Joshua Holland

Joshua Holland is a Nation Institute writing fellow and the host of Politics and Reality Radio. Follow him on Twitter.

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The Entire Republican Establishment Has Embraced a Classic Anti-Semitic Trope

The reality is that Jewish Americans worry less about Israel than things like health care, the economy, and the environment.

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Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch /IPX President Donald J. Trump at the Republican Jewish Coalition Annual Leadership Meeting in Las Vegas, April 6, 2019. For months, Republicans—and some Democrats—have been relentless in their criticism of Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for lamenting AIPAC’s influence over U.S. policy in the Middle East and criticizing “the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” She was accused of parroting an old anti-Semitic trope which held that Jews would never be fully loyal citizens of the countries in which they lived. The accusation that they held “dual loyalties” has justified the oppression of Jews dating back to the Roman Empire. So Donald Trump raised some eyebrows on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath, when he bragged to a crowd of Republican Jews gathered in Las Vegas that he had “stood with your prime minister at the White House,...

Q&A: Zephyr Teachout and Trump’s Vulnerability to State Prosecution

The New York state attorney general candidate discusses the case against Trump and the power of the state AG's office. 

N ew York Democrats will be presented with a tantalizing question on September’s primary ballot: What might one of the leading progressive experts on combating corruption accomplish with the investigative and prosecutorial powers of the state’s attorney general’s office, especially given that the Empire State is the home base of the Trump family’s business empire and “ charitable ” foundation? Fordham legal scholar Zephyr Teachout presents herself to voters as the perfect candidate for our times. When the jury convicted former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort on eight criminal counts and Manafort signaled cooperation with prosecutors to shorten an expected prison term, Teachout tweeted: "If Donald Trump pardons Manafort, the federal pardon would not cover state crimes. As AG of New York, I will investigate and pursue any state law violations to be ready for Trump trying to protect himself with a pardon. We have to be totally clear that no one is...

Massive Spending Cuts: The Tax Act's Hidden Costs

Republicans rediscovered the peril of the enlarged deficit—as a pretext for gutting social spending.

This article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here . The 2017 Republican Tax Act is plainly a raw deal for working America. Corporations keep their massive cuts permanently, but according to the Tax Policy Center, 53 percent of filers will actually pay more taxes in 2027 than they would have if the Tax Act had not become law. More than twice as many of those in the lowest income group will face tax hikes than will enjoy a cut. And by 2027, the law is projected to result in 13 million more Americans being uninsured. But that kind of narrow view only scratches the surface. One has to look at the law’s hidden costs, longer-term effects, and the ripple effect on state revenues and spending. In one provision that hasn’t received much attention, Republicans rejiggered the formula that the government uses to measure inflation. Known as Chained Consumer Price Index, this trick will reduce the official measure of inflation. In turn, that...

McConnell Surrenders to The Resistance, For Now

The Kentucky Republican goes down to defeat again, but winning this latest battle doesn’t mean the war over health care has ended.

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is done herding cats on his party’s catastrophic “repeal and replace” health-care bill, ending for now the GOP’s seven-year quest to unravel Barack Obama’s signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, which Republicans have likened to a deadly plague or an Earth-killing meteorite. It now looks like McConnell’s short-term goal is to teach a tuned-out president that griping from the sidelines about legislation he hasn’t shown much interest in comes with a steep price. But more important, he will succeed in delivering a “dead body” to the Republican base so he can say he did his best and move on to his true passion, cutting taxes on the wealthy. Here’s the tell: After Republican Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Lee of Utah became the third and fourth vote against moving to take up the Better Care Reconciliation Act, McConnell announced that he would bring to the floor for a vote...

Dispatches From the Conservative Bubble: GOP Health-Care Edition

How come some Republicans don’t believe that the Ryan and McConnell bills would lead to more deaths? An epistemic blockade, that’s how come.

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P oll after poll finds that a majority of Republicans disapprove of the GOP’s effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But given that every analysis of the Republicans’ bills comes to the same broad conclusion—that it will result in millions of Americans losing coverage, won’t reduce premiums for anyone but young, healthy people, and will bestow a massive tax cut skewed toward those who don’t need the extra cash—one has to wonder what those 30-40 percent who approve of the legislation are thinking. The simplest explanation is that they’re not. Most of us rely heavily on partisan cues to form a position on policy issues, especially when they’re complicated. Influencers—pundits, wonks, and politicians you like—play an important role. One such pundit is Joel Pollak, a rigidly ideological editor at Breitbart . On Saturday, he published a piece entitled, “ In Health Care Attacks, Democrats Risk Inciting...

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