Peter Dreier, City & State

Peter Dreier

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Los Angeles, CA, United States

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Past articles by Peter:

Michael Cohen is Trump’s new Roy Cohn

On Monday, the FBI raided President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen’s office to seize records related to payments to pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels, tax documents and other records, including communications between Cohen and the president. → Read More

Why Trump Keeps Telling the World 'I’m Smart'

The president has tons of bravado, which masks a myriad of other problems. Long before he started running for president, Donald Trump repeatedly claimed that he’s both brainy and well-educated. It is one of his most persistent lies.He did it again on Saturday. In a series of tweets, Trump told the world not only how smart but also how mentally fit he is.“Throughout my life, my two greatest… → Read More

Trump's Bizarre Obsession With His Obviously Questionable Intelligence

Trump is "very intelligent." Just ask him. (Actually, you don't have to ask—he'll tell you.) Many Americans complain that Donald Trump has a tiny vocabulary. But he disproved his critics Wednesday during an impromptu press conference on the South Lawn of the White House.In the past, Trump has repeatedly reminded people about his keen intellect by insisting “I’m smart.” Wednesday, he dug deep… → Read More

Where Are All the Monuments to the Progressive Americans?

The activists, artists, writers, judges, and occasional elected officials who fought to make the US a more humane country often go uncommemorated. → Read More

Why MLK's Final Fight Inspires Our Labor Day Tradition

The best way to honor his memory this Labor Day and every day is to continue the struggle for human dignity. Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memphis to support African American garbage workers, who were on strike to protest unsafe conditions, abusive white supervisors, and low… → Read More

This Labor Day, Remember That Martin Luther King’s Last Campaign Was for Workers’ Rights

Most Americans today know that Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was killed in Memphis, Tennessee in 1968, but few know why he was there. King went to Memp... → Read More

Progressives: Don’t blow the chance for health care reform with a single-payer litmus test

Everyone on the left agrees that single-payer health care is the goal. But a purist approach will only mean defeat → Read More

A California suburb reckons with its Nazi past — and present-day controversy follows

Across the country from Charlottesville, another small city confronts its own ugly history of intolerance VIDEO → Read More

Petition To Censure Trump Gains Momentum

In less than two weeks, a petition calling for Congress to censure President Donald Trump for misconduct and misdeeds has attracted more than 20,00 signa... → Read More

Trump’s war on voters has a long history: Voting-rights advocates are ready to fight back

Trump and his minions have ramped up the attack, but the "voter fraud" myth goes back to the GOP's attack on ACORN → Read More

Donald Trump, a classic case of affirmative action for the wealthy, wants to take it away from the disadvantaged

President often claims he's "like, a smart person" — but he didn't get into Wharton on his academic merits → Read More

Remembering the Great Essayist and Activist Clancy Sigal

The best way to celebrate his life is to read his books and to organize resistance to Trump. Writer Clancy Sigal died Monday night at 91.At any given time, I have 10 to 12 paperback copies of his autobiographical novel Going Away on my bookshelf at home. Whenever I go to a used bookstore, the first thing I do is look for more copies of that novel. I am not a hoarder; I give the books away to… → Read More

Joe and Mika Owe America An Apology

The “Morning Joe” cohosts are partly responsible for Trump becoming president. Most media reports have portrayed Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as aggrieved victims of Donald Trump’s Thursday twitter tantrum. It can’t be pleasant to be attacked so personally by the president, but Scarborough and Brzezinski are fighting back. → Read More

Joe And Mika Owe America An Apology

Let’s not forget that the “Morning Joe” cohosts, particularly Scarborough, are partly responsible for Trump becoming president. → Read More

Joe And Mika Owe America An Apology

Let’s not forget that the “Morning Joe” cohosts, particularly Scarborough, are partly responsible for Trump becoming president. → Read More

Why did Democrats Ossoff and Parnell lose their congressional races in Georgia and South Carolina?

Low turnout among black voters likely sealed their fate → Read More

Why Did Democrats Ossoff And Parnell Lose Their Congressional Races In Georgia And South Carolina?

Pundits will be debating this question for a long while, but there’s one factor that made a huge difference. → Read More

The fascinating story of Major League Baseball’s players union stimulated by the death of Jim Bunning

Jim Bunning's time as a union leader is a part of his legacy that is less well-known → Read More

Media Ignore Jim Bunning’s Militant Union Days

He was both a staunch union member and a lifelong Republican. Jim Bunning, the former major league baseball star and U.S. Senator who died on Friday at age 85, was a union leader before he entered politics. In the 1960s, when team owners controlled almost every aspect of players’ lives, Bunning was a fighter for baseball players’ rights and a driving force in challenging management’s… → Read More

I Don't Care Who Killed JFK

The question of who killed JFK will never be resolved. Next week, as Americans celebrate the 100th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s birth (May 29, 1917), much of the public conversation will be about his death. The controversy over who killed JFK in 1963 has now raged for over half a century. It is a diversion and a waste of time.It is more important to learn from the successes and mistakes of… → Read More