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US President Donald Trump walks from motorcycle police to Air Force One at Indianapolis International Airport on September 27, 2017, in Indianapolis, Indiana. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Trump’s Systematic, Deliberate Deception Is an Impeachable Offense

The president cannot be excused just because he is a politician who feels entitled to play the game.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 08: Former FBI Director James Comey testifies before the Senate Intelligence Committee in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill June 8, 2017 in Washington, DC. Comey said that President Donald Trump pressured him to drop the FBI's investigation into former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and demanded Comey's loyalty during the one-on-one meetings he had with president. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

The Trump Team’s Accusations Against Comey Are Prototypical Abuses of Power

They are particularly pernicious because of the White House’s attempts to involve the Justice Department.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (L) and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates (R) walk down the West Wing Colonnade prior to a statement by US President George W. Bush on the situation between Georgia and Russia in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 13, 2008. Russia must respect Georgia's territorial sovereignty, US President George W. Bush said Wednesday. AFP PHOTO/SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Condoleezza Rice and Bob Gates Should Apologize for Endorsing Rex Tillerson

Too many Republicans these days are convincing themselves that private handwringing or wincing is an adequate response.

US President Donald Trump disembarks from Air Force One upon arrival at Raleigh County Memorial Airport in Beaver, West Virginia, July 24, 2017, as Trump travels to speak at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB        (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Missing President

Two crises in the past week demanded leadership of the singular sort that only the president can supply. Trump failed on both counts.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27:  U.S. President Donald Trump (C) arrives at the East Room of the White House as Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) (L) and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) (R) wait for the beginning of a meeting June 27, 2017 in Washington, DC. President Trump invited all GOP Senate members to the White House to discuss the Health Care bill.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The Damage Limitation Presidency: Can Congress and the Adults Box in Trump?

Republicans in Congress have effectively given up on one of Trump’s signature goals.

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The House Judiciary Committee Is Hard at Work Investigating Reddit Conspiracies

“This is not a shitpost. This is real. Congressional investigation. Do it for America!”

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13:  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a news conference to announce significant law enforcement actions July 13, 2017 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held the news conference to announce the 2017 health care fraud takedown.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Jeff Sessions Shouldn’t Resign. He Should Force Trump to Fire Him.

In what will probably go down as the single most important decision of his professional life, the attorney general made the right call.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN-OCTOBER 31: USAID blankets being distributed by Mercy Corps are about to be loaded onto trucks at Chaklala airport October 31,2005 in Rawalpindi, Islamabad surrounded by relief goods waiting to be distributed. The current death toll is now believed to be over 55,000 from the South Asian earthquake that happened over 3 weeks ago. Over 3 million people are still without proper shelter and aid organizations including the U.N are warning that thousands could die in remote mountainous regions as Winter approaches. Atleast 1,400 died in Indian-Kashmir. 
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Trump Should Fix Foreign Aid, But Not at the Expense of U.S. Interests

The country's international goals, not arbitrary budget decisions, should motivate its development strategy.

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 19:   Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee June 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Mueller confirmed that the FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance during the hearing on FBI oversight.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

How Will Trump’s Attack Dogs Affect Mueller’s Russia Investigation?

The special counsel has a mammoth job, and the president has just warned him of what he long suspected: He may not have much time.

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 26:  After answering questions from reporters, Sen. John McCain departs the U.S. Capitol for a briefing on North Korea at the White House April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Members of U.S. President Donald Trump's national security team held a briefing on North Korea at the White House for the entire U.S. Senate.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

This is Not a Eulogy for John McCain

McCain fervently believes in the ennoblement of caring about something bigger than your own interests.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 13:  U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions listens during a news conference to announce significant law enforcement actions July 13, 2017 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Attorney General Jeff Sessions held the news conference to announce the 2017 health care fraud takedown.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Trump Attacks Federal Law Enforcement With a Blunt Force Instrument

It should be patently clear to everyone that the president does not want an independent Justice Department.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21:  U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) gestures to U.S. Rep. Peter King before the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington, DC.   Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

John McCain Is a National Treasure

The Republican senator reflects the better aspects of what our democratic system can produce.

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