Politics With Charles P. Pierce

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camp shorab, afghanistan   september 11 a us army helicopter flies outside of camp shorab on a flight to camp post on september 11, 2017 in helmand province, afghanistan about 300 marines are currently deployed in helmand province in a train, advise, and assist role supporting local afghan security forces currently the united states has about 11,000 troops in the deployed in afghanistan, with a reported 4,000 more expected to arrive in the coming weeks last month, president donald trump announced his plan for afghanistan which called for an increase in troop numbers and a new conditions based approach to the war, getting rid of a timetable for the withdrawal of american forces in the country photo by andrew renneisengetty images
In Afghanistan, We've Ended Up Where Others Did

We made the rubble bounce for two decades. Now we're leaving.

Apr 13, 2021
us president joe biden  picks up a capitol doom shaped toy that belongs to us capitol police officer william billy evans daughter, abigail, during a lying in honor ceremony for her father on capitol hill in washington,dc on april 13, 2021   evans was killed and another wounded after a man rammed through security and crashed into a barrier at the complex, forcing it into lockdown less than three months after a mob insurrection at congress photo by amr alfiky  pool  afp photo by amr alfikypoolafp via getty images
Kindness Towards a Child. Imagine That.

Joe Biden brought his gentle empathy to the memorial service for Capitol Police Officer Billy Evans.

Apr 13, 2021
detroit, mi   april 12 a pharmacist volunteer prepares doses of the johnson and johnson covid 19 vaccine during a pop up clinic at western international high school on april 12, 2021 in detroit, michigan the state of michigan has seen an explosion of covid 19 cases despite a massive effort to roll out vaccines pop up clinics in various communities are one of the ways the state government is trying to get the surge under control photo by matthew hatchergetty images
This 'Abundance of Caution' Could Prove Dangerous

The FDA's pause on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may have unpredictable consequences in a country with a wounded mind.

Apr 13, 2021
electoral college elector marseille allen signs her ballot for president of the united states at the state capitol, december 14, 2020 in lansing, michigan   joe biden's us election victory was set for formal confirmation by the electoral college, further closing the door on angry efforts by president donald trump to overturn the 2020 vote photo by carlos osorio  pool  afp photo by carlos osoriopoolafp via getty images
Mr. James Crow, Esq. Is Back Again in Michigan
It is now the gold standard of conservative Republican politics to find a way to limit the ability of inconvenient populations to gover…
Apr 13, 2021
assault rifles hang on the wall for sale at blue ridge arsenal in chantilly, virginia, on october 6, 2017  afp photo  jim watson        photo credit should read jim watsonafp via getty images
3 Students Were Shot Already This Year

Another American school shooting brings with it a harrowing prelude.

Apr 12, 2021
new york, ny   march 09  former us president donald trump leaves trump tower in manhattan on march 9, 2021 in new york city  photo by james devaneygc images
They Had to Stroke Trump's Ego With a Tchotchke

He can hang it on the wall next to his Michigan Man of the Year plaque.

Apr 12, 2021
washington, dc   january 20 chief justice john roberts leads the us supreme court justices as they arrive in the crypt of the us capitol for president elect joe biden's inauguration ceremony to be the 46th president of the united states on january 20, 2021 in washington, dc  during today's inauguration ceremony joe biden becomes the 46th president of the united states photo by jim lo scalzo poolgetty images
The Supreme Court's 'Shadow Docket' Looks Shady
It began as a mechanism to control the time and traffic of cases before the Court, but the Roberts Court has come to use it as a way to…
Apr 12, 2021
lacey, wa   september 03 a washington state trooper works the scene at tanglewilde terrace where law enforcement shot and killed a man who is reportedly michael forest reinoehl on september 3, 2020 in lacey, washington reinoehl was being investigated by law enforcement for his role in a fatal shooting at a pro trump rally in portland on saturday photo by nathan howardgetty images
Another Shooting, Another Official Explanation

This one involves the shooting of an Antifa activist that Donald Trump seized on in his 2020 campaign.

Apr 12, 2021
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minneapolis police officers in riot gear leave as protesters gather after an officer shot and killed a black man in brooklyn center, minneapolis, minnesota on april 11, 2021   protests broke out april 11, 2021 night after us police fatally shot a young black man in a suburb of minneapolis    where a former police officer is currently on trial for the murder of george floyd hundreds of people gathered outside the police station in brooklyn center, northwest of minneapolis police fired teargas and flash bangs at the demonstrators, according to an afp videojournalist at the scene photo by kerem yucel  afp photo by kerem yucelafp via getty images
Ordinary Citizens Should Not Be Afraid of Police

But in America, many are. Incidents out of Minnesota, Virginia, and New York this week show why.

Apr 12, 2021
bessemer, al   march 29 a supporter of the rwdsu unionization effort takes a photo of the rwdsu union rep standing with other supporters outside the amazon fulfillment warehouse at the center of a unionization drive on march 29, 2021 in bessemer, alabama employees at the fulfillment center are currently voting on whether to form a union, a decision that could have national repercussions photo by elijah nouvelagegetty images
The Bessemer Vote Is a Miserable Defeat for Labor

There's no other way to look at Amazon's triumph down in Alabama.

