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    • The Media’s Latest Campaign to Normalize Trump

      Published in Washington Monthly ( link to article) After the Syria strikes, the press has mistakenly found new respect for Trump. One of the more annoying features of the most annoying presidential campaign in history was the mainstream media’s attempts to normalize candidate Donald Trump. …Read More »
    • Did Nunes Actually Recuse Himself?

       Published in Washington Monthly ( link to article) This morning we were greeted by the news that the chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Devin Nunes, finally agreed to step down from leading the committee’s investigation into evidence of Russian interference in …Read More »
    • Yes, There Is a Deep State—But Not the Right Wing’s Caricature

      Published in the on March 16, 2017  Link to article The heated controversy over the right wing’s characterization of Donald Trump’s chronic conflict with the U.S. intelligence community as the machinations of “the Deep State” has inevitably generated political pushback from more establishmentarian figures. Paul …Read More »
    • “Surprisingly Presidential”

      How the GOP became the party of affirmative action for chronic under-achievers. “The soft bigotry of low expectations.” In the last two decades, this has become a catch phrase among Republicans seeking to deceive the public into thinking that it is they, not the Democrats, …Read More »
    • The Deep State 2.0

      How President Trump’s fake populism bails out the 1 percent.   The prospect of four years of Donald J. Trump’s nonstop rants about imaginary conspiracies against his daughter, wholesale slander against the judicial branch and attacks on the press as enemies of the people has …Read More »
    • The Heat Is there a deep state or shadow government Feb. 27, 2017 on CGTN America

    • Mobbed Up?

      Published Feb. 23, 2017 in the Washington Monthly. ( Link to article) Connecting the dots between Trump and the Russian mafia. For more than a year, the media have been abuzz with facts, rumors, and speculation regarding President Trump’s ties to the Russian government – …Read More »
    • “Another Piña Colada, and Hold the Sanctions!”

      The incredible recklessness of Michael Flynn. It is usually in year three or year seven of a presidency that the scandals hit with full fury, but Donald J. Trump is shaking up all the staid conventions of Washington. The departure of his national security adviser …Read More »
    • The Mysterious James Comey

      Published Feb. 13, 2017 in the Washington Monthly. ( Link to article) The FBI must have known that Michael Flynn illegally discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador. On February 10, the Washington Post ran an above-the-fold story stating that — according to multiple government sources …Read More »
    • The Rise of Right-Wing Ideological Tourism

      Published Feb.1, 1017 in the Washington Monthly. ( Link to article) This trend could have major consequences for Trump’s foreign policy. A few weeks before the election, I phoned an acquaintance who was burrowed into a sinecure in the federal government despite his theoretical conservative detestation …Read More »
    • The Myth of Catharsis

      Published Jan. 27, 1017 in the Washington Monthly. ( Link to article) Making things worse won’t make things better. One frequently heard sentiment among those appalled by the presidency of Donald Trump is the notion that he will make things so bad that the American …Read More »
    • Is Sean Spicer Gaslighting the Press?

      Published Jan. 22, 2017 in the Washington Monthly. ( link to article) In his first official performance as press secretary for a new president barely 24 hours after his inauguration, Sean Spicer delivered a performance that would have made Baghdad Bob look like Diogenes. Looking …Read More »