Thursday, August 17, 2017

John McCain and the Case for Incivility

On October 26th, 1967, John Sidney McCain III was shot down from a bomber over Vietnam during a failed mission to blow up a Hanoi power plant, landed in a lake, and suffered multiple...

Six Questions for Dr. Tony Monteiro about Trump, Race and “Fascism”

Dr. Tony Monteiro is a scholar of W.E. B. DuBois, a well known activist in North Philadelphia and a long-time critic of gentrification. His dismissal as professor of African American studies at Temple University...

David Brooks: Gabagool by any other name

I've never had any trouble ordering a sandwich. I don't mean to brag, but ordering a sandwich is normally a pretty easy affair. You look at the menu, decide what you want, and you...

Breaking: News is dead

Political journalism is dead. After being on hospice the past few decades, the Fourth Estate essentially expired  during the 2016 Presidential election and we have been watching highlight and blooper reels ever since. I...

You Can Read Time By Its Cover

Gosh, I wonder if this is going to be a puff piece? Update: This gives new meaning to the term "Deep Throat." "The special counsel is, like Trump, the scion of a wealthy family, raised at...

Totally Annoying Millennial Consultants Make Millions on Ossoff Campaign

So yesterday afternoon I decided to go through the FEC filings for Jon Ossoff, the Democratic candidate in Georgia who on Tuesday managed to lose his House race despite spending $30 million. I figured...

Scoop: Trial For Venal, Buffoonish Leader Set for Fall; Process Could Lead to Ouster...

Hold on, I've been promoting this story on Facebook and Twitter and there appears to be some confusion. Sorry if anyone hastily leapt to conclusions, but it's The Bob, not The Donald. That's right, you...

Bipartisan Rock

Worst. Concert. Ever. From Politico. (H/t Doug Henwood:) “BONO honored Rep. Steve Scalise at his concert Tuesday night, saying he was 'grateful' the Louisiana Republican survived the shooting. SPOTTED at the U2 show at...

If We Only Had a Brain: The party of bad ideas keeps beating the...

Well, that make it zero for four for the Democrats in this year's special congressional elections. The party has racked up impressive defeats from the mountains of Montana to the prairies of Kansas, and...

WTF is Going On With WB? Plus: The new and improved Washington Babylon

Hey, what’s up? It’s been awhile since I’ve checked in. Is everyone enjoying this spectacular 2017? Glad to hear it. With all the great news pouring in from around the world, it’s hard not...

Reaction to Portland Train Stabbing Shows Everything Wrong with Politics Right Now

The Portland stabbings that took the lives of two men and severely injured another elicited a bizarre response from many people that shows U.S. politics at its ugliest. For many people, the killer's political affiliations...

Does Donald Have ADHD?

Many of my friends are appalled by the bizarre behavior of President Trump. His press conferences seem like a class with a rambling, free-verse Beat poet who downed a few shots of tequila before teaching...

Does Russia Matter?

Memes aren’t great ways to learn a lot about history or politics, though they’re used that way a lot.  Still, some are funny and make a good point in a few lines in a...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 9: Capture

Nhuận was captured on 17 April 1975 while hiding in the French-style villa of Mr. Tôn Thất Đệ, owner of Nha-Trang’s “Tân Tân” ciné. Mr. Đệ was his wife’s uncle. “My case was a special...
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Prager University Tells Truth About Vietnam

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 8: Demoted...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FtAVy7P1uJg] Nhuận’s dismay with Thiệu climaxed during the national elections of 1971, when Thiệu resorted to the same dirty tricks Kỳ tried to use in 1967. Thiệu, however, was so successful in rigging the...
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South Vietnamese Women’s Army Corps (WAC) Training for Vietnam War 1966 US Army Film

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 7: Thiệu’s...

Ever the idealist, Lê Xuân Nhuận refused to participate in Nguyễn Cao Kỳ’s plot to seize power from his running mate Nguyễn Văn Thiệu. Instead, he informed the CIA, which took steps to assure...
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Soviet Animation ‘Ave Maria’

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 6: Nhuan...

“In 1967,” Nhuan said, “the Central Vietnam Southern Lowland Region comprised five provinces: Bình-Định, Phú-Yên, Khánh-Hòa, Ninh-Thuận, Bình-Thuận, and one independent city, Cam-Ranh. That region was merged with mine to become the II-CTZ (Corps...
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1965 Why Vietnam?

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 5: On...

Nhuận left the CIO/SOC in December 1963 to become Chief of the National Police in Quảng-Đức Province, headquartered in Gia Nghia City in the Central Highlands. Like his previous post in Darlac, Quảng-Đức was...
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LBJ and Barry Goldwater, 8/4/64

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 4: 1963-1967

The dictatorial Ngô regime collapsed in 1963, for several reasons. One contributing factor was its Strategic Hamlet program. Designed to protect the regime by relocating millions of mostly rural people, the program was mistakenly...
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1964 Patrol in Vietnam

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 3: Into...

By 1961, the insurgency was growing and the in-coming Kennedy Administration put the blame on the repressive policies of Ngô regime. The Kennedys were also upset that Diệm’s brothers Cẩn and Nhu, and their...
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French Involvement in Vietnam and Dien Bien Phu

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 2: Internal...

In modernizing the GVN’s police forces, MSUG sent qualified uniformed police officers to study at Michigan State for a year. Theoretically, these individuals became police chiefs upon their return to South Vietnam; in fact,...
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Ike Welcomes Vietnam Chief

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most painful...

The Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer, Part 1: The...

The Vietnamese perspective is rarely found in English language books about the Vietnam War, especially regarding the CIA’s “liaison” relationship with South Vietnamese police and security officials. Which is why I considered myself very...
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Bảo Đại visits Sài Gòn

As part of Washington Babylon's release of Doug Valentine's Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer we are going to feature content from worldwide archives that recall one of the most...

Introduction: Doug Valentine’s Life and Times of a South Vietnamese Special Police Officer

Coming Next Week! The Special Branch of South Vietnam’s National Police force functioned like the FBI, conducting counter-intelligence and criminal investigations. Its primary function, however, was infiltrating and suppressing the Communist Party, as well as...

It Did Happen Here? Not quite, but there’s been a steady progression of fascism...

The word fascism has been so recklessly thrown around in the past year that quite frankly I cannot judge if it should be totally shoved down the memory hole and forgotten for a generation....

Homegrown Terrorism, the FBI and the Travel Ban: Should Americans be allowed to travel...

A familiar pattern is becoming apparent with terror attacks or would-be terror attacks in the United States. As we wait for the suspect to be identified, some hoping that identity meets their specific narrative, we...

Doug Valentine on the Deep State and Fake News

Doug Valentine is one of the country's best sources on intelligence issues and the media. He recently gave an interview to Guns & Butter about the medi and the deep state, which he agreed...

The Trump-Media Lovefest

Les Moonves cannot lose … and he knows it. The all-too-well compensated CEO of CBS said as much back in late February of 2016. The Bataan Death March of presidential campaigns had finally kicked...
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Trump’s Conversion: Before he became a Russian tool, Donald was a willing agent of...

Over the past several days the Republican American Health Care Act (ACHA), proposed to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act aka ObamaCare, has been shown to be nothing but a complete boondoggle in...

Feels Like Mississippi: A call for worker’s rights

For all the progress Mississippi, has made over the years, it still finds itself at the bottom of most national rankings. Some of its more noteworthy un-honors are abysmal ratings in economic growth, poverty...

Six Questions for Dr. Adam Gaffney on the Dismal State of American Health Care

Republican political leaders have long treated the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as a devilish plot and used it to stir up voters across the country. Now they have released their own plan to...
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A Queer Defense of Milo Yiannopoulos

He’s a crude provocateur whose racism, sexism, misogyny, and other reactionary ideas disgust me to no end. Yet as a queer writer who generally believes the absolute opposite of Milo Yiannopoulos on most issues I...

T-Mobile’s “hip” CEO Polishes his Political Asskissery Skills on Trump’s Behind

John Legere, the “hip” CEO of T-Mobile, the allegedly pro-consumer telecom “un-company” that markets heavily to millennials, repeatedly trashed Donald Trump on Twitter last year but quickly began sucking up to him ever since he won November's...

Six questions with Jeffrey St. Clair about Bernie and the Sandernistas

Not since Hunter S. Thompson turned the 1972 presidential election into a gonzo circus of absurdity have we had a no-holds-barred diary of campaign spectacle as Jeffrey St. Clair's newly-released Bernie and the Sandernistas:...

Note to readers: And please consider backing our work with a donation today

One thing I've learned the past few months is just how hard it is to raise money to support independent journalism. We started out with a bang back in August but increasingly have had...

For Right, Protesting is so Anti-American (except when they’re protesting)

For some conservative Americans who are sitting back and watching protest and violent acts unfold across the United States in response to executive actions by President Trump, the world seems to have gone completely...

A Washington Babylon Listicle: Seven Reasons Not to Read 1984 under Trump

By the time the book came out in 1949, the Cold War was at its height. The book therefore proved popular. It was almost a matter of patriotism in the West to buy it...
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Bannon the Hutt

Steve Bannon is probably the strangest character in the rogues gallery that is Donald Trump's cabinet, an unrepentant white nationalist who has turned the Breitbart website into the veritable Der Stürmer of the alt-right. Or...

Six Questions for Yudhijit Bhattacharjee about “The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell,” Snowden and Spying...

Yudhijit Bhattacharjee is a contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, National Geographic and other publications. He's also the author of the bestselling book The Spy Who Couldn't Spell, the story...

Trump is Terrifying but Hillary would have (maybe) been worse: An Alternative History

Here we are nearly three months after the presidential election and there's hardly a day that goes by that Hillary Clinton's supporters don't blame her loss on something other than its very obvious cause,...

Photo Essay: Looking on the positive side of the Trump presidency, mass protests

Well. I have to admit, the Trump presidency turned ugly far more rapidly than I had anticipated. On the positive side, since I'm ever the optimist, I believe Hillary Clinton represented her own uniquely...

The Return of Erik Prince: Trump, military contractors and the further privatization of war

In 2005 the Marine Corps University published a paper entitled The Professional Military Services Industry: Have We Created a New Military-Industrial Complex? To consider that question now is the equivalent of asking if the...

Celebrities and Pro-choice Politics are Ruining the Takeaway From the Women’s March: But that’s...

Last week I left my safe space, my small town in Mississippi, to make a solo pilgrimage to Washington D.C. to check out the Trump inauguration. I had a few “small town girl visiting...

Will Trump be Impeached or Resign in Next Six Months? Don’t bet on it

For months before the election, Donald Trump's opponents predicted that he would soon drop out of the race for one reason or another. It was said, for example, that he ran as a publicity...

