Blog No. 125. Trump: Tax Returns, Russia and Moving On

The last blog, No. 124, discussed Donald Trump’s curious and troubling relationship with Vladimir Putin and Russia. I noted that a reporter had asked Trump if he would release his tax returns to prove his claim of having no financial connections with Russia, and that Trump had declined on the now familiar ground that his[…]

Blog No. 121. Russian Hacking: The Trout in the Milk

A November 9 story in the Washington Post reported a CIA assessment that Russian hacking of Democratic computers was intended to defeat Hillary Clinton and elect Donald Trump. Disclosure of the assessment, which had been given to Congressional leaders behind closed doors, produced a considerable uproar. The intelligence community had on October 7, issued a statement accusing the Russians of hacking in order to interfere with the American election, but the attribution of a specific motive added a new and explosive layer to the matter.

Blog No. 120. The Bully in the Pulpit and The Carrier Coup.

On Monday, the New York Times reported that House leaders had pushed back against President-Elect Trump’s plan to impose a 35% tariff on companies that relocate jobs overseas. The report was the first sign–and a welcome one–of any willingness on the part of Congressional Republicans to stand up for traditional Republican principles in dealing with Trump. The threat of a 35% increase had been at the heart of Trump’s much-heralded deal with the Carrier Corporation and its parent, United Technologies (UT), but it carried a clear risk of sparking a trade war that could seriously damage the American economy. […]

Blog No. 119 Trump: Brick-bats and Flowers, Appointments, Tweets and Conflicts

The performance of the President-Elect continues to be both unpredictable and deeply troubling in various respects. The shape and direction of the impending Trump administration is unclear, and while the fears and alarms of Trump’s harshest critics may be exaggerated, then again, they may not be. At times there appear to be two different Donald[…]

Blog No. 118. Tweeter-in-Chief: The Early Days

When I wrote that I had decided to withdraw from the Republican Party, I explained that I did not wish to remain a member of a party headed by Donald Trump. Nothing that has happened since then has led me to regret or reconsider that decision. Indeed, it has been reinforced by the apparent inclination of Congressional Republicans to fall blissfully in line with the incoming administration. This may change when specific legislation and spending proposals are on the table, but so far Republicans in both the House and Senate have been performing in remarkably ovine fashion. […]

Welcome to RINOcracy 2.0 was founded in May, 2013 as a voice within the Republican Party, albeit a voice dissenting from party orthodoxy on some significant issues. The 2013 “Welcome to RINOcracy,” which appears below, explained the origin of the name, some of my political background and offered brief thoughts on several issues. Now, however, things have changed.[…]

Special Bulletin. Au Revoir, But Not Goodbye

When began in 2013, I acknowledged several disagreements with the Republican Party. At the same time, I emphasized my Republican heritage: I have been a Republican all my life. I recall (or possibly I just recall being told) that in 1940, at the age of five, I joined the family in listening to the Republican[…]

Special Bulletin. The Cubs Win and the Election Looms

Well, they finally did it!

As every reader must know by now, The Chicago Cubs ended 108 years of frustration by winning the World Series on Wednesday night. They defeated the Cleveland Indians in a 10-inning struggle that has been called epic but could also be described as a bit goofy. The game and the Series have been widely covered, so I will add only a few personal comments. […]

Blog No. 117 Trump, Clinton and the Supreme Court

We have read that some Republicans who would not otherwise vote for Donald Trump may do so solely on the ground that it would be unacceptable to put at least one or more Supreme Court nominations in the hands of Hillary Clinton. We believe that, while such a concern may be legitimate, it should not[…]

Guest Blog. The Donald J. Trump Foundation: Why Should We Care?

One of the collateral effects of the focus on Donald Trump’s treatment of women has been to distract attention from several other problematic aspects of his candidacy, including the Trump Foundation. Shortly before the disclosure of the 2005 Trump video tape, we had asked a friend of long standing, Suzanne Garment, to write a guest blog on the subject of the Trump Foundation, a subject that we believe deserves renewed consideration. (The Clinton Foundation has raised serious issues, but rather different ones, which we hope to address in a separate blog).

Suzanne Garment is a tax lawyer who has specialized in foundation work in recent years. She is also the author of Scandal: The Culture of Mistrust in American Politics, and for several years wrote a weekly column, “Capitol Chronicle” in the Wall Street Journal.