Author Archives: Ruth O'Brien

Caught— Maddow Features David Cay Johnston’s Trump Taxes Find

David Cay Johnston does it again. That is, he investigates hard facts that someone will have to “alter” (make fake again). It must be exhausting for Kellyanne Conway, the most powerful woman in the United States. Trump’s income taxes came … Continue reading

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He Who Recuses Himself Accuses Himself

My family and I don’t communicate with our realtor. Does this mean the realtor won’t get us a marketable — what the market won’t bear — price? Neither, he tells us, does Jared Kushner talk with anyone at his family … Continue reading

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Seminar Descriptions for Spring 2017 @ GC

 4 SEMINARS for Spring 2017, Political Science Program, Mondays (with exception of Short Course on Wednesdays) 1. American Political Development – 35248 – P SC 82210 – 0 35248 CRN Graduate Center Campus   SEMINAR DESCRIPTION: American Political Development, more properly … Continue reading

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Let’s Look at It as Presidents in Mirror-Opposite Conversation

Putting aside the Democrats’ reassessment — or the irony that it’s not the GOP that has to open its tent — and putting aside that we’re no longer a polarized nation . . . and that a realignment of sorts … Continue reading

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MEDIA, MATTERS: WHY NOT TAKE CONTEXT (ATTENDANCE), PLEASE

Politics is all theater. Aristotle could have told me that had I not been ignorant about his writings in high school, when I had the good fortune (I thought back then) of interviewing Ronald Reagan, who was running for president. … Continue reading

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TRUMP, TRUMP, TRUMPs Obamacare?

Donald J. Trump is redefining things — and not just the race for the Republican nomination.  As a celebrity centrist, Trump told one of the Sunday shows that he plans on changing the lines.  “The lines,” he repeated.  Instead of repealing Obamacare, … Continue reading

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CHEERLEADERS & SECRET WEAPONS

Fantastic visual, so forgive me for being tired of the “revolutionary” binary (e.g. HC as establishment) .No doubt Bernie can teach democratic socialism to the idealists of our age (the youth), but it’s time to have another visual — Bernieand … Continue reading

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Beep-Beep – WILE E. CRUZ & HIS ACME ELECTION MACHINE

So Ted Cruz was “despondent” about the prospect of gay marriage, but now he is indifferent to LGBTQers?   Cruz is a flip-flopping ideologue who reminds one of Roadrunner’s coyote. Watch out for falling rocks — and principles!   It … Continue reading

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Kinder, Gentler Neotribalism

Unicorns, not wives, rule. The 19th amendment puzzles pollsters because wives follow husbands.  Hillary did (to Arkansas).  Wives don’t lead husbands, supposedly. And there is no city of women in New Hampshire or California. But not anymore, as the GOP is going … Continue reading

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Her Mother’s Womb; & Scary Anti-LGBTQ Rhetoric

 “We are losing the white male vote in droves,” said former Democratic New Mexico governor Bill Richardson. And the issue is — wait for it — “economic inequality.” How does this Bill, a hopeful Latino presidential candidate from 2008, wish … Continue reading

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