Politics

Did the Obama Administration Spy on Trump Using Flimsy Evidence? Let's Find Out

If the Justice Department and FBI are, as we‘ve been told incessantly over the past year, not merely patriots but consummate professionals incapable of being distracted by partisanship or petty Washington intrigues, why are Donald Trump‘s antagonists freaking out over the fact that an inspector general will assess whether political motivation tainted an investigation into the president‘s campaign? The American […]

Popular Vote Plan Would Do More Harm Than Good

Since Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election with a majority in the Electoral College but only a minority of the popular vote, ideas for somehow reforming the presidential election system have received a lot of attention. One of the most successful of these is a plan—already adopted by the legislatures of 11 states (with 165 electoral votes)—to award all […]

Trump Lauds NFL Policy Banning Kneeling for National Anthem

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” saying that “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem. Trump spoke to “Fox & Friends” in an interview that aired Thursday. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the […]

Dems and Mueller; Kochs and DACA; Cybersecurity, Part 6; Nuking Goldwater

Good morning, it’s Thursday, May 24, 2018. Fifty-four years ago today, presumptive Republican nominee Barry Goldwater enlivened the nation’s political conversation — and simultaneously undermined his chances of living in the White House — by ruminating aloud about the possible use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam. A decorated military transport pilot during World War II, Goldwater was already on record […]

Trump Cancels Summit, Citing 'Open Hostility' by North Korea

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a dramatic diplomatic turn, President Donald Trump on Thursday called off next month’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, calling the cancellation a “tremendous setback” for peace and stressing that the US military was ready to respond to any “foolish or reckless acts” by the North. Trump first announced his decision in a letter to […]

'It's About Time': Trump Pardons Late Boxer Jack Johnson

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction. “I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing […]

U.S. Has Leverage in Dealings With Iran, North Korea

There has been a lot of misinformation about both getting out of the so-called Iran deal and getting into a new North Korean agreement. The two situations may be connected, but not in the way we are usually told. Getting out of the Iran deal did not destroy trust in the U.S. government. Our departure from the deal does not […]