Todd Bannen

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Alan Dershowitz showed his hand on defending Donald Trump while on the Stephanopoulos show on Sunday

Do you wonder why Alan Dershowitz is always on television defending Donald Trump while assuring everyone that he is not defending him? It has baffled …

Donald Trump

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy

The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.<p>1.<p>For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often on the Fourth of July, my family would take up …

Income Inequality

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

Something important was different about this shooting

<b>(CNN) —</b> This newest shooting seems, sadly, familiar, but it is important that we pay attention to what is different here.<p>The deadly attack Friday in Santa Fe, Texas, left at least 10 dead. Terrified kids, shocked parents, authoritative law enforcement, inquisitive reporters, and somber politicians …

Guns

Bill Gates: Trump twice asked me the difference between HIV and HPV

Microsoft co-founder tells foundation meeting it was ‘kind of scary’ how much Trump knew about what Gates’ daughter looked like<p>Bill Gates, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist, has claimed Donald Trump twice asked him the difference between HIV and HPV and knew a “scary” amount about …

Donald Trump

Burn It Down, Rex

Since the beginning of this nightmare administration, we’ve been assured — via well-placed anonymous sources — that a few sober, trustworthy people in the White House were checking Donald Trump’s worst instincts and most erratic whims. A collection of generals, New York finance types and …

Donald Trump

Inside Mueller’s FBI team

A POLITICO investigation reveals new details about the agents powering the special counsel probe.<p>President Donald Trump has repeatedly hurled insults at the FBI agents working on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 campaign. Rudy Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney who’s now …

Donald Trump

Liberals, It’s Not About Being Nice

The hand-wringing about whether liberals should be more accommodating misses the point.<p>Over the weekend, the New York Times published an op-ed titled …

Political Science

Preet Bharara being drafted for war on Trump

The fired U.S. attorney doesn’t like politics, but his admirers are pressing him to wage a campaign to succeed Eric Schneiderman.<p>Preet Bharara is seeing all the texts, phone calls and DMs urging him to run for New York attorney general, including from some top operatives and Democratic donors. He’s …

Donald Trump

Giuliani: Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers they can't indict a president

<b>(CNN) —</b> Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has informed President Donald Trump's attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President's lawyer.<p>"All they get to do is write a report," Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN. "They can't indict. At …

Donald Trump

Rex Tillerson just majorly trolled Donald Trump

<b>(CNN) —</b> Rex Tillerson may be gone, but he hasn't forgotten.<p>Speaking to soon-to-be graduates of the Virginia Military Institute on Wednesday, Tillerson dropped this truth bomb:<p><i>"If our leaders seek to conceal the truth, or we as people become accepting of alternative realities that are no longer</i> …

Donald Trump

Stormy Daniels and “the Meaning of Is”

Donald Trump is using Bill Clinton’s tricks to lie about Stormy Daniels.<p>The Republican Party, in service to Donald Trump, has made a joke of …

Donald Trump

The Michael Cohen Bribery Scandal Is Now a Trump Bribery Scandal

Last night, the <i>Daily Mail</i> reported a development in the Michael Cohen saga of seismic scale. In a December 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, the British …

Corruption

Donald Trump and the Case of the $107,000,000

No one seems to know how Team Trump managed to spend $107 million in donations for his inauguration<p>Donald Trump spent far less on his presidential …

Donald Trump

Justices Thomas and Gorsuch Just Hinted They Would End Privacy as We Know It

President Trump’s addition to the Supreme Court sides with the bench’s ‘originalist’—and it has terrifying implications for your rights.<p>This week, in …

Clarence Thomas

Mueller's Probe Is Even More Expansive Than It Seems

The special counsel’s team has interviewed a number of big names. But their interest in more obscure players tells a story, too.<p>FBI agents working for special counsel Robert Mueller allegedly detained a lawyer with ties to Russia who is closely associated with Joseph Mifsud, the shadowy professor …

