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Brent Budowsky is a regular columnist on thehill.com. He served as Legislative Assistant to U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen, responsible for commerce and intelligence matters, including one of the core drafters of the CIA Identities Law. Served as Legislative Director to Congressman Bill Alexander, then Chief Deputy Whip, House of Representatives. Currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Intelligence Summit. Left goverment in 1990 for marketing and public affairs business including major corporate entertainment and talent management.
Friday, March 22, 2019 Budowsky: Biden or Beto: Where's the beef?
With former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) campaigning across the nation offering high-sounding slogans and much talk about himself, and former Vice President Joe Biden poised to present himself as a candidate to lead the nation and free world, it is time to ask big questions.
(1 comments) Thursday, December 6, 2018 From Bernie to Beto, a Progressive Era Begins
After the great Democratic victory in the 2018 midterm elections, creating a Democratic House of Representatives that must approve any legislative measure that will become law during the final two years of President Trump's current and probably only term in office, the 2020 presidential campaign has now begun.
(2 comments) Sunday, December 2, 2018 Manafort pardon would be impeachable, indictable and convictable
While a president can lawfully pardon almost anyone, for almost any crime, a pardon for Paul Manafort could also be crucial evidence in support of an obstruction of justice case, and potentially an additional count in an obstruction of justice case. If Trump pardons Manafort, he protects Manafort only to the degree that Manafort tells the whole truth to the grand jury after the pardon.
(1 comments) Friday, August 10, 2018 Manafort, Gates, Cohen and Trump's rat-infested campaign
Observing the Manafort trial, it is a battle of the rats who are ratting on each other about a rat-infested campaign for president. Manafort and Gates are like rats biting each other in court, accusing each other of multiple crimes. Waiting in the wings in this rat-invested sewer is Cohen, who has already begun to rat on Trump.
(3 comments) Friday, August 3, 2018 Obstruction of justice bombshell will explode before midterms
It is political suicide for Republicans when the president escalates his attacks against the free press to such extreme levels that even his daughter distances herself from these attacks. His attacks against Mueller have reached such extreme levels that he puts the fear of God into Republicans running in 2018.
(3 comments) Thursday, August 2, 2018 George Will, the Koch brothers and conservatives in crisis
It is not surprising that the Koch brothers have come forth with criticism of certain wrongs of the Trump presidency. What is surprising is the degree that the authoritarian and intolerant Trump has chosen to personally and politically attack the Koch brothers.
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 In midterm disaster, Fredo Corleone Republicans back Trump on Russia
As scandals multiply, evidence mounts, midterms approach and our modern Godfather saga unfolds before voters, the Fredo Corleone faction of Republicans is increasingly the brand of the GOP. Even the modern Godfather in Moscow must be worried that too many rats will abandon the sinking ship, and Democrats in Congress will ultimately end this sad saga with a massive victory over the Fredo Corleone Republicans.
(4 comments) Thursday, July 26, 2018 In 2018, women say no to Trump
2018 will be the year when women say no to Donald Trump. They will demand our country be governed like the great American family we are. They will make their stand and stake their claim to take back America from Trump. These women will vote. These women will win.
(6 comments) Saturday, July 21, 2018 Democrats are the patriot party
Democrats are united as the patriot party, seizing the high ground and a powerful advantage throughout the nation, as the free world watched in horror when a Republican president appeared weak and submissive in the presence of a Russian dictator who is attacking our country.
(1 comments) Tuesday, July 10, 2018 Mattis vs. Trump vs. NATO vs. Putin vs. Mueller before midterms
It appears Trump is determined to conduct a secret meeting with Putin, with no Americans present at this critical moment. This prospect horrifies leaders throughout the democratic world who are terrified by what could transpire if Putin and Trump collude in concert, without free-world witnesses, on whatever ventures they secretly discuss. Secretary of Defense Mattis should be present at all meetings between Putin and Trump.
(3 comments) Friday, July 6, 2018 George Will, Joe Scarborough lead midterm exodus from GOP
Something is happening in America that is large and profound. If Donald Trump is America's first post-truth president, George Will, Joe Scarborough, Max Boot, Steve Schmidt, Pete Wehner and other legitimate conservatives are leading a growing wave of post-partisan conservatives who are rejecting the GOP of Donald Trump.
(1 comments) Saturday, June 30, 2018 George Will is right: Vote the GOP out
George Will is absolutely right when he describes many Republicans in Congress as being poodles of the president, and when he recognizes the danger to the republic if this president and his GOP poodles continue their one-party dominance of the presidency and Congress.
(7 comments) Thursday, June 28, 2018 Obama remains AWOL for Dems
Obama should stand up for Americans who are economically savaged by disastrous Republican attacks against ObamaCare that is his noble, popular but wounded and endangered legacy. He should stand up for all who fight with courage and conviction for democracy, human rights, and equal justice under law. Now. Today. Immediately.
(6 comments) Thursday, June 21, 2018 God bless Laura Bush
Trump has ordered a temporary halt to the family separation policy. It should be made permanent. Period. Trump's abuse of these children is witnessed by a restive, troubled and committed citizenry that largely opposes this moral outrage. His abuse of these children is witnessed by a troubled world whose most fervent believers in freedom and democracy ask what has gone wrong in our beacon of justice and light.
Monday, June 18, 2018 Americans love Canada, not Kim
For the first time in American history we are led by a president who treats our friends as enemies, treats our enemies as friends and acts to destroy the alliances between our country and our democratic friends around the world.
(21 comments) Wednesday, June 13, 2018 John McCain's timeless truths
When considering the life and works of Kennedy, Hemingway and McCain, it is right and fitting to use the word "timeless." Some values and visions transcend time. In our times, John McCain embodies many of them including notions of duty, honor, country, courage and integrity in all endeavors of life.
(3 comments) Saturday, June 2, 2018 Trump war against Mueller will make Dem midterm turnout soar
Trump has put Mueller atop his enemies list. He is waging a war of political destruction against Mueller. He has deployed Rudy Giuliani, who was cheered by New Yorkers after the terror attack in September 2001 and was recently loudly booed at a New York Yankees game, to execute a crude strategy in his name.
(23 comments) Sunday, May 20, 2018 Obama should lift the Dems, now
Obama is the only national Democrat who would galvanize an explosion of attention from the media and voters about what Democrats stand for, who Democrats fight for and how Democrats will make life better in a nation that hungers for not just attacks against Trump, but a compelling alternative to Trump.
(9 comments) Thursday, April 26, 2018 End the DNC malpractice
While Women's Marchers, student leaders and minority activists are spearheading efforts to register voters and mobilize turnout, it is malpractice for DNC leaders to be merchandising court filings and discussing legal briefs that voters do not give a damn about compared to their jobs, health care, wages and standard of living.
(9 comments) Friday, April 20, 2018 When Barbara Bush praised Bill Clinton, and Clinton praised the man she loved
As Barbara Bush is laid to rest, surrounded by a loving family and grateful nation, many words of affection and respect will be spoken of her. All of those words will be said with sincerity and admiration for who she was, all she did and the American spirit she embodied so gracefully.