Why the Schneiderman saga is especially grim

Sam Smith – I had my money on Eric Schneiderman as the last play in bringing Trump down and saving what’s left of America’s democracy – after perhaps the firing of Mueller and the legal dehydration of the New York US Attorney. Schneiderman, after all, had handled the Trump University case well and was reportedly … Continue reading Why the Schneiderman saga is especially grim

Trump wants to increase funding for the least effective federal department

Sam Smith - Before the debate begins over Trump's plan to increase spending by the Defense Department it is worth noting that the Pentagon is about the least effective agency in the federal government. Since World War II it has fought only one clearly effective war - the invasion of Grenada in 1983,a Caribbean island … Continue reading Trump wants to increase funding for the least effective federal department

When nominations are treated as jury trials

Sam Smith - Imagine a news account that began, "Barack Obama has denied stories that he once laid in a Moscow hotel bed watching two prostitutes urinate." If you can't imagine this, it's because nothing you know about Obama would suggest that it is true. While it is always possible that you have been deluded, … Continue reading When nominations are treated as jury trials