Blog No. 169. The Nunes Memo: An Outrage Produces a Damp Squib

The release of the Nunes memo was an outrage perpetrated by the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, and President Trump, with the other Republican members of the Intelligence Committee and even Speaker Paul Ryan acting as their aiders and abettors. The focus of the memo was the conduct of the FBI in[…]

Blog No. 167. Donald Trump and The Silence of the Lambs

As nearly everyone on the planet knows by now, when President Trump met with legislative leaders last Thursday to discuss immigration, he referred to immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries as immigrants from  “shithole countries.” He singled out Haiti specifically, saying “Why do we need more Haitians? Take them out.” And lest anyone[…]

Blog No. 166. Donald Trump: “Where’s My Roy Cohn?”

Washington and the media are agog at Michael Wolff’s book, Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, which describes in vivid detail a President intellectually and emotionally unfit for his office, a man treated by his staff and advisers as a child. Trump has in characteristic fashion struck back on Twitter, calling the author a “total[…]

Blog No. 165 The Republican Tax Bill: The Sausage Examined

The passage of the Republican tax bill was celebrated at the White House with a gaggle of Republican legislators showering lavish praise and gratitude on their Dear Leader. Peggy Noonan aptly described the scene: Wednesday afternoon’s big White House rally celebrating its passage was embarrassing. All these grown men and women slathering personal, obsequious, over-the-top[…]

Blog No. 164. The Reckless Attacks on Robert Mueller

On Sunday, President Trump denied that he intended to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller. His denial came in the wake of reports by several media outlets, the day before, of a “rumor” on Capitol Hill, that Trump would fire Mueller after Congress had left town but before Christmas. A rumor is just a rumor and[…]

Blog No 163. The Oozlum’s Tax Bill

Regular readers will recall that from time to time has referred to the Freedom Caucus in the House of Representatives, and other self-styled “conservatives” on Capitol Hill, as Oozlums. For the benefit of new readers, the term is a reference to the mythical bird that flies in ever decreasing concentric circles until it disappears[…]

Blog No. 162. Donald Trump and the “I” Word

The impeachment breezes that have been wafting through the air for months have recently grown a bit brisker. Tom Steyer, the billionaire hedge fund manager turned Democratic activist, has been promoting impeachment through a $20 million campaign of television ads. And, on November 15, several House Democrats introduced a resolution calling for the impeachment of[…]

Blog No. 161. The Sutherland Massacre and the Challenge of the AR-15

  The day after the shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, White House Counselor Kelly Anne Conway offered the familiar response of those for whom the Second Amendment—and their own boundless interpretations of it—are Holy Writ. She attacked anyone who would “politicize” the event by calling for increased gun control measures.[…]

Blog No. 160. Carla Hills On NAFTA (and Job Training)

Forty years ago or so, I had the opportunity to work for Carla A. Hills when she was Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and several years later we were law partners. In the meantime, Carla had served as United States Trade Representative under President George H.W Bush and formed her own international trade consulting[…]