Aaron Blake, Houston Chronicle

Aaron Blake

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Recent articles by Aaron:

GOP governor offers emotional plea to the anti-mask crowd: Stop this senseless culture war

As states across the country have gradually pushed forward with reopening in recent weeks, protesters representing a small but apparently growing movement - especially within the Republican Party - have continued to push for it to go faster. And one very visible thing has somehow turned into a perceived political statement: wearing a mask. A reporter at a Minnesota news station - one who happens… → Read More

William Barr just punched a hole in Trump’s baseless ‘Obamagate’ trial balloon

Barr's comments about "ginning" up investigations into political opponents could be read to be about President Trump and the Russia investigation as well as Trump's baseless "Obamagate" push. → Read More

Hypocrisy watch: Republicans who championed inspectors general under Obama stand by as Trump purges them

Thus far, the GOP response to all of this over the last month-plus has been rather muted. → Read More

Trump’s slow-motion Friday night massacre of inspectors general

The State Department's inspector general became the latest Friday night to get the ax. And there's a pattern forming. → Read More

Trump’s continually strange comments on possibly ‘overrated’ coronavirus testing

Two days later, President Trump offered a very different view of testing, repeatedly suggesting that it’s “overrated” and that doing too much testing can needlessly drive up the infection numbers. “When you test, you have a case,” Trump said. “When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases.” Left unsaid in Trump’s comments: If… → Read More

Trump’s playbook on ‘Obamagate’ is extremely — and dubiously — familiar

The script is familiar. So are the aims. → Read More

5 takeaways from coronavirus whistleblower Rick Bright’s testimony

Bright repeatedly alleged that officials were slow to respond to the crisis — and pushed unproven drugs over his objections. → Read More

‘You reek of ignorance’: Fox News hosts who once hailed Michael Flynn’s judge now say he’s hopelessly biased

In December 2018, Judge Emmet Sullivan was a paragon of virtue to several Fox News hosts and analysts. Now that he's declining to dismiss the Michael Flynn case, they've turned on him. → Read More

The GOP is increasingly siding with Trump over Fauci

The nation's leading infectious disease expert has been a voice of authority for the vast majority of Americans. For Republicans, increasingly, that's not so much the case. → Read More

Michael Flynn’s judge said he arguably ‘sold your country out’ and even mentioned ‘treason.’ Will he now let Flynn go free?

A judge on Tuesday declined to immediately dismiss the charges — and there are reasons to believe he might be reluctant to do so. → Read More

‘They don’t expect that from admirals’: Mitt Romney rebukes Giroir and White House’s coronavirus test talking point

Trump and his testing czar, Adm. Brett Giroir, have played up the United States passing South Korea in per capita testing. → Read More

6 takeaways from Anthony Fauci’s and health officials’ testimony

Fauci previewed the testimony by warning against getting too aggressive in reopening — a message that seemed tailor-made for President Trump. → Read More

Two big warning signs for Trump in the new coronavirus poll — signs he doesn’t seem to want to see

Seventy-four percent of Americans prefer to stick with mitigation rather than to reopen more quickly. And that number is actually higher among those facing the most significant hardship: people suffering from layoffs and furloughs. → Read More

This might be the wrongest thing Trump has ever said about coronavirus

Trump said the United States and Germany were the lowest in per-capita coronavirus deaths. This could hardly be further from the truth. → Read More

How misinformation, filtered through Fox News and conservative media, became Trump administration policy

The canceling of funding to EcoHealth's research in mid-April happened in the blink of an eye -- before any of those involved seemed to get a handle on the truth. → Read More

The latest allegation of William Barr’s malfeasance, explained

Former Justice Department official Mary McCord says Barr and the department “twisted” her words in seeking to dismiss the Michael Flynn case. Here’s what she means. → Read More

Trump’s inexplicable ‘Fox and Friends’ admission about hiring Jeff Sessions

Trump blames FBI Director Christopher Wray's hiring on former deputy attorney general Rod J. Rosenstein. He blames Rosenstein's hiring on former attorney general Jeff Sessions. And he says he hired Sessions even though he knew better. → Read More

What a brutal jobs report might mean for Trump

We're set to get our worst jobs report since the Great Depression on Friday, and presidents facing that kind of economic strife generally lost. Here's why this situation may be different. → Read More

The familiar stench of the Justice Department’s Michael Flynn decision

For the second time, Trump has obtained a reversal from his own Justice Department when it comes to the prosecution of a key ally. And in both cases, Trump sought the action publicly. → Read More

The White House said it was following health experts’ advice. Then we learned it isn’t approving a key CDC document.

It's merely the latest example of the White House resisting health experts' advice. But it's one of the most significant. → Read More