by Robert Reich Guardian Dec 17, 2018 Trump described the payments his bag man, Michael Cohen, made to two women during the 2016 campaign so they wouldn’t discuss their alleged affairs with him, as “a simple private transaction”. Last Saturday, when ABC’s George Stephanopoulos asked Cohen if Trump knew the payments were wrong and … Continue reading In Trump’s mind, all deals are private. ‘Public interest’ means nothing to him.
by STEPHEN BONI Ghion Journal Dec 11, 2018 In the little New Hampshire town where I was raised, there was one main activity that obsessed grammar school boys—and to be involved in it meant achieving a healthy measure of respect in the pecking order. It happened at recess every day. Kickball. If you never been … Continue reading The Mania for Winning is Killing U.S.
Despite the media hoopla, Mueller’s latest filings do not bring us any closer to proving the long-sought Trump-Russia conspiracy. by Aaron Maté Nation Dec 14, 2018 Over the course of the Russia investigation, the procession of key associates “flipping” on Donald Trump raised expectations that special counsel Robert Mueller would turn up proof of collusion. In just … Continue reading Don’t Let Russiagate Warp Your Mind
The PRC Should Retaliate by Targeting Sheldon Adelson's Chinese Casinos by Ron Unz Dec 12, 2018 As most readers know, I’m not a casual political blogger and I prefer producing lengthy research articles rather than chasing the headlines of current events. But there are exceptions to every rule, and the looming danger of a direct worldwide … Continue reading Averting World Conflict With China
Today someone asked the question: "Everyone" on the cable stations is saying over and over the president cannot be indicted because of 20-page justice department guidelines written 40 years ago. Now, what if the president walked out and shot and killed his chief of staff in front of a dozen witnesses; are we saying he can … Continue reading What’s Going to Happen to Donald Trump?
What the president’s supporters fear most isn’t the corruption of American law, but the corruption of America’s traditional identity. by Peter Beinart Atlantic One Wednesday morning, the lead story on FoxNews.com was not Michael Cohen’s admission that Donald Trump had instructed him to violate campaign-finance laws by paying hush money to two of Trump’s mistresses. It … Continue reading Why Trump Supporters Believe He Is Not Corrupt: Conservative Moral Hierarchy (13)
A Guide to Emergency Powers and Their Use By Elizabeth Goitein, Brennan Center for Justice December 14, 2018 A vast array of obscure presidential powers spans everything from the military to criminal law, and some are ripe for abuse. They need to be reexamined. n the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections, President … Continue reading What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency