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Washington Spectator

The Secret To Trump’s Ratings

How to explain Donald Trump? It has nothing to do with polls, political rhetoric, tactics, strategy, or history. It has everything to do with reality TV — which the chattering classes don’t know jack about. Some of us might even be proud of that. Yuuuuge problem.

November 30, 2015

Gimme Shelter: Hatred Of Refugees Is An American Tradition

Republican governors and presidential candidates are tripping over each other to pronounce their horror at the prospect of accepting Syrian refugees, lest some terrorist slips through. Which is, of course, insane. Meanwhile, people are beginning to draw useful historical parallels with other chapters in America’s past.

November 19, 2015

Back To The Dark Side: Dick Cheney’s Pax Americana

Dick Cheney’s new book deserves to be dismissed and ignored, except that to ignore it is to let the subversive ideas therein go unchallenged. They are an affront to our history, to our values, to our culture, and must be fought.

October 26, 2015

Trumping One Too Many Bankruptcies

You really are going to have to pay attention in these Republican debates. Zone out, and you’ll spend the rest of the night worrying that you missed something good.

August 7, 2015

The New Holy Grail Of Republican Primaries

The penumbras and emanations of Citizens United are changing the Republican campaign game.

July 30, 2015

Ted Cruz And The Politics Of Faith And Fear

There’s also a dynamic in which each candidate is compelled to out-Herod Herod. To be outflanked on the right is to lose ground.

July 28, 2015

The Dark Politics Of Dark Money

How to reconcile Citizens United, which gave corporations the same rights as individuals with regard to political speech while shielding them for any accountability for that speech?

July 1, 2015
confederate flag

A Flag Hijacked By Modern Segregationists

The flag that is causing such a furor was not “the Confederate flag,” — it’s a flag that was hijacked and dishonored by racists and white supremacists in the 20th century.

June 30, 2015
Jeb Bush

Jeb Bush’s Ethical Blind Spot

Did the Republican hopeful help a Miami hustler defraud his shareholders?

June 17, 2015

Stephen Harper’s Petro-State Is Built On Tar Sands

Keystone XL may not be that important to the American economy, but it’s absolutely critical for Canada.

February 25, 2015

Reckless Republican Impeachment Chatter Belittles Framers’ Intent

Sorry, Republicans: Obama isn’t Nixon, and you can’t get rid of him.

November 6, 2014

Party Of Lincoln Takes Aim At Black Voters

Since winning control of the governorship and both houses of the state Legislature in 2004, Georgia Republicans have passed a series of new laws restricting access to the polls. Their mission is clear: To suppress the African-American vote in the Peach State. Now, as the November elections draw near, Georgia’s restrictive ballot-access laws are about […]

September 6, 2014

The Unbearable Lightness Of Being CIA General Counsel

Originally posted at The Washington Spectator In the months following 9/11, it seems Washington just couldn’t say “no” to the CIA. The agency’s budget shot through the ceiling. Suddenly the CIA not only commanded private armies, it even had a state-of-the-art air force! Between 2006-2007, the CIA drove a proxy war, mobilizing Ethiopia’s army to invade […]

March 28, 2014