Meanwhile, in the UK

Just so we all know it isn’t just the US suffering a crisis of leadership…

Yes, More Problematic Communications from Trump

Not surprisingly, there are other phone call transcripts and other communications that further complicate Trump’s position.

Boris Johnson Could Face No-Confidence Vote Next Week

Next week could be a crucial one for Boris Johnson’s future in power.

Fox News Now Little More Than Trump Propaganda Machine

Fox News Channel in general, and Fox And Friends in particular, have become nothing but a propaganda network for the White House and the President.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

When Scandals Were Real Scandals

Just over four years ago.

Are There other Problematic Phone Calls?

A note in the whistleblower’s complaint suggests other transcripts, like the Zelensky call, that have been buried.

A Photo for Friday: “Preparing to Bloom”

Welcome to Friday

Hunter Biden’s Socially Acceptable Corruption

The real crime is what’s legal.

The Quid Pro Quo Debate

A little bit of this for a little bit of that.

House Democrats Eye Narrowly Focused Impeachment Of Trump

House Democrats are reportedly looking at an impeachment process narrowly focused on the President’s efforts to obtain a quid pro quo from the President of Ukraine.

Trump And The GOP Have Continually Lied About The Budget Deficit And The Economy

President Trump and the Republican Party have spent the last three years lying about the Federal budget deficit and the economy.

Trump Impeachment Likely, Removal Thinkable

For the first time, it’s conceivable that Republicans will turn against the President.

Trump Reacts To Whistleblower Report By Attacking Whistleblowers

The President’s initial reaction to the release of the whistleblower complaint is about what you’d expect from a petty dictator.

Jacques Chirac, Former French President, Dies At 86

Jacques Chirac, who served two terms as President of France and was a strong opponent of the Iraq War, has died.

Whistleblower Complaint Reveals Months Long Effort To Push Ukraine To Investigate Biden

The Acting Director of National Intelligence has released the complaint filed by an intelligence community whistleblower that has set off allegations that the President sought foreign aid in undermining a political opponent.

Netanyahu Gets First Crack At Forming New Israeli Government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is getting the first shot at forming a new government. Whether he’ll succeed or not is another story.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

White House Transcript Confirms Trump Asked Ukraine President To Investigate Biden

The White House has released a summary of the July 25th phone call between President Trump and the President of Ukraine. It doesn’t help President Trump or his defenders.

California Sues To Block Trump From Revoking Its Clean Air Act Waiver

California, joined by 22 other states and jurisdictions, is suing to block the Administration’s efforts to revoke the state’s waiver to impose tougher clean air regulations.

Rudy Giuliani Worked Behind The Scenes To Pressure Ukraine On Biden

Working as the President’s private attorney, Rudy Giuliani has spent months working behind the scenes to pressure Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden’s son.

Democrats Tighten Criteria for November And December Debates

The criteria for the November and December debate will make it much harder for some Democrats to get on the national stage. That isn’t a bad thing.

Senate Intel Committee Gets Involved

They want to talk to the whistleblower.

Trump’s View of Article II

A blast from the past: two days before the Zelensky call.

Trump Ukraine Timeline

Greg Sargent usefully lays out the basics.

Pelosi Announces Formal Impeachment Inquiry

The escalation has been rapid, dramatic, and warranted.

Federal Judge Blocks Law Requiring Candidates To Release Tax Returns

Late last week, a Federal Judge blocked a California law requiring candidates for President and other offices to make copies of their tax returns public.

Trump Sues To Block New York Prosecutor From Seeing His Tax Returns

Donald Trump is suing the District Attorney in Manhattan to stop him from getting copies of Trump’s tax returns.

The Death Of The White House Press Briefing And Trump’s Lack Of Transparency

The White House has succeeded in killing, for now, the White House Daily Press Briefing and in making itself the least transparent Administration in recent history.

U.K. Supreme Court Rules Suspension Of Parliament Was Unlawful

Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffered a huge and historic loss in the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom.

Trump Put Ukraine Military Aid On Hold Just Days Before Phone Call

Just days before he repeatedly pressured the President of Ukraine to reopen a closed investigation involving the son of former Vice-President Biden, President Trump suspended military aid that had been authorized by Congress.

Richard Cohen Retires

A bittersweet farewell to a newspaperman past his sell-by date.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

Are We Headed For Another Shutdown Over Trump’s Border Wall?

Once again, a fight is set to brew over funding for the President’s border wall. Will he force another shutdown in an election year?

It’s Time For Democrats To Severely Limit Access To The Debate Stage

The time for coddling the candidates polling below 5% is over.

Trump Admits He Talked About Biden With Ukrainian President

President Trump is now admitting that he talked to the President of Ukraine about investigations of Joe Biden and his son but denies there was a quid pro quo.

Trump, Ukraine, and Biden

What we know for sure.

Joseph Kennedy III Enters Race Against Ed Markey For Senate

A familiar name has entered the race for the Democratic Senate nomination in Massachusetts.

Biden And Warren In Dead Heat In Latest Iowa Poll

The latest Des Moines Register poll puts Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren at the top of the pack in the Hawkeye State.

Open Forum

Where you can’t be off topic because there IS no topic.

The Main Remedy to Trump is an Election

But, our process to elect the president is highly flawed.

Cory Booker Rings The Warning Bell

Cory Booker’s campaign is basically admitting they’re at the end of the road.

Trump Repeatedly Pushed Ukraine To Investigate Biden’s Son

The details about President Trump’s attempts to get Ukraine to investigate the son of one of his potential 2020 rivals keep getting worse for the President.

Pelosi Wants Law Allowing Indictment of Presidents

A wrongheaded solution for a legitimate problem.

Democratic Race Mostly Unchanged By Third Presidential Debate

For the most part, the third debate appears to have had little immediate impact on the race for the Democratic nomination.

American Public Mostly Ignoring War In Afghanistan

Eighteen years after it started, the American public seems to be mostly ignoring the war in Afghanistan. But that isn’t an excuse for not bringing it to an end.

Bill DeBlasio Drops Out Of Presidential Race

New York City’s Mayor ends a campaign that was going nowhere.

Trump’s Approval Rating Higher Than Obama’s at This Juncture

A startling statistic that hides a more comforting reality.

The President, The Whistleblower, And Ukraine

The latest allegations about exactly what the President may have been trying to do in a phone call with a foreign leader that caught the attention of a whistleblower are becoming more serious by the day.