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The Best and Worst Presidents on Taxes

| October 22, 2016

Ronald Reagan was among the worst–and the best–when it came to tax fairness, Teddy Roosevelt isn’t given enough credit, but a majority of American presidents did little by way of making the tax code fairer. It’s often been the opposite, argues Sarah Anderson.

Ransom Rubbish

| August 28, 2016

Oliver North would have you believe that the Obama Administration paid a $400 million ransom to Iran in exchange for three Americans. His history and compass are off. Here’s a little reminder.

Diplomatic Bores in the Age of Blowhards

| January 28, 2016

Ted Cruz, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio have strange and dangerous plans to stand tall against enemies, especially when they reach for their Ronald Reagan. Their version of history is mostly fiction.

This Latina Liberal Is Not Kidding: Ronald Reagan’s Big Gift to Immigrant Families

| May 3, 2015

As a progressive young Latina from a working-class background, whose parents immigrated to the United States from Mexico without papers, Cecilia Velasco is actually thankful for something Ronald Reagan did.

Gov. Scott Walker and the Pyrrhic Victories of Union-Bashing

| June 10, 2012

Inspired by Ronald Reagan’s union-busting, the latest round in the war on labor is a self-inflicted wound on the American economy, where workers-union and non-union alike–have been losing ground for 30 years.

In Praise of Tom Wicker, Antidote to the Age of Reagan

| November 27, 2011

Tom Wicker, the Times columnist for 25 years, wrote as if he’d seen the country’s best days. He probably had even then, having witnessed the eight years of Reagan taking out a second, third and fourth mortgage on the nation’s prosperity while making Americans feel like a million bucks.

The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan in Normandy

| November 11, 2011

Reagan’s speech at Normandy’s Pointe du Hoc on June 6, 1984, commemorating the 40th anniversary of D-Day, is one of his noblest, especially in retrospect, for what he said about the cold war, the Soviet Union and nuclear weapons.

Malaise from Jimmy Carter to Barack Obama: Recalling the “Crisis of Confidence” Speech

| September 17, 2011

Jimmy Carter’s malaise speech is revisited in the more positive context in which it was initially received, when the nation faced an energy and self-confidence crisis. Barack Obama is not in Carter territory yet.

Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin and Tea Parties: The Gipper’s NAACP Warning to Extremists

| July 31, 2011

“You are the ones who are out of step with our society,” Ronald Reagan said of extremists in a 1981 speech to the NAACP, a speech that resonates in tea party America today, Zach Roberts argues.

They Bring Good Schemes to Life:
How GE Pays Little Or No Corporate Taxes

| April 5, 2011

GE’s tax department is a company in itself: some 1,000 people working to minimize GE’s corporate tax liabilities, with huge success. In 2010, GE paid no taxes on $14.2 billion in profits. GE claimed a tax benefit of $3.2 billion.

Ronald Reagan Fetish, Rick Scott Bully, Stoning Valentine Couples: The Live Wire

| February 10, 2011

Setting the Reagan legacy straight, setting the Muslim Brotherhood straight, setting American manufacturing straight, setting overly despicable Valentine’s Day couples straight, and more.

Don’t Celebrate Yet, Republicans:
Between Din and Tea Stains, a Reality Check

| November 3, 2010

Short-attention span politics are here to stay, which is why Tuesday’s results are merely the latest re-casting of the same tiresome play that’s not about to end its run on our second-world stage. Not with allegedly educated voters like us buying tickets.

Taking Back America–from Tea Party Phonies

| February 8, 2010

If Thomas Jefferson had heard Sarah Palin or Marco Rubio, he’d have had to ask how such a smart country would put up with such an obvious phonies and loons.

Barack Obama: State of the Union Address, January 28, 2010

| January 28, 2010

“We don’t quit. I don’t quit. Let’s seize this moment — to start anew, to carry the dream forward, and to strengthen our union once more,” Obama concluded in his first State of the Union speech.

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