Bob Michel refused to write a book about his life and times in the United States House of Representatives.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Democratic Party, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party, Supreme Court balance of power, David Frisk, demonstrations, if not us who, madison, peaceful democracy, protest, protesters, street left, tea party, wisconsin
An important factor in the political balance of power, and one easily overlooked in our peaceful democracy, is how far each side will go.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Election 2016, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Mike Pence, Republican Party chuck schumer, congress, first 100 days, impeachment, julius caesar, mitch micconnell, paul ryan, Robert Reich, sacrificial lamb, sam stephens
To say that President Trump’s relationship with the Republican-led Congress is a bit awkward would be quite the understatement.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Democratic Party, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party, Senate Race 2016 andrew butler, ben tillman, Charles sumner, civil war, crime against kansas, elizabeth warren, Feehery Theory, john feehery, john mclaurin, kenneth stampp, mitch mcconnell, preson brooks, rule xix, Senate, slavery, south carolina, ted kennedy, thomas jefferson
A radical Republican, Charles Sumner was a fierce and outspoken critic of what Kenneth Stampp called the peculiar institution, better known to us as slavery.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Libertarian Party, Mike Pence, Republican Party bill o'reilly, China, hitler, mao zedong, moral equivalency, nixon, putin, realpolitik, ron litchman, russia, saudi arabia, stalin, todd, tyrant, u.s.s.r., ussr, vladimir putin
This Sunday’s dust-up – or one of them – was President Trump’s comment, when quizzed by Bill O’Reilly, on his “respect” for Mr. Putin.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, American Life, Education Policy 2016 Elections, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party abc television, ben sherwood, betsy devos, Constitution, disney, education, executive order, humor, obermeier rapport, pat obermeier, plagiarism, satire, schoolhouse rock, youtube
WARNING THIS IS SATIRE/ Sense of humor strongly recommended!
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Economic Policy, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Immigration Policy 2016 Elections, Republican Party border adjustment tax, corporate tax rate, georgetown law, gop tax plan, house ways and means committee, iiel, institute of international economic law, international tax policy forum, itpf, kevin brady, nicholas ballasy, nick ballasy, tax code, tax competition, tax plan, taxes, wall street journal
Would the proposed “border adjustment tax” raise product prices for consumers? Top Republican weighs in
WASHINGTON – House Ways & Means Committee Kevin Brady (R-Texas) defended the Republican plan for a border adjustment tax, arguing that it creates a system that does not “favor foreign products” over […]
1 HEADER Donald Trump, American Life, Barack Obama, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Mike Pence, Republican Party bill o'reilly, domestic abuse, Fox News, huffington post, kris hammond, mainstream media, media, megyn kelly, press, russia, trump misogyny, vladimir putin, vox
President Donald J. Trump has been psychologically abusing America since he launched his election campaign in June 2016. The question is how long Lady Liberty will tolerate being Donald’s doormat.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Economic Policy, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Health Care Policy 2016 Elections, Immigration Policy 2016 Elections, Republican Party alexis chapman, border wall, cafta, cafta-dr, central american dominican republic free trade agreement, drug trade, executive order, first 100 days, illegal drugs, mexico, nafta, north american free trade agreement, tariff, tax, trade deal
It is becoming increasingly clear that if a border wall with Mexico is constructed, it will be Americans, not Mexico, who pay for it.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party, Supreme Court antonin scalia, chuck schumer, Constitution, executive, executive order, federalist society, firing line, first 100 days, heritage foundation, james robart, Jonathan Riehl, judicial authority, judiciary, muslim ban, neil gorsuch, rhetoric, right wing conspiracy, scotus, unitary executive, william f. buckley
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 […]
1 HEADER Donald Trump, American Life, Democratic Party, Economic Policy, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party 1929, 1929 great depression, 2008, 2008 mortgage crisis, banking, banking practices, beltway, Cindy Matthews, citizen activism, citizen activist, D.C., DC, glass-steagall, great depression, lobby, lobbyist, lobbyists, marcy kaptur, mega-banks, mortgage crisis, new glass-steagall, return to prudent banking act, sean spicer, tim ryan, tulsi gabbard, walter jones, Washington
It is often said the movers and shakers of American politics exist inside a small and cozy world, busily wheeling and dealing with their peers.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Barack Obama, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Republican Party al-qaeda in the arabian peninsula, aqap, australia, bashar al-assad, border wall, civilian casualties, commander-in-chief, enrique pena nieto, failed mission, invasion, isis, John McCain, malcolm turnbull, mexico, mission, muslim ban, NATO, nato alliance, navy seal team 6, red line, russia, russian appeasement, sam stevens, Syria, vladimir putin
Republican members of Congress were not shy about criticizing President Obama during his presidency, and foreign policy critiques were among their favorite lines of attack.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Democratic Party, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Immigration Policy 2016 Elections, Republican Party australia, China, chuck schumer, coal waste, gun rights, Hilary Schwartz, holocaust remembrance day, Iran, Jeff Sessions, jfk airport, kentucky, louisville, matthew mcconaughey, mexico, muslim ban, nasty woman, pink pussy hat, protest, pussy hat, refugees, Rex Tillerson, russia, steve bannon, Syria, Women's March
The alarming events in Steve Bannon’s, I mean, Donald Trump’s presidency are coming so fast and furiously, it is impossible to keep up. I will summarize it for you simply: it’s horrible.