Which Side Are You On? When it comes to Trump and John Lewis, why...

Well, here we are a few days out from the inauguration and political discourse and intelligence in this country could not be any dumber. We should just officially proclaim as our national slogan "You're...

Yes, You Can: Obama, pardon Leonard Peltier

Barack Obama has been busy commuting sentences, mostly for nonviolent drug offenders, with more than 1,100 prisoners receiving clemency during his presidency. That's still a pretty small number given that during the 1980s and 1990s...

“I’ll sell myself out in a lot of different ways, but I will never...

I am the last person on earth who would ever want to be on Team Trump, but I hate BuzzFeed as much as I hate Donald so here we are. Welcome to the Twilight Zone. See,...

BuzzFeed’s Golden Showers

OK, let me start this by saying that I’m a friend of Glenn Simpson, whose company reportedly produced, via a subcontractor, the now famous dossier on Donald Trump that was published by BuzzFeed and...

Election Hacking and Porn: The undisclosed link

I'm not sure this is a nationwide trend but my local porn shop has a diversified offering of materials that extends to bed wear, accessories, and bongs. I mention this because this is roughly...

MLK for Sale? How to Package a Radical

Every year around this time, Americans shower Martin Luther King, Jr. with love. Since 1986 his birthday has been a national holiday, providing all of us with a chance to learn more about him....
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This week in Nazis! Ukraine’s alt right

The political freak-show disaster known as the Ukraine is a constant reminder of just how full of baloney the Democrats are when it comes to discussing the threat posed by fascism, racism, and religious...

Thanks for your support in 2016 and see you in 2017

You may have noticed that Washington Babylon came out with a roar in August and has been pretty quiet for the past month or so. That’s because it turns out that it’s a lot...

ExxonMobil, Rex Tillerson and the Dictator Who Accused a Cat of Trying to Assassinate...

There are plenty of grounds to question Donald Trump’s nomination of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state, but so far people have missed an important one, namely his direct role in...

Why is Rule Blocking Mad Dog’s Nomination Getting So Little Play?

Donald Trump has been busy assembling his administration as he awaits to be inaugurated this next month and there are quite a few nominees of concern. I reported recently on Trump's pick for National...

Genocide Threat in South Sudan, Thanks to George Clooney, Nicholas Kristof and Newsweek

While world attention is focused on Aleppo, outgoing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warns in an op-ed published by Newsweek that there's a real threat of a genocide in South Sudan. He writes: Tens of thousands...

The CIA’s Mop Up Man Strikes Again: NBC’s Ken Dilanian finds Putin directed hacking...

I keep waiting for the Putin hacked the election hysteria to finally crest, but it appears that this could be with us well into the new year. Now, according to NBC, U.S. intelligence officials...

The New York Times, Trump and Operation Bullwinkle J. Moose

In the aftermath of the election, the New York Times apologized to its readers for screwing up its campaign coverage and failing to foresee Donald Trump's victory, and promised it would do a better...

Fake News: My exchange with Washington Post reporter on Russian hacking story

In my journalism class last week, we discussed the Washington Post story that identified hundreds of media outlets as “fake news” sites. We concluded that fake news is hard to define, but that any news,...

Which Side Are You On, Trump’s or the CIA’s? Oh FFS, just die, 2016,...

I don't know about anyone else, but I wish 2016 would hurry up and get the fuck out of the way, so the world can move on to a happier and better 2017. Surely,...

Michael Flynn’s Iran Obsession, continued: Will he find the right Curveball?

I ran a story here yesterday about Donald Trump's incoming national security adviser, Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, and his long time desire to gin up a war with Iran. As I wrote, I've heard that Flynn...

The CIA, Organized Crime, the Media and Elections: A Guide by Doug Valentine

Doug Valentine's new book, The CIA as Organized Crime: How Illegal Operations Corrupt America and the World, is a compilation of newly updated articles and recent interviews. The book, which discusses a part of...

So Why Was Michael Flynn Fired from DIA? And what that means about the...

If Hillary Clinton had been elected president, a major confrontation with Russia would almost inevitably have taken place, and probably sooner rather than later. Under Donald Trump, the risk of World War III with...

Meet Charlie Kirk, the ProfessorWatchlist Keeper: Just another brick in the wall.

Ah, college, those great formative years when young adults pursue higher education and broaden their intellectual horizons and meet students from different backgrounds, ethnicity, religion and ideology. Unlike high school, college professors take a...

The Inside Story of Mitt Romney’s doomed quest to be Trump’s Secretary of State:...

Donald Trump has filled much of his cabinet, but the key post of secretary of state remains open. There have been about a dozen candidates who’ve crawled on bended knee to meet with Trump...

No, Donald Trump is Not a Nazi: And he’ll destroy himself if the media...

Ever since Donald Trump won the election, Hillary Clinton’s campaign, liberal groups, the New York Times, MSNBC and assorted pro-Hillary media outlets have thrown a prolonged temper tantrum about the results — remember when...

Waiting for Trump’s Secretary of State: Will new president install full-fledged military junta to...

If you're a conservative Republican who longs for a return of the "free market" economic policies and military interventionism of the Reagan years, Donald Trump's cabinet picks no doubt warm your heart. If you're...

Is Weiner About to Finally Go Down? He’s back in New York, but possibly...

