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Shutdown Theater: Blame? Why Not Credit?

Shutdown Theater: Blame? Why Not Credit?

  By Thomas L. Knapp According to the headline at CNN, “Trump bears most blame for shutdown.” But according to the CNN/SSRS poll the story is based on, the question asked was “Who do you think is MORE RESPONSIBLE for the government shutdown?” (emphasis mine). Those are two entirely different questions. “Blame” is only one […]

Shutdown Theater: Trump is Winning

Shutdown Theater: Trump is Winning

  By Thomas L. Knapp As I write this, the US government is in its 19th day of a putative “shutdown.” Some federal employees have been furloughed — sent home — while others are expected to show up each day but also warned to expect an empty pay envelope come Friday. As of tomorrow, the […]

The Strangest Loyalty Oath You Probably Never Heard Of

The Strangest Loyalty Oath You Probably Never Heard Of

  By Thomas L. Knapp Bahia Amawi works as a children’s speech pathologist for the Pflugerville Independent School District in Texas. Or, rather, she used to work as a children’s speech pathologist for the district. After nine years, Glenn Greenwald reports at The Intercept, the district’s administration declined to renew her contract because she refused […]

Trump’s Holiday Gift to America: Hope for a Little More Peace on Earth?

Trump’s Holiday Gift to America: Hope for a Little More Peace on Earth?

  By Thomas L. Knapp In March, US president Donald Trump promised the American public that US troops would be leaving Syria “very soon.” Nine months later, he threw Washington’s political establishment into turmoil by finally ordering the withdrawal he’d promised. Politicians like US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who’d never once in four years bestirred […]

Trump v. Bump | A Potentially Deadly Holiday Decision

Trump v. Bump | A Potentially Deadly Holiday Decision

  By Thomas L. Knapp On December 18, just in time for Christmas, the US Department of Justice announced a new 157-page rule banning “bump stocks.” The regulatory move comes 14 months after Stephen Paddock’s murder of 58 concert attendees in Las Vegas, Nevada made the devices notorious. The new rule is a dumb and […]

Lame Duck Shutdown Theater Time: Pride Goeth Before a Wall?

Lame Duck Shutdown Theater Time: Pride Goeth Before a Wall?

  By Thomas L. Knapp US president Donald Trump says he’d be “proud” to take the blame or credit for a fake government shutdown. At issue: Whether or not a stopgap federal spending deal forces American taxpayers to fund his border wall fetish (he previously promised us Mexico would pick up the check). For me, […]

In the House, Everything New is Old Again

In the House, Everything New is Old Again

  By Thomas L. Knapp In late November, Democratic members of the US House of Representatives met to begin choosing their leadership for the 116th Congress, which convenes on January 3. The party’s endorsed candidate — although not a shoo-in — for Speaker of the House is former House Speaker (until her party lost the […]

“Red Flag Laws”: Rights Can’t be “Suspended,” Only Violated

“Red Flag Laws”: Rights Can’t be “Suspended,” Only Violated

  By Thomas L. Knapp Hanna Scott of Seattle’s KIRO radio reports that prosecutors in Washington are wrestling with the question of whether or not the state’s “Red Flag law” applies to minors, and trying to stretch it to do so. Under the “law,” Scott writes, a judge can issue an “Extreme Risk Protection Order” […]

Two Numbers That Explain Why Trump Won’t Sanction Saudi Arabia

Two Numbers That Explain Why Trump Won’t Sanction Saudi Arabia

  By Thomas L. Knapp “[W]e may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr. Jamal Khashoggi,” US president Donald Trump told the nation on November 20, but “[t]he United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners […]

The Gift of Gab: Pennsylvania AG Abuses Authority to Chill Internet Speech

The Gift of Gab: Pennsylvania AG Abuses Authority to Chill Internet Speech

  By Thomas L. Knapp On November 8, Pennsylvania attorney general Josh Shapiro’s office issued a subpoena to web host and domain registrar Epik, pursuant to “an ongoing civil investigation.” The subpoena demands “any and all documents which are related in any way to Gab.” Gab, as you’ve no doubt heard, was accused Pittsburgh synagogue […]

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