Robert Koehler: The armed elimination of one’s problems, whether pure Hollywood fantasy or real-world geopolitics, is a settled addiction, accepted, even by those who recognize it as insane
John Peeler: it is also clear that the testimony to date has not moved a single Republican representative or senator to announce support for impeachment of the president, nor has it significantly moved national public opinion on this matter , which remains closely divided.
Steve Hochstadt: During last week’s hearing, I thought the most effective defense mounted by the forever-Trumpers was that nothing happened.
John Peeler: Putin seems to have planted the idea with Trump that Ukraine is a bad place. Hence Trump’s negative predisposition toward a place he probably couldn’t even find on a map.
Kath Rogers: If prosecution of petty offenses is a drain on our court system, why continue the practice of citing and arresting people for them?
Bill Blum: For Trump, rules, including the rule of law, are meant to be broken. Defiance, fueled by a volatile mix of psychopathology, sociopathy and ignorance, is his brand.
Ted Vaill: he testimony is slowly unfolding which is proving that President Trumputin orchestrated, through his aides, a monstrous bribery/extortion scandal which would also be considered treason if we had been waging a war declared by Congress against Russia.
Bill Blum: Trump has dispatched Barr to promote a wacky rightwing conspiracy theory that could discredit the Mueller report, divert public attention from Trump’s manifold acts of corruption, and cripple the impeachment inquiry.
Robert Earl Price: Any legitimate effort toward recompense and reconciliation would have the U.S. admit that American “exceptionalism” is the direct result of the horrors inflicted upon African slaves and their progeny.
Bill Blum: The Constitution requires the Senate to conduct an impeachment trial, and how the Senate fulfills that responsibility could be as important to the future of American democracy as the result itself.
Ebony Slaughter-Johnson: The murder of Botham Jean in his own home resulted in an almost unprecedented conviction of a police officer—but the case played out with frustrating familiarity.
Bill Blum: With its five-member conservative majority now firmly entrenched, the panel is poised to swing further to the right as it grapples with issues on LGBT rights, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, abortion, the Second Amendment and “religious liberty.”
Sharon Kyle: Orange Is the New Orange, by George A. Polisner provides a quick and easy way to peruse a summarized version that contains 200 of the most critical passages of the Mueller Report.