By now, the story of Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s dash into a bathroom and reemergence with ear buds has become the subject of mocking humor, with editorial cartoons depicting the congressman hiding out to avoid reporters. But Poliquin’s actions go beyond political comedy, absurdity or timidity. Poliquin’s ear-budded refusal to divulge his position on Trumpcare until […]
Donald Trump really didn’t like the ongoing investigation of ties between Russia and his 2016 campaign and last night he acted by firing FBI Director James Comey. Trump did so by sending his personal bodyguard to the FBI headquarters with a letter in a manila folder, a touch that highlighted how personally Trump took the […]
The dismantling and denigrating of knowledge and expertise in the U.S. government while favoring ill-informed political viewpoints and decision-makers is scandalous.
The public’s response matters to Trump.
The Tea Party, which began in the early years of the Obama’s administration, had a lot less support than today’s anti-Trump Women’s marches. You can see that in this graph of data from the Washington Post, which in late January 2017 asked about support for the Women’s marches, and earlier queried about Tea Party support […]
Members of Congress should hold regular town hall meetings to hear from constituents, answer questions and model transparency in a way President Trump has not.
Our Constitution gives the Senate the power to decide whether to confirm presidential appointees. Carrying out this responsibility requires that senators know about the nominee’s records and whether he or she has ethical conflicts. That information should be available before confirmation hearings so that senators can ask the nominee about issue positions and ethical concerns. […]
As Donald Trump continues to downplay Russian cyberwarfare against the United States designed to help him win the presidential election, technical details are emerging. The press gave a lot of attention to the sanctions against Russia announced yesterday. Republicans, including Senator Lindsay Graham and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, reacted by saying these could […]
Any hopes that Trump would rise to the awesome responsibilities of office have been undermined by his actions as president-elect.
The congressional career of Bill Cohen epitomizes the independence and courage needed to check Trump and hold him accountable.