Apr 9, 2021
orlando, florida   february 26 rep matt gaetz r fl addresses the conservative political action conference being held in the hyatt regency on february 26, 2021 in orlando, florida begun in 1974, cpac brings together conservative organizations, activists, and world leaders to discuss issues important to them photo by joe raedlegetty images
Matt Gaetz Is a Cautionary Tale

The job has to mean something beyond scoring that sweet pundit gig on One America or Newsmax—or worse.

Apr 9, 2021
mount storm, wv  july 01 the mount storm coal fired power station sits on a man made lake the 1,200 acre lake was created as a cooling pond for the power plant near mount storm, west virginia  the three massive generating units of the power station can burn more than 15,000 tons of coal per day  we look at the pronounced physical and cultural footprint the coal industry has in america be it the coal camps, the mines or the miners themselves, there is a romantic and heroic narrative relating to big coal through a visit to the west virginia coal festival and a tour of the hard scrabble coal towns, we feel the pulse of coal's influence photo by michael s williamsonthe washington post via getty images
West Virginia Lawmakers Want Anachronistic Economy

Coal is not coming back.

Apr 9, 2021
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us vice president kamala harris and us attorney general merrick garland listen while us president joe bidenc speaks from the rose garden of the white house about gun violence on april 8, 2021, in washington, dc   biden on thursday called us gun violence an "epidemic" at a white house ceremony to unveil new attempts to get the problem under control photo by brendan smialowski  afp photo by brendan smialowskiafp via getty images
Joe Biden: Doing Nothing Isn't an Option on Guns

He may not be FDR, but he might just be the last New Frontiersman.

Apr 8, 2021
belfast, northern ireland   april 07 nationalists and loyalists riot against one another at the peace wall interface gates which divide the two communities on april 7, 2021 in belfast, northern ireland violence broke out after a loyalist protest took place in front of the gates of the peace line at the springfield road lanark way interface youths attacked police officers and petrol bombed a bus  photo by charles mcquillangetty images
The Good Friday Agreement Is at Risk

In Northern Ireland, Belfast and Derry have seen four straight nights of unrest.

Apr 8, 2021
seattle, washington   march 11 washington state governor jay inslee announces measures to help contain the spread of coronavirus at a press conference on march 11, 2020 in seattle, washington the governor banned events with groups of more than 250 people in certain parts of the state, amongst other measures photo by john mooregetty images
Mr. Happy Sunshine Man Has Some News

Governor Jay Inslee has signed a law reinstating the voting rights of felons after they've served their time. But wait—there's more.

Apr 8, 2021
washington, dc   march 24 us senate minority leader sen mitch mcconnell r ky and sen john cornyn r tx leave after a senate republican luncheon at russell senate office building march 24, 2021 on capitol hill in washington, dc  photo by alex wonggetty images
The Triumph of the Craziarchy

Within the party, the loons have triumphed over the Adults in the Room, putting an almighty strain on relations with corporate America.

Apr 7, 2021
washington, dc   march 17 rep marjorie taylor greene r ga l attends a news conference with members of the house freedom caucus about immigration on the us mexico border outside the us capitol on march 17, 2021 in washington, dc accusing the biden administration of partnering with with drug cartels, members of the conservative caucus listed numerous crimes along the border, including cattle rustling photo by chip somodevillagetty images
Marjorie Taylor Greene Is a Nut and a Charlatan
It is an outgrowth of our diseased campaign-finance system—thanks, Anthony Kennedy—that this is considered some sort of political super…
Apr 7, 2021
washington, dc   january 06 pro trump supporters storm the us capitol following a rally with president donald trump on january 6, 2021 in washington, dc trump supporters gathered in the nations capital today to protest the ratification of president elect joe bidens electoral college victory over president trump in the 2020 election photo by samuel corumgetty images
January 6th Was Not a Result of Economic Anxiety

If you ever wonder why the Republican Party can’t cut loose of the crazy, refer to the results of this study.

Apr 6, 2021
topshot   minneapolis police chief medaria arradondo r kneels as the remains of george floyd are taken to a memorial service in his honor on june 4, 2020, in minneapolis, minnesota   on may 25, 2020, floyd, a 46 year old black man suspected of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, died in minneapolis after derek chauvin, a white police officer, pressed his knee to floyd's neck for almost nine minutes photo by kerem yucel  afp photo by kerem yucelafp via getty images
You Just Don't See Police Chiefs Testify Like This

Minneapolis Chief of Police Medaria Arradondo unequivocally condemned the actions of Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd.

Apr 6, 2021
meet the press    pictured l r   governor asa hutchinson r ak appears on "meet the press" in washington, dc, sunday, feb 24, 2019 photo by william b plowmannbcnbc newswirenbcuniversal via getty images
This Is a Culture War Holy Shit Moment

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson will take some heat from his base for this, but credit where it's due.