After spending a few weeks at a sex rehab facility near Nashville, disgraced former Congressman Antony Weiner was spotted at the apartment in New York that he shared with top Hillary Clinton aide Huma...

Hello history, get me rewrite: In Times obits, Fidel a tyrant while King Abdullah...

The big news over the weekend was the death of Fidel Castro, which prompted a flood of coverage, and rightly so since he was one of the most important figures of recent times. A...

Fear Sells: Brigitte Gabriel, Michael Flynn’s favorite Islamophobe, cleans up on lecture circuit

Michael Flynn has been named Donald Trump’s National Security Advisor and there's been a lot written about why he's a dangerous choice. Mostly overlooked is his relationship with Lebanese-born Brigitte Gabriel, a designated “terrorist...

Fentanyl Cheerleaders: How Insys Peddled its Products

There's a great story in the Wall Street Journal today -- "Fentanyl Billionaire Comes Under Fire as Death Toll Mounts From Prescription Opioids" -- about how employees of Insys Therapeutics reportedly "bribed doctors to prescribe...

Michael Flynn’s Turkey Problem: The op-ed industrial complex strikes again

"OK, I'm glad Hillary lost," I wrote on Facebook last week. "She and her sleazy little friends deserved to eat shit. There's still plenty more to write about them but fuck it, it's time...

Nicholas Kristof’s Burden: First class travel and $30,000 speakers fee makes reporting on poverty...

In theory, there’s nothing not to like about virtuous New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. He and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, “combine journalism and activism in their unique brand of reporting centered on human...

Fake News: A User’s Guide

Gosh, we all knew journalism was in trouble but now we have the proof in a Buzzfeed article by Craig Silverman, “Viral Fake Election News Outperformed Real News On Facebook In Final Months Of The...

A Brief Interview with a White Female Evangelical Trump Voter

My friend Craig Pyes, a great investigative reporter, posted an interesting original interview with a Trump supporter on his Facebook page yesterday. Since Trump voters are still seen by most reporters as alien beings, I...

The Election is Over: Let the bogus media mea culpas and blame game begin

Ever since the election, a variety of journalists have written mea culpas apologizing for how their respective news outlets screwed up election coverage.  "The mood in the Washington press corps is bleak, and deservedly so,"...

It’s Not Just Campaign Coverage that Sucks: War reporting still shitty too

A few months back I wrote a story here about how media chatter on an impending attack on Mosul was highly misleading and that an assault on the city before the election was unlikely. Whenever the...

Need to Drain a Swamp? Mike Ferguson is exactly the type of plumber Trump...

Now that the election is over and Hillary is out of the way, we can finally turn our  attention to Donald Trump. He ran as as outsider and promised crowds he would take on...

Six Questions for Ted Siedle About the Rhode Island Pension Heist and how one...

Former SEC attorney Edward "Ted" Siedle is an expert on Rhode Island's public pension system, which had been plundered by Democratic Party state officials, including Seth Magaziner, the son of Clinton crony Ira Magaziner. Desperate retirees,...

Dear God, Please Let Sarah Palin be the Next Interior Minister

Attorney General Rudy Giuliani. Secretary of State Newt Gingrich. Secretary of Defense Mike Flynn. Secretary of Commerce Mike Huckabee. These are names that provoke fear and loathing, understandably. By contrast, everyone should be thrilled that Sarah...

OK, I’ve calmly and dispassionately reviewed the election results and there is an 87...

So it turns out that Hillary Clinton was a terrible candidate after all. Who could possibly have predicted that holing up in the Hamptons in August to fundraise wouldn't look good?  Or that having the...

Back in the USSR: Yes, Democrats, there is a working class

There's really not much to say at the moment. At least I can't think of much after staring at my screen for the last few hours. The only positive outcome of this depressing election, other...

Bombshells! An abridged list of the year’s worst political journalism

As I recently wrote in the New York Observer, this year's disgraceful political campaign has been outdone in awfulness only by the political coverage of it. We're used to cable news networks being surrogates...

Forget the Election, Time for Opposition: Plus a prediction: Clinton 50, Trump 47, Johnson...

During the past few weeks I've been overcome by a near smothering wave of election fatigue, which includes high levels of nausea and despair. This campaign has been going on for nearly two years and...

Did Chelsea Pay For Her Wedding With Foundation Money? Can’t wait for liberal outrage

Hillary's liberal supporters and bedwetters have been outraged by reports that Donald Trump used money from his foundation on a portrait of himself, to settle legal problems and for other distinctly non-charitable uses. I...

Bill Clinton’s Play Toy: New Podesta Email Reveals Damning Clinton Foundation Legal Review

In November of 2008, shortly after Barack Obama defeated John McCain, the incoming administration's transition team signed a short, vague “Memorandum of Understanding” with the Clinton Foundation. The agreement, which was negotiated so that Hillary Clinton...

What was 2016 Campaign’s Single Worst Article? A request for submissions

I had a story yesterday at the New York Observer titled "This Election Has Disgraced the Entire Profession of Journalism," which compiled some of the most embarrassing moments of campaign reporting revealed by the...

2016 Campaign’s Biggest Loser: Journalism

I have a story today in the New York Observer about the wretched state of political journalism, which nowadays, as the Podesta emails have shown, has been mostly reduced to surrogacy on behalf of the...

If Defeated, Will Hillary Accept Results or Claim Vote was Rigged? Spoiler Alert: It...

