Is it the End of the Beginning of Trump’s Presidency or the Beginning of the End?

By Shaun Mullen / 05.12.2017 Hey, who’s that guy hiding behind a hedge on the White House grounds? Why it’s press secretary Sean Spicer, who became so flummoxed over the “unexpected” blowback from the summary execution of FBI Director James Comey that he hid from reporters the other night rather than answer their questions, eventually[…]

Techniques of a 19th-Century Fake News Reporter Teach Us Why We Fall for It Today

German journalist and novelist Theodor Fontane. Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Petra S. McGillen / 04.05.2017 Assistant Professor of German Studies Dartmouth College Donald Trump appears to have a straightforward definition of fake news: Stories that are critical of him or his presidency are “fake,” while those that praise him are “real.” On the surface, the[…]

Republicans Go ‘1984’ and Seek to Give Employers the Right to Your Genetic Information

The “death panels” never materialized with the typical GOP conspiracy scare tactics, but they’ve blatantly placed into their health care package exactly the sort of thing reminiscent of “1984” / Photo credit: Mehmet Pinarci (Creative Commons licensed) By Matthew A. McIntosh / 03.10.2017 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Donald Trump’s biographer, whose words were touted by Trump as[…]

Synonyms: ‘Jeff Sessions’ and ‘Lying Under Oath’, Time for the Second Resignation

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions cheers on the crowd during a rally for then President-elect Trump in Mobile, Alabama, in December of 2016. (Photo: Brynn Anderson/AP) Jeff Sessions offers to recuse himself from investigations into Russian election meddling after damning Washington Post report By Lauren McCauley / 03.02.2017 Democratic leaders are calling for the resignation[…]

Trump May Thrive in Chaos, but the Presidency Cannot

  By Michael Gerson / 02.19.2017 Washington Post Columnist In early January, Speaker Paul Ryan met on the issue of tax reform with a delegation from the president-elect. Attending were future chief strategist and senior counselor Stephen Bannon, future Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, future senior adviser Jared Kushner, future counselor Kellyanne Conway and future[…]

Republicans Have Suddenly Lost Their Appetite for Investigation

Cagle Cartoons By Dick Polman / 02.17.2017 Writer in Residence, Political Columnist University of Pennsylvania To best understand the Republican mentality on Capitol Hill – specifically, their disgraceful refusal to probe the Trump-Russia national security scandal with even a scintilla of the energy they devoted to Benghazi – you need only read what Senator Rand[…]

19th-Century ‘New Thought’, Its Evolution to Prosperity Gospel, and Its Consequence in Donald Trump

The New Thought movement left behind an important legacy. Wesley Nitsckie By Dr. Christopher H. Evans / 02.15.2017 Professor of the History of Christianity Boston University President Donald Trump embraces several political stances important to his conservative evangelical base. This includes support for “religious liberty” legislation and exempting evangelicals from laws upholding lesbian, gay, transgender[…]

Four Ways to Stay Mentally Fit if You’re Struggling with the Political Climate

A protest in New York’s Washington Square Park days after Donald Trump’s election. Muhammed Muheisen/AP By Dr. Roxanne Donovan / 02.13.2017 Professor of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies Kennesaw State University “This can’t be happening.” “I feel like throwing up.” “I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning.” “Life is going to get[…]

Governing by Tantrum

By Eugene Robinson / 02.12.2017 Washington Post Writers’ Group No one should have been surprised when President Trump raged that the “so-called judge” who blocked his travel ban should be blamed “if something happens.” It is clear by now that the leader of the free world has the emotional maturity of a 2-year-old who kicks,[…]

The New Ruins of Syria

The Bel Temple, Aleppo, 2004. Courtesy of and © Ross Burns. All rights reserved An archaeologist explains why cultural heritage monuments in Palmyra and Aleppo have been used as weapons of war. By Dr. Ross Burns / 02.08.2017 Adjunct Professor of Archaeology Macquarie University Syria is a singular treasure trove of numerous phases of world[…]

Rumors of Sarah Palin as Canadian Ambassador Met With Hilarious Outrage by Canadians

Sarah Palin “represents the descent of politics,” wrote the Ottawa Citizen‘s Andrew Cohen. “We see today a direct line from Palin to Trump. Politically, Trump is Palin’s child.” (Photo: AP) ‘If the Captain of Chaos wants to disrupt everything—including resetting relations with little ol’ Canada—Palin would be the one to break the china’ By Lauren[…]

