Mary Granskog

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Dreamers, Liars and Bad Economics

Does it matter that Jeff Sessions, the attorney general, tried to justify Donald Trump’s immigration cruelty with junk economics?<p>It’s definitely not the main issue. Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy is, above all else, immoral. The 800,000 beneficiaries …


Conspiracies, Corruption and Climate

After the devastation wreaked by Harvey on Houston — devastation that was right in line with meteorologists’ predictions — you might have expected everyone to take heed when the same experts warned about the danger posed by Hurricane Irma. But you would have been wrong.<p>On Tuesday, Rush Limbaugh …

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Harvey, Irma, Jose … and Noah

Is there anything we can learn from hurricanes, storms and floods?<p>People have been asking that question for thousands of years, and telling stories that try to make sense of natural disasters. These flood myths are remarkably similar to one another.<p>A researcher named John D. Morris collected more …


From 9/11 to Humpty Dumpty

I watched my president perorate at the Pentagon and all I could think as he held forth about heroism on the 16th anniversary of 9/11 was how did we end up with Humpty Dumpty.<p>It was Humpty Dumpty, of course, who declared: “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor …

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Horrific as the killing of a Whittier cop may be, we can't let emotion guide criminal justice reform

The grief and anger caused by the horrific killing in February of Officer Keith Boyer has moved policymakers to seek three changes in laws dealing with how criminals are punished and then supervised after their release from incarceration. But grief and anger seldom turn into good criminal justice …