviction in the Senate.

In late September 2019, President Donald Trump called Attorney General William Barr, seeking a favor. Trump was at the time facing impeachment in the House of Representatives for pressuring the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, to announce investigations that could be politically advantageo...

It's the morning after, and it's a hard pill to swallow.
10/27/2020
Trump Broke the Supreme Court, Too

It's the morning after, and it's a hard pill to swallow.

Amy Coney Barrett’s arrival strips away even the pretense of neutrality or nonpartisanship. The U.S. Supreme Court loses something it can hardly get back now that Amy Coney Barrett has been foisted upon it by President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans. It loses even the patina of neutrality tha...

People on both sides of this deeply divided country view this election as a fight for the soul of the nation, but any si...
10/27/2020
Democracy on the Brink: A Rogue President Exploits Racial Divisions and Redefines Executive Power

People on both sides of this deeply divided country view this election as a fight for the soul of the nation, but any similarity between the opposing camps ends there. President Trump has openly adopted the trappings and the reality of the authoritarian leaders whose respect he covets. He has embraced white supremacists and sided with law enforcement in the debate over recurrent police violence against Black people, while the Democrats have called for inclusivity and racial justice and have nominated the first woman of color to serve on the national ticket of a major party.

Where president Trump has withdrawn from the Paris accord, rolled back regulations on greenhouse gas emissions, and lifted restrictions on polluters across the corporate spectrum, the Democrats have signaled that climate change will be a priority in their agenda and have committed to develop alternative energy options and to reengage with the international community.

You can continue down the list of challenges we face in the United States, challenges that in most instances are also faced by other nations, and on issue after issue, Trump and the status quo business lobby in Congress stake out positions that favor the wealthy over the poor, white over Black, men over women, and profits over nature.

Democrats, in general, present a vision of a country undergoing profound change, driven by demographic shifts, technological innovation, the emergence of women in the workforce, the demands for economic justice and racial equity, and the need to be both better stewards of the environment and better global citizens.

Their positions on the issues resonate with as many as 65 to 70 percent of the electorate, yet for the third time in the 21st century, the Democrats are struggling to avoid losing a national election in which they win the popular vote but lose to the confounding math of the Electoral College.

People on both sides of this deeply divided country view this election as a fight for the soul of the nation, but any similarity between the opposing camps ends there. President Trump has openly adopted the trappings and the reality of the authoritarian leaders whose respect he covets. He has embrac...

With skyrocketing unemployment, falling incomes and failing health, Alabama's poorer communities were hit hard during th...
10/16/2020
Amid Widespread Hunger and Poverty, Republicans in Alabama Divert Covid Relief Funds to Donors

With skyrocketing unemployment, falling incomes and failing health, Alabama's poorer communities were hit hard during the #coronavirus and desperately needed help from the government.

The Republicans in Montgomery had other plans.

Now in its seventh month, Covid-19 still snakes across America. It first attacked densely packed, blighted areas like New York City and Chicago, along with prisons, immigrant jails, meat slaughterhouses, and nursing homes. It then swerved south and west—again to heavily populated areas in Florida,...

Applauding Bill Kristol's considerable courage and independence. As we have seen it has not been easy for prominent cons...
10/11/2020
2 Bills 4 Biden (90 Sec)

Applauding Bill Kristol's considerable courage and independence. As we have seen it has not been easy for prominent conservatives to speak out against this president and his dismal administration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UUEK9Jfu7c&feature=youtu.be

Billy Crystal and Bill Kristol never agree on anything - but they agree we need to elect Joe Biden. Join our movement, visit jewishdems.org.

10/03/2020

Saturday, October 3rd - With this presidency it is impossible to accept anything at face value. Every story, every event, every fact has been spun way past the most elastic possible version of the truth, always with the single purpose of benefitting Donald Trump.

So what are we to make of the announcement of his infection with Covid-19, and that of his wife Melania, and his hospitalization at Walter Reade. More than a few correspondents have been unable to contain their glee at the news. I can understand the desire to be rid of the hell he has brought to this nation, but cannot join with those who wish him ill. I hope Trump, and our battered country, survive.

Just how sick is he? At a New Jersey fundraiser Thursday evening, Trump was described as lethargic. It's important to note that he attended that fundraiser without precautions and with the full knowledge that one of his closest aides, Hope Hicks, with whom he had been in close contact throughout the previous week, had tested positive for Covid-19 earlier in the day. New Jersey Governor Murphy has urged all those who attended the fundraiser to get tested, and has initiated contact tracing procedures. Many of the big Republican donors in attendance are reportedly "furious" over the recklessness of the circumstances of their exposure to the virus.

