Maximal Angst Despite Minimal Cause

Quite often, political fights are about attitudes rather than issues and polices.

Saudis Give Jared Kusher $2 Billion

The real crime is what’s legal.

NYC Criminal Probe of Trump Appears Stalled

Manhattan’s new DA seems to think he has a weak case.

Trump Facing Multiple Legal Disasters

The 45th President is unlikely to face Federal prosecution but state and civil suits are not going his way.

Sarah Palin Defamation (Sort of) Dismissed

The bar for defaming public officials is too high.

NYC Shuttering Fire Companies Over Vaccine Refusal

The idiocy continues.

Peter Scolari, 1955-2021

The veteran character actor has died of cancer at 66.

What’s the 771?

DC’s new area code is causing an identity crisis.

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Trump Organization and its CFO Indicted

A big shoe has dropped.

How Critical Race Theory Suddenly Hit the Mainstream

A pandemic and the rise of Zoom meetings unleashed an academic theory into the wild.

Quick Takes

A few notes from the beach.

DOJ Will Defend Trump’s Rape Denial

A typical case of American blind justice.

New York State and City Join Forces Against Trump

Separate investigations are merging, with a criminal component being added.

DC Statehood and Power Politics

More voice, more votes, more representation.

Masking Outdoors

Science, politics, and social norms intersect in some really strange ways.

Trump Campaign-Russian Intelligence Link Definitively Established

RussiaGate is back in the news but the story is unlikely to move the needle.

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If Everything is Infrastructure, Nothing Is

The semantic debate is obscuring the actual public policy issue.

Elite Private Schools, Race, and Fear of the Woke

Also some ironic positions on capitalism.

Manhattan DA Gets Trump Tax Records

The Supreme Court refused to block a lower court order.

George Shultz, 1920-2021

The longtime public servant has died, aged 100.

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The Final Weeks of Trump

First whining about losing, now whining about legislation. (And creating chaos along the way).

Michael J. Fox Has Perspective

The actor reflects on nearly three decades with Parkinson’s.

Four Seasons Total Landscaping

A tale so bizarre it is hard to believe it is real.

He Got his Man

The AG is not supposed to be the President’s personal attorney.

SCOTUS: Trump Not Above Law, Must Release Taxes

A mixed ruling: New York wins, Congress loses–but no release before the election.

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Traffic Signals Not Racist

Sometimes, a cigar is just a cigar.

Trump Pushing Out US Attorney Investigating Trump Associates

For the second time, the chief federal prosecutor for Manhattan has been fired.

Pelosi Wants SALT Cap Repeal in Next Stimulus

Progressive policy and constituent interests collide.

Bloomberg’s Billions Buying Ground Game

An unprecedented spending blitz is upending the campaign.

Supreme Court Accepts Cases Dealing With Subpoenas For Trump Financial Records

Late last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a trio of cases healing with subpoenas for the President’s financial records.

Paul Volcker, Fed Chairman Who Slew The Inflation Dragon, Dies At 92

Paul Volcker, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Board who put an end to the rampant inflation that threatened to choke the American economy, has died at 92.

Trump Gets A Temporary Victory At The Supreme Court

Late yesterday, the Supreme Court put a temporary hold on an order that would give Congress access to the President’s financial documents.

Trump Attorneys Appeal Tax Return Ruling To Supreme Court

The fight over the President’s tax returns has reached the Supreme Court.

Federal Court Deals Another Blow To Trump’s Efforts To Keep Tax Records Private

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals dealt President Trump another setback in his effort to keep his financial records out of Congressional hands.

Rudy Giuliani Lawyers Up

Caught in the middle of the Ukraine scandal, the President”s lawyer has gotten his own lawyers.

Second Circuit Rejects Trump Effort To Block Tax Return Subpoena

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals handed President Trump a loss in his effort to prevent prosecutors in New York from getting copies of his tax returns.

October Jobs Report Beats Expectations, But Still Comes In As Anemic

October’s jobs report came back better than expected but hardly something to cheer.

Donald Trump Is Now Florida Man

Donald Trump is moving his permanent residence south, where he should be right at home.

Lawyer Argues Trump Could Kill A Guy And Be Immune From Investigation Or Prosection

What started out as a joke on the campaign trail has turned into a serious legal argument being made to a Federal Judge by an attorney for the President.

Rudy Giuliani Under Criminal Investigation

Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is under criminal investigation by the same office he once headed as U.S. Attorney.

Trump Loses Another Legal Effort To Block Congressional Document Requests

President Trump loses another lawsuit against his ongoing efforts to stonewall Congress.

Trump Loses Lawsuit To Block Subpoena For His Tax Returns

A Federal Judge rejected the President’s effort to block a New York City prosecutor from obtaining copies of his tax returns.

Donald Trump, Joseph McCarthy, And Profiles In Republican Cowardice

Much like it did during the McCarthy Era, the Republican Party has to decide what side of history it wishes to be on. The right side, or the wrong side.

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.

Congress To Investigate Payoffs To Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels

House Democrats are set to investigate the payoffs made to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels in advance of the 2016 election.

Kirsten Gillibrand Drops Out Of Presidential Race

Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of a Presidential race few people realized she was in.

David Koch, Businessman, Political Activist, and Philanthropist, Dead At 79

David Koch, one-half of the Koch Brothers and the head of a wide-ranging business empire who also went on to have a huge impact on politics and cultural philanthropy, has died at the age of 79.

Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Officially Ruled Suicide

Confirming the original diagnosis, Jeffrey Epstein’s death last weekend has been ruled a suicide.

Epstein Death Leads To Legitimate Questions And Baseless Conspiracy Theories

Jeffrey Epstein’s death by suicide has led to many legitimate questions that should be investigated. It has also led to the rise of a number of baseless conspiracy theories.