FROM Jeffrey Madrick
Fading Trust in American Institutions The presidential race is beginning to find its focus, but there’s widespread mistrust of all three branches of government. That mistrust is explored in "Can Americans Trust Their Government Again?," an article in the latest Nation magazine. We look at a challenge that could impact candidates of both parties.
Fading Trust in American Institutions From the Left to the Right, there's a loss of confidence in political institutions: not just the Congress any more, but also the Presidency and the US Supreme Court. But there's disagreement about whether that's good or bad. After all, Thomas Jefferson wanted a revolution every 20 years. Nobody's predicting that, but is democracy at risk when so many people don't believe their government can address their problems? Is this the challenge facing both Democrats and Republicans in this election year?
Political appointments and the reshaping of the judiciary President Trump has the chance for a long-term impact -- not just on the US Supreme Court, but on the entire federal court system. And his nominees are likely to get the support of a massive spending campaign by donors who don't have to reveal their names. Can President Trump "pack" the federal court system?
House Republicans release their Obamacare replacement As two House committees take up "repeal and replacement" of "Obamacare," there may be life left in the Affordable Care Act after all. Even Republicans are divided, and proposed changes won't make good on President Trump's promise to provide "health insurance for everybody."
The President and America's infrastructure: Bait and switch? President Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal may not be what it seems. We look at the prospects for much-needed improvements in roads, bridges and airports.