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Finally, Evidence of Russian Election Meddling … Oh, Wait

Finally, Evidence of Russian Election Meddling … Oh, Wait

. by Thomas L. Knapp On December 1, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to two counts of lying to the FBI about conversations he had with  Sergey I. Kislyak, then Russia’s ambassador to the United States. The charges, and Flynn’s plea, were part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of “Russian meddling” […]

“Tax Reform”: Dump the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

“Tax Reform”: Dump the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

. by Thomas L. Knapp The US Senate’s version of “tax reform” reduces the amount of mortgage interest that home buyers can deduct from their taxable incomes. Currently, the maximum deduction is for interest paid on mortgages of up to $1 million on two homes or on home equity loans of up to $100,000. The […]

Happy Holidays. Yes, All of Them

Happy Holidays. Yes, All of Them

. by Thomas L. Knapp It’s “War on Christmas” time again. In a November 30 speech in St. Charles, Missouri, US president Donald Trump mounted a stage festooned with Christmas trees to kick off the annual Airing of the Fake Grievance: “[Y]ou go to the department stores and you see ‘Happy New Years,’ and you […]

And Now, A Prairie Home Sexual Harassment Complaint

And Now, A Prairie Home Sexual Harassment Complaint

. by Thomas L. Knapp America is in the middle of an agonizing reappraisal of sexual conduct. What constitutes sexual harassment or assault? Where is the line that separates acceptable, or merely rude, actions from unacceptable, and possibly criminal or civilly actionable, behavior? If you feel like this process has been dragging on for a […]

How to Stop a Rogue President From Ordering a Nuclear First Strike

How to Stop a Rogue President From Ordering a Nuclear First Strike

. by Thomas L. Knapp On November 15, US Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and US Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced  one of the shortest bills in the histories of their two parliamentary bodies. Shorn of the obligatory “be it enacted, blah, blah, blah” boilerplate, the bill’s content comes to 14 words: “It is the policy […]

Things I’ve Found to be Thankful for in 2017

Things I’ve Found to be Thankful for in 2017

. by Thomas L. Knapp It’s that time of year, and like most of you I’m planning on a big meal and a lazy afternoon as America celebrates yet another Thanksgiving. Naturally, I’m also thinking back over the previous year and looking for things to be thankful for. I’ve found some. Here are a few […]

The Honest Ads Act: “Fundamental Rights,” Real and Imagined

The Honest Ads Act: “Fundamental Rights,” Real and Imagined

. by Thomas L. Knapp Wikipedia defines “moral panic” as “a feeling of fear spread among a large number of people that some evil threatens the well-being of society” and notes that A Dictionary of Sociology attributes the cultivation of moral panics to “moral entrepreneurs and the mass media.” We’re well into the second year […]

Veterans Day: “Appropriate Homage”

Veterans Day: “Appropriate Homage”

. by Thomas L. Knapp In 1926, a concurrent resolution of the US Congress held it “fitting that the recurring anniversary of [the armistice which brought World War One to an end] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises designed to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations …” In […]

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes

Sorry, Republicans: If You’re Not Cutting Spending, You’re Not Cutting Taxes

. by Thomas L. Knapp President Donald Trump and Republican congressional leaders rolled out their new tax plan on November 2. Since all bills must have titles, they’re calling this one “The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Republican “tax reform” theatrics have worn thin over  many months of waiting, but I still prefer a more […]

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Populism Please Stand Up?

. by Thomas L. Knapp Writing at The American Conservative, Mike Lofgren tears into the guts of Billionaire at the Barricades: The Populist Revolution from Reagan to Trump, the latest book by Republican political commentator Laura Ingraham. Lofgren’s two key points — that Donald Trump is no populist, and that conservatism is not populism — […]

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