the Liar in Chief

This article by the Washington Post is a beautiful example of how the press has decided not to indulge a President who has as much grasp of reality and truth as a five year old. If you have access, read the whole thing, but here are the remarkable parts: Trump claimed falsely that the crowd for his swearing-in stretched down the National Mall to the Washington Monument and totaled more than 1 million people. It did not. “It looked like… Read more

Now arrives the hour of action…

…and the time for empty talk is over. That is a direct line from President Trump’s inaugural address (here, deconstructed and compared to all previous such). The line echoes his criticism against civil rights hero John Lewis – but now will be turned against Trump himself. Will Trump govern as he campaigned? His address to the nation as President had only brief nods to inclusion. The greatest President who ever served said in his Address, We are not enemies, but… Read more

MLK: A weekend of insult and tragedy

This morning, (January 14, 2017) the Islamic Center of Eastside in Bellevue, Washington was burned to the ground by vandals. There’s a fundraising campaign at Launchgood.com/Bell to help raise funds to rebuild. Please keep the community in Bellevue in your prayers this weekend. It’s no coincidence that this tragedy happened on MLK weekend. How did our president-elect choose to behave on this weekend? Donald J. Trump engaged in a petty and laughably uninformed smear against civil rights icon, US Rep…. Read more

unpresidented

The real-world consequences of a president-elect exacerbating via Twitter a diplomatic crisis with China that he initiated by ignoring decades of bipartisan policy with respect to Taiwan aside, this is pretty funny. We would do well not to misunderestimate the damage Trump can do with Twitter. Read more

elections have consequences

I had predicted a 300 EV win for Hillary Clinton. The final results are not yet in as of 2:00 AM EST, but I’m going to bed as Podesta suggested, and projecting a 290-248 victory for Trump, unless I wake up in the morning to find Clinton somehow swept MI, WI, and PA, all three of which she needs to win as things stand. My final map: Why was I so confident of a Clinton victory? Simply, because I thought… Read more

Democracy Savings Time

It is early November, and that means we need to choose. Do we set our clocks forward (Hillary), or backwards (Trump)? The debate over Daylight Savings Time is simple: everyone hates it, but we do it anyway. Honestly, I hate it as much as anyone else, but I still grudgingly accept the necessity now, because there are two alternatives, both of which are worse: 1. We abolish DST entirely. This means that in summer, when the kids are off school,… Read more

preview of the 2016 Vice Presidential debates (Pence/Kaine)

Disappointing choice. I had hoped for Cory Booker, personally, even though I strongly disagree with Booker about schools and vouchers. Kaine was the “safe” choice in the sense he won’t be very interesting, but the safe choice is also risky, because this election more than any previous one is about the immigrant and diverse identity of America. Further, at least as far as Democrats go, Biden is the first VP in 50 years or more who hasn’t gone on to… Read more

The Sparkling Twilight of the GOP

In Macbeth, the tragic hero cynically muses about the meaninglessness of life, the universe and everything: Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player That struts and frets his hour upon the stage And then is heard no more: it is a tale Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, Signifying nothing. Certainly, politics is a better fit for this sentiment than life. The Republican Convention is the ultimate stage full of fretting and… Read more

Brexit: Neither an Apocalypse nor an Emancipation

This is a guest post by Conrad Barwa. As a long-time UK resident it is with some concern and disappointment that I watched the news of the Leave campaign having won the Brexit referendum. More alarming has been the hyperbolic statements and reactions by both sides, especially Bremain being the losing one to the result of the vote; in this it reflected the tenor of the campaign which was characterised by a lot of heated propaganda and falsehoods along with… Read more

Brexit: Don’t Panic

Are you anxious about Brexit, the World, and Everything? I’ll have a guest post up here soon from an actual UK resident that will hopefully assuage your fears. In the meantime, some relevant reading: If one vote in a modest sized country can bring down the global financial-geopolitical system then that sucker was coming down anyway.— Matt Stoller (@matthewstoller) June 24, 2016 UK Referendum on Membership of the European Union: Questions & Answers from Belgium, man, Belgium! Britain’s EU Exit:… Read more

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