Author Archives: Mark

Putin, Trump, and the killing of journalists

This morning, the President of the United States took to Twitter to say that the investigation against him and his associates — the investigation that has already yielded multiple convictions and guilty pleas — is “illegal and rigged”. He then went on to add — quoting Rush Limbaugh — that those investigating him “ought to […]

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A brief update on our ever-worsening constitutional crisis

Admitting, “I don’t need to do this,” Donald Trump today declared a national emergency on our southern border. Then, just like any president might do after declaring a national emergency, Donald Trump left Washington for a golfing vacation in Florida. When asked why he’d declare a national emergency instead of accepting the deal that had […]

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National Emergency

This afternoon, just short of the Friday deadline, the U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan spending bill that would avoid another shutdown. The compromise bill, which passed with only 16 Senators voting against it, included $1.375 billion for the construction of a 55 mile long fence of steel slats, significantly less that the $5.7 billion […]

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The story of how my dad came to meet me

Today, at 3:09 PM EST, I will have completed my 51st trip around the sun. To mark the occasion, my father, who I’ve never known to write much in the way of family history, wrote a long, detailed letter about coming to see me, after hearing that my mother had gone into labor. Here, because […]

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Today in fake news: Edgy Day

Over the past several years, we’ve seen a number of instances in which fake news stories, having been seeded through bots by entities that want to stoke the fires of racial animus and political tribalism in the United States, have spread like wildfire across the internet thanks to real people, who, it would seem, care […]

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