Bill Plante, 1938-2022

The veteran newsman is gone at 84.

Can Reporters Have Friends?

A new book raises fundamental questions about how far journalistic objectivity should extend.

Contractions and Proper Speech

A break from politics.

Watergate at 50

Half a century have passed since a botched burglary changed history.

January 6 Committee Subpoenas Republican Leaders

An unprecedented manuever in response to unprecedented obstruction.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addresses his remarks at a roundtable on donating plasma Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the American Red Cross-National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour) Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, addresses his remarks at a roundtable on donating plasma Thursday, July 30, 2020, at the American Red Cross-National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)

Fauci Shocked Americans Think Pandemic Over

We’re mostly back to “normal” while yet another new strain is surging.

Trump Pondered Mexico Missile Attack, Shooting BLM Protesters

The 45th President was a psychopath.

Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a Build Back Better virtual event with mayors from across the country Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson) Vice President Kamala Harris participates in a Build Back Better virtual event with mayors from across the country Thursday, October 28, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Unequal Medical Treatment

Vice President Harris gets better care than the average American. Cue the outrage!

Saudis Give Jared Kusher $2 Billion

The real crime is what’s legal.

Has Trump Finally Gone Too Far?

Republicans are aghast that he’s abandoned his principles.

Least Shocking Headline of the Day

Ethics, schmethics.

Joe Manchin’s Conflict of Interest

The most important man in the Senate got rich the old fashioned way.

Of Laws and Men

Our system lacks accountability.

But His Documents!

Former President Trump routinely broke the law with respect to protecting public records.

Clarence Thomas’ Continuing Conflict

Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion. Alas.

The Extreme Cognitive Dissonance of an Anti-Vaxxer

Being willing to do anything to survive, but not that.

Evangelical Politics in the Time of Polarization and Covid

A piece in The Atlantic inspires thoughts.

Congressional Insider Trading Still Widespread

At least 40 Members violated the law on reporting stock transactions.

Unvaccinated Denied Organ Transplants

Refusniks are creating an ethical dilemma for the triage system.

Michael K. Williams, 1966-2021

The actor known for his roles on “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” is gone at 54.

More on Standing

President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz) President Joe Biden, joined by Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky and Merck CEO Ken Frazier, delivers remarks on COVID-19 vaccine production Wednesday, March 10, 2021, in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)

Vaccine Incentivization: Sticks Better Than Carrots

Making it difficult for refuseniks works better than prizes.

Hunter Biden’s Art

A new career and a pending art sale.

Republican Split with Big Business Greatly Exaggerated

Look at who’s lined up against H.R. 1.

Yale Fires Prof for Trump Mental Health ‘Diagnoses’

What at first blush appears a case of hypocrisy and cancel culture is a violation of professional ethics.

The Ethics of International Vaccine Distribution

At least 50 million doses of the AstraZeneca are sitting in American facilities unused.

HR1: Good, but Not Enough

And what GOP opposition says about the party.

Supreme Court Rules Trump Emoluments Cases Moot

A legally correct but maddening ruling.

On the Way Out: 143 Pardons

143 at the 11th hour.

The Revolving Door and the Appearance of Impropriety

Biden nominees Janet Yellen, Tony Blinken, and Avril Haines are under scrutiny for their financial disclosures.

The Politics of Vaccination

The science and ethics are not the hardest part of determining who should go first.

GSA Head Refuses to Sign Transition Order

A nonpartisan official is refusing to do her duty.

The Corruption of Justice

The AG is Trump’s lawyer, not ours.

SECNAV Says Fired Captain ‘Naive or Stupid’

Thomas Modly, the acting Secretary of the Navy, has embarrassed himself and must go.

Republican Senators Commit Insider Trading after Coronavirus Brief

Richard Burr, Jim Inhofe, David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler should go to jail.

Bloomberg to Sell Business if Elected

The mega-billionaire commits to a path quite different from the fake billionaire currently in office.

Duncan Hunter Jr. To Resign Early Next Year

California Congressman Duncan Hunter Jr. will remain in office for the rest of 2019 notwithstanding his guilty plea.

Republicans Afraid To Speak Out Against Trump Are As Bad The Trump Cultists

Those Republicans who recognize how bad President Trump is for he nation but are afraid to speak out against him are as bad as the true believers of Cult45.

George Zimmerman Files Bizarre, Conspiracy Theory Laden, Lawsuit

George Zimmerman has filed a bizarre conspiracy theory-laden lawsuit against Trayvon Martin’s family, prosecutors, and others.

William Barr Is Exactly The Kind Of Attorney General Trump Always Wanted

Late last week, Attorney General William Barr demonstrated quite aptly the extent to which he has become just another Trump loyalist.

LTC Vindman Update

Revisiting a recent post.

No, Trump’s Courting of Senators isn’t ‘Bribery’

The President is committing enough high crimes and misdemeanors without us manufacturing them.

California Rep. Katie Hill Resigns Amid Allegations Of Improper Sexual Behavior

Barely in office a year, California Congresswoman Katie Hill has been forced to resign in the face of inappropriate contact with a staff member and a campaign worker.

Trump Reverses Decision To Hold G-7 Summit At His Miami Golf Resort

After coming under fire for a decision designed primarily to benefit himself and his family, President Trump has decided to walk back the decision to hold the next G-7 Summit at one of his properties.

Warren Comes Under Fire In Fourth Democratic Debate

Elizabeth Warren took most of the fire during last night’s fourth Democratic debate, which will likely go a long way toward winnowing down a crowded field.

Federal Judge Blocks California Law Requiring Disclosure Of Candidate Tax Returns

Late last week, a Federal Judge in California placed on hold a state law requiring candidates to provide copies of their tax returns.

Rep. Chris Collins, Early Trump Supporter, To Plead Guilty To Insider Trading

Congressman Chris Collins, an early supporter of President Trump’s, will be pleading guilty to insider trading charges.