Donald Trump: Our UnFounding Father

December 07, 2017

Donald Trump isn’t an aberration. He's the zeitgeist. Don’t look away. I mean it! Keep on staring just like you’ve been doing, just like we’ve all been doing since he rode down that escalator into the presidential race in June 2015 and, while you have your eyes on him, I’ll tell you...

They Don’t Really Love Trump

November 13, 2017

It would seem there that there is a big Pyongyang problem in the middle of America. When CNN's Ivan Watson visited Pyongyang over the summer, he complained that he hadn't had "a single 'real' conversation with a North Korean due to immense government paranoia." His Instagram pictures of...

Donald Trump: America’s Little Big Man

May 31, 2017

It could be assumed that the gods who sent Donald Trump into the Oval Office at such a moment have a perverse sense of humor.  He’s huge. Outsized. He fills the news hole at any moment of any day. His over-tanned face glows unceasingly in living rooms across America. Never has a president...

The Real Story Behind Trump’s Trade Deals

May 05, 2017

There's no evidence Trump wants to fix the corrosive impact of trade deals like NAFTA on labor protections or environmental standards. If you want to understand why Donald Trump has been changing his position on trade, one place to start is pork. I’m not talking about the pork that goes into...

Jared Kushner’s Rise to Power Mirrors Donald Trump’s

May 03, 2017

President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is now also his right-hand man. Like Donald Trump, Jared Kushner was born not quite into the Manhattan elite, but was likewise given an early opportunity to run his family’s property business. Kushner aggressively expanded its operations: In the...

Political Comedians Take on Trump

April 12, 2017

Political comedians are the new rock stars in defense of reason in the age of Donald Trump. For many Democrats — and some Republicans — Donald Trump’s presidency has had few upsides. From the furious rolling out of a set of executive orders and early policies that included a travel ban...

Conspiracy Theory in a Post-Fact World

March 13, 2017

The fact that something that contradicts official accounts sounds like a possible conspiracy theory doesn't mean it may not be true. It didn't take long, after WikiLeaks rang the opening bell, for the two contestants to reach the center of the ring and start circling and jabbing. On one side,...

Breitbart News and the Return of Partisan Journalism

March 09, 2017

The popularity of Breitbart among conservative voters is an outcome of a long-term right-wing campaign against the progressive media. The 2016 presidential campaign was arguably the most divisive and polarized in modern American history. The election of a demagogue like Donald Trump to the White...

How to Hack the President’s Phone

February 06, 2017

President Trump may be placing America’s national security in danger, one tweet at a time. Do you remember Hillary Clinton’s emails scandal? Of course, how could you forget one of the main points of contestation regarding her using an unsecured server that may well have lost Clinton the...

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

February 03, 2017

Trump's extremely effective at dividing and conquering his opponents. What would it take for progressives to divide his supporters? The resistance to Donald Trump’s presidency has been strong, sustained and multi-dimensional. The Women’s March after the inauguration deluged DC in a sea of...

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