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The Great Bozeman Incident and Escalation in America

Thu, 25 May 2017 18:10:03 +0000

What shall we call them? The Gianforte Tapes? Does that sound just a little Nixonian? For all you public-hearted Democrats like Connecticut’s Jim Himes. Democratic Representative of the people of the good state of Connecticut. Who has helpfully de-escalated a handbags incident in Bozeman between Gianforte and Guardian journalist Ben Jacobs. By saying that all […]



Never Reveal What a Russian Hacker Can’t Steal

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:22:02 +0000

Have you heard of Automated Indicator Sharing capability? No? Well, rumors are that the Trump administration is hoping you get to find out a little more about this intel-sharing program run through the Department of Homeland Security. It apparently involves intelligence sharing between several intel actors in the international community. Does it include Russia? That […]



Ross Douthat Demands the 25th – Domenech Differs

Fri, 19 May 2017 16:38:44 +0000

We’re back at the 25th amendment it seems. Thanks to the NYT’s Ross Douthat, who has followed up on fellow, so-called conservative David Brook’s assessment of President Trump as a child, with the only possible solution according to Douthat: remove President Trump from office by using the 25th amendment. The presidency has become too imperial […]



What’s in a Name? Business and Politics

Wed, 17 May 2017 13:56:49 +0000

What’s in a Name? © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. Naming. The final frontier. Either Marketing has identified a brilliant long-range strategic opening that will revolutionize everything or Sales has won their argument and we’ll be producing a “me-too” fast-tracked defensive response product to counter our biggest competitor’s latest gizmo. Either way, Industrial Design […]



What Was Revealed? What Should Be Asked?

Tue, 16 May 2017 22:31:09 +0000

If there is indeed a very unfortunate ISIS double agent – perhaps in Jordan whose King received a phone call from the White House during the past day or so it is reported – who is being or has been tortured to death because of the latest leak about Trump and the Russian ambassador and […]



Trump’s Tweets on Comey and the Need for An Independent Investigation

Fri, 12 May 2017 23:10:24 +0000

There are important reasons why Trump was elected President, that have to do with how the country deals with it’s rural and urban divides. Even as broad labels like rural and urban or coastal and heartland bely enormous diversity within even individual regions in America. These reasons may not matter much longer if President Trump […]



Comey, Putin, Fusion and Steele – Now That’s a Party!

Tue, 09 May 2017 20:13:19 +0000

The Senate is not just the next pitstop for the TrumpHouseCare healthcare bill, now that it’s cleared the first hurdle. But there also is – among other things – that ongoing Russia investigation that seemed to be the only thing that mattered mere weeks ago. And a few days back. there was a very interesting […]



The 2020 Democratic Bench

Mon, 08 May 2017 12:38:18 +0000

The 2020 Democratic Bench © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. It’s never too early to speculate. The Democrats are fired up for the 2020 Presidential election in a way they haven’t been in years. The pall of Hillary Clinton’s loss to the supremely unqualified, fraudulent shell of a candidate that was and is Donald […]



You Can’t Have It Both Ways

Fri, 05 May 2017 17:38:22 +0000

You Can’t Have It Both Ways © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved. It’s human nature: When Person A finally takes the action or adopts the position favored by Person B, the inclination is for Person B to continue to be dissatisfied with Person A and not give them any credit for their move. Person […]



Do We Want a Bi-Coastal Media Bubble?

Wed, 03 May 2017 23:26:55 +0000

Warren Henry makes a great point in his recent analysis of America’s infamous media bubble. No, there’s no quotes here around the phrase: media bubble. Because it is what it is. A big bi-coastal bubble. Here’s what Henry said in a newsletter a few days back: It’s worth noting that for many years, journalism was […]



Close Call on NAFTA? or Hardball Tactics?

Mon, 01 May 2017 23:03:59 +0000

Who called who? As attention focuses on Congress and President Trump getting a one week extension on funding signed before midnight on Friday, there was a supposedly very close call with NAFTA this week. President Trump had an executive order ready to be signed that would have withdrawn America from the trade agreement. But then […]



A Begging Wall and the Other Walls

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:24:38 +0000

This is a tale of two (sets of) walls. One wall is begging for funds. The other walls are being firmed up, at least temporarily, by a San Francisco, (if not a 9th circuit), court decision. The same people who want to tear down the wall that is now begging for funds, are the ones […]



President Trump: Seriously vs. Literally

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 12:40:20 +0000

  President Trump: Seriously vs. Literally   © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   Some politicians are Charmers, like Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and JFK. They have charisma, a personal attractiveness that makes them appealing to a wide swath of voters of all races, genders and ethnicities. Voters of their own party are absolutely […]



A Job Suggestion for Jason Chaffetz

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:23:07 +0000

Did we overlook the Oversight Committee when everyone was caught flat-footed in the kitchen having a cup of coffee when suddenly Jason Chaffetz decided to bail on a promising political career? Is that really what the Utah Republican’s surprise announcement is all about? The theory goes that Chaffetz – chairman of the House Committee on […]



Georgia’s 6th the Run-Off Election and Black Swans

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:42:39 +0000

By the time Democrat hard-left progressive poster boy John Ossoff faces off against GOP contender Karen Handel – former Georgia Secretary of State – in a June 20 run-off election in Georgia’s 6th, a few things may or will have happened: Government will have been shut down – temporarily but how long is anyone’s guess […]



Why Doolittle Matters After 75 Years

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 17:14:32 +0000

Why the Doolittle Raid Still Matters 75 Years Later © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All Rights Reserved. History is always relevant if we’re willing to learn from it. A good example is the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo Japan on April 18th, 1942. By way of quick background, the United States was forced into World War II […]



What Do Kansas’ 4th and Georgia’s 6th Special Elections Mean?

