Photos Reveal Disgrace from G-7

By |June 10th, 2018|

Photos Reveal Disgrace from G-7 President Trump’s top economic adviser said on Sunday that Mr. Trump had pulled out of a joint statement with allies at the Group of 7 meeting over the weekend because a “betrayal” by the Canadian prime minister had threatened to make Mr. Trump appear weak before his summit [...]

Mueller Adds Obstruction in New Manafort Indictment

By |June 8th, 2018|

Mueller Adds Obstruction in New Manafort Indictment The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, brought new obstruction charges on Friday against President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and added allegations against a close associate, who prosecutors suspect has ties to Russian intelligence. [New York Times] THE INDICTMENT special counsel Robert Mueller dropped [...]

Anthony Bourdain Commits Suicide, Days After Kate Spade *Updated*

By |June 8th, 2018|

Anthony Bourdain Commits SuicideJuly 27, 2017: Anthony Bourdain on the ferry to Vashon Island while filming Parts Unknown in Seattle, Washington on July 27, 2017. (photo by David Scott Holloway) HE WAS bigger than life. The flat screen could not contain Anthony Bourdain. The man who took us around the world was scruffy, [...]

Vogue Arabia Drives Message

By |June 2nd, 2018|

Vogue Arabia Drives Message THE WOMAN on the cover of Vogue Arabia is Princess Hayfa bint Abdullah al-Saud. The June issue is "a celebration of the trailblazing women of Saudi Arabia." Vogue is taking heat over it because of May arrests of women activists, some of whom remain jailed. From Human Rights Watch [...]

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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 [...]

Royal Wedding, An American Duchess of Sussex *Updated*

By |May 19th, 2018|

Royal Wedding, An American Duchess of Sussex screen capture from NBC on Twitter Speculation leading up to the big day focused on whether the couple would invite Donald Trump, or his predecessor, Barack Obama. In the event, neither US president made the list, nor did the British prime minister, Theresa May. But the [...]

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 [...]

Olivia’s Diary, & Something Monica Lewinsky Wrote

By |May 14th, 2018|

Available on Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, Kobo #audiobook A COLUMN written by Monica Lewinsky for Vanity Fair (March issue) is entitled "Emerging from the "House of Gaslight" in the Age of #MeToo." An excerpt (emphasis added): I discussed this idea with psychologist Jack Saul, founding director of New York’s International Trauma Studies [...]

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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 [...]