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Don’t Let a Good Diplomat Go Bad

Most of the other career diplomats spoke highly of Kurt Volker’s reputation and dedication to service. But somewhere along the line, probably involuntarily, Volker got sucked into the president’s vortex of corruption. (Don’t they all.) Kurt Volker was minding his… Continue Reading →

All “Arms for Dirt” Lead to Putin

You would think this past seven days would offer more than enough fodder for a weekly chronicler of political current events from the perspective of an average person who pays close attention to the news. And it does. But the… Continue Reading →

“I Now Do Recall”

I now do recall that my $1 million contribution to the Trump inaugural committee in exchange for an ambassadorship did not include me lying for the president and going to jail for perjury. That recollection is clear. Crystal. I now… Continue Reading →

Verbal Incontinence

Acclaimed New York Times journalist and author Michelle Goldberg used a term during an appearance this week on a cable news show. She described President Trump’s rhetorical style as “verbally incontinent.” Is that beautiful or what? Verbal incontinence would be… Continue Reading →

Not a Quid Pro Quo?

“This was not a quid pro quo” (— President Trump). This was not a bribe. I simply gave the lieutenant governor money for pushing through my liquor license. This was not extortion. All I did was let the senator know… Continue Reading →

Orange Wall of Silence Is Crumbling

The impeachment inquiry has broken open this week. Former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch — one of the good guys — testified Friday she was pushed out because she was against extorting Ukraine to get dirt for Trump on his… Continue Reading →

“Mandate of Heaven”

[PAT ROBERTSON]: “President Trump is in danger of losing the mandate of heaven [over his Syria withdrawal].” This means God is OK with the other stuff: serial sexual assault; caging children like animals; ripping thousands of children from their parents,… Continue Reading →

Impeachment Train Has Sailed

The beans have been spilled, amazingly, by the White House itself. President Trump authorized the release of the rough transcript of his July 25, 2019, call to Ukraine’s new president, expecting the call’s contents to exonerate him. Donald’s corruption is… Continue Reading →

Impeachment Just Got Real

[DONALD TRUMP]: “There was no quid pro quo! Wait — ‘quid pro quo’ means video of prostitutes peeing on a bed, right?” September 24, 2019, is the day House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made a really official-looking address to the… Continue Reading →

GOP: Champion of States’ Rights, Except When They’re Not

We are intellectually exhausted. Either that or, as they say, not paying attention. Any new Trumpian outrage or corruption investigation is simply another teardrop in an ocean of patriotic discouragement and fear for our country. Few are listening anymore as… Continue Reading →

Sharpie-Gate: Trump Is the “Scarface” of Presidents

Mr. President, did you draw the black Sharpie half-circle on the weather service map to cover up your earlier tweet-mistake that “Alabama will most likely be hit (much) harder [by Hurricane Dorian] than anticipated”? And did you order your chief… Continue Reading →

It’s Literal: Trump Shoots Someone on Fifth Avenue, Loses No Voters

Last Monday, President Trump exited the front of Trump Tower with a Lady Bushmaster semiautomatic pistol borrowed from his daughter Ivanka. He insulted the doorman on his way out, stating the guy’s hair looked fake, then stepped into the middle… Continue Reading →

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