Well, a new poll is out that shows that the presidential race is basically tied and it appears Donald Trump has momentum heading into the final stretch. So it seems fair at this point to...

What the Fuck is Going On? A Theory

OK, so James Comey has announced that the FBI will reopen the investigation related to Hillary Clinton. This has something to do with Anthony Weiner -- the disgraced former congressman and sexual predator who...

Did Teneo Employee Hack Clinton Emails: Actually, according to Chelsea, it looks like he...

I'm a bit rushed today with some non-journalism business but here is a very little noted Podesta email that is quite remarkable. In it, Chelsea Clinton makes a number of rather stunning allegations. Let's put...

Baquet’s Big Bubble: This is what happens to a newsman from New Orleans who...

Mild-mannered Dean Baquet, the editor of the New York Times, is mad. Why? Because cable news is biased, especially Fox, and because CNN hired Corey Lewandowski, former campaign manager for Donald Trump, and as a...

The 2016 Campaign and Black Ops: Who’s behind dating site that targeted Julian Assange?

As I've written about many times, I'm highly dubious about all these campaign stories that Putin is running Donald Trump, that Julian Assange is a Russian agent, and that Vlad hacked the DNC. Much...

Nothing to see here: Just total corrupt relationship between Clinton Foundation and Teneo

No matter how awful his opponent, Donald Trump during this campaign has shown himself to be unfit to win the presidency. You can't offend almost every African-American and Hispanic voter, as well as a...

Think Tank Insider Spills Beans on Pay-to-Play System

I've written a lot about pay-to-play think tanks, whereby big donors get all sorts of perks and are allowed to influence specific projects, even those in which they have a financial stake. What's great...

John Podesta Needs a Serious Fashion Upgrade

OK, I'm going to level with you. My week kind of sucks and I'm working on a couple of big stories for Washington Babylon but I want to post an item. The good news(*)...

Clinton Surrogate Ran Business That Allegedly Moved Dirty Money Into Florida

I have a story today in the New York Observer that looks at Freddy Balsera, a leading surrogate and fundraiser for Hillary Clinton who ran a business with an Argentine businessman, Carlos Molinari, who has...

Release the Transcripts! “Journalist”/Clinton surrogate Ezra Klein nets $30,750 for a single speech

For months I’ve tried to write about Ezra Klein, the founder of Vox, the nest of nerdy, privileged kids who think that politics and government is super neat. I’ve had a hard time publishing...

Liveblogging the Great Debate

1004: Trump: "We put up the American flag." There is a limit to human degradation. Good night. 1001: Hold on. I want to hear Hillary lie about the Clinton Foundation. 1000: There is a limit to human...

Goldman Sachs and Other Potential Conflicts of Interest at Clinton Foundation ID-ed by Doug...

One of the little discussed Podesta emails shows how a number of Clinton insiders became worried about possible conflicts of interest at the family foundation after Chelsea Clinton herself raised concerns. The email -- if legitimate, naturally --could...

A Stroll Down Memory Lane: The Clintons’ Passionate Friendship with Alvaro Uribe, man who...

I had a story in Fusion last week about the Clinton Foundation's dismally meager achievements in Colombia and Bill's relationship with Canadian businessman Frank Giustra. The latter, who is said to be the Clinton Foundation's biggest donor,...

University of Georgia Undergrad Knows More About Syria than Clinton or Trump

If you’ve been following the presidential campaign, you know that neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump has the slightest idea of what’s going on in Syria. Clinton thinks ratcheting up U.S. military action there...

Hillary and the Deplorables: A less than passionate embrace

In August, we wrote about how Hillary Clinton used the Flint Water Crisis for political gain and how her “initiative” to help the victims was pure campaign circus. Now, the Podesta Emails confirm that Hillary's Flint appearance...

Note to Bill Clinton Spokesman: Thanks for your comments

I had a story yesterday in Fusion about the Clinton Foundation’s programs in Colombia, where it brags about helping the poor but, as I saw when I visited the country earlier this year, has...

Clinton Foundation’s Biggest Donor Ran “Concentration Camp for Workers” in Colombia, Called in Army...

I have a story out in Fusion today that details how the Clinton Foundation and it's biggest donor -- Frank Giustra, a penny stock artist un-lovingly nicknamed the "Poison Dwarf" by a former stock-fraud investigator -- raped...

Syria: Where there’s oil, there’s fire

With Hillary Clinton pushing for a no-fly zone over Syria that is almost guaranteed to start a shooting war with Russia and Donald Trump saying one thing while his Party's platform says another, it...

Kurt Eichenwald: Campaign’s worst hack (so far)

I’ve followed presidential campaigns for years and it’s never been an uplifting experience, but this year has marked a genuine low for the media. The basic problem is that the lion’ share of journalists...

This Campaign Satire Might Save Your Day

Hillary Clinton is going to be the next president. Kenneth Bone wore a red sweater and became a celebrity. The Upper West Side thinks Donald Trump is embarrassing, which we already knew. In other words,...

Edward Snowden: Man vs. Myth: (Part II of III)

Last week, I discussed here some of the questions surrounding Edward Snowden, the NSA “whistleblower,” who has been embraced by liberals and the left. The uncritical support Snowden enjoys was personally reinforced for me...

After Destroying Man’s Life, Obama Administration Drops Bogus Case Against Him

I know arms dealers are not generally seen as sympathetic, but you should be worried about the story of Marc Turi. He’s the guy who the Justice Department indicted in 2014 for legally sending...