By Friday, Trump was suffering from a low-grade fever, a cough and nasal congestion. The White House Chief of Staff said he had "mild symptoms." Trump was transferred to Walter Reade "out of an abundance of caution," according to his press secretary.

By the end of the day Friday, a raft of senior Republicans who have been in casual and unguarded contact with the president over the past week announced they had tested positive.

These included Bill Stepien, the campaign manager; Kellyanne Conway, former counselor to the president who attended the Rose Garden ceremony for Judge Amy Coney Barrett last Saturday, where guests were seated in close proximity to each other without masks and without attention to social distancing; Thom Tillis, the Senator from North Carolina who is locked in a tough fight for re-election and is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that is expected at some point to consider Judge Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court; Senator MIke Lee of Utah, who also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee; and Ronna McDaniel, the Republican National Committee Chairwoman, who received her diagnosis on Wednesday but did not make an announcement until Friday. In addition, Rev. John Jenkins, the University of Notre Dame president, has also tested positive after attending the ceremony for Judge Barrett, herself a Notre Dame law professor.

News came this afternoon that Chris Christie, the former governor of New Jersey and a member of Trump's debate prep team, has tested positive. And a third Republican Senator, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, has tested positive and will be working in isolation. The uncertain health status of at least three Republican Senators - combined with the previously announced opposition on the part of Senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine to an accelerated pre-election nomination process - has thrown the Republican plan to fast track Judge Barrett through the Senate into doubt.

In the dizzying pace of the news that is breaking around the penetration of the virus amid senior Republican circles, it is important not to overlook key questions of accountability - how careful were these individuals during a raging pandemic to limit the likelihood of exposure and infection, when did they learn of their positive test results, when did they announce them, and who during those intervals did they expose to the virus.

The news Friday also contained another important but under-examined item. According to White House physician Sean P. Conley, the president has been administered a single 8 gram dose of Regeneron's experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail, "as a precautionary measure."

So how sick is he? This is a drug that is still in clinical trials. According to a September 29 entry on the Regeneron website, at this stage of the process the antibody cocktail called REGN-COV2 has been administered to 275 non-hospitalized people. 92 of those tested received a "low" dose of 2.4 grams, and 92 received 8 grams, the "high" dose given to the president, and 91 received a placebo.

In short, the president of the United States has been given the "high" dose of an experimental drug still in the early stages of development that has only recently been tested on fewer than 95 human beings with conditions similar to the president.

There is growing outrage over the unconscionable risk-taking by Republicans bent on downplaying the known severity of virus. Their actions have exposed innocent people to a life-threatening disease. And as citizens we entitled to ask a chronically opaque administration how the decision was taken to give the president the experimental drug, who introduced the untested drug to the president's medical staff, and who decided it was safe to administer.

HF

Trump's signature policies—protectionism and tax reform—have failed Main Street and benefited the wealthy.
09/23/2020
Trump Economics Embrace Usual Fare of Tax Cuts for the Wealthy and False Promises to the Middle Class

Trump's signature policies—protectionism and tax reform—have failed Main Street and benefited the wealthy.

Two numbers reveal everything you need to know about the U.S. economy over the past two decades. Between 1999 and 2018, the S&P 500 grew 6 percent annually, after accounting for dividends (2 percent annual gain) and inflation (2 percent annual loss). Stock prices more than doubled in value over this...

In the heat of the pandemic, as tens of thousands were dying and millions were infected, the Trump re-election campaign ...
09/08/2020
Anatomy of Deceit: Team Trump Deploys Doctors with Dubious Qualifications to Push Fake Cure for Covid-19

In the heat of the pandemic, as tens of thousands were dying and millions were infected, the Trump re-election campaign enlisted doctors with dubious credentials to discredit personal safety practices, downplay the severity of the virus, and promote fake cures.
#coronavirus #hydroxychloroquine #americasfrontlinedoctors

On July 27, a dozen physicians posed in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., dressed in white lab coats with “America’s Frontline Doctors” stitched over the pocket. The group’s chief spokesperson was Dr. Simone Gold, an emergency physician from Los Angeles. They were introduced by...

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