Casey Michel, The Bulwark

Casey Michel

The Bulwark

New York, United States

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Past articles by Casey:

Texas Republicans Get Deadly Serious About Secession

The Lone Star State’s GOP plays with fire. → Read More

How the West Undermines Its Own Sanctions

The Western sanctions in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have been far broader than many experts anticipated. But there’s a catch. → Read More

Why does Russia want to invade Ukraine? To rewrite the post-Cold War order

Moscow’s demands were always about more than the security arrangements in Ukraine. The West can’t say we weren’t warned. → Read More

How Trump’s Real Estate Holdings Attract Kleptocrats

Thousands of sales in his properties—worth hundreds of millions of dollars—fit standard profiles for money laundering. → Read More

Franklin Graham’s Hangouts with Sanctioned Putin Pal

Russia continues to cultivate relations with American conservative Christians. → Read More

America enabled Afghanistan's corruption for years. The Taliban knew it.

America enabled Afghanistan corruption for years, from Bush to Trump to Biden. The Taliban knew about the money and kleptocracy, and exploited it. → Read More

The Investigator: Sen. Carl Levin (1934–2021)

The anti-kleptocracy campaigns of the Michigan lawmaker were ahead of their time. → Read More

Connecting Fox News' Tucker Carlson, Hungary — and Trump

From targeting migrants to inflaming an ethnonationalist base to whipping up nativist conspiracies, Trumpism is increasingly indistinguishable from Orbánism. → Read More

Fox News star Tucker Carlson's 'great replacement' segment used a new frame for an old fear

There are still plenty of Americans seeking confirmation that their rank nativism is right. → Read More

Casey Michel: Pro-Trump Republican secession rhetoric in Texas and elsewhere is more than a punchline

This kind of seditious rhetoric would spell disaster for the supposedly United States of America. → Read More

Trump’s Tax Returns Are a Scandal for the President—and for America

The recent bombshell report from The New York Times, which obtained two decades’ worth of President Donald Trump’s tax returns, offered a number of remarkable details. Perhaps the most concerning revelations centered on a topic long central to Trump’s rise, and to his presidency: foreign money. → Read More

Is the U.K. Finally Getting Serious About Cracking Down on Dirty Money?

Britain has long been infamous as a money-laundering haven. In 2017, the British government decided to deal with all this dirty money by enacting the Unexplained Wealth Orders, which allow authorities to identify and seize assets related to potential corruption and money laundering. Now it’s finally using them. → Read More

It Looks Like a News App in the Apple Store. It’s Really Russian Propaganda.

The app bills itself as a “one-of-a-kind free streaming service & TV library of news programs.” But every single show is from Kremlin-backed TV channel. → Read More

How Moldova Is Slowly Freeing Itself From the Grip of Corrupt Oligarchs

An unlikely coalition government in Moldova, between the pro-Western ACUM bloc and the pro-Russian Socialists, collapsed last November. But there is still political optimism among ACUM’s supporters and other pro-reform figures, as the country presses forward with “de-oligarchization” reforms. → Read More


How the US became the center of global kleptocracy

The US has become the key cog in the machine of modern kleptocracy worldwide. But it didn’t start with Trump. → Read More

American Kleptocrats Finally Feel the Heat

The House did something really big last week, and the Senate could actually follow suit soon. → Read More

Trump’s Big Lie About Joe Biden, Hunter Biden and Ukraine Falls Apart

In pushing to oust the former prosecutor, Biden did the right thing, no matter the personal cost. → Read More

Rudy Giuliani’s Year of Living Dangerously

The Ukraine scandal that's engulfed the Trump White House is the culmination of the former New York City mayor's Eastern European misadventures. → Read More

White supremacist James Allsup has been banned from YouTube

Allsup, who marched at the deadly 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, is one of a number of accounts axed. → Read More

Ethics experts throw cold water on Trump’s offer to host the next G7 summit

The only way he could host the summit and stay on the right side of the law? Make everything free. → Read More