Trump’s incoherence on full display at press conference

Don’t rely on condensed and cleaned-up news reports of Donald Trump’s Jan. 11, 2017 press conference to give the full picture of his incoherent thought process and speaking “style.” You have to read the complete transcript—or at least extended sections of it—to completely comprehend Trump’s inarticulateness and the erratic flow of words that constitute a…

Condoleezza Rice endorses Sessions for AG: How upside-down is that?

It is shocking to learn that Condoleezza Rice has endorsed Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for US Attorney General. The former Secretary of State’s decision to support Sessions is incongruous and bizarre, to say the least, especially given Rice’s personal, childhood history with racism and racial violence. Here’s some background. For starters, Sessions has a troubling…

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Holman rule: Purging federal employees

Republicans in Congress are binge-ing and purging–but their disorder isn’t of the eating variety. They are binge-ing on power and setting the stage–via passage of the Holman Rule–for political purging of federal employees. I’ve just called my U.S. Congressional Representative, Republican Ann Wagner. I called to register my protest against the Holman Rule, which was…

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Time’s edited transcript of Trump’s Person-of-the-Year interview: What’s missing?

What did Donald Trump really say during his Person-of-the-Year interview with Time magazine? We will never know, because Time has published only edited excerpts of that interview. At the end of the “transcript,” Time includes this disclaimer: “This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.” I strongly suspect that the disclaimer is an understatement.…

My post on Trump’s NYT interview transcript went viral: Why?

Why did my recent post–featuring excerpts from the transcript of Donald Trump’s New York Times interview–go viral? I have a theory. But first, some statistics:  After I published it here on Occasional Planet—the progressive political blog that I co-founded and edit—the post got so many hits that the site crashed several times. We’ve been publishing…

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