Imagine late one night there’s a knock at your front door. You open it. Standing before you is your grown daughter. She’s crying. Her nose has been bloodied, one eye is puffy and bruised. She tells you her husband hit her. Now, imagine your daughter’s name is Ivanka. And you’re the President of the United… Read More


Pointing fingers is a Washington pastime. The blame game currently playing out between Republicans and Democrats has been raging over issues ranging from the treatment of DACA recipients, funds for the Great Wall of Trump, a government shutdown, the Nunes Memo, the Democrat’s response, and the success and failure of the economy since the president… Read More


Chaos theory has been called the study of predicting “inherently unpredictable” systems. It is also an apt description of the study of the Trump presidency. Those closest to the president say he thrives on chaos, relishes tumult, and takes perverse pleasure in stirring up conflict among advisers and associates. The president is energized by noise.… Read More


President Trump’s dismissal of nations and continents peopled by those who don’t share his skin tone is frightening. Equally disturbing is his ignorance of history, his inability to think strategically, and his incomprehensible approach to international relations. Nowhere is this more apparent than in his assessment of Africa. Before last week, most Africans viewed American… Read More


Diplomacy is not a transactional affair. This seems lost on self-proclaimed Middle East expert and presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner. The ever-increasing number of questionable business entanglements between Kushner’s family and Israeli companies, individuals, and government ministers is troubling given his directive to honestly broker an equitable peace agreement between the Israeli government and the Palestinian… Read More


Americans who lived through the Cold War were taught that the Soviet Union was not our friend. They possessed weapons that could obliterate us with “the push of a button,” as President Trump would say. They were the scourge of democracy who ensnared Eastern Europe in an Iron Curtain. They brought the United States to… Read More


The Trump Administration’s announcement that it will provide anti-tank missiles to Ukraine is a move that’s long overdue. It’s also a slap in the face for Russian President Vladimir Putin. The timing and rationale behind President Trump’s decision, however, begs the question, why now? The answer may have to do with the ongoing Mueller investigation… Read More


Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, of California, seems to believe he’s this generation’s J. Edgar Hoover, the near-mythic crimebuster and first and longest-serving Director of the FBI. Rep. Nunes has set his sights on this highly-regarded law enforcement organization, as well as its second-longest serving Director, the well-respected Special Counsel Robert Mueller, also a Republican. Nunes… Read More


As war continues to be waged over tax reform and the Affordable Care Act, a more subversive battle to eliminate consumer and environmental protection continues to rage. With the stroke of a pen, the president has swatted away bothersome regulations at the behest of corporate interest groups as though they were so many annoying flies.… Read More


With every passing year, Pearl Harbor Day leaves us with a stark reminder that the number of WWII veterans is dwindling rapidly. The epic struggle against forces of undisputed evil, fought by the fathers and grandfathers, mothers and grandmothers of so many of us, may soon be relegated to the annals of American history, yet… Read More