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Nov 2, 2018, 4:50 PM
If You Can’t Convince ‘Em, Scare ‘Em
With the midterm election only days away, President Trump has ramped up his call to arms. From inside his truth-proof bubble he has declared a caravan of Central American refugees to be an “invasion” of “criminals and unknown Middle Easterners,” and has ordered the U.S....
Nov 1, 2018, 3:08 PM
If there is one thing Donald Trump is consistent about it is his refusal to take responsibility for anything that goes wrong in his administration. He religiously adheres to the advice of his mentor and Joe McCarthy’s consiglieri, Roy Cohn: Never apologize, never back down,...
Oct 19, 2018, 7:56 PM
Casualties In Trump’s War On Media
Donald Trump has Jamal Khashoggi’s blood on his hands. It’s not just his initial indifference to the US-based Saudi journalist’s disappearance in Istanbul, nor the president’s indifference toward human rights abuses, not his obsequiousness toward the Saudis, nor a transactional approach to foreign policy that...
Oct 3, 2018, 3:30 PM
Why Trump Wants Kavanaugh So Badly
Donald Trump didn’t have to ask Brett Kavanaugh for his views on abortion, immigration or religion or any other hot button issue before nominating him for the Supreme Court. Those were already well known since everyone on the president’s short list of candidates had been...
Oct 1, 2018, 8:49 PM
Is Jordan Palestine?
For all of his talk about wanting to see a sovereign, independent Palestinian state on the West Bank, that is about the last thing Jordan’s King Abdullah II wants if he expects to keep his job. As my mother would say, he needs it “like...
Sep 5, 2018, 6:33 AM
I’d only been working for Senator Hubert Humphrey a few weeks when his friend and colleague Sen. Richard Russell died in January 1971. Russell was a legend in the Senate, known as a master of both Senate rules and national defense issues. The Georgia Democrat...
Aug 25, 2018, 12:49 AM
John McCain, straight-talking mensch
I met freshman Congressman John McCain in early 1983. I was the legislative director of AIPAC and was anxious to learn whether his views on Israel and the Middle East were as favorable as I’d been led to believe by our members in Arizona’s influential...
Aug 10, 2018, 12:58 AM
Nunes: Impeach Rosentein, Risk Kavanaugh
The Senate should “drop everything they’re doing…and start with impeachment” of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, said Rep. Devin Nunes (R-California), even it risks “not getting (Brett) Kavanaugh” confirmed. Nunes is one of President Trump’s favorites for having used his chairmanship of the House Intelligence...
Jun 25, 2018, 12:13 AM
The Times They Are A-Changin’
CHANGING TIMES — The German government just signed a deal to lease drones manufactured in Israel. This means that the Luftwaffe is flying Israeli aircraft and the Israeli navy is operating German U-boats. Meanwhile, the Israeli government wished the Saudi soccer team success in its...
Jun 20, 2018, 10:18 PM
Are Nazi Comparisons Fair?
The Holocaust was so horrific and unique, that comparisons belittle the meaning of that period of world history. So it is with comparing Donald Trump’s zero tolerance immigration policy of family separation. We’re not talking about mass extermination and genocide. Just a policy built on...
Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.