Harold Meyerson

Harold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American ProspectHis email is hmeyerson@prospect.org.

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The Party of No Negates Itself

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AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks with reporters at the Capitol. C an a party that defines itself almost entirely by what it’s against transform itself into a party that can govern? From the evidence of the Republicans’ futile efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the answer seems to be: no. Mitch McConnell’s talent, it turns out, has always been for obstructing the Democrats. No to considering President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee; no to shoring up the infrastructure; no to a higher minimum wage; no—if not a thousand times no, then close to a hundred times no—to Obamacare, which both House and Senate, under GOP control, voted repeatedly, regularly, like clockwork, to repeal—in the assurance that Obama would veto those measures. When given the power, once Donald Trump entered the White House, to actually enact legislation, however, none of McConnell’s wiles sufficed. The failure to construct even a remotely plausible market-driven...

Exclusive: Donald Jr. to Resign as Trump’s Son

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(Photo: Albin Lohr-Jones/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images) Donald Trump Jr. F acing a rising chorus of allegations of law-breaking and even treason, Donald Trump Jr. will announce today that he is resigning his position as the president’s son. In a draft of a letter to be released “imminently or soon, whichever comes first,” Trump wrote: When Americans elected Dad as their president and the Trumps as their government (with the largest majority in American history if not more), they entrusted all of us—Eric, Ivanka, Tiffany, Barron, Melania, Jared, me, maybe two or three of those Russian girls (I’ve never been entirely sure)—with putting them, Americans, first (or at least, right behind us). That’s what we’ve all tried to do—Jared in the Middle East and Arabia and Israel, Ivanka in the parts of factories and coal mines set aside for the “paid leave workers” (the parts with slower assembly lines or in the mines, not down so deep), and me with Russia—with our friends in Russia, the...

A Modest Proposal for Mitch McConnell

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, joined by Senator John Barrasso, left, tells reporters he is delaying a vote on the Republican health care bill while GOP leadership works toward getting enough votes, at the Capitol. M itch McConnell’s epic bamboozling failed to persuade a sufficient number of his Republican colleagues, so the Senate vote on his bill to repeal Obamacare, decimate Medicaid, and cut taxes on the rich has been put on hold. The final stake, however, has not yet been driven through its cankered heart. Both the House and Senate versions of the ACA repeal are almost without precedent in American history. By taking away health coverage from more than 20 million Americans, these bills tread new ground: The withdrawal of life-saving services from tens of millions of citizens is something that no previous Congress has ever seriously considered. The closest analogy I can come up with is the Fugitive Slave Act, passed in 1850, which required...

Leader of the Unfree World

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AP Photo/Evan Vucci President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. military troops and their families at Naval Air Station Sigonella in Italy. H e’s cool with the Saudis, he’s down with Duterte, he’s effectively a Putin pal. With Western Europe, not so much. It may be a fool’s errand to try to discern an actual foreign policy from President Donald Trump’s tweets, pronouncements, phone calls to foreign leaders, and encounters with them on his recent jaunt through the Middle East and Europe. But after so many tweets and phone calls and pronouncements and encounters, we’re obligated to try. When we do, three distinct tendencies emerge. The first is an economic nationalism that ranges from reasonable and long overdue to just plain cockeyed. The one commendable part of Trump’s foreign policy is his elevation, if largely rhetorical, of the interests of American workers (to be sure, chiefly white male workers in manufacturing) over the economic interests of other nations (which are often really the...

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