Explicating “Crossfire Hurricane”

The FBI’s operation “Crossfire Hurricane” seems to have been a counterintelligence investigation that sought Russian-related dirt on the Trump campaign. If any other dirt turned up, that would work too. The name of the operation came by way of the Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” I thought, probably mistakenly, that “Jack Flash” was a stand-in for the devil (please spare […]

What’s Wrong With Hillary?

I will venture a prediction: by the end of President Trump’s first term, it will be obvious that Hillary Clinton’s health would not have permitted her to serve effectively as president, had she won the 2016 election. Hillary falls down and faints. She needs help going up and down stairs. There are persistent rumors that she drinks too much. During […]

President Trump at Annapolis

Yesterday, President Trump at the U.S. Naval Academy. He told the incoming naval officers, “you are winners, you are warriors.” Trump praised the resolve of the U.S. armed forces and America’s achievements, stating: Our ancestors trounced an empire, tamed a continent and triumphed over the worst evils in history. We are not going to apologize for America. We are going […]

Washington Nationals tap Dominican Republic pipeline

Every baseball fan knows that the Dominican Republic contains a rich vein of major league talent. Unfortunately, for too lomg the Washington Nationals were unable to tap that vein. It all goes back to Smiley Gonzalez. In 2006, the Nationals signed Esmailyn “Smiley” Gonzalez, a 16 year-old prospect, for $1.4 million. Or so they thought. Actually they had signed a […]

The French are so rude! Or are they?

The French are so rude! Or are they? FRANCE 24 brings you its brand new monthly show, French Connections Plus. In this first episode, Florence Villeminot and Genie Godula explore the ins and outs of French etiquette: why are French people considered so rude when there are so many rules governing how to behave? Is it all just a big […]

Ex-UEFA president Platini says he has been cleared of graft

Ex-UEFA president Platini says he has been cleared of graft © AFP file photo of Michel Platini Former European soccer chief Michel Platini has said he has been cleared by Swiss authorities of any criminal wrongdoing over payments he received from FIFA that resulted in a ban for ethics violations and that he now plans to return to the game. […]

The Final Year, Thank God

Now playing on HBO is Greg Barker’s documentary chronicling President Obama’s foreign-policy team during Obama’s last year in office. It gives us a fly-on-the-wall view of John Kerry, Samantha Power, and Ben Rhodes doing their job through election day and slightly beyond. I watched it last night. Only 90 minutes long, the film began to grate on me as we […]