New Book Published by The Atlantic: “The American Crisis”

a discussion with some of the contributors…


Cullen Murphy: The title The American Crisis leans heavily on a word that often gets thrown around. The “crisis” explored in the book is existential—it transcends politics or ideology. How would you describe the condition the country is in?

Anne Applebaum: It’s a very specific kind of […]

Meanwhile – Afghanistan circa Sep 2020

by James Hohmann with Mariana Alfaro – Sept 11, 2020


Taliban prisoners linked to killing U.S. troops are released ahead of 9/11 anniversary

President Trump warned in characteristically over-the-top terms during a political rally in Michigan on Thursday night that Joe Biden, if elected, would invite “terrorists” into the suburbs by raising […]

Jeffrey Goldberg’s Article in The Atlantic

POLITICS Trump: Americans Who Died in War Are ‘Losers’ and ‘Suckers’

The president has repeatedly disparaged the intelligence of service members and asked that wounded veterans be kept out of military parades, multiple sources tell The Atlantic.



Donald Trump greets families of the fallen at Arlington National Cemetery […]

Alternate reality

August 29, 2020 (Saturday)

by Heather Cox Richardson


With the end of the Republican National Convention on Thursday, the race to the November election is in high gear.

Trump has made it clear he will run on the idea that he has defeated the coronavirus and rebooted the economy, while rioters from the “radical […]

Idiot in Chief wants to be on Mt Rushmore !!

by Heather Cox Richardson


August 10, 2020 (Monday)

The most striking news of the day was not that Trump has suggested he wants his image on Mt. Rushmore but rather that such an outrageous statement has garnered so little attention. That says something about his presidency.

This weekend, the New York Times ran a […]

Regarding the USPS

by Heather Cox Richardson

July 31, 2020 (Friday)

“Everything now coming from the White House is about Trump’s reelection. While all presidential candidates want to win, they are usually able to accept the idea of a loss. Trump, though, has gone so far as to suggest delaying the election, an unprecedented step which would buy […]

The Republican dream has arrived

Americans are all living the Republican dream now: Paul Krugman for the NYTimes by Dartagnan in Daily Kos July 28th, 2020 **************************

As the economy teeters on the brink of collapse, as the death toll from the SARS-CoV-2 virus mounts and threatens to skyrocket far beyond our nation’s ability to control it, many Americans […]

AOC’s rebuke to misogyny

WASHINGTON – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took to the House floor Thursday morning, July 23rd, 2020 to deliver a candid rebuke of sexism in Congress and beyond in response to comments from Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., who had reportedly called her a vulgar insult. * * * “I would also like to thank many of […]

Federal Agents being sent to several Democratic cities…why?

by Heather Cox Richardson

July 22, 2020 (Wednesday)


Today Trump announced that he will send federal agents to Chicago and Albuquerque, New Mexico, as part of his push to advance the idea that he is a “LAW & ORDER” president. Trump insists that “violent anarchists” allied with “radical left” Democrats have launched “a […]

The Goon Squad Goes to Chicago

by Heather Cox Richardson


July 20, 2020 (Monday)

The big news today—and it is indeed big news—is that the Trump administration has announced it will be sending federal officers into Chicago, and perhaps other cities run by Democrats, ostensibly to fight crime there.

The move mirrors what the administration has done in Portland, […]

Privatized governance explained

July 12, 2020 (Sunday)

by Heather Cox Richardson


“The big news today was the administration’s escalating insistence that our public schools must reopen on schedule for the fall. Today, on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos told Chris Wallace (who is one of the Fox News Channel’s actual reporters), “We know […]

July 4th, 2020 – in review

The real history of Mt. Rushmore ********************************** by Heather Cox Richardson July 4, 2020 (Saturday)

“Today, on a day presidents traditionally use to avoid politics and reinforce Americans’ shared values, Trump gave a speech dividing Americans into two groups: his supporters and “the radical left, the Marxists, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters, and […]

Compete vs Cooperate

Administration knew about the bounties paid by Russia for the killing of US personnel in Afghanistan

The Administration knew about the bounties in early 2019, and did nothing about it !!!

You will remember this…

“Thanking God”

************************ “I will never forget hearing the testimonial from a survivor on the large screen at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum during my fifth grade trip to Washington, D.C. The impact that this man’s quote had on me, a young Jewish boy, still remains even years later and will probably stay with me […]

DoJ Whistleblower at the House Judiciary Committee – June 24th, 2020


Barr’s alleged interference in Stone case makes Trump’s potential pardon more scandalous

via WaPo Daily 202 – By James Hohmann with Mariana Alfaro


Lady Justice is not blind in Bill Barr’s Justice Department. That is the central takeaway from sworn testimony submitted ahead of a congressional hearing this afternoon by star federal prosecutor […]

Associated Press Fact Check of trump’s False Statements this Week

AP FACT CHECK: Trump blames protesters for low rally turnout

By CALVIN WOODWARD, HOPE YEN and ADAM KEALOHA CAUSEYyesterday Saturday, June 20, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump falsely said at his rally Saturday night that Democratic rival Joe Biden apologized for opposing his […]

Police violence videos during Floyd protests

One might think that protests against police brutality would show extreme examples – and yes, they have…


Gen. Mattis commentary on trump circa June 2020

Mattis Accuses Trump of Dividing the Nation in a Time of Crisis

He “does not even pretend to try” to unite Americans, the former defense secretary said, breaking his long public silence on the president amid protests across the nation.


Jim Mattis’s refusal to publicly denounce President Trump since his […]

History Will Judge the Complicit – via Anne Applebaum in The Atlantic

Give a Gift History Will Judge the Complicit

Why have Republican leaders abandoned their principles in support of an immoral and dangerous president?

Borja Alegre

Story by Anne Applebaum

On a cold march afternoon in 1949, Wolfgang Leonhard slipped out of the East German Communist Party Secretariat, hurried home, packed what few […]