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“I want my people to do the same”

I realize that Donald Trump’s unique diplomatic style involves heaping flattery on murderous dictatorial adversaries while dumping insults on long-time democratic allies.
And I’m not going to make a big deal about Trump returning the salute of a North Korean general. Like Obama’s bow to the Saudi king, it was both cringe-worthy and relatively insignificant.

But Geez– [...]

Post-Singapore mental exercise

Imagine if President Bill Clinton had spoken about the absolute ruler of the world’s most repressive and criminal regime– a regime which outlaws all dissent, starves people as a means of control, incarcerates tens of thousands of people in brutal slave labor camps, earns hard currency through counterfeiting and illegal drug manufacturing and smuggling– in [...]

Another time

Remember when Howard Dean couldn't be president because he yelled
— Ben Domenech (@bdomenech) May 31, 2018

Yup. This post of mine from way back then seems downright quaint.


Even if you’ve shrugged off evidence of Russian interference and hacking in the 2016 US Presidential election (as some of our readers have), you have to admit there is no other word for this.
Russian hackers posed as ISIS to bully military spouses. Evil.
— Josh Lawson (@josh_lawson) May 8, 2018

Our Tweeter-in-Chief finds plenty [...]

Fearing loss of military aid, Ukraine cuts off cooperation with Mueller

Now that Trump scandale du jour Doctorgate (remember Doctorgate, from earlier this week?) has been overtaken by Stormygate, there’s at least one serious and substantive report that has received relatively little attention.
The New York Times reports that the government of Ukraine has stopped cooperating with the Mueller investigation of the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia.
In [...]

Why did Trump back off from Russian sanctions?

I didn’t have much use for Nikki Haley as governor of South Carolina. The then-rising star of the Republican party made her hatred for trade unions plain. She redeemed herself somewhat when she advocated for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from the state capitol after the murders of nine members of a historically [...]

Trump calls out Putin. Now what?

For those who don’t think I give credit where credit is due when it comes to Donald Trump:
I want to acknowledge that after the Syrian regime’s latest horrific chemical weapons attack on civilians, he has finally tweeted something critical about Vladimir Putin.
Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria. Area of [...]

McCain shames Trump on congratulations to Putin

After Donald Trump, Bibi Netanyahu and Jean-Claude Juncker offered cringe-inducing congratulations to Vladimir Putin on his “election” “victory,” it was good to see Senator John McCain cut through the crap.
An American president does not lead the Free World by congratulating dictators on winning sham elections. And by doing so with Vladimir Putin, President Trump insulted [...]

Trump fires Tillerson

So here’s where we are now.
On Friday President Trump abruptly fired his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, forcing him to cut short a trip to Africa.
Remarkable statement from State Department spokesman on Tillerson firing:
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 13, 2018

BREAKING: Officials: White House fires top Tillerson aide who contradicted account of secretary of state's [...]

Oh what a lovely trade war!

After announcing plans to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum, President Trump tweeted that “trade wars are good and easy to win.”
I have protectionist sympathies and I believe manufacturing still matters. The decline of steel and aluminum manufacturing in the US has had a [...]