Millennial Warning: Al Gore is not groovy

One of the great mysteries of modern politics is why millennials have the lowest voter turnout rate of any age group. The U.S. system is vibrant and dynamic — just look at 68-year-old Hillary...

It Could’ve Happened: Journalism’s Brave New World

I didn’t think much of the New York Times story on Donald Trump possibly not paying taxes for 18 years, as I noted here yesterday. The Times story rather obviously stretched its conclusions well...

Did the New York Times just get played by Roger Stone or Another Trump...

The story of the campaign at the moment is that Donald Trump has possibly not paid taxes for almost two decades, as the New York Times reported Sunday. The Times based this on Trump’s...

Donald Trump Needs to Seriously STFU

In the early morning hours Donald Trump, woke up ready to fight. Donald’s 3 a.m. tweet suggested that the former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, has a sordid past and an alleged sex tape and...

The Left and Edward Snowden: An infantile disorder (Part I of III)

In the last few months, and especially with the release of the Oliver Stone movie about him, Edward Snowden’s supporters have mounted a furious (and almost certainly doomed) campaign to pressure President Barack Obama...

Six Questions for Pundit Carl Diggler* on Election 2016 and how he made Nate...

This year’s election campaign has made monkeys out of almost every pollster, political commentator and prognosticator in the country. Indeed, there is only one pundit who has emerged from this shit show with an...

Shakira, Carlos Slim and Me: A true story

Last week, I published an excellent piece by Andy Smolski about Mexican oligarch Carlos Slim’s influence at the New York Times, where he own 17 percent of Class A shares, and how that might...

Washington Babylon’s Coveted 2016 Election Endorsement, Part II: The case for Donald J. Trump

Yesterday Washington Babylon published its case for Hillary Clinton, which argued that she is preferable to Donald Trump but urged the nation to not vote in this year’s elections because both candidates are unfit...

Gennifer Flowers, Used Again

Before the debate Monday, the Internet was buzzing about the appearance of Gennifer Flowers allegedly orchestrated by Donald Trump. This was billed to be quite the showdown. Ms. Flowers seated up front so she...

Washington Babylon’s Coveted 2016 Election Endorsement, Part I: The case for Hillary Clinton

If there were any doubts before last night, there are none now. These are two unbelievably shitty candidates, neither whom is fit to lead the country, both whom lie without remorse, and this election...

Remember that Big Story Last Week on Trump’s pro-Kremlin Adviser? It had more holes...

Michael Isikoff of Yahoo had a big story last Friday that got major play, probably because it feeds into the dumb narrative that Donald Trump is a Russian stooge being run by Vladimir Putin....

Six Questions for Tevi Troy, the “Master of Disaster,” About the Politics of Catastrophe

Tevi Troy is a presidential historian, former White House aide and Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services. He is the author of "What Jefferson Read, Ike Watched, and Obama Tweeted: 200 Years of...

Louisiana Politricking, Dirty Tricks and Senator David Vitter

In 2010, during the Louisiana Senate race between then-Democratic Congressman Charlie Melancon and Republican incumbent David Vitter, I was approached by a political operative with a tip that Vitter may have engaged in a...

The New York Times Undercover-ed Reporting on its Mexican Billionaire Benefactor

When the New York Times covers Carlos Slim, which is extremely rarely, they make him out to be a shopkeep, the friendly, goodnatured bodega owner down the street. As it happens, Slim is the...

Elizabeth Warren’s Political Theater

I admit I’m baffled by all the praise being heaped on Senator Elizabeth Warren for her comments to Well Fargo criminal mastermind and CEO, John Stumpf. She “grilled” him, “ripped” him, “excoriated” him, and...

Six Questions for Jim Jatras on “Aleppo Boy,” Atrocity Porn and Our Godawful, War-Loving...

Jim Jatras, a former US diplomat, foreign policy adviser to the Senate GOP leadership, and lobbyist comments on financial and foreign policy topics and on U.S. politics in his publication TheJIM!gram. Jim’s views may not...

The Accoona Scam: Who bought Bill Clinton’s worthless stock shares for $700,000?

Back in the mid-2000s, Bill Clinton was the spokesman for a now defunct search engine firm called Accoona.com. The company was a self-evident scam. It was founded by a French national named Marc Armand...

The 38 Studios Strikeout: Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s momentous raid on state treasury

In Rhode Island, a state known for cronyism and corruption, the 38 Studios scam may go down as one of the greatest ever. And the best part of it all is that it involves the political...

Anthony Weiner: From late night laughs to potential criminal investigation

Washington Babylon reported several times last month on disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner's continued sexting and said that if underage girls were involved, his conduct should draw a criminal investigation. I knew at the time...

Donald Trump Jr., Skittles and ISIS’s Captured Syrian Passports

The latest vapid uproar of campaign 2016 involves Donald Trump Jr. posting a tweet that "Compared Syrian Refugees to Poisoned Skittles," according to an AP headline. "If I had a bowl of skittles and...

The Rapturing of Edward Snowden: Oliver Stone’s film is showing at fan clubs nationwide

Here’s the most telling part of the film Snowden. (Fair warning: it’s a spoiler, the first of many.) At the end of the movie, in the middle of a panning shot that passes the...

Will Mosul be Recaptured? Nope, just pre-election White House spin

For weeks press accounts have talked excitedly about an imminent attack on Mosul, which ISIS captured two years ago and is where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared his “caliphate." Retaking Mosul would mark a major victory...

