Why does Trump’s letter to Erdogan seem so odd?

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Last week, Donald Trump sent a letter to Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Starting with “Let’s work out a good deal!”, it’s the strangest communication between national leaders ever revealed. Ridicule from both liberals and never-Trump Republicans has spread rapidly. But even as we point and snigger, nobody has really asked, “Why does this letter … Continued

Why Mitt Romney is the most important man in America

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The future of the United States depends on Mitt Romney — but not in the way he imagined when he ran for president in 2012. The following things are going to happen: More will come out about Trump and Ukraine. None of it will look good for Trump. More will come out about Trump inviting … Continued

When I was the whistleblower

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What does it feel like to file a complaint that something’s just not right and watch the process unfold? What’s happening right now in DC is unprecedented, and the stakes and risks for the person who filed the whistleblower complaint are very high. The person who reported on Trump’s activities in the call with Ukraine … Continued

Dot, dot, dot: The ambiguous ellipsis in the Trump Ukraine call summary

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An ellipsis (plural, ellipses) has multiple meanings: it can indicate an unfinished thought, a pause, or, in quoted material, something that’s been omitted. When there’s ambiguity, it’s up to the author to resolve it. Trump’s Ukraine call summary doesn’t, and that’s a problem. The ellipsis for an uncompleted thought is more common in fiction. In … Continued

Moscow Mitch?

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I’m no fan of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. But this caricaturing of candidates has gone too far. Donald Trump makes his points through repetition. The nicknames are a part of that. Lyin’ James Comey. Low Energy Jeb. Low-IQ Maxine Waters. Crooked Hillary. Crazy Bernie. Sleepy Joe Biden. And the worst: Pocahontas, for Senator Elizabeth … Continued

The powerful letter Baptist pastor Jonathan Carl wrote to Donald Trump

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If you were taking wagers on what I’d write about in this space, sincere praise for a letter from a Baptist minister would seem a very poor bet. Here’s what happened: President Trump got upset with Jonathan Karl of ABC News for reporting on the President’s claim that Alabama was in the path of a … Continued