Apr 5, 2021
washington, dc   march 16 senate minority leader mitch mcconnell r ky talks to reporters with l r sen john barrasso r wy, sen john thune r sd and sen roy blunt r mo following the weekly senate republican caucus luncheon in the russell senate office building on capitol hill march 16, 2021 in washington, dc mcconnell warned senate democrats not to abolish the filibuster, saying that he would use procedures to turn the senate into "a 100 car pileup, nothing moving”  photo by chip somodevillagetty images
Republicans Are the Party of Voter Suppression
The party is dedicated to the proposition that not all citizens are equal under the law and, therefore, that some deserve to have littl…
Apr 5, 2021
storm clouds over manatee pocket marina photo by jeffrey greenberguniversal images group via getty images
Infrastructure Means Environmental Bomb-Disposal

Sometimes, it’s about more than just bridges.

Apr 5, 2021
united states   april 2 national guard troops in riot gear leave the scene as capitol police investigate the scene after a vehicle drove into a security barrier near the us capitol building on friday april 2, 2021 photo by bill clarkcq roll call, inc via getty images
Our Capacity for Shock Is Finally Coming Back
We're seeing a renewal of the instincts by which we know what it means to be citizens of this country, and a renewal of our ability to …
Apr 2, 2021
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Boehner Wasn't a Feather in the Gales of Crazy
If there’s any evidence that John Boehner tried to arrest the prion disease before it took over his political party, it was not evident…
Apr 2, 2021
united states   november 19 former speaker of the house john boehner, r ohio, stands next to his portrait after its unveiling in statuary hall in the capitol on tuesday, nov 19, 2019 photo by bill clarkcq roll call, inc via getty images
John Boehner Shellacked Ted Cruz, But Bachmann?
The former Speaker is refreshingly honest about the Republican Party's descent into madness, but he fails to wrap his arms around the w…
Apr 2, 2021
atlanta, georgia   january 06 the georgia state capitol is seen on january 06, 2021 in atlanta, georgia georgia democratic senate candidate rev raphael warnock defeated incumbent sen kelly loeffler r ga in the january 5th run off senate election the race between georgia democratic senate candidate jon ossoff and sen david perdue r ga has yet to be called photo by michael m santiagogetty images
Georgia Republicans Have Doubled Down

Do any national Republican politicians give a goddamn that their state parties are festering incubators of kooks and seditionists?

Apr 1, 2021
washington, dc   april 19, 2018  the us supreme court building in washington, dc, is the seat of the supreme court of the united states and the judicial branch of government photo by robert alexandergetty images
The NCAA Is Looking Silly at the Supreme Court

The traditional structure of college sports is already collapsing, as it should have decades ago.

Apr 1, 2021
minneapolis, mn   march 29 people gather during a demonstration outside the hennepin county government center on march 29, 2021 in minneapolis, minnesota opening statements were given today in the trial of former minneapolis police officer derek chauvin, who is charged with multiple counts of murder in the death of george floyd last may photo by stephen maturengetty images
Citizens Watched Their Fellow Citizen Die

Derek Chauvin's defense attorneys have tried to make his trial in the death of George Floyd about anything else.

Mar 31, 2021
us president joe biden speaks in pittsburgh, pennsylvania, on march 31, 2021   president biden will unveil in pittsburgh a $2 trillion infrastructure plan aimed at modernizing the united states' crumbling transport network, creating millions of jobs and enabling the country to "out compete" china photo by jim watson  afp photo by jim watsonafp via getty images
This Work Must Be Done—and Paid For—By All of Us

Yes, the bill would create a lot of jobs. But more than that, our infrastructure is simply incapable of supporting a modern economy.

Mar 31, 2021
washington, dc   march 17 rep louie gohmert r tx speaks during a news conference with members of the house freedom caucus about immigration on the us mexico border outside the us capitol on march 17, 2021 in washington, dc accusing the biden administration of partnering with with drug cartels, members of the conservative caucus listed numerous crimes along the border, including cattle rustling photo by chip somodevillagetty images
Gohmert Cites 'Tanks on Toilets' to Avoid Fine

A House Ethics Committee probe led inevitably to "tanks on toilets."

Mar 31, 2021
former white house aide g gordon liddy is filmed by journalists as he leaves u s district court, where he pleaded not guilty of breaking into democratic national headquarters at the watergate hotel
G. Gordon Liddy Was a Bungler

"Mastermind"? Machiavelli wouldn’t have hired him as a dishwasher.

Mar 31, 2021
republican us senate candidate joni ernst visits with employees at the newton manufacturing company during her 'one more thing' 24 hour campaign push to election day november 3, 2014 in newton, iowa according to the polls, ernst is in a neck and neck race with her opponent, democratic candidate rep bruce braley d ia, and the election in iowa could decide which party controls the us senate
Irony Is Taking a Beating in Iowa

Unlike Florida 2000, Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats now know how rough our politics have become.

Mar 30, 2021