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A Mafia State

An open letter to Senators Cruz, Kennedy, and other GOP Senators: So you’re considering adopting this strategy: “Trump did it, but there was nothing wrong with it.” You DO realize this strategy helps create an American Mafia state, right? No? Read more…


Trump’s Trick Won’t Work Again

This morning, Russell Vought, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced that it was “fake news” that his office would comply with the Congressional impeachment inquiry: The OMB is the office that, on Trump’s orders, withheld Read more…


Quid Pro Quo is a Misdirection

Yale prof. Timothy Snyder explains what was wrong with Mulvaney’s press conference (the meat starts at 3:30) From Snyder: “Mulvaney’s comment ‘get over it’ is a very economical way of saying get over the facts, get over the particular laws Read more…


Trump Makes the Subtext Text

@ana_safavi asked: What changed is the focus of law enforcement. 100 years ago, all-white police forces mostly put black men in jail. The laws mostly shielded white men and gave them legal superiority. The law of coverture gave men legal Read more…


Trump Goes Public. Now What?

The breaking news this morning was that Trump, in public, urged China to investigate the Bidens. He moved the conversation from “Did Trump do it?” to “Now he’s doing it in public.” Given that polling is showing increased public support Read more…


Trump’s Endgame

[View here as an (uncorrected) Twitter thread] Jan asks: Graham— as a Trump ally—is behaving according to script. After the house voted overwhelmingly to release a Mueller report, Graham blocked the Senate from voting & insisted that the Senate vote Read more…


All Those Lies

[View here as a Twitter thread] Trump supporters don’t care if Trump lies. If they repeat something Trump says, and then find out it isn’t factual, they don’t care. That’s a hard one for non-Trump supporters to wrap their minds Read more…


“What if” Rabbit holes

[View as a Twitter thread] Q: Can Trump declare a national emergency and then build his wall? A: Of course not. The real question is how to deal with Trump’s very effective “flood the zone with shit” ploy. Look what Read more…


Trump is doing it on purpose

[View here as a Twitter thread.]   I wrote about sadopopulism earlier this week. Kay asked “Do you think Trump is purposefully doing this? Or it is it instinctual?” Answer: I think both. 1/ Yale professor and author of How Fascism Read more…


Sadopopulism and the Government Shutdown

[View as a Twitter thread]   Are you surprised that Trump is destroying the government-literally pulling down the house-while his fans cheer? They want a “disrupter” even if they’re the ones most likely to be hurt by a disruption. Don’t Read more…