The Irony of the CIA’s Russia-Trump Story

The Irony of the CIA’s Russia-Trump Story

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell than Russia intervening to help Donald Trump. But that’s exactly what the CIA believes happened, or so unnamed “officials brief on the...
Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

McConnell apparently looked into his crystal ball and determined that Iran would “inevitably” cheat. So, he said, the United States might as well go back on its own word first — and spare the trouble of re-imposing sanctions later. McConnell doesn’t know what he’s...
Declaration of War

Declaration of War

Republican lawmakers have declared war on the presidency. Not so odd, perhaps, given their recent record. But the leader they’re targeting this time is Mitt Romney. The former Massachusetts governor is clearly going to be the party’s candidate....
The Dangers of Nuclear ‘Ice-Nine’

The Dangers of Nuclear ‘Ice-Nine’

The great cautionary tale of the 19th century is Frankenstein, Mary Shelly’s novel. It’s the story of a brilliant scientist, Victor Frankenstein, who builds a monster out of spare parts and then breathes life into it. Instead of being grateful to his...

The Problem with the Obama Tax Compromise

The Obama “tax compromise” proposal extends tax cuts for high-income households and institutes a greatly diminished federal estate tax. President Obama argues that he wants to change the politics of Washington and not hold unemployment benefits and middle...