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Progress Pond · 1w ago

David Brooks Can Solve All Our Problems

David Brooks has penned another insipid column, but this one is really poorly constructed, too. Once again, he relies on a dichotomy to try to explain a many-sided problem. So he introduces ...
Progress Pond · 1W ago

Repeating the Mistakes of the Past

You’ll see why I am posting the following bit of history in a minute. Just take your time and read through this carefully: Foreign Service Officer John S. Service is dismissed from the Depar...
Progress Pond · 3W ago

An Obstruction Case Won’t Be Enough to Remove Trump

Ryan Goodman of the New York Times lays things out in such a way that it’s easy to see the outlines of a fairly slam-dunk case of obstruction of justice in the Russia probe. In addition to t...
Progress Pond · 1M ago

Casual Observation

It’s true. One lesson from the 2013 government shutdown is that no one really remembered it when it came time to vote in the 2014 midterms. It might have even helped the Republicans by satis...
Progress Pond · 1M ago

WikiLeaks Steals Michael Wolff’s Book

As a writer and editor, I am appalled that WikiLeaks decided to publish Michael Wolff’s new book Fire and Fury. If you want to do the right thing, you’ll go buy it rather than stealing it fr...
Progress Pond · 1M ago

No, You Are The McCarthyite

Sometimes a couple of pictures are worth a thousand words: While the president moans that he can’t find a Roy Cohn to protect him from the Russia probe, some on the left think it’s a new for...
Progress Pond · 1M ago

The Case for Trump’s Removal is Made

As I worked my way through the opinion pages of the Washington Post and New York Times this morning, I was struck by how blunt and harsh the tone has become toward the president. Michael Wol...
Progress Pond · 1M ago

Wolff is Credible on Trump’s Diminished Capacity

Donald Trump’s decision to let Michael Wolff roam around the West Wing during his first year in office seems to have been as rash and ill-considered as his travel ban. Why he thought Wolff w...
Progress Pond · 1M ago

The Hunt for Clinton’s 33,000 Deleted Emails

When I was a kid, my parents watched the television program Lou Grant and sometimes they let me stay up and watch it, too. My favorite character on the show was Joe Rossi who was played by R...
Progress Pond · 1M ago

Devin Nunes Shouldn’t Be Outing Russian Sources

Vladimir Putin would obviously like to know who the sources are who talked to Christopher Steele. For example, the first thing we see in the Steele Dossier is an account of comments Source A...