How history might judge President Trump.

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As America is now officially in the long exhale of the post-Trump Presidency, more than a few Americans are looking at his single term in office and wondering: Will he really be the worst of all time?

It is a question that has dogged Trump since his inauguration. Many people viewed his obvious inexperience; inability to apologize, change course, or do any critical thinking; nearly constant lying; general crudeness; and his penchant for putting himself ahead of others; and predicted that the guardrails of American democracy would be put to the test. …


When it comes to testing, the states may have to go it on their own.

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We have been in a bad way over the past month, but Coronavirus news in the United States has taken a slightly positive turn over the past two weeks: It looks like cases are beginning to plateau in both hot spots and in areas that suffered a more mild outbreak, like Los Angeles. In addition, the New York Times has reported that we’ve made substantial progress on creating a vaccine.

A select number of states are beginning to “reopen” their economies, though some are doing…


Nunes isn’t the joke. He’s the punchline.

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There may have been a time when Devin Nunes was a serious person. Nunes spent most of his Congressional career — which began in 2003 —clinging closely to former Speaker of the House John Boehner. Nunes was never regarded as exceedingly bright (think Paul Ryan) or politically adept (his seat is in a safe Republican district), but he was fiercely loyal to House leadership. It was that loyalty that got Nunes his position on the House Intelligence Committee, of which he assumed leadership in 2015. Since Donald Trump became president, Nunes has used…


A quick note.

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There appears to be some doubt about whether or not the Democrats are actually on the road to impeachment. It’s a talking point floating around Republican circles and in other places, and it’s mostly centered on one big assumption: The Democrats will chicken out when it comes to impeaching the President.

This is a false hope. Nancy Pelosi did not go on national television on Tuesday and use the word “impeachment” — chiseling it into the minds of Americans — only to do a 180 degree turn later. The Committees in the House will do investigatory work…


..without even considering obstruction.

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As Mueller’s marathon, nearly eight-hour testifying session came to an end, the #takes started coming in almost as quickly as his terse, yes or no answers to various questions. Some in the media viewed Mueller’s testimony as a disappointment, mostly centered around the “optics” of his appearance. Mueller was either sleepy, old, or he didn’t provide enough of a “blockbuster” to satiate the media and/or the American public who chose to stay home and watch congressional testimony on a Wednesday.

Commentators have offered plenty of criticism of this sort of media analysis; the substance of Mueller’s…


There was Collusion. Trump Supporters Have Just Moved the Goalposts.

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While Democrats and Republicans are deadlocked in a battle with Attorney General William Barr over subpoenas, the Mueller Report’s redacted materials, and virtually everything else, the rest of us should note that the focus has now shifted from the President’s actions to the potential “overreach” of House Democrats as they investigate the Administration and consider impeachment. Case in point: The folks over at The Federalist have determined that Congressional oversight of Barr is a “farce” at this point.

We are now just past week seven since Barr released his…


What Shapiro’s Humiliation Should Teach Us

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Early Friday morning, BBC aired a clip that would become viral just a few hours later: It was an interview of conservative commentator Ben Shapiro by British journalist Andrew Neil, regarding Shapiro’s new book: The Right Side of History. In the just over 16-minute interview Neil — head down and reading his materials — lobbed question after question at Shapiro, addressing not only his general philosophy, but also his past statements about Palestinians and President Barack Obama. …


The move was roundly criticized by Republicans in Congress

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Despite having only been in office for eight months, President Ocasio-Cortez pushed forward with a move that has angered her critics and even given pause to some of her supporters.

Following the failure of her Green New Deal in Congress last month, Ms. Ocasio-Cortez followed through on a campaign promise to declare a national emergency if Congress would not follow through with her proposal. …


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Cesar Altieri Sayoc was arrested on October 26, 2018, and was almost immediately identified as the #MAGAbomber, the would-be terrorist who had been sending homemade bombs to the political opponents of Donald Trump. As of Monday evening, George Soros, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, John Brennan, James Clapper, Robert De Niro, Tom Steyer, Eric Holder, Maxine Waters, and CNN had all received packages. All were frequent targets of President Trump.

Sayoc’s arrest happened just as a conservative media theory was beginning to emerge about the attempted bombings: This was all a Democratic ploy to frame…


What a year this week has been.

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Apparently, this week was an inflection point in Donald J. Trump’s presidency. Or at least that’s the talking point. The funny thing about Trump is that he has a habit of hitting each inflection point and then eating it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Asserting that John McCain is not a war hero was an inflection point. Firing Comey was an inflection point. And now, with his personal attorney Michael Cohen seemingly willing to “flip” on his former boss and implicate him in a federal crime, we have hit another inflection point.

Despite…

David Podhaskie

I write for a legal newspaper. I suck without an editor.

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