"Doonesbury" cartoon, April 21, 1973, By Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau

Guilty! Guilty, Guilty, Guilty!


The Washington Post, the newspaper that won a Pulitzer Prize itself for its Watergate reporting, self-censored Trudeau’s cartoon of Mark Slackmeyer’s screed. And, of course, Trudeau (and Slackmeyer) were absolutely correct. Nixon’s attorney general and campaign manager was found guilty in 1977 of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and perjury and sentenced to two and a half…

Rep. Mark Meadows, who promised in 2012 to send President Obama "back to Kenya." U.S. (Alex Wong / Getty Images)

Parsing Republican Responses


It has been instructive to watch Republican responses to Trump’s behavior and the empowered impeachment effort. The few Republicans who still put their principles over politics – you can count them on one hand with digits left over – have made their positions clear. Senators Romney (R, Utah) and Sasse (R, Nebraska) have been clear…

University of Alaska Fairbanks in Happier – If Colder – Times, Photo by Erin Strang's spouse, 2012

Ben Franklin* Was Right


The University of Alaska was an important part of WC’s life the entire time he lived in Alaska. A partial list: Elementary school field trips to the University of Alaska Museum (then housed in the Eielson Building) and the UA power plant Training for high school cross-country running and cross-country skiing on the Skarland Ski…

Ass't Secretary of the Interior Joe Balash, smirking at Congress

Can We Talk About Joe Balash?


How can it even be legal, let alone ethical? Up until a week ago, Joe Balash, Trump’s Assistant Secretary of the Interior, was overseeing oil, gas and mining activities on federal lands. Starting Monday, he is the Senior Vice President for External Affairs with Oil Search, a Papua New Guinea company with major projects under…