Blog No. 145. Comey v. Trump: No Decision, But Perhaps a Milestone

As Amber Phillips put it in the Washington Post, “James B. Comey’s testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee about his conversations with President Trump can be summed up in one word: Newsworthy.” Well, yes. And pretty good television-watching, even for West Coast viewers who had to get up rather early to be in at the[…]

Blog No. 142. Impeachment in the Air?

Donald Trump figured out a way to get the story of the Comey firing out of the headlines. That troublesome story was pushed to one side by a report in the Washington Post on Monday, that in meeting last week with the Russian foreign minister and Russian ambassador, Trump had revealed highly classified intelligence. The[…]

Blog No. 114. Race and Policing: The Curse of Stereotypes and The Way Forward

The fatal shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte, North Carolina, on September 20, followed by only a few days the fatal shooting of Terrence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The shootings in Tulsa and Charlotte were the latest in a series of tragic encounters between police and African-Americans. By now it is understood that such encounters will produce cries of outrage from the local African-American community and beyond, and protests in the streets, sometimes peaceful, sometimes violent. When the protests are violent, the people who suffer the most are, ironically and inevitably, African-Americans. […]