The minority party is the minority party because it caters first to its minority factions instead of the national interest.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Economic Policy, Election 2016, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Health Care Policy 2016 Elections, Immigration Policy 2016 Elections, Republican Party, Supreme Court aca, affordable care act, antonin scalia, approval rating, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Celebrity Apprentice, congress, Fred Lucas, muslim ban, neil gorsuch, Obamacare, rasmussen, schwarzenegger, Tainted by Suspicion
A majority of Americans really like their president.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, American Life, Environmental Policy 2016 Elections, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Immigration Policy 2016 Elections, Republican Party alexis chapman, border wall, censorship, Climate Change, climate change denial, executive order, first 100 days, immigrant, immigrant ban, immigrants, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, mexico, muslim, refugee, refugee ban, refugees, scientists, terrorism, trump regret, trumpregret, Twitter, wall
President Trump’s ban on refugees and on immigrants from a number of Muslim countries has been publically opposed by many Democratic Senators and Representatives and also several high-profile Republicans.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party alternate facts, approval rating, border wall, cult, david muir, election fraud, enrique nieto, ethical standards, inauguration, inauguration day, Joe Scarborough, John Ziegler, journalism, journalism ethics, journalist, kris hammond, mainstream media, media, mediaite, mexico, press, steve bannon, trump cult, Twitter, Zeke Miller
The first week of Donald Trump’s presidency is now history.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, American Life, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party alternative facts, bill of rights, captain chaos, Constitution, david brooks, dystopia, fourth estate, holocaust remembrance day, hope hicks, mainstream media, media, media addict, new york times, office of legal counsel, Presidential Records Act, press, rick perry, Sleeper, steve bannon, Trump Cabinet, Twitter, unsecure email, unsecure phone
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 […]
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Election 2016, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party bernhard langer, david muir, fake news, glenn thrush, illegal voters, illegal votes, jared kushner, new york times, press secretary, sam stevens, sean spicer, steve bannon, tiffany trump, voter fraud
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: President Trump tweeted (and said) something outrageous and now he’s got everyone in a tizzy.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Election 2016, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Hillary Clinton, Republican Party dead people voting, Fred Lucas, illegal immigrant voting, illegal voting, noncitizen voting, russia, Russian hacker, Russian hacking, Tainted by Suspicion, voter fraud
Democrats could insist the moon landing was staged and that 9/11 was an inside job and it wouldn’t mean either was true. Neither does saying voter fraud is a myth.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Barack Obama, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Hillary Clinton, Immigration Policy 2016 Elections, Republican Party bob novak, border fence, border wall, central america, chuck schumer, congress, david broder, deplorables, first 100 days, free trade, illegal votes, inauguration day, inauguration day crowds, john feehery, mainstream media, media, mexico, nafta, south america, steve bannon, trump tweet, voter fraud
Now that he’s got your attention . . .
1 HEADER Donald Trump, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Foreign Policy, Immigration Policy 2016 Elections, Republican Party Angela Merkel, border wall, Britain, China, congress, Dakota Access Pipeline, diplomacy, executive orders, first 100 days, Francois Hollande, Great Wall of America, Hollande, Iran, JC Bua, Jon-Christopher Bua, Keystone pipeline, mainstream media, media, Merkel, mexico, north korea, press, Prime Minister May, Prime Minister Theresa May, putin, russia, theresa may, Trans-Pacific Partnership, UK, United Kingdom, vladimir putin
Since Inauguration Day, President Donald J. Trump has been intent on delivering on the promises he made to the voters who elected him without any significant outreach to those who did not.
American Life, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Health Care Policy 2016 Elections, Republican Party aca, aetna, affordable care act, antitrust law, ethics, free market, health care, health insurance, humana, insurance, john d. bates, judge bates, medicare, non-competition, Obamacare, paul ryan, privatization
Last Monday, U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates ruled that a proposed merger between health insurance giants Aetna and Humana could not proceed, because it would have violated antitrust laws.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party dwight eisenhower, Fred Lucas, mark levin, nationalism, new nationalism, new york, new york city, new yorker, Teddy Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt
The New Yorker known for his chutzpah stood before his enthusiastic audience declaring politics “must be made simpler, easier, and freer from confusion for every citizen.”
American Life, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party, State Politics anti-union, kentucky, kevin mooney, labor, mark welch, matt bevin, michigan, mike buchanon, ohio, right to work, tennessee, union, warren county, West Chester Township, west virginia
West Chester Township, Ohio, is now ground zero in the ongoing legal battle over local right-to-work laws, which labor unions are seeking to either block or overturn.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Democratic Party, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Hillary Clinton, Republican Party Cabinet, investigation, mandate, russia, Russian hacking, Senate, senate intelligence committee
Donald Trump’s whole shtick as a politician is that he is a prototypical “strongman” who can single-handedly fix the problems that ail America.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, American Life, Barack Obama, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party abraham lincoln, all lives matter, black lives matter, blue lives, House Divided, lincoln, matter, race, race relations, racial divide, racial strife, stephen roberts
According to numerous polls, the racial rift has widened in our country over the last eight years. To take one snapshot from the polling:
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Hillary Clinton, Jill Stein, Republican Party aca, affordable care act, bernie or bust, comey, fbi, inspector general, lock her up, madman president, Obamacare, putin, vladimir putin
It is inauguration week. And I imagine what women will say to their future daughters.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Election 2016, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party approval rating, Bill Clinton, bush, carter, comey, elizabeth warren, first 100 days, fivethirtyeight, nate silver, reagan
It’s never too early to start talking about 2020.
1 HEADER Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Environmental Policy 2016 Elections, FEATURED CONTRIBUTORS, Republican Party alexis chapman, Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, congress, Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, executive branch, House of Representatives, legislative branch, Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act, REIN Act, Ron Johnson, Senate
Donald Trump becomes president of the United States today, but Congress has been busy making moves to ensure that they, not he, have the actual reins of the government.