Category: Administration

More Death to Our Hometowns

In the aftermath on the housing crisis that led to the Great Recession, Bruce Springsteen wrote a song about it called Death to My Hometown.  Here are some of the lyrics: I awoke on a quiet night, I never heard…

Should the Electors Choose Trump?

Lawrence Lessig says that the Electoral College should select Hillary Clinton as our next president, which is not unreasonable on its face. The Electoral College serves two distinct purposes. One is that it creates dozens of distinct elections rather than one nationwide…

Trump Blowing Off Intelligence Briefings

Let’s take a look at how the last three presidents handled getting intelligence briefings during the transition period between their early November election and their inauguration on January 20th. President Bill Clinton got his first post-race briefing on Nov. 13,…

Trump Flubs Even When He’s Rational

Donald Trump has only the dimmest idea of how our government is supposed to work, and he cares very little about learning. He probably thought he was being magnanimous and fair when he sent Kellyanne Conway out to announce that…

Will the GOP Explode the Deficit for Trump?

How is this supposed to work? In an interview published Friday, Trump’s designated chief White House strategist suggested that the incoming president would pay little heed to Republican orthodoxy on fiscal matters. “Like [Andrew] Jackson’s populism, we’re going to build an…

Trump Makes Three Catastrophic Picks

Donald Trump’s transition may have started off slowly but it’s coming at us fast now. He’s announced Mike Flynn as his National Security Advisor, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III as his Attorney General and Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas as his…

Cheney and the Church Committee

At least twice a month I try to head over to George Washington University’s National Security Archive site to see what fascinating new documents they have succeeded in getting declassified. This month, they have a nice collection. One cache is…

Your Surveillance State

If you are ever considering sending an anonymous email you should probably forget about it. Or, you’ll at least want to take more precautions than the CIA director’s mistress did when she went to a Starbucks in North Carolina to…