New report details Seth Magaziner’s real estate follies and public pension fraud

The release last Friday of a forensic audit of the Rhode Island public pension system's real estate portfolio reveals a dire situation for state Treasurer Seth Magaziner, son of longtime Clinton power player Ira Magaziner. The...

Eight lunch time slobs joined Joe Conason’s Q&A about his canonization of St. Bill...

On Friday afternoon, Joe Conason removed his lips from Bill Clinton’s ass long enough to answer questions from his fans on Facebook about his newly released book, Man of the World: The Further Endeavors...

The Lassie Chronicles: In new book on Bill Clinton, Joe Conason finds his inner...

Neither irony nor subtlety figure heavily in Joe Conason’s newly released Man of the World: The Further Endeavors of Bill Clinton. In its opening pages Conason describes his hero, on his very first day...

What’s in New DNC Leaks cache? A lot — and here’s a few places...

A hacker (or hackers) has recently released a new cache of material taken directly from the computer systems of the Democratic Party and the materials are simply amazing. There are sixteen individual sub-folders, each worthy of...

Exclusive: Trump sought quid pro quo in Florida, just not the one journalists reported...

It’s been widely reported over the past few days that Donald Trump’s Foundation made a $25,000 donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi in 2013 and that as a result she failed to look...

Debbie Wasserman Schultz, aided by assorted Florida Loony Tunes, promotes regime change in Venezuela

Florida congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, you may recall, was forced to resign as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee when hacked documents showed she was rigging the primaries for Hillary Clinton. She was booed...

Six Questions for CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou on the worst election ever and the...

John Kiriakou is the first U.S. intelligence officer to reveal information about the CIA’s use of torture in the “war on terror” and as a result was prosecuted and imprisoned under President Barack Obama....

How Deplorable Are The Deplorables? Trump’s Secret Lefty Agenda

To think that Donald Trump has any goal as president other than boosting his tawdry brand is naive in the extreme and about as useful as dwelling about whether Santa Claus really exists. Still, his candidacy...

Six Questions for Ethan Brown, author of Murder in the Bayou: Who Killed the...

Ethan Brown is an investigative journalist and author who has written for the New York Observer, GQ, Rolling Stone, Men’s Vogue and The Village Voice. He has written three books that have covered the...
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Rhode Island “Reform” Scam, Part II: Treasurer Seth Magaziner screws pensioners, buries the evidence...

The Rhode Island Retired Teachers Association is one of the most innocuous-sounding organizations one could imagine, ranking up there with the Canadian ice growers lobby and the like. What scary political demands are likely to emanate from...

Why is this smiling, charming woman so unlikeable? Hillary’s highly dubious explanation

Hillary Clinton was posed picture perfect yesterday for her feature in Humans of New York, in which she recounted a harrowing encounter while taking a law school entrance exam at Harvard in the 1960s....

Six Questions for Anonymous, a former CIA counterintelligence officer who thinks Donald Trump is...

We all now by now that Donald Trump is pretty nuts, but is he literally crazy and technically a narcissist? If so, does that really matter? After all, we’ve had some deranged lunkhead presidents...

A Former CIA Officer and Hillary Voter Explains, in 82 words, why Servergate Matters

Hillary Clinton campaigns Friday. Photo credit: Adrian Michael Servergate is admittedly sort of hard to follow. All we know for sure is that Hillary Clinton is a pathological liar and that the FBI disgracefully opted not...

Clinton Cronies Involved in Biggest Financial Scandal in Rhode Island History: An introduction

The sad tale of "pension reform" — less politely put, the construction of a pipeline from the public treasury to Wall Street — provides a unique, panoramic view of Democratic Party corruption through the...

How Come Loretta Lynch Cut Sweetheart Deals with Colombian Cartel Leaders? Plus: Mila Kunis,...

Over the past few year, four leaders of Colombia’s brutal El Dorado cartel were arrested by U.S. authorities and subsequently convicted of shipping nearly 1,000 tons of cocaine into the country. Three got unusually...

Hillary’s Hilarious Poll Meltdown: Plus: Hold it — you mean Trump could actually win?

I don’t know what’s funnier, watching Hillary plummet in the polls and soar in her unfavorable ratings, or watching her media sycophants frantically try to ride to her rescue. I’ll be honest with you...

Lies, Public Opinion Surveys and Deep-Fried Butter: Why you should ignore the polls and...

Throughout the primary season, the polls were consistently off, sometimes significantly, in capturing the outcome of the primaries and caucuses.  This is important because the polls don’t just capture reality, in theory anyway, they...

Two Ukrainian Oligarchs and Two Campaign Aides: The good ones with Hillary ties and...

One the most heavily promoted stories of this year’s campaign is that Donald Trump is a tool of Moscow and no one is pushing it harder than Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Just in the past...

Jeffrey Epstein’s Political and Sex Trafficking Networks: Plus: Help me find a Miami-based Cuban-American...

Before heading out for the weekend, let’s discuss Jeffrey Epstein, America’s best connected political pedophile, shall we? If you haven’t heard of him, Epstein’s the super-sleazy Palm Beach billionaire who was busted some time...

As Labor Day Nears, Let’s Thank Unions for making Hillary the Democratic nominee!!!! Oh,...

I used to love the Monty Python Show when I was a young lad and I remember one segment that mocked those brain-dead Sunday TV shows during which bland, predictable journalists and “expert” panelists...

