April 1, 2023 | Reading Time: 2 minutes

I started the Editorial Board to provide some light in the darkness. Now Trump’s indicted

I hope you'll join us today.

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On this rainy day in New England, I’m looking back at the moment I started the Editorial Board. It was summer 2018. We were coming up on Donald Trump’s first midterm. So much was uncertain. So much was unknown. I hoped to provide some light in the darkness.

Here we are, years later, and the man I always and deliberately refer to as “the criminal former president” has been indicted on the dumbest of charges — he didn’t want to spend his own money paying Stormy Daniels to keep quiet about their pay-for-sex relationship. So he charged the bribe to his campaign.

That’s a crime.

It’s probably the most insignificant crime in a lifetime’s worth of crimes.

But there are no promises in life.

Let’s be grateful for what we have.

Since the beginning the Editorial Board has been about politics in plain English for normal people and the common good. I’m asking today for support of our work here at the Editorial Board.

You’ve been on my free list for some time now. That’s good. That’s how I wanted things. But this work isn’t free to produce. It has a value. We can’t do this work without your support. 

For $6 a month, for less than coffee every week, you get my writing sent to your inbox every day, plus another edition later that day by one of our amazing writers, including Mia Brett, Lindsay Beyerstein, Rod Graham and our newest member Allison Wiltz.

Even better, you can subscribe for the year to save 17 percent off the monthly rate.

That’s a good deal for you – and for the common good.

Thank you! –JS


(PS: here’s what we did this week. All paywalls are down. Thanks!) 

March 31, 2023 — by Claire Bond Potter

Pussy Grabs Back, Donald!

Let’s thank Stormy Daniels for her service.

March 31, 2023 — by John Stoehr

It happened. He’s indicted. But they’ll vote for him still

The misunderstood meaning of loyalty among supporters.

March 30, 2023 — by Claire Bond Potter

Waco was a pilgrimage, not a rally, for far-fight’s newest martyr

The current Branch Davidians were delighted the man they call “God’s battering ram” came to revive their cause.

March 30, 2023 — by Allison Wiltz

Why they accuse Black people of being a privileged class

If your goal is to bury the lede on affirmative action, you’ll never come to terms with the ugly truth about racism.

March 29, 2023 — by John Stoehr

Josh Hawley paves the way for outlawing ‘woke’ speech

In rightwing politics, Audrey Hale is now a radicalized trans terrorist.

March 28, 2023 — by John Stoehr

For the House Republicans, mass death is a means to an end

Government isn’t for helping people. It’s for controlling people.

March 28, 2023 — by Noah Berlatsky

Punish the hungry?

Free school lunches work.

John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition. Find him @johnastoehr.

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