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Past articles by Blair:

Gullible's Travels starring President Trump

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If Trump is innocent, why's he still helping Russia?

If Trump is innocent, why's he still helping Russia? → Read More

Donald Trump, the Teflon President

Back in the 1980s and 1990s, New York mob boss John Gotti earned the nickname the “Teflon Don.” Despite numerous attempts to nail him, criminal charges never managed to stick. Years of investigations and attempts to convict Gotti for a litany of organized crime activities mostly ended in failure. Witnesses were intimidated and tampered with, and no matter how hard or how often federal… → Read More

Donald J. Trump: Master of disaster

Column by Blair Bess about emergency relief, the wall, and President Trump → Read More

Column by Blair Bess about Mattis, Trump, Syria and Putin

Column by Blair Bess about Mattis, Trump, Syria and Putin → Read More

National Climate Assessment a political hot potato

Timing is everything. Take for example the Trump administration’s decision to release the latest National Climate Assessment during last month’s Thanksgiving holiday. No shocker. The president and his team consistently dump unwelcome information at times they believe no one is paying attention. Publication of the climate assessment is mandated by Congress. It has been released every four years… → Read More

Shame is on life-support

Unlike most of his staged presidential moments, Donald J. Trump’s arrival in Pittsburgh last week was a somber affair. The tenor was not solely due to the nature of his visit, which was ostensibly to pay respects to the 11 Jewish worshipers massacred at the Tree of Life Synagogue over the previous weekend. It was the mere fact that he had traveled to Pittsburgh at all. Rather than being greeted… → Read More

Trump betrayed

Hell hath no fury — or fire — like a president scorned. After weeks of equivocating, President Trump has finally blasted the Saudi government for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and its subsequent cover-up. The president did so not out of a sense of moral outrage, but of a feeling more personal in nature — a sense that he has been betrayed by those whose loyalty he… → Read More

Kushner and Trump: A hit with the Saudis

It pays to be friends with Jared Kushner. You can get away with murder. Or so thinks Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Early in his tenure as a special adviser to his father-in-law, Kushner went out of his way to become best friends forever with the monarchical autocrat. Last year, Kushner traveled to the Saudi capital, Riyadh, to promote a multibillion-dollar arms sale,… → Read More

The fine art of politics

If you’d never heard of internationally acclaimed graffiti artist Banksy before, you may have by now. He’s the guy whose painting entitled “Girl With Balloon” was auctioned off at Sotheby’s in London for $1.4 million. Shortly after the gavel dropped, the painting mysteriously shredded itself by remote control, eliciting gasps from art aficionados the world over. The moment was captured on smart… → Read More

When Donny met Kim: A love story

The president’s bad breakup with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the G7 apparently left him feeling vulnerable and angry. He was a man ripe for a rebound relationship, and found it several days later when he first met North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. As the president noted at a recent rally in West Virginia, “we fell in love.” Then again, love is blind. There’s no question that the… → Read More

Women of America, your leaders have failed you

Let’s forget for a moment names in the news like Donald Trump, Nancy Pelosi, Brett Kavanaugh, Clarence Thomas, Anita Hill, Christine Blasey Ford, or Deborah Ramirez. Let’s talk about an even bigger — more important — issue: there aren’t enough women holding elected office in America. The paradigm needs to shift. Now. It doesn’t matter whether you’re Republican, conservative, Democrat, liberal,… → Read More

Kavanaugh deserved better — and so do we

Judge Brett Kavanaugh was never going to get a fair break during his confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The fault lies not with obstructionist Democrats, however, but with Republican leadership and members of the committee. By not turning over all documents in their possession, Republican members of the committee did the judge and the American people a disservice. And… → Read More

Nicaragua could be Trump’s wag the dog moment

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s recent warning to the United Nations Security Council that civil unrest in Nicaragua poses a threat to the stability of Central America may have set the stage for Donald Trump’s “Wag the Dog” moment. The reference is made to a 1997 movie about a U.S. president embroiled in a sex scandal who attempts to save his presidency by staging a fake war in a country far from… → Read More

Google politically incorrect? Search me

The White House has launched a new salvo in its ongoing assault on the media and free speech. Instead of railing against newspapers and cable news channels, Donald J. Trump’s ire is now being directed at Google. Somehow the president’s gotten it into his head that the search engine’s algorithms are “rigged.” He’s convinced that whenever anyone inputs “Trump news,” only negative stories — the… → Read More

Media struggles covering white nationalists, Antifa and Trump

White Supremacists were supposed to descend upon Washington, D.C., this past weekend for a demonstration commemorating the anniversary of last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. One problem. Next to no one showed up. There were more police and counter-protesters and — of course — media in attendance than the throngs of hate-mongers who were supposed to attend. Sprinkled… → Read More