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Election 2018: Make Gridlock Great Again?

Election 2018: Make Gridlock Great Again?

  by Thomas L. Knapp “Gridlock is great,” wrote the late William Safire. “My motto is, ‘Don’t just do something. Stand there.’” Well, maybe he wrote that. The quote is plastered across numerous web sites with attribution to Safire, but I’ve yet to find one that cites any of his numerous books or columns as […]

Fire and Fury: A Tale of Two Trump Lawsuits

Fire and Fury: A Tale of Two Trump Lawsuits

By Thomas L. Knapp Two days before Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States, a former contestant on his reality TV Show, The Apprentice, sued him for defamation. At issue was his public response to her allegations of unwanted kisses and forceful gropes. He had caller her a “liar” and claimed she was […]

News Flash for Jack Lew: The US Government is Already Broke

News Flash for Jack Lew: The US Government is Already Broke

. by Thomas L. Knapp Former US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is bothered by the recently passed “tax reform” package, The Hill reports. His problem? It is “leaving us broke.” “How,” he wonders, “are we going to pay for the deficit caused by the tax cut?” Lew headed the Treasury Department under US president Barack […]

Trump’s “National Security Strategy” is the Opposite of National Security

Trump’s “National Security Strategy” is the Opposite of National Security

. by Thomas L. Knapp The Goldwater-Nichols Act requires the president to submit a “National Security Strategy” report each year. Every president since Ronald Reagan has failed to comply with the law in one or more years of his administration, but on December 17 Donald Trump issued his report. Unfortunately, Trump’s offering is of a […]

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 […]

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