Waking Nightmare

Never, never, never So you can lie and sugar coat the truth the deaf can’t hear when all is dumb The blind can’t see what’s right in front of them The fools who’ll do your will can’t understand The greater good they serve is filling your false hand With spoils from wars and golfing trips…Read more Waking Nightmare

“Set aside Putin and follow the money”: a Russia expert’s theory of the Trump scandal

Why the collusion story begins with money, not politics. Updated by Sean Illing “To understand the roots of the collusion, set aside Putin and follow the money.” That’s what Seva Gunitsky, a politics professor at the University of Toronto and the author of Aftershocks, told me in a recent interview. I reached out to Gunitsky…Read more “Set aside Putin and follow the money”: a Russia expert’s theory of the Trump scandal

Trump’s Russian Laundromat

How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House. BY CRAIG UNGER In 1984, a Russian émigré named David Bogatin went shopping for apartments in New York City. The 38-year-old had arrived in America seven…Read more Trump’s Russian Laundromat

Triumph of Evil?

Photo: Santiago Mejia, The Chronicle  From left: Dayana, age 22; her father Miguel; her brother Joshua, age 14; mother Veronica; and sister Luana, age 6; listen in to church service at Grace Cathedral on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 in San Francisco, Calif. People may have noticed the lack of new posts from my blog and…Read more Triumph of Evil?

The Writing’s on the Wall, but there’s no-one left to read it

You've got to hand to British comedian, Jonathan Pie, he did call it. The people of the United States of America have made their decision. Some people might call it the death of Democracy but, in truth, it's long live Democracy. Trump's acceptance speech was far more gracious and conciliatory than people might give him…Read more The Writing’s on the Wall, but there’s no-one left to read it

Rebecca Solnit: ‘Dear Donald Trump, You Should Visit Your Hometown Someday

Dear Donald Trump, I wonder if you have ever actually explored the New York City you claim to live in. I recommend it, because it has beauties and splendors that undermine so many of the assertions that I have heard you make during your campaign, particularly in the final debate. For starters, its eight million-plus…Read more Rebecca Solnit: ‘Dear Donald Trump, You Should Visit Your Hometown Someday

10 Dickensian Character Names Deciphered

This article was in a recent edition of Literary Hub and it made me wonder if Charles Dickens was writing today, would Donald Trump be one of his characters? From Mr. Pumblechook to Mr. Pecksniff, the Meaning Behind the Monikers   By Bryan Kozlowski You have to love Charles Dickens’ knack for naming characters. Who else could…Read more 10 Dickensian Character Names Deciphered

 Have You Ever Seen Donald Trump Laugh?

Picture credit: Donald Trump smiles during a campaign rally in Fort Myers, Florida, September 19, 2016. (Reuters / Jonathan Ernst) If only Donald Trump could deeply, even convulsively laugh at himself—God knows, he has the material—he probably wouldn’t be running for president today. As Trump himself might say, there’s something going on. By Leslie Savan for…Read more  Have You Ever Seen Donald Trump Laugh?