Why Language Matters in the Trump Era

Steve Bannon and the Alt-Right

On the most basic level, language matters because the ability to use words accurately to convey one’s meaning is a critically important skill in modern society. And let’s be honest: we assess the probable intelligence of the people we meet based largely on their use of language. That isn’t simply snobbery–fuzzy language more often than not signals fuzzy thinking. An […]

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Shutting Down a Book: Trump’s War on the First Amendment

Trump raises First Amendment issues by threatening legal action against the publisher of Fire and Fury

After claiming long-time associate and former chief strategist Stephen Bannon had “lost his mind” upon learning how he was quoted in Michael Wolff’s upcoming book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Donald Trump turned his gaze to the book’s publisher in an attempt to use his position of authority to stop the publication of the book. ABC News […]

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Some More Bigotry from the Folks Over at Fox News

Sebastian Gorka

Fox News. Conservative? Absolutely. Fair and balanced? Try corrupt and bigoted. Fox News has already supplied the state department with some of its staff, and now the right-wing media giant is taking on former Trump aide and Nazi sympathizer Sebastian Gorka in a move that would have seemed suicidal for a reputed news company a few years ago. Gorka was […]

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Roy Moore is Back (Again)

Roy Moore

What was that line from Jaws 2? He’s baaack…And this time, he’s being supported by ex-White House eminence grise Steve Bannon. Roy Moore is very likely to be the next Senator from Alabama. He’s currently in a special election run-off to replace former Senator and current Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Sessions, as most people who follow politics know, has a well-documented history of racial […]

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Trump’s Flirtatious History With White Supremacists & Nazis

Trump and the Nazi / White Supremacy riot in Charlottesville VA

Donald Trump’s initial statements condemning the Nazi and white supremacist led actions in Charlottesville, Virginia should come as no surprise to those who followed his campaign closely last year. The lukewarm “many sides” rebuke – viewed as a victory among violent right-wing extremists – is only the latest in a long line of winks and nods to a community that […]

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Trump Revealed Highly Classified Info to Russia [UPDATED]

During his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week, Donald Trump revealed highly classified information even parts of the U.S. government is not privy to.

During his meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak last week, Donald Trump revealed highly classified information even parts of the U.S. government is not privy to. The relaying of the code-word-level information violates our agreement with the ally who provided the information since Trump did not have the permission to share the information outside of a specific set […]

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Trump’s Terrifying Question: “Why Was There The Civil War?”

Trump spoke of the Civil War and Andrew Jackson

In a radio interview with “Main Street Meets the Beltway” that aired today on SiriusXM, Donald Trump not only claimed Andrew Jackson was very angry about the Civil War and could have done things differently had he held office later, but outright questioned why the war happened in the first place. “People don’t ask that question, but why was there the Civil […]

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Skills, Intelligence & Experience: How to Run a Government

trump administration

A recent article in the New York Times reflected upon Trump’s relationship with Steve Bannon (which appears to be unraveling). That article was one of many focusing on the disarray in the White House and the tensions between Bannon and the various others who have the President’s ear, and wouldn’t ordinarily prompt me to post. But this paragraph caught my […]

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Cambridge Analytica: It’s Much More Than Just Fake News

This is the time of year when my students–graduate and undergraduate–present the results of their research projects to their classmates (and, of course, me). One of my better undergraduate students focused upon the legal implications of the increasing use of household “personal assistants”–those sort of “Siri for home use” voice-activated electronic devices like Amazon’s “Echo.” In addition to detailing the […]

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The Tide Is Turning: Chaffetz, Ossoff, & O’Reilly

Tide Turning: Chaffetz, O’Reilly, Ossoff

Signs began emerging over the last few days that the tide may be turning against the fringe conservative takeover that started several years ago with the influx of Tea Party politicians. What began on November 9, 2016 as loosely-organized outrage morphed into a well-organized resistance with representation in literally every district in the nation (red and blue alike). That reactionary outrage changed again though […]

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