Author Archives: Peter Van Buren

There Will Be No Blue Wave

Contra the conventional wisdom, Democrats are far from having 2018 locked up.

Google Wants to Be Your Media Mommy

The company suggest it may have to protect us from the bad things that elected Trump and speech that makes us feel unsafe.

Democrats Die Again on the Wrong Hill

There seems to be no strategy other than Trump rage, and despite going nuclear on a man’s life, they just can’t win.

Kavanaugh Meets the Senate Star Chamber

The goal wasn’t to show the nominee was unqualified as a jurist, but that he was unqualified as a human being.

What Ohio’s ‘Deplorables’ Really Want

In an unscientific survey of flyover country, our correspondent learned why voters are so willing to forgive Trump.

There is No Patriot or Spartacus Here—Just Politics

There are ways for officials to honorably dissent, like blowing a whistle, resigning, or penning a protest with your actual name on it.

Watching Mainstream Cable News From a Hospital Bed

I learned that the president was on life support, and that we were always at war with Eurasia.

Why John Brennan Doesn’t Deserve a Security Clearance

After leaking for a while, most boils dry up and go away. Not this one.

I Was Banned for Life From Twitter

I became persona non grata after a heated exchange over the media’s complicity with the government. The mob won.

Donald Trump is Not the ‘Manchurian Candidate’

But the establishment blob is looking a lot like the new McCarthyism.

John Brennan, Melting Down and Covering Up

He accuses Trump of treason. But what’s his bluster really about?

Why I Stand With Julian Assange

America’s least favorite whistleblower nonetheless did us a great service—and the U.S. case against him could be chilling.

The Diplomacy 101 Lessons That Washington Forgot

Negotiating is tough, it takes a long time, and sometimes you bow to unsavory people.

Real Takeaway: The FBI Influenced the Election of a President

The good news is the Deep State seems less competent than we originally feared.

What if the Trump-Moon-Kim Summit Fails?

Diplomacy is about moving the goalposts and embracing the long game—not playing chicken.

What I Saw in Post-Nuclear Deal Iran

I talked to hardline clerics saying “I told you so” and lost my luggage at the airport. If only Donald Trump had done the same.

Can Michael Hayden Be This Blinded By Hate?

Ex-NSA chief says Americans have been conned by Russia and Trump and should look to intel community for salvation.

What if Kim Jong-un is Looking to Liberalize?

The rush to the table may be a sign the North Korean leader’s strategy is economic, not nuclear.

A Higher Loyalty is Jim Comey’s Revenge, Served Lukewarm

The spurned FBI director is presented as everything that Trump isn’t–and that gets old, quick.

Sacrificing Veterans Health Care on the Altar of Privatization

Think creating a ‘Medicare for Veterans’ is the answer to VA’s woes? Not so fast.

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