I swear I keep trying to stop blogging, but every time I think I'm out, Donald Trump pulls me back in. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1075878792168685568 Mattis is quitting because he opposes the withdrawal from Syria that Trump announced yesterday. That much is plain from his relatively (for DC) frank resignation letter: My views on treating allies with respect … Continue reading What Wheels?
The investigation into Donald Trump's ties to Russia, and the assorted wiretapping allegations that have accompanied it, have to be turned over to an independent investigator or, at least, a select Congressional committee with equal Republican and Democratic membership. I say this as somebody who remains largely unconvinced that this story is as big a … Continue reading It’s always the cover-up
The biggest problem I find I'm having with trying to follow the Michael Flynn story is that it's hard to distinguish the actual, verifiably crazy parts of the story from the parts that are being overhyped by the press. Because a lot of this story is genuinely ridiculous. A National Security Advisor resigning under a … Continue reading No winners
I have very little interest in getting in to debates over how best to protest and otherwise resist the extremism of Donald Trump and his administration. But I will note that when people try to tell you that protesting the administration at all isn't worth it or isn't "sufficient," you might want to respond with … Continue reading Protest works
It can be challenging to write about things like Donald Trump's immigration executive order, which has by now gone through so many clarifications and legal challenges that it's hard to say exactly what it is beyond red meat to his terrified white nationalist base. When discussing public policy, the reflexive thing--at least for me--is to … Continue reading Irredeemable
Prices for prescription drugs in the United States are out of control and multiple times higher than they are in other countries around the world: U.S. prices for the world's 20 top-selling medicines are, on average, three times higher than in Britain, according to an analysis carried out for Reuters. The finding underscores a transatlantic … Continue reading With Democrats like these…
Like any mostly closed/insulated group of people--Fortune 500 CEOs, Catholic clergy, the mafia, Congress--there are a lot of ways in which Iran's religious (and increasingly military) ruling class resembles a family. There are a lot of things binding them together: everybody knows each other, they all share some common backgrounds and life experiences, they probably … Continue reading Death in the family