Columns

Rall v. LA Times: Lawsuit Update

Here’s the latest on my defamation and wrongful termination lawsuit against the Los Angeles Times. At the first of three hearings to consider the Times’ anti-SLAPP motions against me, the judge in the case chastised both the Times’ and my attorneys for violating court rules governing page counts. The problem began because Times’ attorney Kelli […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Democrats Can Only Beat Trump By Out-Trumping Him

At a water cooler or Starbucks near you, speculating about Donald Trump’s psychological state is America’s newest cultural obsession. Is the president crazy? Or crazy like a fox? I don’t know. What I do know is that Trump’s Democratic opponents are doomed if they think they can beat him by acting reasonable. Haven’t they learned […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Republicans May Impeach Trump

Campaign Ad: Paul Ryan for President 2020. Speaker Ryan speaks into the camera. “Impeaching a president from my own party wasn’t an easy decision,” Ryan says, looking sober as footage of disgraced former president Donald Trump departing the White House for the last time appears. “Sometimes principle” — he pauses for a half-beat — “comes […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Sue the SOBs? It’s Harder Than You Think

Are you one of those Americans who say it’s too easy to file a lawsuit? As I can tell you from personal experience, it’s anything but. The canard that U.S. courts are jammed up by litigious jerks is based on anecdotes spread by corporate propaganda. We do need “tort reform” — but we should make […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Why Won’t Democrats Kick Trump While He’s Down?

Trump is failing bigly. Why aren’t Democrats taking advantage of this amazing opportunity to rebuild their party? Barely four weeks in office and the president has his first scandal. Flynngate has everything a president doesn’t want: a top national security official accused of treasonishness, messy investigations afoot, reinvigorated enemy journalists smelling blood. At first glance, […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: Long Before Trump, News Media Wallowed in “Alternative Facts”

Most of the news media is at war with Donald Trump, and rightly so. First, journalists should always be at war with the governments they cover. Nonadversarial journalism isn’t journalism — it’s stenography. Second, Trump Administration officials’ refusal to even pretend to be interested in the truth, immortalized by Kellyanne Conway’s notorious praise of “alternative […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: How I’ll Know It’s Time To Flee Trump’s America

  The Clash asked. Now I am too: Should I stay or should I go? Celebrity liberals always threaten to head for the exits if a presidential election doesn’t go their way. Then they renege. This year is different: some Americans really are leaving. An early indicator of Trump-inspired flight came on Election Night, when […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: The Case for Left Nationalism

Make America Great Again. Trump’s campaign slogan was a direct appeal to nationalism. As a son of the Rust Belt city of Dayton, Ohio, I wasn’t surprised to see that it worked. People in the postindustrial Midwest and in much of the rest of flyover country are tired of being ignored by the urban coastal […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: The Women’s March Failed But Was Hopeful Too

                  On Saturday, January 21st, three times as many people attended a demonstration against Trump as showed up the day before for his inauguration. Solidarity marches across the nation drew hundreds of thousands, perhaps a million, more. The turnout was impressive. It vexed the new president. But what did the Women’s March mean? Despite what […]

SYNDICATED COLUMN: The 3 Rules of Resistance to Donald Trump

                To the French, it felt like the end of the world. 1940: defeated in six weeks, surrender, subjugation, overrun by German soldiers whose power of life or death were absolute and absolutely capricious. Fascism triumphant; organized resistance as yet unimaginable. Simone de Beauvoir, who dedicated herself to the study of ethics, struggled to adjust […]