As videos remind us of Michael Flynn’s harsh demands against Hillary Clinton to “lock her up”, there is growing speculation that he will not be imprisoned for his disgraceful role in the Russia probe. The debate over Flynn’s fate as a mob canary will extend to both sides of special counsel Robert Mueller’s penetrating reach.
At this point, does it really matter? The disgraced general has already condemned himself ago to imprisonment in the pages of history books from which he can’t escape – now and forever.
That leads me to ask why people are so willing to give up their name, honor, and reputation in their […]Full Story... →
It was a brutal week for Donald Trump, who was upstaged at the G-20 assembly of world leaders in Buenos Aires, a would-be superstar who was adrift in a sea of confusion and bad news.
I caught a glimpse of him in the small crowd as Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gleefully bonded in front of the global cameras like uniting fraternity brothers. But our guy was outvoted 19-1 on climate change and didn’t appear to be taken seriously about anything.
When it was time to go home he was seen tramping around the others as though his next step […]Full Story... →
Did you ever have one of those moments when you read something and then you have to go back and read and reread it again, thinking you missed something in the first couple of reads?
Last week, was one of those huh? moments. I suspect that I was joined in the state of dumbfoundedness along with countless others when I read and reread summaries of the new reform plan of the House Democratic majority. (Note to self: the state of dumbfoundedness has no electoral votes. More on that later.)
Dick Polman, a Philadelphia writer, probably said it for […]Full Story... →
Here are the four Ohio Congressional districts most likely to flip from red to blue in November’s election.Full Story... →
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In New York, President Trump is selling off the world at the United Nations on why America must be first. About everything.
In Washington, Republican white guys on the Judiciary Committee who are too many years beyond retirement age are trying to set the stage to install another white guy – Brett Kavanaugh by name – on the U.S. Supreme Court regardless of the male-female optics of interrogating a woman who has accused Kavanaugh for being terribly full of predatory sexual mischief as a teenager.
But why is it taking so long? Particularly after the capo di […]Full Story... →
The final week of the National Football League’s pre-season games was also one of Donald Trump’s classic exhibitions of brutish conduct that exemplified his derangement. As America’s quarterback, he managed to throw a half dozen more interceptions, fumbled all over the field and argued against rigged unnecessary roughness penalties by dishonest officials that made no difference in making the NFL and America great again.
They were, after all, exhibition games, which are the sort of theatrics that assure Trump of a raucous gathering at his rabid love-ins.
About the week: He delayed a childish flat response to Sen. John McCain’s death, and by Thursday […]Full Story... →
A Cleveland-born lobbyist who is implicated in the Paul Manafort indictments has had a long-term cozy relationship with Ohio Republicans and even served on John Kasich’s 2016 Presidential Steering Committee. Ed Kutler was a senior lobbyist at powerhouse DC Public Affairs firm, Mercury, until he departed in 2017 to found his own shop. According to their own Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) filings and numerous press reports, Mercury is “Company A” in the Manafort indictment. Kutler also has extensive family connections to the somewhat forgotten pornography empire of Cleveland’s own Reuben Sturman and La Cosa Nostra.
It is […]Full Story... →
How can any of us sleep soundly at night knowing that the deranged Godfather who could change the face of the entire planet by pressing a button is desperately wading in the swamp of friendly dictators, porn stars, riflemen and newly appointed demonic war hawks without accountability?
In a matter of 24 hours, Donald Trump thrust upon us the savage militarist John Bolton, our hostile UN ambassador who has famously talked of bombing Iran and North Korea, as his top security advisor to replace Lt. Gen. H. R. McMaster. He also appointed Fox News contributor Joseph diGenova, who blames the FBI and Department of Justice for trying to […]Full Story... →
Allow me to begin this discourse with the full disclosure that I have no expertise in foreign diplomacy alignments in the Far East. That confession of ignorance will place me securely in the mindless ranks of the latest Trump reality show. I refer to the president’s assertion that he intends to accept North Korea and Kim Jong-un’s invitation to meet at a time and place “to be determined.” Maybe in May. Perhaps in Shangri-La.
The revelation was met with shock and awe at the State Department and White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who described the President’s first year […]Full Story... →
Help! Please Help! No, I haven’t fallen down or lost my keys. However, I am confused and do need some help in clearing up a few things.
The conventional wisdom tells us that senior citizens tend to get confused and even disoriented as they age. Sure, although I’m a senior, I think that I still have it mostly together.
But I’m still confused.
The fact is that every day, regardless of age, we Americans are getting more confused. And the truth is, we owe a great part of that state of confusion to one former reality show TV host who […]Full Story... →
Ohio is now considering establishing work requirements for its Medicaid program. The Trump administration took steps last week to make this possible, issuing new guidelines for states. Notably, the new guidelines draw on provisions of the Affordable Care Act that were intended to help states expand Medicaid. In paving the way for restricting access to Medicaid, they pervert the intent of those provisions.
Requiring more Medicaid eligibles to work might sound like a sensible idea on the surface. Of course, it’s important to listen to the arguments of those who believe that many Medicaid recipients could work […]Full Story... →
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