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 Authority. That and his lack of experience in government, politics, or international relations. On the eve of his inauguration, Mr. Trump told supporters if Jared “can’t produce peace in the Middle East, no one can,” and that he thought Jared was going to do “a great job.” Yet Jared’s only prior job experience came after… 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 the brink of nuclear war during 1962’s Cuban Missile Crisis. They were, in the words of former President Ronald Reagan, “the Evil Empire.” So, why is it that in the past year, Russia – the Soviet Union’s successor nation – has suddenly become our new best friend? How is it that a former KGB spymaster… 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 and allegations of Team Trump’s collusion with the Russian regime in the months leading up to the 2016 presidential election. Taking a tough stance against a historic adversary of the United States is a no-brainer. And challenging Putin in what the Russian president regards as his backyard may be perceived as gutsy on the part… 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 insists Hoover’s beloved Bureau has been infiltrated by corrupt, possibly criminal elements. In reality, it would appear that Rep. Nunes is less J. Edgar Hoover and more the reincarnation of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, whose never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way, during the 1950’s, proved to be so un-American that it ultimately brought… 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. Budget Director Mick Mulvaney says none of these regulations are “very sexy… very glamorous, none rise to the level of getting national attention.” He’s right. They’re nowhere near as sexy and glamorous as tax breaks for the wealthy and taking away healthcare from those less economically fortunate. He’s dead wrong, however, about their worthiness of… 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 no military conflict since the Civil War has had a more dramatic impact on who we are as a nation. In the wake of the Great Depression, and in the years leading up to December 7th, 1941, cauldrons were bubbling throughout the world, ready to spill over with the least provocation. Globally today, we find… Read More

December 11th marks ten years since Ponzi-king Bernie Madoff made his perp walk into the U.S. District Courthouse in Manhattan. Last month, the Justice Department announced that over 24,000 of Madoff’s victims will begin receiving payments totaling $772.5 million. It’s the tip of the iceberg. In all, nearly $4 billion will be dispersed from the government’s Madoff Victim Fund. Deputy Attorney General Ron Rosenstein says it will be “the largest restoration of forfeited property in history.” Unfortunately, the victims of the president’s past financial machinations will never fully be compensated for the large sums of money they lost through Citizen Trump’s misdeeds, mismanagement, and misrepresentations. These include investors in Trump’s… Read More

As Congress struggles to enact legislation that will bring tax relief to the rich and obliterate healthcare for the not-so-rich, another battle is brewing beneath the Swamp; the never-ending struggle to decimate the lusterless policies that affect the lives of ordinary Americans. Policies put in place to protect us no matter what our political persuasion may be. Wresting control of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, is the latest move by the administration to gut any regulatory body designed to ensure that “the 99%” of us are not taken advantage of, or endangered by financial institutions. The CFPB is part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection… Read More

Once again, our fearless leader has insinuated himself into the national dialogue. Don’t get me wrong, the president is entitled to his opinion, just as you are or I am. The difference, however, is that when words are impulsively spouted by someone in a position of leadership, the message being conveyed sometimes sounds ominous. While criticizing the separation of powers to a talk-radio host earlier this month, President Trump whined about his inability by law to direct the FBI and Justice Department in matters related to criminal or civil investigations. He stated emphatically, “I’m the only one who counts!” Not according to the Constitution. The president’s latest distraction from corruption… Read More

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is on a roll and, it would appear, hell-bent on keeping his job. Making his best effort to please his boss and rid himself of the taint associated with his recusal from the Trump-Russia collusion investigation, he has instructed the anti-trust division of the Department of Justice to put the kibosh on AT&T’s proposed merger with Time Warner if it does not spin-off Time Warner’s CNN unit. Because, as we all know, CNN is the chief culprit when it comes to purveying “fake news.” Were this any other administration, consumer protection would be sufficient motivation for the DOJ to initiate an anti-trust investigation into this deal.… Read More