Why Did Putin Want Trump to Win?

Why Did Putin Want Trump to Win?

U.S. News & World ReportWhy Did Putin Want Trump to Win?

Republicans need to ask why Russia backed their party’s candidate for president.

This week, The New York Times broke a story about Donald Trump Jr., the son of the president of the United States, meeting, in the midst of the 2016 campaign season, with an attorney for the Russian government for the purpose of acquiring potentially damaging information about former Secretary of State and then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. It was revealed that this meeting also included Jared Kushner, son in law of the president, and Paul Manafort, Trump’s then-campaign manager.

Many questions have arisen in connection to that story: Did the Trump campaign (or President Donald Trump himself) collude with the Russian government to interfere in an American presidential election through illegal means? Did the president’s son-in-law intentionally lie about his contact with Russian agents? Were there Federal Elections Commission violations involved? How much contact did members of the Trump campaign have with Russian agents during the campaign and leading up to the Inauguration?  Read More

Does America Still Have Honor?

U.S. News & World Report: Does America Still Have Honor?

In the face of evil, would today’s Americans storm the beaches of Normandy?

Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to France. My stepson was getting married in Paris, and we made a vacation out of it. We traveled to Normandy to learn about, and pay tribute to, the brave men who landed there on June 6, 1944 and began the campaign to liberate Europe and end the war.

World War II touched my family and my husband’s family in different ways. Both of my parents were young children in the United Kingdom, hearing about the war on the wireless and on newsreels. They lived with rations, blackout laws and gas masks as part of their daily lives. And my mother spent much of her childhood without her father, who had been sent to America to work on aircraft engines as part of the war effort. They feared Adolf Hitler and the potential invasion of their homeland by Nazi forces.

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America Is Too Angry

U.S. News & World ReportAmerica Is Too Angry

The Virginia shooting is emblematic of America’s problem with political anger.

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Wednesday morning, I woke up to the sound of sirens. I didn’t think much of it because our townhouse is on a busy thoroughfare in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, so there are often fire trucks and police cars that pass this way. Except it seemed like a lot of sirens. When I reached for my phone, I saw news reports about what they were racing toward: Several people were shot at a baseball field not far from my house where members of Congress were known to be practicing for the big Congressional baseball game scheduled for Thursday night. Read More

The People Washington Forgot


U.S. News & World ReportThe People Washington Forgot

Our elected officials seem to have forgotten why voters sent them to D.C. in the first place.

The campaign of 2016 was full of promises.

Career politicians who had spent most of their adult life in Washington, D.C. promised to be agents of change, ignoring the fact that they had failed to bring change as of yet.

Governors promised to work the same miracles for America that they had in their home states, ignoring the fact that most states have very little in common with the federal government.

Business people promised to “run government like a business,” ignoring the fact that government is not a business, doesn’t produce anything and relies on taxpayers for revenue.

Promises to erase the deficit, cut taxes, repeal Obamacare, build a wall, defeat the Islamic State group and the list goes on and on.

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Win One for Polite Society

U.S. News & World Report: Win One for Polite Society

The response to Kathy Griffin’s ugly Trump antic proved political debate still has some boundaries.

Haven’t we all had enough of junior high?

This week Kathy Griffin, a B-list comedian, made news when she posted a photo of herself holding a likeness of President Donald Trump’s decapitated head.

I was pleasantly surprised to see condemnation of her poor attempt at a joke from across the political spectrum. Chelsea Clinton tweeted, “It is never funny to joke about killing a President.” Mitt Romney tweeted, “Our politics have become too base, too low and too vulgar, but Kathy Griffin’s post descends into an even more repugnant and vile territory.”

Even Griffin’s co-host for CNN’s New Year’s Eve Special, and card carrying member of the “mainstream media,” Anderson Cooper tweeted, “It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.” Read More

It’s Not Ok

Women around the world and even in the U.S. are treated as second-class citizens by powerful men. Enough is enough.

U.S. News & World ReportIt’s Not OK

Over the weekend, during a visit by President and Mrs. Trump to Saudi Arabia, members of his family and administration participated in events purporting to empower women (although the Saudi women in attendance were accompanied by male ‘chaperones’ as is required by Saudi law). They accepted a commitment of $100 million dollars toward a women’s empowerment program sponsored by the World Bank and Ivanka Trump. A financial commitment that is laughable given that Saudi Arabia still requires women to keep their bodies and heads covered when going out in public. Saudi Arabia also practices segregation of women when it comes to entering many public places and restaurants. It prohibits women from driving. And in a Saudi court of law, the testimony of two women is required to equal that of one man. Read More

Grrrl. If you’re not for Hillary, you’re SEXIST.

By Christine Matthews


Hillary Clinton Supporter and Pajiba Features Editor Courtney Enlow has unleashed a primal scream on behalf of her candidate which has touched a nerve and, at last glance, generated over 7,000 comments (which, of course, no sane person should read) and a flood of Go Girl! tweets from female Hillary supporters.

Ms. Enlow expresses her thoughts in all CAPS and drops the F-bomb liberally which must have been extremely cathartic. After re-reading her screed, it seems her basic point is that she is mad, very mad, that Democratic voters don’t all love Hillary Clinton and that it is completely unfair because she is a woman and female politicians are constrained in ways that male politicians aren’t. In other words: SHE IS DOING THE BEST SHE CAN!! CAN’T YOU SEE THAT? STOP YOUR SEXIST HATING ON HER.
Here is a summary of the arguments Ms. Enlow seems to be making about Hillary Clinton’s struggle vis-a-vis Bernie Sanders:  Read More

The Atlantic: Women of Washington

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We continued our Women of Washington series with an interview led by Mary Louise Kelly, featuring political strategists Stephanie Cutter and Katie Packer. Cutter worked on Obama’s reelection campaign as Deputy Campaign Manager and now doubles as a partner of Precision Strategies and co-host for CNN’s Crossfire. Before founding Burning Glass, Packer served as Deputy Campaign Manager of the Romney for President Campaign in 2012. The conversation discussed the year’s upcoming elections and the 2016 presidential race.

MSNBC: Can Ted Cruz gain national support?

Ted Cruz’s fundraising numbers are up and could gain support by attacking the budget deal, but he’s still polling in single digits nationally. Was it a good or bad day for Ted Cruz? David Catanese, Katie Packer Gage and Jamal Simmons weigh in.

MSNBC: Trump’s intemperate blurting offers advantage to Fiorina, Carson

Katie Packer Gage, Romney 2012 deputy campaign manager, talks with Ari Melber about Carly Fiorina’s response to Donald Trump criticizing her appearance, and how Republican candidates like Fiorina and Ben Carson can use Donald Trump’s attention-getting statements against him.