Author: Terry Schwadron

Terry H. Schwadron retired as a senior editor at The New York Times, Deputy Managing Editor at The Los Angeles Times and leadership jobs at The Providence (RI) Journal-Bulletin. He was part of a Pulitzer Gold Medal team in Los Angeles, and his team part of several Pulitzers in New York. As an editor, Terry created new approaches in newsrooms, built technological tools and digital media. He pursued efforts to recruit and train minority journalists and in scholarship programs. A resident of Harlem, he volunteers in community storytelling, arts in education programs, tutoring and is an active freelance trombone player.

Trump’s “Big Lie” Is Ongoing Threat to Democracy Before the Select House Committee on Jan. 6 renews hearings that are seeming to pin Donald Trump at the center of multiple plots to overturn election results through the Capitol riot, we should reconsider the basic argument that the election was rigged. The latest effort to do so is a 72-page report by eight self-identified political conservatives – judges, political leaders and two former senators – that reviews the so-called evidence in 64 court cases filings or 187 counts in six key battleground states to justify Trump’s claims of fraud. It reviewed the…

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As the War Drags on, International Support for the Embattled Nation Wanes Four months since Russian troops invaded Ukraine, there are broad hints emerging about the strains of supporting a long-running proxy war on the battlefield and in international resolve. It’s our job to take notice since Ukraine and we have made this conflict a defense of democracy itself as well as an international rebuke of militarily invading another nation. Our specific job here is to hold our U.S. officials to what they say they want our policies to represent. We need to ask: Is support for Ukraine’s resistance weakening?…

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French Election Shows Major Similarities to America Over Russia, Inflation, Covid and Immigration Usually, at least when Donald Trump is not a candidate, the easy part of elections, including Sunday’s presidential election in France that returned Emmanuel Macron, is determining the winner. But even if the result is expected through polling and wide numbers of voter interviews, figuring out what it means may be more complicated. In the end, the rejection of the far-right alternative, Marine Le  Pen by 17 percentage points made the outcome seem a handy win for Macron. But it obscured two far more important observations…

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Amid now familiar divides about gun legislation,  President Joe Biden on Monday targeted ghost guns for special federal law enforcement. Perfectly aware that he cannot get such a bill through Congress, Biden is relying on executive actions that are susceptible to overturn should an opponent win the next presidential election. Nevertheless, his remarks made clear that he feels the White House must do something to rein in a growing number of gun crimes across the country. At the same time, he named Steve Dettelbach, a former U.S. attorney from Ohio, as a replacement to head the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms…

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Yet Again, the House Committee Investigating the Insurrection Raises Expectations With Little Payoff Hearing that a House committee thinks Donald Trump and his inner circle “might have conspired to commit fraud and obstruction by misleading Americans about the outcome of the 2020 election and attempting to overturn the result” is not helpful. Almost as annoying as Trump’s constant whines about “rigged elections” and voter fraud to justify his loss are reports leaking freely that Trump may be involved in some possible criminal or illegal activity – always adding fuel to a never-starting criminal fire. Enough already, House Select Committee on…

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