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Facebook Meddles in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Facebook Meddles in the 2018 Midterm Elections

  By Thomas L. Knapp On October 11, Facebook announced the removal of 559 pages and 251 accounts from its service, accusing the account holders of “spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The purged users stand accused of posting “massive amounts of content … to drive traffic to their websites” with suspicious “timing ahead of US […]

We Need More, Not Less, Separation of State and Journalism

We Need More, Not Less, Separation of State and Journalism

  By Thomas L. Knapp “Newspapers are dying,” writes Rob Kall, Editor-in-Chief of progressive (but refreshingly open-minded) opinion site OpEdNews, in a (recently updated) 2010 op-ed. “Let them. There may have been people who wanted to rescue the buggy whip industry. But they were misguided. It was transportation they really cared about. We need to […]

Kavanaugh: A Little Perspective, Please

Kavanaugh: A Little Perspective, Please

  By Thomas L. Knapp “I’m not going to ruin Judge [Brett] Kavanaugh’s life over this,” US Senator Lindsey Graham told Fox News’s Chris Wallace on September 23. “How much evidence is required to destroy a person’s life?” conservative columnist Marc A. Thiessen asked in the Washington Post a few days earlier, weighing in on […]

Political Boycotts with Taxpayer Money? Just Don’t Do It!

Political Boycotts with Taxpayer Money? Just Don’t Do It!

  By Thomas L. Knapp The latest round of American boycott/buycott enthusiasm centers on Nike’s new marketing campaign, which features former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick —  central figure of the “take a knee” protest movement in the National Football League and elsewhere. Angry (and not very smart) anti-Kaepernick Nike customers are publicly burning […]

The House Gets Bi-Partisan. They Should Have Had a Food Fight Instead

The House Gets Bi-Partisan. They Should Have Had a Food Fight Instead

  By Thomas L. Knapp So much for gridlock. On September 12, the US House of Representatives proved that its members can in fact reach across the aisle to find common ground. On taxes? Spending? Foreign policy? Well, no. They agreed, on a voice vote, that they should get to decide what you can or […]

The Anonymous Anti-Trump Op-Ed Inadvertently(?) Exposes Real Danger

The Anonymous Anti-Trump Op-Ed Inadvertently(?) Exposes Real Danger

  By Thomas L. Knapp On September 5, the New York Times published an op-ed supposedly written by an anonymous official within president Donald Trump’s administration. The snobbish and self-serving hit piece paints Trump himself as dangerously immature, incompetent, and unstable, while reassuring us that “adults in the room” are working tirelessly to keep his […]

What is an “Impeachable Offense?”

What is an “Impeachable Offense?”

  By Thomas L. Knapp In a Labor Day tweet, President Donald Trump took Attorney General Jeff Sessions to task over the indictments of two Republican congressmen — one for insider trading, the other for misusing campaign funds.  “Two long running, Obama era, investigations of two very popular Republican Congressmen were brought to a well […]

Democrats Move Back Toward Trusting the People

Democrats Move Back Toward Trusting the People

  By Thomas L. Knapp “[A] political party which wishes to lead,” reads the preamble to the Democratic Party’s charter, “must listen to those it would lead, a party which asks for the people’s trust must prove that it trusts the people …” On August 25, the Democratic National Committee took that passage to heart […]

Prosecutors | Flipping Off the Law with Impunity

Prosecutors | Flipping Off the Law with Impunity

  by Thomas L. Knapp “It’s called flipping and it almost ought to be illegal,” US President Donald Trump said in a recent Fox News interview. “I know all about flipping …. Everything is wonderful and then they get 10 years in jail and they flip on whoever the next highest one is or as […]

SALT Shakeup | So Much for “Their Fair Share”

SALT Shakeup | So Much for “Their Fair Share”

  by Thomas L. Knapp On August 23, the Internal Revenue Service announced new rules on the  federal income tax’s State and Local Tax deduction. The rules are intended to thwart an interesting scam several state governments worked up to “save” that deduction. It’s an interesting reversal of the two major parties’ usual talking points. […]

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