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Is Jared Kushner the Real Weakest Link?

Michael Flynn is refusing to honor a Senate subpoena and is pleading the Fifth, a whole lot of news sources are saying. One suspects Flynn is guilty of something. One also suspects the “something” could implicate the Trump Administration.  Trump’s association with Flynn could bring him down, yet. Whatever he’s hiding from the Senate likely […]

Today’s Trump News: Selling Out Human Rights and Coal Miners

The news from the tRumpus foreign tour, first stop, Saudi Arabia: President Trump made a splashy debut on the world stage here Saturday, ushering in a new era in U.S.-Saudi Arabian relations by signing a joint “strategic vision” that includes $110 billion in American arms sales and other new investments that the administration said would bring […]

Today’s Woopsies

The so-called president is on his way to foreign places, where he will no doubt say really stupid things and continue to be an embarrassment to the nation. But until that happens, here are some other facepalm-worthy news items. You remember a few days ago, when the House passed (with much fanfare but no Democratic […]

This Could Take Awhile

At WaPo, on the naming of  Robert S. Mueller as special counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: Rosentein’s order charges Mueller with investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals...Show More Summary

Roger Ailes, 1940-2017

We weep and we mourn. But, truth be told, not a whole lot.

Rats and Lifeboats

One of the most interesting things I read yesterday was from Erick Erickson, for pity’s sake. Yeah, I know, it’s loathsome Erick Erickson. But here it is: What sets this story apart for me, at least, is that I know one of the sources. And the source is solidly supportive of President Trump, or at […]

Today’s Trumpbomb

The New York Times is reporting that Trump asked James Comey, while Comey was still FBI director, to shut down the investigation into Michael Flynn. This happened in an Oval Office meeting in February, and Comey had documented this request in a memo written shortly after the meeting. “I hope you can let this go,” […]

David Brooks Redeems Himself

Best sentence he ever wrote: We’ve got this perverse situation in which the vast analytic powers of the entire world are being spent trying to understand a guy whose thoughts are often just six fireflies beeping randomly in a jar. See also Digby at Salon.

American Dental Care Bites

In WaPo: As the distance between rich and poor grows in the United States, few consequences are so overlooked as the humiliating divide in dental care. High-end cosmetic dentistry is soaring, and better-off Americans spend well over $1 billion each year just to make their teeth a few shades whiter. Millions of others rely on […]

I Remember Mama

This is my mama,  Berniece Mae Thomas (née Gillihan), when she graduated from nursing school at the University of Missouri. This would have been about 1942 or 1943. As I understand it, she and my dad had just been married, but they had done so secretly because she was afraid to tell her father about it. […]

Keeping Up With the Calamities

The s0-called president started his day at 8:26 am by tweeting threats to James Comey, a man he had just fired from his job as director of the FBI. James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 12, […]

The Perpetual Pandemonium Circus!

Reviewing the news of the day, it strikes me how exhausting the so-called Trump Administration is. We’ve gone from No-Drama Obama to the Perpetual Pandemonium President. And this is particularly remarkable in that nothing unusually catastrophic is going on right now. The Donald is just one unforced error after another. My new name for him […]

How We’re Screwed Even More

As soon as James Comey was fired yesterday, major media news outlets began comparing Trump’s actions to Nixon’s “Saturday Night Massacre.” I’m sure most of you remember that very well. At the New York Times, Charles Savage reviews our options: Can a ‘special prosecutor’ or an ‘independent counsel’ be appointed? No, because the law that […]

Why Michael Flynn?

As I was writing this I got a news flash that James Comey has been dismissed as FBI Director. I’m not sorry, but I am surprised. I’ll come back to this in a bit. I’ve been really busy and only partly following yesterday’s hearings on Michael Flynn.  After reading about the testimony, however, I have […]

More on the Kushner Family Business

Josh Marshall has more on the Kushner family cash-in and their pitch to Chinese investors, including photo evidence that investors are being promised access to Trump. You’ve probably heard that the Kushner family was caught over the weekend literally selling visas to immigrate to the United States in exchange for funding a $150 million dollar […]

The Family That Grifts Together …

The New York Times says the Kushner family is cashing in. The Kushner Companies’ China roadshow, promoting $500,000 investments in New Jersey real estate as the path to a residency card in the United States, moved to Shanghai on Sunday after a similar pitch on Saturday in Beijing. Security was tighter in Shanghai than it had […]

The Meaning of the Word Work

Ivanka Trump has published a book titled Women Who Work. It sounds perfectly vapid, but at least it’s inspired some gloriously snarky reviews. So it’s not a total loss. Reviewer Jennifer Senior called the book a “strawberry milkshake of inspirational quotes.” Self-actualization is the all-consuming preoccupation of “Women Who Work.” In this way, the book is […]

Republican Suicide Watch

House Republicans just passed their newest version of the Soylent Green Act, a.k.a. the American Health Care Act or AHCA. (You know they’re losing their touch when they didn’t get “Job-Creating” or “Freedom” in that title anywhere.) No Democrats voted for it. Not even Joe Manchin. In fact, Democrats appeared … amused. Watch: Democrats chant “Hey […]

Maybe Trump Should Read His Own Book

The Art of the Deal? The loser can’t negotiate with toast. He got rolled big time on the budget negotiations that keep the government operating until September. Don’t let him near any international treaties, or he’ll give away Oregon. Behold: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) secured […]

Today’s Embarrassment

David Remnick in The New Yorker: This Presidency is so dispiriting that, at the first glimmer of relative ordinariness, Trump is graded on a curve. When he restrains himself from trolling Kim Jong-un about the failure of a North Korean missile test, he is credited with the strategic self-possession of a Dean Acheson. The urge […]

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