“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr, via James Comey 10/30/2017 Hey, so! It’s closing in on 12 weeks since my last update to this blog – grad school steals all my time, what can I say – but as always EVERYTHING KEEPS HAPPENING. SO … Continue reading Mueller: It Begins
Some must-listen podcasts: Breaking News [Radiolab] Thinking and Friendship in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt for Now [OnBeing] Meeting the Russians [NPR: Planet Money] - This week's most important news stories may have been: Bob Mueller Is Using a Grand Jury. Here’s What It Means. (Politico) Thursday’s news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is tapping a … Continue reading in which a lot keeps happening.
On the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal: The President vs. Federal Law Enforcement: Trump Attacks Everyone (Lawfare) As for the convoluted rationale he uses to get to this corruption, well, suffice it to say that Trump’s suggestion that the FBI voluntarily began reporting to the Justice Department around the Nixon era betrays a fundamental misunderstanding of the wave … Continue reading In which all I can say is, “This interview is nuts.”
[source: twitter] [source: twitter] [source: twitter] - The most effectual engines for [pacifying a nation] are the public papers… [A despotic] government always [keeps] a kind of standing army of newswriters who, without any regard to truth or to what should be like truth, [invent] and put into the papers whatever might serve the … Continue reading Happy Independence Day
The landscape has changed such that I agree with Charles Krauthammer for the first time in recent memory: "Presidents don't talk like this. They never have," Krauthammer said. "This is what it sounds like when you're living in a banana republic. This is how Hugo Chavez would talk about his opponents. This is how … Continue reading I am exhausted.
ANALYSIS AND ADMIN UPDATES Let’s begin with some generalized updates and analysis of the Administration during its first month. The Eight Power Centers of the Trump Administration (538) Since there is no existing policy or ideology on many issues, the persons best able to sell their ideas — or, alternatively, smartly deploy the federal bureaucracy … Continue reading Trump’s War With The Press
It is literally impossible to stay on top of the news coming out of this administration. I’m only getting further and further behind…you’re not going to find any breaking news here. This update is essentially just a lot of reading about, well, the Swamp that is Washington D.C. in February 2017. Still didn’t even get … Continue reading Updates From The Swamp: 2/23
There's been A LOT that's happened over the past 2 weeks. I meant to post this on Feb. 3; staying on top of the news and then blogging about it is taking a lot longer than I expected. Who would've thought, right? I wanted to point out to y’all that I’ve added a page … Continue reading Update Feb 8
[I said once-weekly updates but fair warning: this week, at least, is going to take two. Part 1 below:] Trump’s campaign promise of “draining the swamp” hasn’t gotten off to a great start so far. D.C. is looking swampier than ever. I mean, when your first week in office is met with articles like “Advice … Continue reading UPDATES FROM THE SWAMP