Conflict update: March 24 2017

TRUMP UPDATE Donald Trump had a not so very great day on the health care reform front, but he does seem to finally be circling around a potential deputy for Rex Tillerson at the State Department–or, in other words, a deputy for Jared Kushner’s deputy: John J. Sullivan, a prominent Republican lawyer who served in… Continue reading Conflict update: March 24 2017

Conflict update: March 10 2017

ETHICS, HOW DO THEY WORK As it so happens, while Michael Flynn was advising candidate Donald Trump on foreign policy, he was also being paid to act as an agent of the Turkish government–except, oops, he apparently forgot to mention that to anybody until earlier this week. Flynn even wrote pro-Turkey op-eds without disclosing that… Continue reading Conflict update: March 10 2017

Conflict update: February 16 2017

Like Sands Through the Hourglass The longer this day wore on with no word that Robert Harward had accepted Donald Trump’s once-in-a-lifetime offer to witness a four year-long tire fire firsthand, the more it began to seem like Harward might pass. And, sure enough, a couple of hours ago word broke that Harward had, in… Continue reading Conflict update: February 16 2017

Conflict update: February 15 2017

Meet the New Boss(‘s Adviser) In a rare flash of lucidity, Donald Trump has reportedly offered his now-vacant National Security Advisor position to Vice Admiral Robert Harward, instead of, say, Steve Bannon, or John Bolton, or Chucky, the doll from those horror movies. It’s hard to evaluate Harward for two reasons: one, most military brass… Continue reading Conflict update: February 15 2017

No winners

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

Conflict update: February 14 2017

Why are you reading this today? Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a happy day–or a depressing day, but for reasons that have nothing to do with the shitty state of the world. Well, you’re here and my wife and I couldn’t find a sitter this evening, so I guess we might as well get… Continue reading Conflict update: February 14 2017

Conflict update: February 13 2017

Michael Flynn I had more to say about this story, but it all just got rendered obsolete: BREAKING: Michael Flynn has resigned, sources tell @SaraMurray and @GloriaBorger — Adam Levine (@cnnadam) February 14, 2017 Earlier this evening Flynn pulled out of a scheduled speech at the National Defense Industrial Association’s annual meeting at the last… Continue reading Conflict update: February 13 2017