(10 comments) Saturday, June 15, 2019 Were the Gulf Tanker Strikes a Saudi-Run Operation?
Oddly, Trump seems somewhat reluctant to engage Iran militarily. He seems to think he can create the conditions and set the stage for war with Iran and control the factors that might lead to war without going to war. It is a dangerous game that could lead to catastrophic consequences.
(1 comments) Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Will Sanders and Warren Defeat Each Other?
Twenty-plus candidates are officially running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, but the policy is being defined by the senators from Vermont and Massachusetts. There are differences and distinctions, to be sure, but the core ideas and the tone are being established by Sanders and Warren.
Friday, May 31, 2019 Somebody Haul Nancy Pelosi Out From Under the Bed
Robert Mueller is trying to handle this like a pro. He is conspicuously understated and remarkably measured in his presentation, given the tectonic portent of his report. Nonetheless, in substance his statement yesterday could not have been more unequivocal. This is not a "punt" to Congress, it's a hand delivery. With emphasis.
(3 comments) Monday, May 27, 2019 These Stupid Wars
Endless, stupid wars, at the risk of redundancy, depend on the endless, stupid logic of endless, stupid wars. It makes good sense to memorialize sacrifice. But to channel that memorialization into an endorsement of more endless, stupid wars is an affront to those who actually have paid the price.
(2 comments) Thursday, May 16, 2019 There Is No Threat From Iran
The aggression and threat to peace are entirely of US origin. The provocation is US provocation, and it is intended to set the stage for a US military operation that is unwise, unnecessary, and will likely lead to a situation worse by orders of magnitude than the US war on Iraq that continues to this day, more than 16 years after the US started it.
(7 comments) Friday, April 26, 2019 Cable News Reports: Bernie Is Toast
The around-the-clock fusillade of criticism directed at Bernie Sanders on cable news has switched into overdrive, synchronized precisely (hint, no coincidence) with Joe Biden's announcement of his candidacy for President.
(30 comments) Monday, April 22, 2019 Top Three Reasons to Impeach Donald Trump
Impeachment is on the table because Donald Trump is facing the most serious allegations and charges ever leveled against an American president. If the Democrats fail to act, fail to use the powers expressly granted them by the very voters they hope to sway in next year's elections, they will be confirming the worst fears of their supporters and validating the sharpest attacks of their critics.
Friday, April 5, 2019 Team Mueller Fires a Warning Shot
Attorney General Barr's preemptive public relations strike appears to have failed, and the truth is starting to assert itself. If Barr continues his efforts to keep the grist of the Mueller investigation out of public view, team Mueller is well positioned to push back. They seem willing.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 A Conclusion Without a Report
What does Mueller's report actually say? We are still not permitted to know. Mueller's report is still the same mystery, the same enigma it has been for two years. Congress and the public must be allowed to view the special counsel's report, in its entirety. Not an avowed Trump loyalist's interpretation of the report.
(7 comments) Sunday, March 17, 2019 Pelosi's Impeachment Stance Makes a Mockery of Everything
What makes Speaker Pelosi's position on impeachment so pervasively detrimental is that she is saying, in effect, "We don't want to know ... because even if we do know we won't do anything anyway." Where is the incentive to make public the evidence of illegal conduct on the part of Donald Trump?
(3 comments) Sunday, March 10, 2019 Socialism? Let's Cut to the Chase
You are going to be hearing a lot about 'Bernie Sanders, the Radical Socialist' in the coming months. So before that bandwagon rolls off down the great American highway let's pin a little truth to its tail.
(2 comments) Saturday, March 2, 2019 I Love Watching Republicans Suffer
Watching the Republicans in lockstep one after another flailing at Cohen's credibility (as though that will even be an issue in dependent cases, which will without any doubt ultimately be decided by documentary evidence) was almost painful. Almost.
(2 comments) Wednesday, February 20, 2019 American Coups
If Donald Trump, with all the evidence of wrongdoing on his part in the public record, is legally untouchable as president, then no president can or will ever be held accountable for anything. This is the defining test case on presidential immunity. If Trump can't be brought to justice, then no president will ever be.
Sunday, January 13, 2019 When Bernie Met Sandy
Appearing on "The Beat" with MSNBC's Ari Melber, comedian Liza Treyger seemed to encapsulate the logic of the "women hate Sanders" meme, saying Sanders was "disheveled, unlikable and pushy." She went on to say, "Everyone's really excited for young female candidates, especially women of color, and we need men to get as excited about women as women are."
Thursday, January 3, 2019 Why Are the NYT and CNN Stoking Gender Warfare on the Left?
Buying into gender-based divisiveness at this stage of the process is highly counterproductive for the progressive movement. Neither Sanders nor Warren is new to the American political scene. Both have long track records and resume's. Redefining them at this stage is a tactic for defeating them. They will be challenged for suggesting that the system be changed fundamentally.
Sunday, December 30, 2018 You're Really, Really Excited About Joe Biden -- No, Really
Sanders' message is resonating with voters in a way that the polls aren't illustrating. Biden may be leading with the pollsters and the corporate media, but Sanders is leading on the issues, material change, and the direction of the debate with the voters.
(2 comments) Sunday, December 16, 2018 The Impeachment Question
An impeachment proceeding would originate in the House Judiciary Committee, likely under the guidance of now ranking member Jerrold Nadler and the leading candidate to be named chairman. It would fall to Nadler and the Democratic members of the committee to document the case in preparation for proceeding with impeachment. They are likely to get more interference from the Republican members than participation.
(1 comments) Thursday, December 13, 2018 Espionage Is Not Out of the Question
Collusion itself is not specifically a crime under federal statutes, but conspiracy can be -- and that, from what we are now seeing, may well be where Mueller is going. If such cooperation included a willful compromising of U.S. national security in consideration of personal enrichment, say in the form of emoluments, then the station that train ultimately arrives at is Espionage.
(1 comments) Monday, November 26, 2018 Dear John Roberts: On the Politicization of the Court
Donald Trump has an uncanny knack for understanding what people are feeling and repackaging those sentiments in oratory for his own personal gain. No, he is not the only one who has concerns about the appearance of politicization within the courts. His transgression is that he seeks to convert such sentiment to personal advantage.
Saturday, November 17, 2018 So It Turns Out Pushing the Democrats Does Make Them Stronger
The Democratic party is moving again, but it wasn't easy. It took a major insurgency by Bernie Sanders, inspired grassroots activists, and the worst, most offensive, most outrageously unethical and illegal president in U.S. history to get them their wave. To their credit, it's a wave they are managing to ride.