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Opinion: The Comstock Act and the continuing threat to women
04-07-2024 4:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. After the oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court on the Mifepristone case, FDA v Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, most pro-choice commentators breathed a sigh of relief. It appeared that the Court was not buying...

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Opinion: A progressive Democratic Project 2025, part 2
04-01-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. In my last My Turn, I outlined a progressive Democratic agenda that differentiates sharply from what the Republicans are selling. The Democrats are a big tent and I write with the recognition that some Democrats,...


Opinion: The Democrats need their own Project 2025
03-25-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Many close observers of the 2024 presidential race have commented on Project 2025, the Republican plan for what they intend to do if Trump wins in November. The plan is a maximalist horror show that includes a...


Opinion: Persecuting the pregnant and the would-be pregnant
03-17-2024 12:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Up until the recent Alabama Supreme Court decision, the concept of extrauterine children was foreign to me. It is a hard concept to wrap your head around. I hadn’t seriously considered the idea that frozen embryos...


Opinion: Delay is the name of the game
03-10-2024 4:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Usually I harbor low expectations about how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule. That is because of the far-right plurality on the Court that rarely deviates from the Federalist Society “billionaires are us” party...


Opinion: What Trump’s 2020 gambit could mean for the 2024 election
03-03-2024 3:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. After the January 6 Committee released its report, it would be easy to conclude that we learned everything about Donald Trump’s attempt to stay in power after the 2020 election. Recent events show that is not the...


Opinion: Democrats, don’t cave to Republicans on immigration
02-26-2024 6:30 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. The bipartisan border deal that the Republicans ultimately walked away from on orders from Donald Trump was a Stephen Miller wish list. It embodied a number of terrible, cruel ideas. Yet, the Democrats promoted this...


Opinion: The continued relevance of Leo Frank’s story
02-19-2024 6:30 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Last March there was a Broadway revival of the musical Parade. It starred Ben Platt, who played the role of Leo Frank, the only Jewish person ever lynched in the United States. That happened back in 1915. Weirdly,...


Opinion: Cluelessness of the Democratic Party Establishment
02-12-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. With fascism very likely on the ballot in November (and I am talking about you, Donald Trump) the question emerges: how do Democrats maximize their voter turnout to guarantee electoral victory? I would suggest that...


Opinion: Un-learning racism in America
02-06-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Part of the conservative counter-revolution against wokeism is un-learning lessons learned about racism in America from the civil rights movement and Black liberation movement of the 1960s and 1970s. In that era,...


Opinion: What’s really behind the dehumanization of immigrants?
01-29-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. My sister, Lisa Baird, was an immigration attorney. Before she died in 2009, she had a very active private practice in Philadelphia where she represented people who were seeking asylum and trying to avoid...


Opinion: Corruption as a way of life
01-21-2024 7:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. One news story that failed to garner much traction over the last week or two was the House Democrats’ report on how during the Trump presidency his businesses obtained $7.8 million from foreign governments. This...


Opinion: Remembering Paul Robeson
01-15-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Part of the legacy of racism and white supremacy in America is the failure to recognize and acknowledge key Black leaders in the Black freedom struggle. Paul Robeson is one such leader. In my own informal poll of...


Opinion: Violence and dehumanization: The MAGA calling cards
01-08-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. In understanding what makes Donald Trump and his MAGA movement unique, I would argue it is both their incitement to violence and their dehumanization of opponents. That rhetoric echoes fascist tradition that sees...


Opinion: Clarence Thomas must recuse from January 6 cases
01-02-2024 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. Back in November, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a new code of conduct. The announcement came in response to mounting criticism of the unethical behavior of certain justices, particularly Clarence Thomas. His...


Opinion: The cruelty of the anti-abortion movement
12-26-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. My mom was not the most political person. Although my grandfather used to call her “the Russian,” I never understood that. Both my parents were liberal Democrats but I wouldn’t say politics played a big role in...


Opinion: The importance of the Squad
12-18-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. As a 1960s person who has nursed high expectations for social change, it is hard not to be extremely depressed at the state of our politics. Hopes of an evolution toward a less militaristic, ecologically sensitive,...


Opinion: Frances Sweeney’s fight against fascism in Boston
12-04-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. For anyone concerned about the advance of authoritarianism in America, there has been plenty to worry about. In spite of his multiple criminal prosecutions, the Republican presidential front-runner appears to be...


Opinion: Saying the authoritarianism out loud
11-27-2023 6:30 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. For any close observer of the MAGA movement, the last week or two has been extremely revealing. Donald Trump and the MAGA movement are telling us exactly what they intend to do if they regain power. Shredding the...


Opinion: The dark money king
11-06-2023 6:00 AM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. I would bet that if you asked most regular people who Leonard Leo was, the overwhelming majority would say they never heard of the guy. Leo first came to public attention when former President Donald Trump was...


Opinion: The Supreme Court takes up guns and domestic violence
10-22-2023 5:00 PM

By JONATHAN P. BAIRD

Jonathan P. Baird lives in Wilmot. In November, the Supreme Court will be hearing a case, United States v Rahimi, about whether the Second Amendment invalidates a federal law that prohibits possession of a firearm by an individual subject to a...

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