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March 30, 2017

Foreign Affairs

America on the Precipice

“Yesterday I felt truly embarrassed. The ‘leader of the free world’ just sat there, awkwardly, waiting for Trump to shake her hand.” – George Takei George wasn’t the only one embarrassed. To tell you the truth, I was flabbergasted. I’ve never seen anything like this in my lifetime, not even from Nixon. And believe you


OPERATION ROLLING ORANGE PRIVILEGE: DOWNHILL, BACKWARDS, ON SKATES Picking up plus-or-minus where we left Orange Privilege a fort-night ago, the Trump administration continues with all the focus and purpose of a beach ball at a Phish concert. Excepting that such a beach ball would be inflated with good will and kept aloft by nice people.

Just Last Week in Orange Privilege: Bull, Bullies, and Beat-downs

Winding up their third hapless week, the Trump Administration did not disappoint onlookers, crashing and careening through statecraft, free enterprise and the constitution before skidding to a steaming rest in front of Nordstrom’s. Trump’s greatest gift to make us all great again is to repeatedly demonstrate that no amount of reckless speed and utter bullshit

What is Paul Manafort?

I’m not a conspiracy theorist but some things are too hard to ignore as mere coincidence. We know Trump’s campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, worked for Pro-Russian, former Ukrainian President Yanukovych from 2007-2014 until Yanukovych was overthrown by the Ukrainian people. However, Manafort kept an office in Kiev to advise Yanukovych’s party about how to get

Trade agreements

The United States currently has trade agreements with 20 different countries. Trade agreements are necessary to even the playing field between countries. The WTO is a 154 member organization that sets, and enforces rules for trade, among countries. Opponents of trade agreements maintain that they cost US jobs. NAFTA is one most often mentioned. Opponents

America Shamed

AMERICA SHAMED An open letter to the GOP It’s getting pretty desperate out there, isn’t it Yeah it is. I thought I’d lost the ability to be shocked by you people. I thought nobody could ever make me ashamed of my country. But I was wrong on both counts. You’re really going to run with

What He Said

President Obama gave a press conference at the G20 summit in Turkey today. He faced a world of people who are terrified due to the attacks in France, and was clear about his strategy and rationale. However, I’m not sure anyone listened. Christiane Amanpour seemed to miss the point, but maybe people can’t hear over

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