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The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Just a Good Idea — It’s the Law

The Iran Nuclear Deal Isn’t Just a Good Idea — It’s the Law

  by Thomas L. Knapp On May 8, President Donald Trump announced US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, colloquially known as “the Iran nuclear deal.” While that decision has come under criticism for being both a really bad idea and a severe betrayal of trust, both of which are true, it’s worth […]

Gina Haspel: Torturers Should be Punished, not Promoted

Gina Haspel: Torturers Should be Punished, not Promoted

  by Thomas L. Knapp US president Donald Trump should never have nominated Gina Haspel to head the Central Intelligence Agency. When Haspel offered to withdraw her name from consideration, as the Washington Post reports she did during a White House meeting in early May, her offer should have been gratefully accepted. The US Senate […]

Trump: For Whom The Nobel Tolls?

Trump: For Whom The Nobel Tolls?

  by Thomas L. Knapp Sure things don’t exist in international relations, but  we seem to be witnessing an impending settlement of the nearly 70-year-old Korean War. Kim Jong Un recently became the first ruler of North Korea to officially visit the South, where he conferred with president Moon Jae-In. De-nuclearization and a peace treaty […]

California Secession: A Good Start

California Secession: A Good Start

  by Thomas L. Knapp On April 23, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla approved language for a 2020 ballot proposal submitted by the Yes California Independence Campaign. The proposal will — assuming the campaign can collect and submit signatures from 365,880 registered voters by October — kick off a process already widely known as […]

Mueller is Desperate — But For What?

Mueller is Desperate — But For What?

  By Thomas L. Knapp On April 9, federal agents raided the office, home and hotel room of Michael Cohen, personal attorney to US president Donald Trump. Cohen has come under fire, with potential legal implications, for paying  $130k to silence adult film actress and alleged Trump paramour Stephanie Clifford, better known as “Stormy Daniels.” […]

The Atlantic Is at Sea | They Fired Jeffrey Goldberg for What?

The Atlantic Is at Sea | They Fired Jeffrey Goldberg for What?

  By Thomas L. Knapp Things that make me go hmmm … The Atlantic’s editor-in-chief, Jeffrey Goldberg, adds conservative writer Kevin D. Williamson to the  publication’s masthead. An odd choice, it seems to me. I’m a fan of both the magazine and the writer, and for similar reasons, but they make an odd match. I […]

Immigration Enforcement: Just as Bad for Americans as it is for Immigrants

Immigration Enforcement: Just as Bad for Americans as it is for Immigrants

  By Thomas L. Knapp According to President Donald Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Oakland, California mayor Libby Schaaf prevented nearly 800 arrests by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in early March. That sounds like wishful thinking, but presumably Schaaf’s warning to the public of impending ICE sweeps helped at least some undocumented […]

Death Penalty for Drug Dealers? Be Careful What You Wish for, President Trump

Death Penalty for Drug Dealers? Be Careful What You Wish for, President Trump

  By Thomas L. Knapp In his first 2020 re-election campaign appearance in New Hampshire, US president Donald Trump addressed some of his typical bombast to the so-called “opioid crisis.” “If we don’t get tough on the drug dealers,” said Trump, “we’re wasting our time. That toughness includes the death penalty.” An odd take, considering […]

On Military Spending and Trade, Trump Puts Americans Last

On Military Spending and Trade, Trump Puts Americans Last

  By Thomas L. Knapp US president Donald Trump signed yet another massive government spending bill — $1.3 trillion — on March 23, after threatening a veto. Why did he threaten a veto? Because the bill doesn’t fund his cherished US-Mexico border wall idea, and because it doesn’t address the  Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals […]

New Hampshire: Once More Unto the Breach

New Hampshire: Once More Unto the Breach

  By Thomas L. Knapp With nearly two years to go before the 2020 presidential primaries kick off, the vultures are already circling New Hampshire. The Washington Post’s John Wagner reports on recent or coming visits to the state by US president Donald Trump, vice-president Mike Pence, 2016 also-ran John Kasich, and former US Senator […]

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