When America lost its bearings

One Year Later: The Political Cancer Metastasizes America was never what it had purported to be. Marine One carrying first lady Melania Trump and President Donald Trump departs from the South Lawn, Nov. 3, 2017. (Photo by Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images) BY NEAL GABLER, BillMoyers.com, NOVEMBER 10, 2017 Exactly one day short of […]

A letter of wishful thinking

General Mattis, Stand Up to Trump or He’ll Drag You Down Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon in August. CreditAlex Brandon/Associated Press Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, OCT. 24, 2017 And then there was one. In March I wrote a column in the form of a memo to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, […]

The line of succession to here and now

Stalin, Hitler and the Temptations of Totalitarianism By STROBE TALBOTT, The New York Times Book Review, OCT. 18, 2017 The Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav M. Molotov signing the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, as the German foreign minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, standing third from left, and Stalin, fourth from left, look on.CreditHeinrich Hoffmann/ullstein bild, via Getty Images A […]

Kelly drawn into the swamp

What Trump did to Kelly shows how far we have fallen By E.J. Dionne Jr., Opinion writer, The Washington Post, October 22 at 7:54 PM The United States is in the middle of a very unfortunate experiment in how disoriented a great nation can become before it loses its moorings entirely. At times, politics seems fairly conventional […]

Russian logic

John Kelly and the Language of the Military Coup When he talks about “the best” Americans, John Kelly means dead Americans—specifically, fallen soldiers. Photograph by Jabin Botsford / The Washington Post via Getty By Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, October 20, 2017 Consider this nightmare scenario: a military coup. You don’t have to strain your imagination—all you […]

Doing the Kremlin’s work

Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election Kellyanne Conway and Donald Trump Jr. pushed messages from an account operated from Russia’s ‘troll farm’—including allegations of voter fraud a week before Election Day. By BETSY WOODRUFF, BEN COLLINS, KEVIN POULSEN, SPENCER ACKERMAN The Daily Beast, 10.18.17 5:51 PM ET Some of the Trump campaign’s most prominent names […]