Donald Trump

Michael Avenatti Posts Photos Of Cohen With Qatari Investor Accused Of Bribery

"Warning ignored. So here it goes," Stormy Daniels' attorney tweeted.<p>Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti posted photos Sunday on Twitter showing Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen getting into an elevator at Trump Tower with a man appearing to be a Qatari banker accused in a lawsuit …

Donald Trump

Why Trump's new CDC director is an abysmal choice

<b>(CNN) —</b> The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a new boss, Dr. Robert Redfield, who ignited controversy because of his dubious qualifications for the job and the over-the-top salary offer that came with it. Initially slated to earn $375,000 a year, Redfield faced questions from …

Public Health

Michael Avenatti Drops Tweet Hinting At Evidence Trump Took Bribes From Foreign Nationals Before Inauguration

The revelation comes just days after Avenatti released records showing companies paying a secret corporation set up by Trump lawyer Michael …

Donald Trump

It’s Time for Trump Voters to Face the Bitter Truth

Republicans elected a president who promised to take on D.C.—instead, Trump has presided over an extraordinary auction of access and influence.<p>Donald Trump promised to “drain the swamp” while running for office. Voters gave him the opportunity to follow through when they propelled him to the White …

Donald Trump

George Will Calls ‘Repulsive’ Pence Worse Than Trump

When Donald Trump chose Mike Pence as his running mate in July 2016, there was a strong sense that the Indiana governor could serve as his new boss’s …

Donald Trump

Hold the Nobel Prize: Kim Is Setting a Trap for Trump

It’s far too early to get excited about the possible outbreak of peace on the Korean Peninsula.<p>Secretary of State Mike Pompeo completed his second trip in as many months to North Korea, returning with the remaining three American hostages and setting the agenda for the historic summit—which …

North Korea

Rudy Giuliani and Donald Trump: This Will End Badly. And Probably Soon.

Giuliani knows Trump well enough to know that Trump will turn on him fast. Here’s a preview of how this is going to go in the coming weeks.<p>Like a …

Donald Trump

Trump Considering Pulling U.S. Out of Constitution

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Calling it “maybe the worst deal ever,” Donald J. Trump said on Wednesday that he is considering pulling the United States out of the United States Constitution.<p>“I’ve seen a lot of bad deals in my life, but this Constitution is a total mess,” he said. “We need to …

United States

1998 Giuliani debunked 2018 Giuliani on presidents evading subpoenas

Back then, President Trump's lawyer said a president called to testify has "no choice" but to comply.<p>Rudy Giuliani claimed over the weekend that the …

Donald Trump

Trump Is Already Freaking Out About the New Cohen Allegations

A report tweeted Tuesday night by Stormy Daniels' lawyer details a number of suspicious payments made to Michael Cohen<p>After being nudged to the …

Donald Trump

Why the Revelations About Michael Cohen’s Business Dealings Could Be a Very Big Deal

“This is so huge that it makes sense to have some caution,” <i>The New Yorker’s</i> Adam Davidson told me on Tuesday evening, referring to a document released earlier in the day by Michael Avenatti, Stormy Daniels’s lawyer. And yet, already, several of the most astounding facts in the document have been …

Donald Trump

Democrats just previewed their secret weapon against Republicans in the 2018 midterms

Obamacare rate hikes are set to surge ahead of the 2018 elections. Democrats say Trump is to blame.<p>The rates of health insurance premium costs on the Obamacare exchanges are starting to trickle in from a few states, and early signs don’t bode well for “affordable” insurance.Democrats want to ensure …

Health Care

Trump Has Wrecked One of the Most Successful Arms-Control Deals in Modern History

The president withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal because of spite, ignorance, or both.<p>With his decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal, …

South Asia

What Karl Marx Got Right -- And One Big Thing He Got Wrong

When I was first studying economics, Marx looked to me like an idiot. In postwar America and in much of the West, the proletariat was making steady gains. Far from turning revolutionary, workers were joining unions and supporting mainstream center-left political parties.<p>Far from containing the …

Economics