Journalism

 Tom Frank: On the Road in Trump Country

How Trump won, and why Clinton lost: a Q&SA with Tom Frank, who has been touring red states to talk about the new paperback edition of his book Listen, Liberal, or Whatever Happened to the Party of the People? 
Two highlights: people hated Hillary Clinton — and they liked Bernie.
Continued HERE

 Chris Hayes: Americans Hated Trump’s Health-Care Plan—Will They Go For Single Payer? TheNation.com

JW: A week after repeal-and-replace failed in the House, we’re trying to assess the damage to Trump and the opportunities for progressives. Seems to me this is a disaster for Trump, and a disaster for the Republican Party. Is it possible this is wrong?

Chris Hayes: No. I don’t think you’re wrong. What an unbelievable failure. I have never, in my political reporting career, seen something crash and burn quite like this. Sixty times they voted for repeal, while Obama was president, and now you cannot get a vote for this piece of, frankly, garbage legislation that no one liked—no one across the ideological spectrum.
…continued HERE

Is Trump Like Nixon? Rick Perlstein Q&A 3/29

If you Google the question “Is Trump Like Nixon,” you get something like four million reults, mostly answering ‘yes.’
But we weren’t so sure about that, so we checked with Rick Perlstein–he wrote the book Nixonland.
READ our Q&A with Rick Perlstein HERE

How Women Are Changing the World: a Q&A with Rebecca Solnit–TheNation.com, 3/10

Read HERE
JW: We want to talk about the big picture. A revitalized feminist movement is changing things, despite what we see in the White House. How would you describe it?

Rebecca Solnit: There was an extraordinary set of years, 2012, 2013, 2014, where the rules really changed….finally women were in a position to say, “We’re not going to take this anymore. You can’t pretend it’s not happening.” And then to make some changes.

A Day Without Trump: I Know I Need One–TheNation.com, 3/10

Read HERE
It’s going to be a long four years….for our own well-being over the long haul, I think we could all use a day without Trump, every week: one day on which we don’t read about him, watch him on TV, listen to him on the radio, or talk about him with friends; one day on which we don’t even think about that man. . . .

Trump: The View from Europe: KPFK 11/30

Listen HERE
In France, they compare Trump to Marine Le Pen.  In Italy, to Berlusconi.  In England, to Brexit.  Amy Wilentz is back from Europe, where people are talking, of course, about Trump–and how much more powerful he is than their own local versions.

Also: How to Stop Trump: David Cole, incoming Legal Director for the ACLU, has some ideas.

And Harold Meyerson reviews the situation in Washington, and in Indiana, where Carrier Air Conditioning has agreed to cooperate with Donald Trump and keep 1,000 jobs in the USA–making America great again.

Pico Diary: Election Day — LA Review of Books 11/8

At Factor’s Deli on Pico in Beverywood, a dozen carts are lined up, filled with party platters ready to be delivered.  “Those have to be for parties tonight,” I say to the woman who must be the catering manager.  She says “One lady told me ‘it will either be a celebration, or a suicide party.  Either way we need a deli platter.”
… continued at LA Review of Books Blog HERE