Does Trump know he’s president?

By Eugene Robinson* – The Washington Post The Trump administration so far has been smoke and mirrors, sound and fury, self-proclaimed victimhood and angry tweets. Where is the substance? Where is the competence? And where — increasingly — is the public… Continue Reading

How to Build an Autocracy

DAVID FRUM – The Atlantic,  MARCH 2017 ISSUE  The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism. I’s 2021, and president donald trump will shortly be… Continue Reading

An anniversary to deplore

Maggie Black, 22 February 2017  Exactly a year ago, on 22 February 2016, Baquer Namazi returned home to Tehran in the expectation of being able to see Siamak, his oldest son. Siamak had been arrested in October 2015 while on… Continue Reading

Senate GOP begins to push Trump away

By Juan Williams*  –  The Hill At what point do Republicans in Congress start looking out for their political future and go after President Trump’s ties to Russia? Even before the president’s national security advisor Michael Flynn was forced out,… Continue Reading

The Silence of the Hacks

Paul Krugman – The New York Times The story so far: A foreign dictator intervened on behalf of a U.S. presidential candidate — and that candidate won. Close associates of the new president were in contact with the dictator’s espionage… Continue Reading