Government Shutdown Is a Symptom of a Broken System

January 31, 2018

Deep divisions and nonstop elections have destroyed any sense of common purpose or long-term thinking in the US. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump celebrated his first year in office with a shutdown. The federal government closed for business at 12.01 am on January 20 and reopened on...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Numerous” Mistakes in the Trump Book?

January 08, 2018

Are Donald Trump’s days too numerous to be numbered? Michael Wolff’s provocative book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, details the first chaotic and mind-bogglingly inept six months of the Trump administration. In response, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Geopolitics” Is Back… Apparently

December 15, 2017

Golly geopolitics! A jack of all tirades is a McMaster of none. The world, with all its nations, cultures, languages and contested boundaries, can be seen as a complex place. Apparently some people in government feel the need to radically reduce its cumbersome complexity. Donald Trump’s...

Palace vs Street in Wake of Jerusalem Comments

December 14, 2017

Arab leaders need to be seen as being on the right side of public opinion while not rocking the boat. A little noticed subtext to furious protests across the Middle East and North Africa against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is simmering anger at...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: “Community” in the Era of Fake News

December 07, 2017

Belief can be the “community organizer” for people who have no need to meet. For some curious reason, undoubtedly linked to what could be called the growing existential crisis around the notion of truth in the media, certain news outlets have taken to giving serious play to the outlandish...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Being “Thankful” in Trump’s America

November 27, 2017

Donald Trump wants to make America grateful again — one tweet at a time. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders has a somewhat thankless job, which may explain why she chose to avoid going through its usual routine last Monday. Instead, she preferred to mimic a teacher in an elementary...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Trump Defines “Take Advantage”

November 20, 2017

How politicians define their moral (ad)vantage point. Today’s 3D Definition: Take Advantage On his recent trip to China, Donald Trump made a point of praising the Chinese government with this rhetorical question: “After all, who can blame a country for being able to take advantage of another...

The Tale of an Incompetent President and His Secretary

October 09, 2017

If the reports are true, Rex Tillerson was correct to call Donald Trump a moron. But that doesn't get him off the hook. It is reassuring to hear that President Donald Trump’s obdurate behavior has stupefied his own cabinet members and not just the American people. On October 4, NBC News...

Trump’s Wrongheaded Choices on Puerto Rico’s Humanitarian Crisis

October 01, 2017

Americans need real presidential leadership because it is sometimes a matter of life and death, and not about ratings, popularity or reality TV. By September 20, weather experts were already forecasting that Hurricane Maria, characterized as a category 4 storm, had potential to cause major...

What is DACA?

September 10, 2017

Dreamers are now struggling to keep their jobs and are subject to deportation. On September 5, US President Donald Trump announced the end of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a program that protects immigrants who came to America at a young age. Congress now has six months to...

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