Category: Potpourri

Will Trump Last?

One of these things is not like the others. It was completely consistent with Trump’s campaign rhetoric for him to berate the president of Mexico on the phone. It was consistent with his campaign rhetoric to focus all counterterrorism efforts…

Protests Are Their Own Reward

I long time ago I wrote a piece (I’ll link to it here in orange on the relationship between liberal bloggers (and the online communities they create) and the people who demonstrate in protest marches. At the time, I was…

Hard Hard Right Will Trump Be?

I’m trying to decide if David Weigel is correct to frame the politics we are about to see unfold in the following way: When the 115th Congress begins this week, with Republicans firmly in charge of the House and Senate,…

Our Discourse on Israel is Stupid

There are plenty of American politicians who have an incentive to demonstrate strong support for Israel, but only a small handful who have much, if any, incentive to support the settler movement there. So, it doesn’t surprise me that some…

This Is Not Woodstock

The guy would be named Boris. Donald Trump’s inaugural committee is having no problems finding celebrities to attend his inauguration because that’s not who the committee is looking for, Trump adviser Boris Epshteyn said Tuesday. “Not at all,” Epshteyn, the…

We Can Leave This Place an Empty Stone

We should probably debate this more as a society. >The United States again ranked first in global weapons sales last year, signing deals for about $40 billion, or half of all agreements in the worldwide arms bazaar, and far ahead…