This past weekend saw abundant punditry revolving around President Trump’s multiple policy reversals.
About Jonathan Riehl
He is currently completing a book on the modern legal conservative movement. He holds a law degree from the University of Virginia and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill, where his doctoral work focused on the Federalist Society. Riehl is an opinion contributor to state and national political publications focusing on conservative political rhetoric and debate.
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In the history of presidential speech, there is a term scholars use to refer to occasions when historical events make it incumbent upon the executive to address the nation — not out […]
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Two weeks ago David Frisk and I wrote here about the warning signs of Republican dissent from the Trump agenda.
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Last Wednesday, the owners of a Washington, D.C., wine bar named “Cork” filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump. Not as president of the United States, but as the head of the Trump […]
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Sunday night’s Oscar gala featured plenty of celebrity glitz and glamour — and remarkably little politics.
This week’s events in Trumpworld left many political observers reeling, trying desperately to keep up with the news feed and head-over-heels pace of upheaval, outlandish statements, and performance spectacle.
I teach college undergraduates in communications and public speaking and the president of the United States has been making my job a lot harder.
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With President Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, much attention has been paid to his fulsome praise of the late Antonin Scalia, the conservative hero whose seat he […]
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Forty-four years ago Woody Allen delivered one of his masterpieces — a sophisticated slapstick about a New York health food store owner who awakens from a cryogenic sleep to discover almost everything […]
President Donald Trump’s inaugural address was relatively short (at 16 minutes) and completely without parallel.
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This was Donald Trump’s dismissive response to Congressman John Lewis a few days ago, after the Georgia Congressman and Civil Rights icon called the president-elect “illegitimate.”
In 1992, Queen Elizabeth II gave one of her more famous speeches, reflecting upon the events of a year that saw “turmoil and uncertainty” across the globe and, at home, public humiliations […]
In the same year that the United States of America normalized relations with the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), Michael Douglas produced his first film, starring himself and Jack Lemmon, about a […]
Much continues to be made of President-elect Trump’s use of Twitter as a means of communicating his personal and political pronouncements to the country and to the world; indeed, one thing about […]
The current debate over “fake news” and whether or not the Trump campaign somehow benefitted from our increasingly inability to distinguish fact from fiction — or fact from opinion — begs a […]
Sadly, Wednesday marked our final opportunity to issue our Presidential Debate Awards, 2016 edition. No Trumpian stalking around the town hall corral tonight, but some fiery barbs nonetheless.
In Sunday’s debate Hillary Clinton found herself a bit tripped up when asked about a purported quotation from one of her “secret” Wall Street speeches made public by WikiLeaks.