From Mar-A-Lago to Far-and-Wide, Protesters March Again as Anti-Trump Movement Persists

Protesters march down Market Street in Philadelphia to speak out against Vice President Mike Pence, who made a noon speech in Philadelphia on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017. Similar anti-Trump demonstrations are taking place this weekend in cities and communities around the country and the globe. (Photo: Margo Reed / Philadelphia Inquirer) From New York City[…]

Trump Seeks to Add Special Rights to Religious Freedom

A 2016 poll found two-thirds of Americans say churches and other houses of worship should not come out in favor of one candidate over another during political elections—but President Donald Trump wants to “destroy” the amendment that keeps it that way. (Photo: Peter Miller/flickr/cc) Draft executive order ‘reads like the administration was challenged to see[…]

Led By Bannon, Right-Wing Power Grab Gaining Steam in Executive Branch

President Donald Trump and chief strategist Steve Bannon. (Photo: Getty) “If you’re still trying to convince yourself that a 21st century coup is not underway, please, please snap out of it,” says Michael Moore By Deirdre Fulton / 01.31.2017 President Donald Trump, chief strategist Steve Bannon, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and a select few[…]

How Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace’ Can Inspire Those Who Fear Trump’s America

A Soviet-era stamp depicts a scene from Leo Tolstoy’s ‘War and Peace.’ / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Ani Kokobobo / 08.22.2016 Assistant Professor of Russian Literature University of Kansas As a professor of Russian literature, I couldn’t help but notice that comedian Aziz Ansari was inadvertently channeling novelist Leo Tolstoy when he claimed that “change[…]

‘Unprecedented’: Trump Adds Bannon to National Security Council, Kicks Out Intelligence Officials

The memorandum gives Bannon, former executive chair of the rightwing website Breitbart News, a regular seat at some of the most sensitive meetings at the highest levels of government, along with other NSC meetings. (Photo: Reuters) ‘To reiterate, the Joint Chiefs of Staff have been removed from the National Security Council and replaced with a[…]

Lincoln’s Words of Warning Reach Across the 180 Years

President Abraham Lincoln / Wikimedia Commons By Patricia Smith / 01.27.2017 History does not repeat itself although sometimes it seems that way. However similar events of the past and events of the present may appear, the people and times are different. But sometimes history gives us prophetic voices with words that reach beyond the the[…]

Emboldened by Trump, Israel Rapidly Expands Illegal Settlements

“The Trump administration is giving Israel the green light to entrench a separate and unequal one-state reality with more illegal settlements.” (Photo: Reuters) Seeing willing partner in new U.S. president, Israel defies U.N. resolution with massive expansion of illegal settlements. By Nika Knight / 01.24.2017 Emboldened by the new right-wing Trump administration, Israel Prime Minister[…]

Big Pharma-Backed Dems Join GOP to Block Sanders Effort to End Drug Price Gouging

Introducing the amendment on Wednesday, Sen. Bernie Sanders asked his senate colleagues if they “have the guts finally to stand up to the pharmaceutical industry and their lobbyists and their campaign contributions and fight for the American consumer?” (Photo: Kevin Dietsch/UPI) Sen. Cory Booker and others draw sharp rebuke from observers, who pointed out that[…]

Sultan Donald Trump?

Photo by AP News By Dr. Henry F. Carey / 01.20.2017 Associate Professor of Political Science Georgia State University Family is important to Donald Trump. The president-elect has appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner as a senior White House adviser. For the duration of the presidency, the real estate mogul has handed over the reins of[…]

Trump is Trying to Ride Two Horses

Jaroslaw Kaczynski in Warsaw, Poland on Jan. 11, 2017. AP Photo/Alik Keplicz By Dr. Brian Porter-Szücs / 01.18.2017 Professor of History University of Michigan When comparing Europe and America, we frequently overlook differences that hide inside similarities. There is no doubt that President-elect Donald Trump is surfing the same wave as European authoritarian nationalists like[…]

What Does ‘President Trump’ Mean for Digital Freedom of Speech?

Shutterstock By Dr. Luis Hestres / 01.15.2017 Assistant Professor of Digital Communication The University of Texas at San Antonio As the shock of Donald Trump’s election victory is giving way to analysis about how his presidency will affect Americans’ lives, our digital freedom of speech deserves special consideration. The ability to express ourselves freely is[…]