June 27 in Our Dystopian USA

Heather Cox Richardson (slightly adapted) The Trump administration did not respond until almost 5:00 this evening to last night’s astonishing news that Russian operatives had offered bounties on US soldiers during the Afghanistan peace talks, and that the administration had been briefed on this development back in March and had chosen not to respond. The […]

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Failure of Leadership

1. TRUMP IS IGNORING THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS AS HIS ACTIONS THREATEN TO MAKE THE OUTBREAK WORSE.  Americans isolated themselves for months to give Trump and his administration time to come up with a plan and prepare the country to defeat the pandemic, but Trump has failed to deliver and largely given up on fighting coronavirus. Yesterday […]

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Poll Shows Trump’s Deception Not Working

Americans see Trump as a failure who cares more about his image than the country. 52% describe Trump’s response to this crisis as a failure and 57% say Trump handled this crisis worse than other presidents would have, something even 22% of Republicans agree with. Americans believe Trump is trying to distract from his failed […]

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Postal Service Is Fundamental to Democracy

Trump  calls the U.S. Postal Service “a joke.” Washington and Jefferson would disagree. Like with most things, this president has his history wrong. Since the founding of our country, the Postal Service has been as serious and as fundamental to our democracy as it gets. A recent New York Times article embraced by Joe Biden […]

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Notes from the Front

Historian Amy Cox Richardson write a blog on national affairs. This is her latest post: Although in the early days of his administration Trump dominated news cycles, it is rare these days for him to do so unless there is a single, blockbuster story. There are a lot of players in today’s politics, they are […]

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Trump and COVID-19

(Impeachment is mentioned only because he claims it’s relevant.) Dec 18th – House Impeaches Trump Jan 8th – First CDC warning Jan 9th – Trump campaign rally Jan 14th – Trump campaign rally Jan 16h – House sends impeachment articles to Senate Jan 18th – Trump golfs Jan 19th – Trump golfs Jan 20th – […]

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Letter to the Editor: Administration prioritizes loyalty over competence

One of the sad ironies of this administration is that it considers personal loyalty to Trump far ahead of any loyalty to the country. This means that critical jobs, like the Director of National Intelligence or the Attorney General, are picked solely on the basis not of competence, but of personal loyalty. The results of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Don’t listen to the President’s COVID-19 cure claims

COVID-19 is a NOT a Chinese Virus. It is a coronavirus that has mutated to become one of the most lethal respiratory infections of this generation. There has been discrimination throughout our country against Chinese and Asian-Americans as a result of President Trump’s racist rhetoric. Though there is some information about using chloroquine phosphate, an […]

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Chief Health Officer Fumbles

In an exchange yesterday between Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf (another acting secretary, rather than a permanent one), at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Wolf got the statistics for the death rates of coronavirus and influenza wrong (it appears to be around 2% for coronavirus; the death rate from […]

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Letter to the Editor: Trump stands knee-deep in his own swamp

In his inaugural address, Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” in Washington. The “swamp” has been mostly drained, but it’s not the one Trump had in mind; instead it’s the one he himself stands in knee-deep. Some of his “swamp companions” have already been removed and can now add “convicted felon” to their resumes. […]

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