Michael D. Cohen, longtime personal lawyer for President Trump, and Admitted Pimp. Credit Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press

Watching a Train Wreck


Consider that these events have all occurred in the last 72 hours: The White House has been caught in a flat-out lie about what they knew and when about disgraced West Wing staffer Rob Porter. The Trump Administration – and specifically Chief of Staff John Kelly – continued to employ an egregious domestic violence offender…

Painting of Patrick Henry's "If this be treason, make the most of it!" speech against the Stamp Act of 1765 (Peter F. Rothermel (1817–1895))

If This Be Treason, Make the Most of It


In 1756, Patrick Henry attacked the Stamp Act and Parliament’s authority to tax the colonists – while suggesting that George III risked Julius Caesar’s fate if he disregarded American liberty – in a famous speech delivered to the Virginia House of Burgesses. The caption beneath the engraved Rothermell scene quotes a portion of Henry’s speech,…

The Peter Principle in Action: Sam Brownback


The Peter Principle is a bit forgotten now. Formulated by the late educator Laurence J. Peter, it is a management theory that states that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to their intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once…

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Issuing a Fatwah

Watching Secretary Zinke Sabotage Science


WC didn’t think that his opinion of Department of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke could sink lower. Wrong. On December 28, 2017, Zinke, through Ass’t Secretary Scott Cameron, issued a fatwah that all Department of the Inerior Grants for more than $50,000 – every meaningful grant – will be screened by a bureaucrat named Steve Howke…

Sessions' Swiss Cheese Memory

Trump’s War on the Poor: AG Sessions Revives Debtor’s Prison


In Charles Dickens’ novel Little Dorrit – thank you, Eve Kozloski, for making your students read the book – the eponymous title character grew up in London’s Marshalsea prison, where her father was in debtor’s prison. Dickens could write so vividly about Marshalsea and the conditions there because Dickens’ own father was imprisoned there in Dickens’ youth, for…

Fire and Fury: Yep


According to CNN Money, President Trump’s personal lawyer, Charles Harder, has written to author Michael Wolff and Henry Holt Publishers, demanding Wolff’s book not be published. Mr. Trump hereby demands that you immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of the Book, the Article, or any excerpts or summaries of either…