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When Is a Terrorist Not a Terrorist? (And Other Stuff)

A young white guy has been identified as the Austin bomber. Mark Anthony Conditt, 24, blew himself up this morning as police closed in on him. Yesterday the White House released the opinion that the Austin bombings had “no connection to terrorism,” in spite of the fact that the people of Austin were justified in feeling […]

Illinois Primary Today

Illinois primary today. Thanks goodness. I’ve been watching the campaign from the other side of the Big Muddy, where I can see television ads run on St. Louis-area stations. Illinois, like New York, has long been weighted down by old party boss-style politics and corruptions in which both parties are complicit. The sitting Republican governor, […]

Trump Convicts Himself, Tweet by Tweet

Trump won’t shut up. These tweets are from yesterday: As the House Intelligence Committee has concluded, there was no collusion between Russia and the Trump Campaign. As many are now finding out, however, there was tremendous leaking, lying and corruption at the highest levels of the FBI, Justice & State. #DrainTheSwamp — Donald J. Trump […]

Japan Went to Jared

Remember the meeting with Shinzo Abe in Trump Tower, a couple of weeks after the election, when people were somewhat alarmed that Ivanka and Jared sat in? And remember the Mar a Lago national security meeting in February 2017? Yesterday Caleb Melby of Bloomberg News reported that by some coincidence the government of Japan entered into […]

Trump Is a Disease: McCabe and Russia

Reluctantly I have concluded that President Trump is a serious threat to US national security. He is refusing to protect vital US interests from active Russian attacks. It is apparent that he is for some unknown reason under the sway of Mr Putin. — Barry R McCaffrey (@mccaffreyr3) March 16, 2018 This was tweeted before […]

Yes, the Democrats Can Win White Working-Class Voters Without Throwing Social Justice and Equality Under the Bus

My favorite thing about yesterday’s apparent Democratic victory in Pennsylvania 18 yesterday was this: Republicans had banked heavily on selling their tax cuts to voters as proof that they’re getting things done for working- and middle-class people. But in the final days, Republicans dialed down their messaging about the tax cuts, because it wasn’t working. Also: […]

Putin Fires Tillerson

Seriously, does it get more bare-assed than this? This was Rex Tillerson, yesterday. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal in Britain “clearly came from Russia” and “certainly will trigger a response.” Tillerson says he doesn’t know whether Russia’s government had knowledge of the poisoning. But he is arguing […]

The Sixteen Democrats Who Voted to Weaken Dodd-Frank

This past week the Senate passed a bank deregulation bill. This comes under the heading of why are they wasting our time on this crap in my book. The Sixteen Weenies are: Bennet, Colorado Carper, Delaware Coons, Delaware Donnelly, Indiana Hassan, New Hampshire Heitkamp, North Dakota Jones, Alabama Kaine, Virginia Manchin, West Virginia McCaskill, Missouri […]

Now Putin and Trump Are Coordinating Antisemitic Slurs

Yesterday Trump lobbed a weird insult at Chuck Todd. Referring to Meet the Press, he said, “A show now headed by ‘Sleepy eyes Chuck Todd,’” Trump said Saturday. “He’s a sleeping son of a bitch.” Trump first used the moniker in April of 2017 when questioning why Todd and NBC News were not covering his claim […]

The Summit That Won’t Happen

So let’s talk about the proposed Trump-Kim summit. I’m betting it will never happen. Indeed, the White House already is walking it back. Jeffrey Lewis wrote in Foreign Policy, Although President Trump seems to be under the impression that the meeting would be to discuss the elimination of North Korea’s nuclear weapons, the North Koreans […]

Elites on Free Speech: Shut the Bleep Up

There’s much fainting and grasping for smelling salts among the editorial page elites these days. Young people aren’t listening to them, I take it. You’ll remember Brooks advising us that the reason we don’t get anywhere with the gun control debate is that gun control advocates are too nasty to the second amendment activists, and […]

Bob Mueller’s New Best Friend

George Nader seems to be another key to Trump’s various plots. Josh Marshall: George Nader was returning to Dulles airport on January 17th, apparently from abroad, when he was met by FBI agents with search warrants and a subpoena. Nader was planning to travel on to Florida to Mar-a-Lago for a celebration of Trump’s first […]

Today’s Trump Scandal News

Today there are reports that the Trump Organization ordered replicas of the presidential seal to be used as markers on his golf courses. This is probably illegal. Yesterday we learned that former Trump campaign officials are being subpoenaed by Bob Mueller for all communications — meaning emails, texts, handwritten notes, etc. Show More Summary

Mueller Investigation Update

Mueller Is Now Looking Into Middle Eastern Influence as Part of the Trump Investigation Special counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his investigation to look into the Trump White House’s ties to a Lebanese-American businessman who works closely with the de facto ruler of the United Arab Emirates, the New York Times reports. Show More Summary

“Surpassingly Stupid”: Trump’s Trade War

Bottom line, Trump’s tariffs and trade war lay bare his colossal ignorance of economics. For one thing, he misunderstands what a “trade deficit” is. When a country (USA) is losing many billions of dollars on trade with virtually every country it does business with, trade wars are good, and easy to win. Example, when we […]

The Further Adventures of Jared

I’m trying to remember what it was I used to write about before Trump became president. Anyone? Today The Intercept reported that it appears Jared Kushner arranged to punish Qatar for not giving him a loan. THE REAL ESTATE firm tied to the family of presidential son-in-law and top White House adviser Jared Kushner made a […]

Did Jared Get Caught?

The New York Times is reporting an apparent conflict of interest between Jared Kushner and companies that met with him in the White House. Early last year, a private equity billionaire started paying regular visits to the White House. Joshua Harris, a founder of Apollo Global Management, was advising Trump administration officials on infrastructure policy. […]

Bob Mueller Is Still Investigating

The latest: Rick Gates done gone and flipped, folks. And he must have flipped good. The lead Russia investigator asked a federal court in Alexandria, Virginia Tuesday to dismiss a series of criminal charges against Gates, including tax and bank fraud, in exchange for his guilty plea and testimony in the wider probe into the 2016 presidential […]

Your Tax Dollars Not at Work

A couple of stories that explain different parts of the same phenomenon: First, we read at the New York Times that companies are not spending the Trump tax cuts in ways that will help their employees, or the economy. President Trump promised that his tax cut would encourage companies to invest in factories, workers and […]

The Gun Problem Is Guns, Especially Semiautomatic Guns

Predictably, since Trump promised to really truly fix the Gun Problem he has pursued nothing but red herring solutions, namely arming teachers and doing something about “mental health.” I’ve already written about the widespread but mistaken belief that school shooters are all “mentally ill.” Trump seems to think it would be easy to just round […]

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