CNN vs. Trump

A shorter version of this sentiment appeared on November 29. 2018 as “CNN and Acosta Will Have a Lot to Answer For Later” in a letter to the Wall Street Journal. The case brought by CNN against the White House over suspension of the “Hard Pass of correspondent Jim Acosta will likely not be decided tomorrow…

Birthright Citizenship: A Primer

President Trump proposes to end the long-accepted concept of “Birthright Citizenship” by executive order.  Contrary to most current commentary, there is a legitimate case to be made that he has that authority. It is not a good or persuasive argument, however, and it contradicts conservative political and judicial principles. The concept of citizenship, as it…

Press’s united front just bolsters Trump claims

Cape Cod Times, August 21, 2018 President Trump is not “a self-styled demagogue,” as you describe him (“Trump, tweets and the truth,” Our View, Aug. 16). By definition, a “self-styled demagogue” is one who calls himself a demagogue. I know what you meant, but that’s how these #fakenews things get started. Worse, the Cape Cod…

Immigration Politics Flare Up

In recent weeks the national dialogue has been dominated by hysteria at levels unprecedented even in the era of #nevertrump. Disturbing pictures of children, seemingly caged, were promoted by cynical activists and media outlets to the agitation of many whose political thoughts are dominated by their emotions. A goal of the Trump administration, so the trope…

Some Legal Advice for President Trump

President Donald J. Trump and his lawyers are engaged in a choreographed performance aimed, not at Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but at the voting public. Trump acts as if  he is just dying to have a conversation to clear the air with Mueller, while his lawyers argue that there should be limits on any such…

Jim Clapper’s “Magical Mystery Tour”

Before he accepted his appointment by President Obama as Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper wrote in a letter to the President: “I have always sought to be ‘below the radar;” I do not like publicity.” The big payday of a large book contract seems to have overcome Clapper’s reticence. In addition to his paid…

President Trump, General Kelly and the Accused Aide

President Donald J. Trump and his White House Chief of Staff, former General John Kelly each came to their current position from different places and a different time. When Marine General John Kelly was commanding American and Coalition forces in battle in Western Iraq, if he heard that an exceptionally effective aide or company commander…

The House Intelligence Memo: Damning Details

There’s not much news in the House Intelligence Committee Majority Staff Memo on abuses by a few individuals at the FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) in the use of FISA (Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act) to conduct surveillance on domestic political opponents. There is confirmation of the leaks that the discredited “Trump Dossier” a/k/a “Steele…

The “Russian Collusion” Investigation Takes an Unexpected Bounce

If John LeCarre’s later novels seem to have taken a more polemic tone than his byzantine earlier tales of espionage and treachery, maybe it’s because writers of spy thrillers, like practitioners of political parody and satire, find themselves ever more unable to stay ahead of reality. The subject of Russian interference in the 2016 American…

Trump the Unifier

Noon on Sunday is one of the best times of the week. After a morning of news talk show agita about politics we get the NFL pregame shows with diverting chat about football. How distressing today to tune into the CBS and FOX pregame shows and get a big dose of talk about … politics….

Jared Kushner’s White House role is far from unusual

(Because of their publication schedule, this op-ed in today’s Cape Cod Times was written two weeks ago, pre-Comey, pre-Sessions and pre-Republican baseball shootout. Dealing with the subject of sputtering outrage at the time, it now seems like a artifact from another era.) Critics, including syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker in “Family politics: Why is Kushner a…

Comey’s Revenge

It’s only been a month since President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9. Comey’s testimony today before the Senate Intelligence Committee climaxed a rush of developments since then. Look elsewhere for prescience. On May 11 in “Comey’s Exit and the Artificial Storm” I flatly stated “There will be no independent counsel,”…