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Froma Harrop: Are we truly one paycheck from disaster?

Posted 1/15/2019 in National Columns

The partial government shutdown has forced some federal workers to move money around to pay for food and rent. No surprise there. What's shocking is the many who don't have the money to move.


Froma Harrop: If Trump really wanted to enforce immigration, he'd open the government

Posted 1/9/2019 in National Columns

We who follow immigration policy closely know that the wall is a dumb idea. Closing much of the government over it is dumber still.


Froma Harrop: Are we brave enough for the new world of reproduction?

Posted 1/7/2019 in National Columns

A new medical device may change almost everything we think about making babies. It may also sweep away the current controversy over abortion while creating new ethical dilemmas. We speak of the artificial womb.


Froma Harrop: Stop obsessing over Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Posted 12/29/2018 in National Columns

The right can't stop talking about the incoming youngest member of the House, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The left isn't much better.


Froma Harrop: The self-destruction of US farmers

Posted 12/27/2018 in National Columns

Not long ago, agriculture was a crown jewel of America's export economy. Then President Trump happened.


Froma Harrop: Are we taking our security for granted amid Trump chaos?

Posted 12/26/2018 in National Columns

Wander the twinkling streets of Manhattan in this holiday season and marvel. Not at the wondrous store windows, dressed-up partygoers and festive music out of every speaker. To those used to it, the spectacle repeats every December.


Froma Harrop: Judge Sullivan confirms that we're not crazy

Posted 12/20/2018 in National Columns

Thank you, Judge Sullivan, for certifying the nation's sanity -- that ice is cold, rain is wet and the inhabitants of Trump world are also subject to the law.


Froma Harrop: May you be healthy and covered in 2019

Posted 12/18/2018 in National Columns

A federal judge in Texas just threw out the Affordable Care Act root and branch. If the decision were to survive legal challenges, an estimated 17 million Americans could lose their health coverage.


Froma Harrop: Why Barbara Bush is so high up in George H.W.'s obituaries

Posted 12/8/2018 in National Columns

Rarely has a president been identified so closely with his wife. That Barbara Bush never pursued a big-league career made her high profile even more remarkable. Nor did she fashion herself into an icon of elegance and glamour. She rose to prominence for simply being the partner-in-life of George H.W. Bush.


Froma Harrop: Bringing the future back into American politics

Posted 12/6/2018 in National Columns

An ad on ABC's "Live with Kelly and Ryan" shows a little girl dragging a teddy bear to her mom at an elegant dinner table. The mother hugs her again and again. Then up pop the words: "You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation."


Froma Harrop: He who primaries can be primaried

Posted 11/28/2018 in National Columns

Republicans and Democrats both battle over party doctrine and control. The difference with the Democrats is that their discontents often don't stop fighting after the results are in.


Froma Harrop: America's wealth floods into already wealthy cities

Posted 11/24/2018 in National Columns

When Amazon chose a Queens neighborhood across from Manhattan for one of its new headquarters, James Corden remarked on "The Late Late Show," "I gotta say, I really think this could be the thing that finally puts New York on the map."


Froma Harrop: Is the economy headed to Crazytown?

Posted 11/23/2018 in National Columns

The recent election suggested - and subsequent polls showed - that a public happy with the economy under Donald Trump is nevertheless very unhappy with the man himself.


Froma Harrop: Democrats, listen to Bustos and keep Pelosi

Posted 11/21/2018 in National Columns

Nancy Pelosi will probably return as speaker of the House and should. A proven master at running the legislature, she's plug-and-play ready and able to steer Democrats through these chaotic times.


Froma Harrop: Democrats need an immigration policy fast

Posted 11/8/2018 in National Columns

In recent months, the political leadership of two neighboring countries with large immigration programs issued very different messages. They would be the United States and Canada.


Froma Harrop: Funny how the stock market tweets come and go

Posted 11/1/2018 in National Columns

After a long absence, another "Stock Market up" tweet was issued Wednesday by Donald Trump.


Froma Harrop: So now it's real explosive devices

Posted 10/25/2018 in National Columns

What Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, former Attorney General Eric Holder, CNN and George Soros have in common is that each looms large in the right wing's pantheon of liberal demons. And each has been sent a pipe bomb.


Froma Harrop: Will you stop obsessing over Trump insults?

Posted 10/24/2018 in National Columns

It's getting harder by the day to tune in to MSNBC. My chief complaint isn't the leftish slant. It's the news channel's obsession with the latest idiocy to emerge from the Trumpian yap.


Froma Harrop: On Wall Street, Us R Toys

Posted 10/16/2018 in National Columns

As America emerged from World War II, the public generally agreed that the ordinary people who had endured the sacrifice should share in the good times ahead. A golden age for the American worker commenced as business, labor and government stood together on the stage.


Froma Harrop: Even birth control is under attack

Posted 10/11/2018 in National Columns

There was a time when Republicans and Democrats generally agreed that access to birth control was a public good. Most saw preventing unwanted pregnancies as key to making abortions rare.



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