The insurrection led by a mob wearing MAGA hats, waving Confederate, Gadsden and Trump flags who breached the US Capitol and took it hostage for a few hours in a new Lost Cause has been repelled. For now.

The assault on the center of the nation’s government as it was performing the task of certifying the election of our 46th President — carried live to a stunned nation — was a made-for-TV event produced and directed by the 45th President of the United States.

With the cooperation of enabling right-wing media outlets like the Fox News Channel. And while the…

After Tuesday’s 90-minute tweet storm, er, debate, it’s time to ask an obvious question. What purpose do they serve?

I was taught in school that debates were contests between two teams offering their best rhetorical defenses for and against topics such as “Resolved: The United States should adopt a declaratory nuclear policy of no first use.”

They first became popular in 1858 when a lanky Illinois Republican lawyer named Abraham Lincoln challenged incumbent Democrat Stephen Douglas to a series of seven U.S. Senate debates, focused mainly on the continued existence of slavery.

Or whether white supremacy should be the law…

Rally photo from Vox

Donald Trump loves to accuse the media of bias, of being dishonest in not telling his story. And he may have a point. For example:

But if you read the New York Times story on his speech to Turning Point USA, you’d need to persist to the 19th paragraph to see a mention of this ramble through the English language.

The rest of the speech was a return to his greatest hits: attacking the “fake news” media; warning of the dangers of immigration; complaining about unsubstantiated claims of spying on his presidential campaign; and mocking the use of windmills…

The words should be inscribed on the tombstone of the 45th President of the United States. And they could serve as an epitaph to a nation that prides itself on being the shining beacon of democracy.

The details spelled out in the 448-page Mueller Report are, despite the best spin efforts of Attorney General William Barr, a lurid look at a systematic effort by Donald John Trump to twist the law to benefit Donald John Trump.

And just because the actions don’t add up to the stiff standards of filing a criminal case — aided and abetted by a Nixon-era…

Once upon a time journalists ignored details of presidential life. Think Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s wheelchair or John F. Kennedy’s illness. Not to mention White House trysts.

Flash forward a decade from JFK to Richard Nixon and the reporting by then Metro cubs Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and the breakdown of what the White House originally called a “third rate burglary.

Skip ahead again, this time to the late 1980s and early 1990s. Gary Hart’s “Monkey Business” and Bill Clinton’s “bimbo eruptions.”

University of Virginia political scientist Larry Sabato coined the eras lapdog, watchdog and junkyard dog journalism in his…

Pundits are falling all over themselves this morning to define the jumble of stories to emerge from the 2018 midterms. I might as well be one of them.

There are lots of good signs for those of us who have watched the last two years with an increasing sense of alarm of the fate of American democracy. The election showed the system works. Sort of.

Democratic control over the House for the next two years does bring with it a semblance of a check on the impulses of Donald J. Trump. …

As I sit here in endless hold awaiting a human being so I can begin the process of reclaiming a small chunk of the $1,000-plus I pay annually to the New York Times for a dead tree dropped on my door step I have time to marvel at how truly inconvenient people have become to those who sell them goods and services.

One company I’ve dealt with recently — Uber — won’t deign to communicate by any means others that Twitter. Even when it is to try and report a hack perpetrated by a text message. …

Washington is in high dudgeon these days over the acts and antics of the Donald J. Trump who appears to be a few steps away from Richard Nixon-like chats with the paintings.

But the New York Times op-ed authored by “Deep State” once again obscures the ultimately key role played by Republicans on the other end of Capitol Hill to enable the Toddler-in-Chief to destroy our constitutional democracy.

The record of the 115th Congress, both of whose houses are controlled by Republicans, is not, shall we say, stellar. The main legislative accomplishment is the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of…

Eleven score and seven years ago the admittedly imperfect patriots who declared “all men are created equal” (as long as they were men, white and land owners) ratified amendments to a document that has served us well over the centuries.

It is unlikely an accident that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution focused on freedom of speech and the press. After all, Founding Father Thomas Jefferson famously declared:

… “Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”

I had the occasion to spend some time in a waiting room yesterday where the TV on the wall was tuned into Fox & Friends, at a volume impossible to ignore. It was an education.

In the bizarro world of Fox, the top story was not the theft and eventual crash of a commerical turboprop from SeaTac Airport, an incident that in my mind raised all sorts of questions about how secure are aircraft on the ground.

No, the Fox focus it was the admittedly appalling run of violence on the streets of Chicago. But instead of focusing on how…


Strategic communicator dabbling in political punditry. Professing journalism at @COMatBU. Strangely still loyal to Cleveland Indians & Browns. Opinions my own.

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