“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.
What Calling Congress Achieves (New Yorker) Well, call it a flood. Call it, like Noah, the flood. Never mind the end of the day; last month, Senator Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, got three thousand calls in one night. Senator Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, got thirty-one thousand in three weeks. Last year, in a … Continue reading Link Dump #3
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
I’m going to be honest: the further you go into the rabbit hole of Donald Trump’s Russia connections, the more difficult it is to tell what might be true and what is conspiracy theory-esque. There’s a lot floating around on the internet and a huge cast of characters and corporate players to familiarize yourself with … Continue reading An intro to Trump’s Russia connections
I’m doing a massive link dump because the number of articles I have saved is completely unreasonable. You can expect the next update of this blog to focus on policy, the Flynn scandal, and various personnel issues the Trump Administration is having. - the president being unintentionally hilarious ‘It’s rubbish’: Translators are struggling to interpret … Continue reading link dump #1