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Froma Harrop: Trump as Caesar: Irresponsible, nasty, fun

Posted 6/24/2017 in National Columns

Lend me your ears. You'll be glad. Today's subject is the controversial production of "Julius Caesar" in which a Donald Trump-like figure gets assassinated. Given today's angry political climate, the costuming showed poor taste at the very least. Delta Air Lines and Bank of America withdrew their sponsorship, and who could blame them?

 

Froma Harrop: Morality tale at Uber: Reputation still counts

Posted 6/23/2017 in National Columns

Travis Kalanick helped found and build Uber into a corporate giant worth more than Ford Motor Co. On Tuesday, Uber's board effectively fired Kalanick.

 

Froma Harrop: Trump's lousy numbers

Posted 6/6/2017 in National Columns

Thing about Donald Trump is he doesn't have the numbers.

 

Froma Harrop: Can Americans be happy again?

Posted 6/5/2017 in National Columns

America is not a very happy place, and it is getting less so.

 

Froma Harrop: Focus on victims rewards terrorists

Posted 5/30/2017 in National Columns

Familiar rituals followed the terrorist bombing at the arena in Manchester, England. Flowers piled up near the site of carnage. Reporters plumbed every line of the attacker's profile, speculating on what may have inspired his vile act. Rallies called for solidarity and a rejection of "hate."

 

Froma Harrop: Campus liberals are too easy to bait

Posted 5/24/2017 in National Columns

"Rising to the bait" is a fishing term.

 

Froma Harrop: Can Americans get their democracy back?

Posted 5/19/2017 in National Columns

Boy, wouldn't it be great to get that mentally unstable thug out of the Oval Office?

 

Froma Harrop: Has the old Trump magic lost its spell?

Posted 5/6/2017 in National Columns

There was a time when a phrase typed by the mighty fingers of Donald Trump would shock world leaders, swing markets and send public opinion into convulsions. But those awesome powers have shrunk considerably since Election Day. Responses that once quaked with "What does this mean for the planet?" have relaxed into "Oh, it's him again."

 

Froma Harrop: $400,000 for a speech?

Posted 5/2/2017 in National Columns

Reports that Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speech at a Wall Street health conference have produced some violent finger-wagging by populists on the left.

 

Froma Harrop: Robots: The future is here

Posted 5/1/2017 in National Columns

Never mind the wall that President Trump said Mexico must pay for but then Congress must pay for; either that or much of the working class loses its health coverage. Oh, he's dropped that? Well, it made for a lively 24 hours.

 

Froma Harrop: Carmakers, don't pick a fight with California

Posted 4/21/2017 in National Columns

News flash: The Obama-era fuel-economy standards would add $875 to the average price of a new vehicle. But proposed border taxes or other tariffs on Mexican imports would add $2,000. President Donald Trump wants a weaker mandate on mileage, and he also wants the tariffs.

 

Froma Harrop: The strange and mercifully short ascendancy of Steve Bannon

Posted 4/19/2017 in National Columns

President Trump didn't exactly boot Steve Bannon from his ruling circle of relatives and Wall Street hotshots he might like to have as relatives. True, he threw Bannon off the National Security Council in an abrupt manner. And he piled further indignity on the self-proclaimed architect of his surprising electoral win by telling the media, "Steve is a guy who works for me."

 

Froma Harrop: The strange and mercifully short ascendancy of Steve Bannon

Posted 4/19/2017 in National Columns

President Trump didn't exactly boot Steve Bannon from his ruling circle of relatives and Wall Street hotshots he might like to have as relatives.

 

Froma Harrop: What US airlines need now is middle-class class

Posted 4/13/2017 in National Columns

It was clearly a bad idea for United Airlines to drag a passenger kicking, screaming and bleeding out of a seat he had paid for.

 

Froma Harrop: The inevitable shift toward green energy

Posted 4/11/2017 in National Columns

When Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, America had almost no paved roads outside the cities.

 

Froma Harrop: Phone addiction's deadly toll

Posted 4/4/2017 in National Columns

It was a horrific scene. The pickup truck had smashed head-on into a bus taking elderly church members on an outing.

 

Froma Harrop: There's little dignity left in coal

Posted 3/30/2017 in National Columns

It was a pathetic scene, coal miners flanking President Donald Trump as he signed an order to dismantle the Clean Power Plan.

 

Froma Harrop: Who really benefits from the revised health-care bill?

Posted 3/14/2017 in National Columns

"Trumpcare is really a tax break for the rich, not a health care program," Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York said about the Republican House bill to decimate the Affordable Care Act.

 

Froma Harrop: A plot to poison Obamacare

Posted 3/11/2017 in National Columns

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 would send them into organ failure and death.

 

Froma Harrop: President's erratic behavior sows uncertainty

Posted 3/7/2017 in National Columns

That speech to Congress now seems forever ago. Reading the words off a teleprompter, Donald Trump sounded normal, even presidential.

 

 

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