Adam Schiff: The Jussie Smollett of Trump-Russia Collusion

He helped conceive a hoax so outlandish that only the most gullible, craven, or witless person could believe it. The attack, as he called it, allegedly was executed by mysterious and politically motivated thugs with the intent to inflict harm. It exploited the political climate of the moment given that the chief goal of the […]

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A Seesaw of Sore Losers and their Special Counsels

Just under a year from now, on February 3, 2020, Iowa will hold its caucuses. A month later, the Democrats and the Republicans both will likely have a prohibitive favorite for the presidential nomination after Super Tuesday cements their insurmountable leads. In other words, very soon, President Trump’s opponents will have the opportunity to remove […]

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McConnell and the Iron Triangle vs. Trump and the Voters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) aligned with the NeverTrump faction of Republican senators Thursday to introduce and pass a resolution to “rebuke” President Trump. The president’s offenses? Trump dared to win the Republican nomination in 2016 and has dared, at least some of the time, to think for himself since taking office. Instead of […]

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Who Do Our Intelligence Agencies Think They Work For?

It was a mistake to disband the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) in 1945, just months after we had won World War II. Within just two years, President Truman realized he had to have a permanent intelligence capability and so in 1947 he signed the National Security Act, which, in addition to creating the National […]

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The Media’s Selective Curiosity

Members of the mainstream media understandably resent President Trump’s description of them as purveyors of “fake news.” After all, they do the public a service by reporting a great deal of true and relevant information. And when they get the facts wrong, they usually correct the record. Nevertheless, the president’s criticisms of the media resonate […]

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Should the FBI Run the Country?

Since the media would doubtless answer that loaded question, “It depends on the president,” let us imagine the following scenario. Return to 2008, when candidate Barack Obama had served only about three years in the U.S. Senate, his sum total of foreign policy experience. And he was running against the overseas old-hand, decorated veteran, and […]

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Walls Are Closing in on the FBI—and Its Media Accomplices

Those of us who have closely followed the unfolding scandal at the Justice Department— particularly how the FBI abused its power not only to spy on the Trump presidential campaign but also on the president himself—have been frustrated with the inaction both of the White House and Congress. Documents have not been declassified as promised; […]

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An Epidemic of Erasures, Redactions, Omissions, and Perjuries

Imagine the following: The IRS sends you, John Q. Citizen, a letter alleging you have not complied with U.S. tax law. In the next paragraph, the tax agency then informs you that it needs a series of personal and business documents. Indeed, it will be sending agents out to discuss your dilemma and collect the […]

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Our Exhausted American Mediocracy

The unlikely 2016 election of Donald Trump—the first president without either prior political or military office—was a repudiation of the American “aristocracy.” By “rule of the best” I mean the ancien régime was no longer understood to suggest wealth and birth (alone), but instead envisioned itself as a supposed national meritocracy of those with proper […]

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The Neverending, Mysterious Saga of Michael Flynn

Certainly, no one should defend a top-ranking federal employee’s lying to federal investigators or to his superiors in the Trump Administration, if that is what former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn did, as evidenced by his own confession. Note if Flynn lied to President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence about details of his private […]

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