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EDITOR'S NOTE: Not long after he was elected, Reagan busted the PATCO union and went on to become the most anti-union president since Herbert Hoover.

“It takes a lifetime to build a good reputation,” Will Rogers once said, “but you can lose it in a minute.”

This certainly seems to be the case with former President Ronald Reagan, who served as California’s governor from 1967 to 1975. Just a few awful seconds of a 1971 conversation, secretly recorded by then-President Richard Nixon, is all it has taken to indisputably recast Reagan as an unabashed racist.

From BILL LONDRIGAN, Kentucky State AFL-CIO president:

It is my sad duty to inform you of the passing of retired UAW Local 862 President and former Deputy Secretary of Labor Brother Rocky Comito. 

Rocky was a friend and great trade unionist and he will be missed.  Please keep Rocky and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Greenfield spent most of his childhood in Princeton, Kentucky, where his father worked as a Baptist minister and his mother as a school teacher," according to Wikipedia. 

By KENT GREENFIELD

Republicans aren't Scrooges--they're much worse.

By PAUL KRUGMAN

By Trump-era standards, Ebenezer Scrooge was a nice guy.

It’s common, especially around this time of year, to describe conservative politicians who cut off aid to the poor as Scrooges; I’ve done it myself. But if you think about it, this is deeply unfair to Scrooge.

Why our editor in chief spoke out against Trump, and why the conversation must continue.

TIMOTHY DALRYMPLE

EDITOR'S NOTE: "Rudy the Red-Nosed Grifter, a new spin on "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," came in a fund-raising email from Public Citizen. The author is Robert Weissman, Public Citizen president. Happy holidays! 

You know Bill Barr and Bannon, the Pencer, and ’Vanka

McConnell the stupid, Don Jr. and Bolton

But do you recall

Trump’s most rotten lackey of all?

 

Rudy the Red-Nosed Grifter

Has a very shiny face