In the Public Interest

Reporter Extraordinaire: The Pioneering Pathways of James Ridgeway

By Ralph Nader February 25, 2021 James Ridgeway formally majored in English in the late 1950s, but he really majored in “Reporting” as the editor of the Daily Princetonian. Imagine what it took to put out a daily college newspaper. He had it all in spades and proved it over the next sixty years, with…

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Why Didn’t Speaker Pelosi Want Witnesses?

By Ralph Nader February 19, 2021 On the morning of February 13, 2021, just before the Senate impeachment trial abruptly ended with Trump’s acquittal, Constitutional law specialist Bruce Fein and I sent the following plea to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. More than 240 years of heroic sacrifices by our forebearers to plant the seeds of…

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Democrats Disarm Themselves Before Trump’s Senate Impeachment Trial

By Ralph Nader February 8, 2021 Donald Trump, has with luck, eluded the consequences of being a failed gambling czar with no respect for the law. But his luck has reached a new level with Congressional Democrats refraining from holding him accountable for breaking the law and violating the Constitution as regularly as the rising…

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The Struggle Inside Senator Mitch McConnell’s Brain

By Ralph Nader February 3, 2021 Since 2015, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has ruled the Senate with an iron hand, describing himself as “the Guardian of Gridlock.” He was Senator “NO,” except for confirming over 200 mostly corporatist federal judges. Now comes a new challenge for Mitch McConnell as he leads 49 other Republican…

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New Auto Safety Report Demands Biden Strengthen Federal Programs Now

By Ralph Nader January 22, 2021 Today the New York Times rediscovered its previous auto safety news beat that blossomed in the 1960s after my book, Unsafe at Any Speed (1965) caused an uproar in Detroit. Reporter Christopher Jensen told New York Times readers about a new report by a coalition of six automotive safety groups demanding that the new…

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Trump’s Finale from Impeachment to Conviction

By Ralph Nader January 15, 2021 Texas Congressman Joaquin Castro, a graduate of Harvard Law School, asked his colleagues: “If inciting a deadly insurrection is not enough to get a president impeached, then what is?” Ten Republicans voted for Impeachment, but 197 House Republicans disagreed. Trump incited the crowd in person on the Mall. He…

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Can Justice Finally Overtake Trump, Its Most Defiant Fugitive?

By Ralph Nader January 8, 2021 Despite the many crimes Donald Trump regularly committed over four years, it took his blatant incitement of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, to put him on the road to prison. (See: Letter to vice President Mike Pence Re: Invocation of Amendment 25). What…

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Georgians – Go Vote for a Long Overdue Raise!

By Ralph Nader December 31, 2020 Lots of people have Georgia and its crucial two Senate runoff elections next Tuesday on their minds. Some people are pouring money into what will easily be the most expensive Senate races in history. Between the Democrats and Republicans, about half a billion dollars will enrich TV stations and…

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Recidivist Criminal and Constitutional Outlaw Trump Rushes to Pardon Criminal Lawbreakers

By Ralph Nader December 24, 2020 Serial lawbreaker Donald J. Trump is embarking on the most sordid presidential pardon spree in American history. He has already pardoned convicted crooks, thieves, and violent outlaws. Trump’s pardon lawyers are frantically assembling more MAGA besotted individuals and groups to be pardoned wholesale. The number may climb into the…

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Comparing Republican with Democratic Party Energy Levels: No Contest

By Ralph Nader December 18, 2020 The Republican and Democratic Parties have been evaluated in many ways but not often by the standard of sheer energy levels. Compare the ferocious drive by Trump, Republican Senators and Representatives, Attorneys General, and Governors in promoting, with baseless allegations and buckets of lies, overturning the presidential election. Of…

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