Senate HELP committee chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and the Trump transition conspired to hold Betsy DeVos's confirmation hearing to be Secretary of Education at the bizarre early bird special time of 5 pm. Faced with a billionaire nominee who has...
While I contest that humor is always a useful tool for bringing people together and changing minds, I'd argue that Trump's presidency is particularly ripe for a comedic resistance, for a few specific reasons.
We are consumed most of all by our fears. Fear of what the Soviets, and maybe the Chinese, would do after WWII. We created a nuclear arsenal measured in how many multiples of times it could destroy the world. We dragged our country through disasters like Vietnam.
My daughter loves going to the mall. This is not shocking. It is also not surprising that your average American mall is full of mixed signals for young women, with mannequins and the models in store artwork often posed provocatively to depict the kind of fantasy girl that...
Here are some pitfalls you will need to overcome in order to avoid embroiling your administration (and the nation) in a self-initiated avalanche of charges, disputes and scandals.
Joe Lieberman's invocation of his Democratic Party credentials to endorse DeVos, without mentioning out loud to the American people that his law firm has long worked for Trump, is yet another piece of the deep corruption Trump is bringing to Washington.
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Last night I dreamed of you We were talking and laughing like old friends And even though we have never met We share a knowing So, last night we gathered together And we talked and laughed like old friends Dear President Obama With much pride I have witnessed in...
I watched much of President Obama's Farewell Address from 30,000 feet. I was flying home from Los Angeles where I'd gone for a meeting to discuss ways to change the lens through which independents -- the nearly 40 percent of Americans who consider themselves other than Democrats or Republicans --...
Trumpus Andronicus? What the Byzantine Empire can tell us about the rise of populist leaders Maximilian Lau, Hitotsubashi University The approaching Donald Trump presidency has taken quite a battering from historians. Comparisons have abounded with the 20th century's greatest villains, including Adolf Hitler and Benito...
He is someone you would trust with your children as well as the nuclear launch codes. Someone who does not need you to love him, who feels no compulsion to fire back at every insult.
Some policy wonks and marijuana legalization advocates were cautious in their criticisms of the testimony. On one hand, his answers were innocuous and non-threatening. But on the other hand, Sessions has a decades-long reputation of anti-marijuana rhetoric.
Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States. But he will also be something else. Donald Trump will also become the 13th nuclear dictator of the United States.
It’s been over two months since the devastating presidential election; time enough for liberals to ask each other, “what lessons did we learn?” Four come to mind. 1. Initially, Democrats had the right message. Americans of all political persuasion believe “the system is rigged.” Democrats started off...
We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get to work fighting for what makes America truly great: freedom, opportunity, diversity, and compassion.
There's absolutely no hint, based on his Senate voting record, public statements and actions, and ties to hard right-wing groups, that once in the Justice Department saddle, that he will suddenly be a fair and impartial enforcer of civil rights laws, criminal justice reforms, and go after corporate abuses.
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We saw a deep contrast between President Obama's farewell speech in Chicago and President-Elect Trump's first press conference in Washington. With Obama, saw heard the soaring rhetoric that we have become accustomed to over the past eight years. We have also listened as the outgoing president recounted many of the...
Amid speculation that Donald Trump's pick for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, may have lost his appetite for the job, the fast food CEO's personal financial disclosure documents are being kept from public view. When -- and if -- the Office of Government Ethics releases these documents, we'll get a...
Heading into the Trump era, our American world already feels like it's overheating badly.
Why are we seeing so many potential crises now? Is this period really different from earlier presidential transitions?
Two very different TV shows I watched over the recent long weekend connected a couple of dots for me. First, WSJ's Gerald Seib on "Charlie Rose" (PBS), talking about his recent interview with Donald Trump, repeatedly used the word "transactional" to describe the president-elect's world view, insisting that Trump is...