The Fox & the Hedgehog: a Unified #TrumpRussia Theory

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.                                   Archilochus, 700 B.C. I had a brainwave. I won't bury the lede: I have what I believe is an original theory of Trump and Russia in the… Continue reading The Fox & the Hedgehog: a Unified #TrumpRussia Theory

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I found my empathy for #Hillary

I find Hillary Clinton fascinating. I really do. I don't agree with most of her politics (both her public positions and her process for achieving goals), but I think she's incredibly interesting. I think she embodies a particular strain of American strivers, the ones who practice an aggressive form of in-the-box thinking: "so that's the game,… Continue reading I found my empathy for #Hillary

Why did #Hillary call #Putin a “white authoritarian leader”?

On "CBS Sunday Morning" yesterday, there was a remarkable exchange between Jane Pauley and Hillary Clinton. PAULEY: Are you surprised, though, that many of your countrymen actually might share Donald Trump's admiration for Vladimir Putin? CLINTON: I'm surprised, and I'm deeply disappointed because what they're looking at is a white authoritarian leader who has murdered… Continue reading Why did #Hillary call #Putin a “white authoritarian leader”?

Why can’t America have a pony, #Hillary?

Chelsea Clinton on her pony in Arkansas. From Hillary Clinton's Instagram. Maybe you saw the new excerpt from Hillary Clinton's new book What Happened where she "owns" Bernie Sanders with a joke she saw posted on Facebook about Bernie raising unrealistic hopes among the Democratic base. Hillary mentions incrementally more ambitious Sanders programs for infrastructure and… Continue reading Why can’t America have a pony, #Hillary?

The death of consent

The New York Times Sunday edition came out with a remarkable editorial today. https://twitter.com/nytopinion/status/876369897638551552 The remarkable part wasn't that they called upon President Trump to declare his agreement with the US intelligence community assessment on alleged (and it is, in actual fact, only alleged, albeit by very serious people who should be taken seriously) Russian… Continue reading The death of consent

#Hillary channels her inner #LouiseMensch

  Yesterday Hillary Clinton appeared onstage at the Code tech conference in California. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KgdJlzuaJ6k She took questions from two journalists who joined her onstage, as well as questions from the audience. And of course she was asked about her defeat in the 2016 election. Anyone who follows Hillary in the news would expect that she'd… Continue reading #Hillary channels her inner #LouiseMensch

Point-by-point factcheck of the Steele dossier

On March 30, Vanity Fair published an article by Howard Blum about the infamous dossier on Donald Trump, prepared by former MI6 agent Christopher Steele, the one that Buzzfeed published in full after Steele had apparently shopped it around for months to various US journalists. If you don't know the background, you can click on the linked articles… Continue reading Point-by-point factcheck of the Steele dossier