American Voters Fail


America failed to repudiate Donald Trump. Sure, the Democrats flipped the U.S. House. But the House usually flips from the President’s party to opposition. But the Trump-endorsed Ted Cruz over Beto O’Rourke? An embarrassing, senile Don Young over anybody, let alone a competent, qualified Alyse Galvin. The co-author with Pete Kelly of Alaska’s extended economic malaise,…

Cartoon by Jesse Duquette, author of The Daily Don

The Scariest Hallowe’en Ever


The eight quotes attributed to Trump in Duquette’s cartoon are accurate, vetted by Snopes. We have a President who really does endorse and approve violence, who convenes rallies where he encourages his followers to use violence. This has never happened before in all of American history. The President’s spokespersons deny it. But the quotes are…

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)

UPDATED The Best People, the Very Best.


Donald Trump promised us his administration would hire “the best people, the very best. Not the biggest donors or biggest supporters.” As a service to readers, WC provides this updated summary table of how that’s working out. Spoiler alert: Not so good. Note this is only a partial list. As investigations proceed, WC will continue…

From left, Paul Manafort, former campaign chairman for the Donald Trump presidential campaign, and Michael Cohen, Trump's former personal lawyer. (Photographers not known)

The Best People, the Very Best


Donald Trump promised us his administration would hire “the best people, the very best. Not the biggest donors or biggest supporters.” As a service to readers, WC provides this summary table of how that’s working out. Note this is only a partial list. As investigations proceed, WC will update this from time to time. Name…

By The New York Times | Sources: Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (U.S. government data); FDD’s The Long War Journal (analysts’ data) Notes: U.S. government data is as of May 15, 2018, and analysts’ data is as of May 16, 2018. District boundaries are as of 2014.

Vietnam Redux: The War in Afghanistan


It’s been seventeen years since George W. Bush ordered the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan. 2,200 Americans have died in an effort to oust Muslim extremists from the “Graveyard of Empires.”1 The war isn’t going well for the U.S. So the United States is lying about it. The sense of deja vu is overwhelming and deeply concerning.…