US Politics in Trump era Public date: 03.10.2019 13:07:34

30 Oct 2018

President Trump Barely Works at All

Early this year, Axios obtained a schedule of President Trump’s activities, revealing hour after hour of “Executive Time” — which means, mostly, binge-watching cable television news and tweeting. Politico has obtained another weekly Trump schedule, and if anything, it appears to contain even less actual work.
Early this year, Axios obtained a schedule of President Trump’s activities, revealing hour after hour of “Executive...
16 May 2018

The Michael Cohen Bribery Scandal Is Now a Trump Bribery Scandal

Last night, the Daily Mail  reported a development in the Michael Cohen saga of seismic scale. In a  December 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, the British tabloid reports, Cohen asked Ahmed Al-Rumaihi, who runs a $100 billion Qatari investment fund, to send him “millions” which, the story claims, would go “through  him to Trump family members.”
Last night, the Daily Mail  reported a development in the Michael Cohen saga of seismic scale. In a...
12 May 2017

Donald Trump Tries to Explain Economics to The Economist. Hilarity Ensues.

Donald Trump has now spent enough time listening to Republican economic advisers that he can give an interview to The Economist in which he attempts to regurgitate the ideas that have been fed him. At various points in the interview, Trump tries and fails to think of the word “reciprocity.” (“We need reciprocality in terms of our trade deals,” he asserts.) Asked to flesh out his vision for a fair NAFTA in more detail, he can only come up with synonyms for “big”:
Donald Trump has now spent enough time listening to Republican economic advisers that he can give an interview to...
2 May 2016

America Has Never Been So Ripe for Tyranny

As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in Plato’s Republic.  It has unsettled — even surprised — me from the moment I first read it in graduate school. The passage is from the part of the dialogue where Socrates and his friends are talking about the nature of different political systems, how they change over time, and how one can slowly evolve into another. And Socrates seemed pretty clear on one sobering point: that “tyranny is probably established out of no other regime than democracy.”
As this dystopian election campaign has unfolded, my mind keeps being tugged by a passage in...

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