AP Analysis: Why Venezuelans have lost hope life will change

BY HANNAH DREIER AND JOSHUA GOODMAN CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela is so short on food that tens of thousands are going hungry or even starving. Its murder rate is among the highest in the world. Its economy is so crippled that the average shopper spends 35 hours a month waiting in line – three times […]

Admit it: Trump is unfit to serve

By E.J. Dionne Jr. Let’s not mumble or whisper about the central issue facing our country: What is this democratic nation to do when the man serving as president of the United States plainly has no business being president of the United States? The Michael Flynn fiasco was the entirely predictable product of the indiscipline, […]

Trump-Netanyahu love is unlikely to last

By: Noga Tarnopolsky As they prepare to meet for the first time since Donald Trump became president, the similarities between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the new American head of state have become too tempting for pundits to resist. “How Will America Look After Years of Trump and Bannon? See: Israel” – and variations […]

Donald Trump is a lot of things — Un-American isn’t one of them

By: Jesse Mechanic, Writer, Editor-in-chief of TheOvergrown.com We crafted Donald Trump, and we paved his golden path to victory. He’s a by-product of capitalism and our fame-first culture. He’s ours whether we like it or not. Many of the insults lobbed at President Trump by the opposition are quite accurate: he’s unpolished, he’s brash, he’s […]

Here is what could sink the Trump-Putin relationship

Donald Trump continues to defend Vladimir Putin. In his pre-Super Bowl interview with Bill O’Reilly, the U.S. president dismissed the Fox News host’s description of the Russian president as a “killer.” “There are a lot of killers,” said Trump. “What do you think? Our country’s so innocent?” U.S. national security interests could certainly benefit from […]

What Steve Bannon really wants

What does Donald Trump want for America? His supporters don’t know. His party doesn’t know. Even he doesn’t know. If there is a political vision underlying Trumpism, however, the person to ask is not Trump. It’s his éminence grise, Stephen K. Bannon, the chief strategist of the Trump administration. Bannon transcended his working-class Virginia roots […]

Neil Buchanan: Is Trump an Evil Genius or Simply Mad?

By Neil H. Buchanan Anyone who was paying attention should have known that Donald Trump’s presidency would be a disaster. Only the particulars of that disaster remained to be determined. Having predicted that bad things would happen, however, even pessimists like me are astonished by how quickly matters are spinning out of control. Just a […]

Analysis: Trump warning to Iran could backfire if he doesn’t follow through with some retaliation

By Jim Michaels President Trump’s stern warning after an Iranian ballistic missile test that the country has been “put on notice” risks drawing the United States into a conflict or making Trump look weak if it doesn’t follow through with some retaliation should Iran take another provocative action, foreign policy analysts said. Even those experts […]

The inevitability of Trump’s impeachment

By: Robert Kuttner President Ronald Trump has been trying to govern by impulse, on whim, for personal retribution, for profit, by decree ― as if he had been elected dictator. It doesn’t work, and the wheels are coming off the bus. After a week! Impeachment is gaining ground because it is the only way to […]

The danger of Steve Bannon on the National Security Council

By David J. Rothkopf While demonstrators poured into airports to protest the Trump administration’s draconian immigration policies, another presidential memorandum signed this weekend may have even more lasting, wide-ranging and dangerous consequences. The document sounds like a simple bureaucratic shuffle, outlining the shape the National Security Council will take under President Trump. Instead, it is […]