Archive for the ‘Donald Trump’ Category

June 2nd, 2023 - 6:43 pm § in Donald Trump, News Media

How CNN lost its way

For decades, CNN was a preeminent news source, notable for 24-hour, round-the-clock coverage — the network that never went to bed. Launched in 1980 by Ted Turner, the cable network’s nonstop news show was especially prominent during the 1990 Gulf War, when CNN was still independent. Its [...]

June 1st, 2023 - 2:18 am § in Democrats, Donald Trump, Economics, Politics, Republicans

The debt ceiling is a fake crisis

Wall Street never believed the U.S. would default; Congress isn’t that crazy.┬áBut somebody could miscalculate. The 2023 debt ceiling crisis will be a squeaker. The House passed the compromise that Speaker McCarthy and President Biden spent weeks negotiating; the Senate still must do so. It pr[...]

May 28th, 2023 - 12:42 am § in Donald Trump, Republicans

There’s a sucker born every minute

You can’t buy $10,000 for $99.99, but some Trump fans think so. “Trump Bucks” bills, coins, and checks are being sold by scammers as “memorabilia” and “commemorative” items, but some of their advertising (e.g., the video below) claims they can be used as cas[...]

May 26th, 2023 - 3:18 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Oath Keepers sentences

Leading figures in the Oath Keepers, a rightwing paramilitary group (details here), are getting the longest Capitol riot sentences so far. It seems pretty clear federal courts consider the group revolutionaries. But their sentences for Jan. 6 crimes also reflect judges’ reaction to advance pla[...]

May 20th, 2023 - 12:14 pm § in Biden, Democrats, Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Colorado offers new evidence the GOP is turning off its own voters

Do Republicans’ problems go beyond voter antipathy to Trump? Is the GOP a Superfund site? At this point, that’s a belief and attitude among Democrats, but there’s not a lot of hard evidence. GOP candidates underperformed in 2022, but the high-profile losers were almost exclusively [...]

May 18th, 2023 - 3:00 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Politics, Republicans

Can any Republican win in 2024?

President Biden, who’s running for re-election, looks vulnerable. He has low approval ratings, many voters question his age, even many Democrats are leery of Kamala Harris succeeding him, and he could face an election-year recession. But you can’t ignore voters’ other choice, and t[...]

May 10th, 2023 - 8:11 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Economics, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

The many complex nuances of the debt ceiling fight

The debt ceiling has a long history (read about it here). It’s a gimmick enacted by Congress to restrain its own spending. It’s not a budget, it’s a borrowing limit, and potentially could prevent Treasury from paying expenses previously approved by Congress, as the U.S. has run bud[...]

May 8th, 2023 - 2:54 pm § in Donald Trump, Law and Courts, Politics, Republicans

Are they all children?

I struggled to pick a headline for this story, because there are so many good ones. For example, I considered, “If your boss told you to rob a 7-11, would you do it?” Here’s the story (read the rest of it here): “Lawyers representing David Shafer, the embattled chairman of th[...]

May 5th, 2023 - 9:35 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Politics

The amazing power of artificial intelligence

It can transform a draft dodger who never spent a day in military uniform into this. (To find out who Brigitte Gabriel is, go here; to watch Ana Kasparian call her a “clown,” go here. For a real picture of U.S. soldiers, go here.) Return to The-Ave.US Home Page[...]

April 25th, 2023 - 2:23 pm § in Biden, Donald Trump, Politics

Can Trump beat Biden in 2024?

I don’t know. It’s not even assured they’ll be the nominees, although both are running. The polls suggest neither are popular, but do polls at this stage really tell us anything about an election over 18 months away? Here’s what one of’s most articulate po[...]