Trump Banishes Woodrow Wilson’s Ghost
One hundred years ago, on November 30, 1917, the U.S. 42nd Infantry Division arrived in France led by their chief of staff, a young lieutenant colonel named Douglas MacArthur. Their arrival was proof that America’s entry into World War I …
Report: Justice Department to Oppose AT&T-Time Warner Merger
The Trump Justice Department is filing a lawsuit today to block the AT&T merger with Time Warner, Politico reports, based on anonymous sources said to be “familiar” with the proposed deal valued at $85 billion.
Time Warner, of course, owns …
Trump’s Response to LaVar Ball — Most Unpresidential
The father of one of the basketball players who had been facing shoplifting charges in China downplayed President Trump’s role in having him released — and Trump’s response may be one of the worst I’ve seen yet.
Putin Isn’t Interested in Helping America
Toward the end of his twelve-day trip to Asia, President Trump tweeted, “When will all the haters and fools out there realize that having a good relationship with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing. There [sic] always …
Social Conservatives, Raise the Ethical Standard
There’s no getting around it. A great number of conservatives and populists feel tempted to support Roy Moore in his Senate bid, despite the increasingly credible accusations of his acting like a total creep with teenage girls.
Some try …
Trump Arranges Release of UCLA Basketball Players from China
Three members of the University of California, Los Angeles, basketball team are en route to the United States following a week-long detainment in China. The players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill, all freshmen, were questioned and told they …
The American President and American Values
Reporters tried to ask President Duterte of the Philippines about human rights. He shut them down, calling them “spies.” President Trump, sitting next to him, laughed. Earlier this year, Trump sat next to Vladimir Putin. Reporters were trying to ask …
On Taxes, Another Fiasco in the Works
Rhetorically, President Trump is all bang — and in reality, he’s all whimper.
“I alone can fix it,” he insisted. Fix what? Everything!
How’s that working out for you, Republicans?
A big, beautiful wall paid for by the rascally …
Watchdog Group Appears to Exaggerate Standing Claims in Trump Suit
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a Washington, D.C.-based watchdog group, filed suit against President Trump on Jan. 23 for violating the foreign-emoluments clause of the Constitution. Since then, CREW has amended its complaint to add three …
Impromptus: What Bush told Putin, &c.
In the press, they’re calling it “tit for tat.” The United States required that the American branch of RT — formerly “Russia Today” — register with the Justice Department as a foreign agent. RT, as you know, is a …
Donald Trump vs. LaVar Ball
Happy Thanksgiving Week! Making the click-through worthwhile: A qualified defense of Trump’s tweet about LaVar Ball, how we’re outsourcing our thinking about political figures, and the ugly truth about Democratic Senate candidate Doug Jones.
A Ball Goes Out …
Will Political Setbacks Unite the Republican Party?
The inexorable workings of the political marketplace seem to be enforcing some discipline over hitherto fissiparous Republican politicians. The question is whether this is happening too late to save the party’s declining prospects in the 2018 midterm elections.
You can see …
Impromptus: L’Affaire Moore, &c.
If you’re Roy Moore’d out, I don’t blame you. But I’d like to make a few Moore points nonetheless. (I didn’t mean that as a pun, I really didn’t.)
From what he has said …
The Rush to Judgment in the Moore Case
It is hard not to look upon the Roy Moore imbroglio as another well-timed hit-job from a familiar and well-practiced source — the same people who thought they had destroyed the Trump campaign by releasing the Billy Bush tape from …
Donald Trump’s immigration agenda is pretty good. Pity Donald Trump is in charge of it.
As he draws near the end of his first year in office, President Trump has delivered approximately squat: no Obamacare repeal, no tax reform, …
The year since Donald Trump was elected president has not been without accomplishment. The investiture of Justice Neil Gorsuch and several lower-court judges, the successful campaign against ISIS, the rollback of intrusive government regulations, the approval of the Keystone and …
Still Waiting for the Apocalypse
One year into the Trump presidency, predictions of democracy’s end are laughable. He’s often inappropriate but the Constitution is in less danger than it was under Obama.
Some of President Donald Trump’s opponents marked the one-year anniversary …
GOP’s Virginia Loss Tells Us Little
Before it’s all over, President Donald Trump might well obliterate the Republican party’s prospects for the coming decade or longer. But despite much wishful thinking among liberals, the big GOP losses in Virginia do not prove this contention. …
The last time an American president visited China, the Chinese government didn’t exactly roll out the red carpet. When President Obama touched down in Beijing in September 2016, no ramp was provided for him and he had to descend via …