A proposed tariff on newsprint is a direct threat to a cornerstone of democracy, and Connecticut’s representatives in the nation’s Capitol must work to ensure that it doesn’t come to pass.Newspapers have felt financial pressure for decades. The advent of the internet and free online content has upended the old business model, and The Hartford Courant and other newspapers have done their best to adapt to their readers’ changing needs and habits.But despite the advances in online journalism, newspapers still get a large share of their revenue from the printed product. Newspapers like The Courant buy hundreds if not thousands of tons of newsprint every year, and it is a significant portion of their expenses. The proposed tariff would cut deeply into revenues — and for many newspapers, it could be an unnecessary threat to survival.It might seem self-serving for a newspaper to argue against a plan that would affect its bottom line. But we are in a fight for … [Read more...] about Editorial: Proposed Newsprint Tariffs Are A Threat To Democracy
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Subscribe Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader PostEverything Perspective Perspective Interpretation of the news based on evidence, including data, as well as anticipating how events might unfold based on past events Trump’s critics do as much to “undermine faith in the US democratic process” as his supporters do by rambling about the “deep state.” Trump’s critics do as much to “undermine faith in the US democratic process” as his supporters do by rambling about the “deep state.” by James Kirchick by James Kirchick March 28 at 6:00 AM Follow @jkirchick James Kirchick is a visiting fellow at the Brookings … [Read more...] about How Russia-gate hurts American democracy
close Video Amb. Bolton to replace McMaster as national security adviser President Trump thanks H.R. McMaster for his service, McMaster to retire from the U.S. Army effective this summer; reaction and analysis from the 'Special Report' All-Stars. WASHINGTON -- In the wake of President Trump's decision to appoint John Bolton as his national security adviser and Mike Pompeo as secretary of state, a consistent criticism has emerged: Trump will no longer have any "adult" supervision in the national security decision-making process or any Cabinet-level "checks" on his own worst instincts. This view is not only insulting, it is fundamentally anti-democratic. The Constitution places many checks on a president's power, including Congress, an independent judiciary and a free press. It's not the job of Cabinet officials to be a "check" on the president. Their job is to give the president options so he can make decisions -- not restrict choices to constrain him. One of the reasons … [Read more...] about Marc Thiessen: Trump’s cabinet is not supposed to be a ‘check’ on him — That’s not how democracy works
Last week, voters across Illinois let out one big simultaneous shrug. The inevitable had happened: Billionaire J.B. Pritzker, a Democrat, proudly accepted his party’s nomination for governor, and multimillionaire Republican Bruce Rauner did the same. On the night of the election, these men delivered acceptance speeches and punchy one liners to sold-out arenas where people clapped, whistled and held signs.Elsewhere, though, Illinoisans shrugged. The next morning they read the headlines and rolled their eyes, sighing into cold cups of coffee. To these voters, men like Pritzker and Rauner represent the “same old,” a group of out-of-touch elites who couldn’t guess the price of gasoline or a jar of peanut butter. Why bother getting excited? Why vote at all?Throughout the country, voters are tuning out of the political process because democracy, it seems, comes with a price tag. Only the wealthiest Americans are elected; only the wealthiest voices are heard. A small … [Read more...] about Is this what democracy looks like?
close Video Democrats rip Trump administration over census question Citizenship question reinstated on census. MediaDC spokesperson Ron Meyer debates Democratic strategist Suraj Patel comments on 'Fox & Friends First.' Democrats are blasting the Trump administration for a “craven attack on our democracy” this week, in the wake of its decision to ask 2020 census respondents if they are citizens of the United States. On Monday, the Commerce Department said in a statement that the citizenship question would be added to the 2020 census in response to a request made by the Justice Department in December 2017. The statement said that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross “has determined that reinstatement of a citizenship question on the 2020 decennial census questionnaire is necessary to provide complete and accurate census block level data.” The decennial census count is required by the Constitution and its results are used to determine federal spending, … [Read more...] about Dems decry ‘craven attack on our democracy’ over citizenship question on census