The rapid descent of Rudi Giuliani

PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY THE DAILY BEAST Rudy Giuliani, the Mob-Buster, Now Sounds Like a Mob Mouthpiece The prosecutor who liked to leak to the press is now the Trump enabler who says former FBI Director James Comey should face jail time for supposed leaks. OPINION MICHAEL DALY, The Daily Beast, 05.04.18 5:04 AM ET The listening […]

Trump’s pattern reaches back to Plato

America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny By Andrew Sullivan, New York magazine, March 23, 2018, 9:44 am Phase two has begun. Photo: AFP Contributor/AFP/Getty Images Every now and again, when I find myself buried in the latest blizzard of invariably disturbing news emanating from the Trump White House, I go back and remind myself of the […]

What Donald wants

There’s no mistaking now that the president of the United States is out of control. Our democracy entered the crisis mode overnight. Only Republicans can save it, and there is no reason to think that they will. It is time to be afraid, to light up the phone lines of every elected Republican in Washington […]

Completing his circle of madness

Add another zealot to the White House H.R. McMaster, left, and John Bolton. (The Washington Post; AP)   By Max Boot, Columnist, The Washington Post, March 22 at 9:45 PM Most presidents initially stock their administrations with cronies and ideological purists. Then, after suffering inevitable setbacks, they usher them out in favor of less ideological and more competent […]

Fighting Trump fatigue

Just before dying, people in the final stages of hypothermia lose rationality and engage in something called “terminal burrowing.” They seek small enclosed spaces where they feel warm and cozy again, and then drift off to sleep and die. Some Americans have begun a kind of terminal burrowing brought on by political fatigue. I’ve seen […]

Putin, Trump, and a Bedouin chief

Get Me Back My Turkey Thomas L. Friedman, The New York Times, MARCH 20, 2018 President Trump and Vladimir Putin share the same strategy: keep pushing, keep denying — and never apologize. CreditEvan Vucci/Associated Press Many years ago, the Israeli Bedouin expert Clinton Bailey told me a story about a Bedouin chief who discovered one day […]

Trump fires McCabe for a lack of candor

I stand with Andrew McCabe By Ronald A. Klain, The Washington Post, March 17 at 9:24 PM The firing of Andrew McCabe shows President Trump has the upper hand in key battles with his opponents. For notwithstanding his ineptitude, lack of presidential temperament, chaotic White House and deep unpopularity, Trump is continuing to strengthen his grip […]

Swearing “to protect and defend” Donald J. Trump

Trump had senior staff sign nondisclosure agreements. They’re supposed to last beyond his presidency. President Trump at the White House in Washington on March 15. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post) By Ruth Marcus, Deputy editorial page editor, The Washington Post, March 18 at 3:56 PM  Back in April 2016, when the notion of Donald Trump in the […]

In lies v. truth, lies win

The Grim Conclusions of the Largest-Ever Study of Fake News Falsehoods almost always beat out the truth on Twitter, penetrating further, faster, and deeper into the social network than accurate information. Krista Kennell / Stone / Catwalker / Shutterstock / The Atlantic ROBINSON MEYER, The Atlantic, March 8, 2018,  “Falsehood flies, and the Truth comes limping after […]

An idea whose time has come

Overheard in a South Florida 7-Eleven today   Business was slow and the clerks were chatting among themselves. “I think all the school children in the country should stay out of school at one time until Congress and the president get background checks and the assault weapons ban on the books,” said one. Remember this […]