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:28:18 +0000

It’s all over for the GOP. 2018 will be a disaster. We’ll lose the House. Why? Kansas. Kansas will lose us the House? No, Estes! Estes or Kansas? Estes is in Kansas! And he, what? Lost an election? No, he won the election. And that’s why we’ll lose the House? Yes. Because Estes won. By […]



How Real Is the Bannon-Kushner Battle?

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 20:39:26 +0000

It’s time to take a closer look at Jared Kushner. Not just the photos of him that lately have shown him as a gaunt and alert presence – a little like a tall, much better looking Nosferatu, gazing darkly at some perhaps unsuspecting target. The problem is, this liberal, New York, (yes he’s from New […]



Follow the Votes

Sat, 08 Apr 2017 14:11:24 +0000

Follow the Votes © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   There’s an old cliché that applies to many situations: “Follow the money.” This means, of course, that many actions, statements and rationalizations are best understood when the observer realizes that the initiator has their own financial self-interests at heart as they undertake various acts […]



Syria Must not Trap America in a Quagmire

Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:54:24 +0000

As the Senate Majority party – the GOP of course – exercises the nuclear option and allows cloture with a simple majority vote, there is an interesting historical connection that arises. One that seems very relevant today. Cloture – the ending of debate on Senate bills – came into being in 1917 during WW I, […]



The Gorsuch Nomination and That Little Bat in the Senate’s Rafters

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 21:18:11 +0000

Listening to Democrat Senators threatening and cajoling their colleagues on Judge Gorsuch’s nomination, you would think that the 60-vote cloture rule was enshrined in the Constitution way back in 1789 or thereabouts. Sorry. Not true. Cloture and the filibuster have always been procedural and therefore tactical rules of engagement in Congress, especially in the Senate. […]



Is Mike Flynn Asking for Immunity to Testify?

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:45:12 +0000

Why is Mike Flynn asking for a deal whereby he testifies to the Senate Intelligence Committee (as well as the House Committee and the FBI; although Nunes’ spokesman has denied the report and the FBI won’t comment) in return for immunity? This according to a story in the Wall Street Journal. This is, if true, […]



How Democrats Want to Intimidate Nunes Off the Intel Committee

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 23:25:37 +0000

This is Susan Hennessey, a former lawyers for the NSA, talking about classified information and leaks: The way the system works is that it is classified until there is an affirmative decision to declassify it. So a leak or public disclosure doesn’t declassify it, and it doesn’t allow people who are aware of it to […]



Can Process Ever Bridge This Divide on Healthcare?

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:14:20 +0000

Reconciliation. Senate Parliamentarian. The Byrd Rule. As President Trump has found out, process is a fetish in Washington D.C. And of course, now there are indignant howls from critics on the right about how process was botched by Ryan, Price, and The White House. You should have moved slower. You should have held more meetings. […]



Rare Political Self-Conversions

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:52:22 +0000

Rare Political Self-Conversions   © 2017 Steve Feinstein. All rights reserved.   It’s been said that the American electorate can be divided into three roughly equal parts: 1/3 that pays virtually no attention to politics and policy, and if they vote, they either vote by habit or by whatever impression happened to catch their attention […]



Obamacare – It’s Still Alive!!

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:16:40 +0000

It’s still here. The Affordable Care Act has been taken off the operating table; Doctor Price and Doctor Ryan (yes only one of them is a real doctor) have taken off their scrubs and headed home after a presser or two. And The President did not look nearly as disappointed as the Speaker of the […]



FBI Investigations: an Epic Battle to Shape Narratives

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:16:27 +0000

Comey filled the Potomac riverbanks with fog. Now Devan Nunes has unleashed some rocking dry ice to really help clear things up. The GOP Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee held a press conference after briefing the White House (and not his colleagues in Congress) where he stated that “incidental” surveillance of Trump’s campaign team […]



Gorsuch Hearings Are About Partisan Baiting and Soundbite Fishing

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:31:23 +0000

How far is Senator Schumer willing to push these hearings? As every response of Gorsuch, and the question that brought about Gorsuch’s response, is parsed and commented on, the main question is how politicized are the Democrats willing to make these hearings? Because much – if not almost all – of their questioning has been […]



Is the Woman in Trump an Islamophobe?

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 22:26:23 +0000

Unless District Judge Derrick Watson of Honolulu is a really, really fast judge when it comes to thinking on and writing up rulings, he had this one locked and loaded in his chamber for at least a week or so. Perhaps since the very day the revised executive order on the travel ban came out. […]



Standing Tall in the Weeds of Healthcare

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 21:22:21 +0000

If the GOP used to be divided between conservatives and moderates, but is now divided between libertarians and populists, then any legislation as important as the AHCA is next to impossible to achieve. Or at least very, very difficult. Democrats don’t even need to be part of this tower of babel. Although they can’t resist […]