NFL Moves to Strip Players of First Amendment Right

By |May 24th, 2018|

NFL Moves to Strip Players of First Amendment Rights As Chris Long, the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end and one of the few white NFL players to join the protests, wrote on Twitter, “This is fear of a diminished bottom line. It’s also fear of a president turning his base against a corporation. This [...]

Rod Rosenstein Caves to Trump’s ‘Hereby Demand’ Order

By |May 22nd, 2018|

Rod Rosenstein Caves to Trump's 'Hereby Demands' While he has assailed the investigations for a year, Mr. Trump’s latest assertion of bad faith by the Justice Department and the F.B.I. went beyond talk and resulted in an extraordinary meeting on Monday at the White House, where the president pressured intelligence and law enforcement [...]

Trump’s Jerusalem Embassy Politics

By |May 15th, 2018|

Trump's Jerusalem Embassy Politicsphoto via POTUS on Instagram (public domain) On Monday, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and other leading lights of the Trumpist right gathered in Israel to celebrate the relocation of the American Embassy to Jerusalem, a gesture widely seen as a slap in the face to Palestinians who envision East Jerusalem [...]

Talk Radio Presidency

By |May 14th, 2018|

Talk Radio Presidency photo via New York Magazine FOR YEARS I wrote about right-wing talk radio's influence on the Republican Party. Donald Trump turned right-wing radio's influence mined by Karl Rove for votes into a talk radio presidency. From Olivia Nuzzi But almost as soon as Trump announced his candidacy, in June 2015, [...]

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Der Spiegel Joins the Resistance

By |May 12th, 2018|

Der Spiegel Joins the Resistance The conversation turned to Mr. McCain’s opposition to Mr. Trump’s nominee for C.I.A. director because of her past ties to an interrogation program that used torture on terrorist suspects. “It doesn’t matter,” Ms. Sadler said, “He’s dying anyway.” [New York Times] IT IS futile to argue about civility. [...]

Good News, Long Plane Ride to Singapore for Trump

By |May 10th, 2018|

Good News, A Long Plane Ride to Singapore for Trumpphoto: State Department (public domain) IT WAS a good news day when Secretary Mike Pompeo delivered 3 Americans from torture and worse in North Korea. Whatever you think about Pompeo's politics, it matters when the secretary of state has a close relationship with the [...]

Trump Trashes Iran Deal

By |May 9th, 2018|

Trump Trashes Iran Deal NOT EVEN French President Macron believed his charm offensive had changed Donald Trump's mind on the Iran Deal. A document our president hasn't read, doesn't comprehend, and has wanted to undo since it was agreed upon by the world's most powerful nations. The Middle East is a more dangerous [...]

Arts & Entertainment, Kanye & Trump

By |May 7th, 2018|

Arts & Entertainment, Kanye, & Trumpby Paul Szep, Pulitzer Prize-winning artist There’s nothing original in this tale and there’s ample evidence, beyond West, that humans were not built to withstand the weight of celebrity. But for black artists who rise to the heights of Jackson and West, the weight is more, because they [...]

Rudy Rescues Donald – Chaos Ensues *Updated*

By |May 3rd, 2018|

Rudy Rescues Donald...Chaos Ensuesphoto: Fox News channel screen capture “According to Mr. Giuliani, Mr. Trump and Mr. Cohen were co-conspirators in a felony,” he said. “Now it is time for justice to be served, and we intend to serve it.” [Washington Post] WE ALWAYS knew Donald Trump was involved in the payoff to [...]

Michelle Wolf Delivered Truth and It Hurt

By |April 30th, 2018|

Michelle Wolf Delivered Truth - It Hurt THE WHITE House Correspondents Association asked a female comedian to entertain. When Michelle Wolf delivered the WHCA freaked out. Celebrating journalism doesn't mean these insiders want to applaud free expression by a performer who isn't interested in access. Michelle Wolf torched the place. It's art versus [...]