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In the war over words, Republicans best Democrats

The Republican Party lost ground in the congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words.

In the war over words, Republicans easily defeat the Democrats

The Republican Party lost ground in the congressional and state elections earlier this month, but they continue to triumph in the all-important contests over words.

Questions, questions, where are the answers?

In an oft-reported exchange between Gertrude Stein, an American widely known for her wisdom and glittering 1920s Parisian literary salon, and one of her earnest admirers, the admirer asked her: “What are the answers, Madame Stein?” She replied, “What are the questions?”

Within our media/political/corporate culture of self-censorship and taboo topics, we should restate Ms. Stein’s rejoinder — what are the questions of gravity and relevance that are chronically unasked?

15 ways the Dems could lose the November elections

1. Focus on Donald Trump’s personal scandals, the Russian interference, and Trump’s outrageous and hugely distracting daily tweets.

Why not tell us their names?

In elementary school, they taught us the names of inventors. Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin, Robert Fulton the steamboat, Alexander Graham Bell the telephone and Thomas Alva Edison the electric light bulb. Nowadays, we rarely know the names of the inventors of modern technology—think biotechnology, nanotechnology, pharmaceutical technology, safety technology. Not every breakthrough is invented by a single person, but there are still clusters of people inventing new things each year.

How will he ‘Make America Great Again’?

Donald Trump’s now ubiquitous slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is often chanted at rallies, but rarely scrutinized in public discourse. What era in America’s past is he referring to when he says “again”?

Americans need single payer health coverage

Shernoff, Bidart and Echeverria: lawyers for the people

I first heard about William M. Shernoff in the mid-1970s when he was pioneering a field of law known as insurance bad faith litigation. That bad faith occurs when insurance companies deny legitimate claims or try to use deceptive fine print clauses to escape policy coverage. He was starting to collect both compensation for his clients and large punitive damages when the evidence showed insurance companies were imposing these abuses on many thousands of their customers.

What is stalling wrongful injury lawyers?

Up against four decades of megacorporate erosion of wrongfully injured Americans’ access to our courts, trial lawyers are wondering what use is left of the Seventh Amendment, our constitutional right to trial by jury?

Look for rate cuts in auto insurance

In falsely bragging about the alleged benefits to the middle class from the tax law enacted by the Republicans last month, the Trumpsters neglected to give high visibility to the state regulators who must require utility and insurance companies to pass savings from the tax cuts on to their consumers.

While some regulated utility companies (gas, electric and telephone) did announce that they would be reducing rates for consumers, others seem to be waiting for state regulators to push them. The insurance companies in particular seem to be in need of a nudge.