The Republic House plan to poison Obamacare

Arsenic was a poison favored by Victorian mystery writers. The victims would be fed small amounts, not suspecting the cause of their increasing discomfort. At a certain point, the arsenic buildup...

DATE: March 13, 2017 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

The LA movie that should have won best picture

My candidate lost, and yes, I still can’t get over it. I speak of the 1997 movie “L.A. Confidential.” A riff on the creepy film-noir movies of the 1950s, its dark brilliance lay clouded in the...

DATE: Feb. 24, 2017 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

GOP elders proposed carbon tax is a good idea

Address climate change and send Americans a check at the same time. That’s the nut of an intriguing idea put together by a group of Republican elders. The plan would curb emission of greenhouse...

DATE: Feb. 17, 2017 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

A principled center coalition will fight Trumpism

Here’s a little story from the bad old days of the New York subway: On seeing a well-dressed man drop a wrapper on a subway platform, a well-dressed woman urged him to pick it up. “What’s the use?”...

DATE: Feb. 3, 2017 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Hitting our heads against a beautiful border wall

Illegal immigration from Mexico is yesterday’s problem. Last year, more Mexicans left the United States than entered, according to the Pew Research Center. But if Donald Trump were to follow...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2017 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Boycotts can be considered a form of speech

“Boycott campaigns have a long history in this country and elsewhere.” Liberals have organized a campaign to boycott Simon & Schuster over its planned publication of a book by alt-right bad boy...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2017 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

The people saved the ethics office, not the tweets

That went over well. In the darkness of night on a federal holiday, House Republicans voted to kill the Office of Congressional Ethics. That would have shut down independent investigations of...

DATE: Jan. 6, 2017 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Blue-state Americans can keep health coverage

My liberal sister, a hospital worker, staunchly supports Obamacare on moral grounds. Marsha believes that no American should go without needed medical attention for lack of money. But does the...

DATE: Dec. 23, 2016 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Trump swindles and blows off the working class

A friend of mine, an expert car mechanic, once told me of losing $30,000 in a commodity deal. It was one of those investment swindles then making the rounds. I asked my friend whether he felt...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2016 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Trump wants to run with the real billionaires

Donald Trump has long sold himself to a credulous public as a business genius worth many billions. So it was something of an inconvenience when New York Times reporter Timothy O’Brien put Trump’s...

DATE: Dec. 9, 2016 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Hold the urchin tongues and cook like Grandma

’Tis the season to do cooking. And the holidays are when folks yearn for the old classics, just like ones we used to know. Even some hardcore “foodies” put away the experimental cuisine and make...

DATE: Dec. 2, 2016 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

Goodbye, Facebook. You have proven yourself evil

Dear Facebook friends, If you don’t see me gushing over the pix of your Thanksgiving pies, take no offense. It’s not that your pie is a bore (though, frankly, it is). And it’s not because I...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2016 | COLUMN: Froma Harrop

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