Hopelessly Incompetent Media Can’t Find Clinton Foundation Quid Pro Quos: Here’s one — and...

One of the major foreign donors to the Clinton Foundation is a Nigerian billionaire named Gilbert Chagoury, who’s best known for helping former dictator Sani Abacha hide vast sums of money offshore. Chagoury, who...

How Did a New Orleans Escort Linked to Senator David Vitter End Up Dead...

Not so long ago I wrote here about how male politicians involved in sex scandals tended to fare better than the women they were involved with, citing, among others, Louisiana Senator David Vitter. I...

Alert: Stories on Doug Band, Bill Clinton shoeshine boy, about to blow

I'm hearing from multiple stories that major news outlets are finally embarrassed about their shameful pro-Hillary bias in the presidential campaign and are loading up stories on the Clintons that will be run imminently. One...

Bill Clinton and the Case of the Two Mysterious Blondes: How I helped cover...

Long-time reporters in Washington will often tell you that journalists used to cover up the sexual peccadilloes of politicians but don't do it any more. These boring drones will invariably cite JFK's years in the...

Does Trump Have a Diet Pill Problem? Does Hillary Have Neurological Problems? A guide...

Both presidential candidates and their minions recently have begun urging friendly reporters to run dubious material about their opponent's rapidly deteriorating physical and mental health. There's so much shit being slung it's hard to...

Feeling down? Need a picker-upper? Yes, Trump could still win

The other day I posted an interview with one of the globe’s leading experts who pretty much flatly said Hillary Clinton has the election sewn up. Now I’ve spoken to another of the globe’s...

Why We Need More Athletes Like Colin Kaepernick: And why journalists should do a...

The vile backlash against Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers great quarterback, is one of the ugly manifestations of the racism that has been dredged up during Election 2016. This, of course, follows of the heels...

Latest on Tom Brady’s Troubled Summer: Clear ties to Hitler exposed

Just when it seemed like things couldn't get any worse for Tom Brady, now new and unreported photographic evidence of the quarterback's ties to Adolf Hitler has emerged. For the New England Patriots, the...

Six Questions for Charles Ortel about the Shady University that paid Bill Clinton $17...

We’ve heard a lot about problems surrounding Trump University, which sounds like a pretty big scam. We’ve heard a lot less about Baltimore-based Laureate Education, which is one of the world’s largest for-profit schools....

Anthony Weiner Appears to be Down for the Count: Washington Babylon’s debut story sinks...

A few weeks back Washington Babylon brought news to the outside world about former congressman Anthony Weiner's continued problems keeping his weiner in his pants instead of sending pictures of it to young woman....

Let Them Drink Lead: So whatever happened to Hillary’s primary season Flint Initiative?

As the primaries were starting to heat up last March and Bernie Sanders was starting to look like an actual threat to Queen Hillary’s coronation, the Democratic monarch  felt she needed to spring into...

The Op-ed Industrial Complex: At least one sector of the economy is humming

When most people see an online or newspaper op-ed they very naturally assume that it was written by the person whose name is on the byline. They are badly mistaken. Most political op-eds have been...

Clinton Foundation profiting off AIDS victims: Yet again, this time in the South Pacific

Read this great item by Michael Smith, about the Clinton Foundation's horrifying conduct in Papua New Guinea. Here's a lightly edited excerpt: By the mid-2000s PNG had a raging HIV/Aids epidemic, with TB outbreaks closely following....

Crooked Tom Brady and his Crooked Coach: A request for research help

Tom Brady. For me, like for the majority of people in the world, there are no two words that provoke greater outrage, wrath, disgust and rage. Some people think I’m even obsessed with Tom...

Trump Campaign CEO Produced Palin Hagiopic: Critics agree, one of worst films in all...

  What is it about conservatives and Hollywood? They moan and whine that TinselTown bigwigs are mostly blithering, blathering bleeding hearts -- which is generally true; see for example, the wonderful movie Team America --...

You’ve Always Wanted a Dream Job at a Prestige News Outlet: Apply now!

Writer/Research Assistant(s) for WashingtonBabylon.com Location: Washington D.C. (some flexibility there) Pay: Unpaid but plenty of opportunities for bylines and real journalism. Plus editor-in-chief periodically picks up drink tab Description: Exciting opportunity to work with me, an investigative journalist...

Alternative History: Had the neo-cons been in power in the 1940s, would Hitlerian hellspawns...

In the run-up to the Iraq War, top Bush administration officials and neo-con war advocates, everyone recalls, forecast that the whole thing would be a “cakewalk." It didn’t quite turn out like that, as...

Trump, the Manchurian Candidate: One of Election 2016’s crudest smears

By PAUL STAROBIN Idiotic is one of the milder words that come to mind on hearing Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook, brand Donald Trump “a puppet” of the Kremlin. Mook did so this past...

Six Questions for Ari Rabin-Havt: Does Trump Have a Snowball’s Chance in Hell of...

If you’re rooting for Donald Trump, you’re likely saying to yourself that the media is biased against him and that the polls aren’t reliable and that, sure, he may have a tendency to say...

Breaking: Trump is Dropping Out of the Race! Uh, sorry, Hillary Bros but that’s...

There’s recently been a media/celebrity thread arguing that Donald Trump is going to drop out of the presidential race because he knows he can’t win. That’s why, it is said, he’s been yelling and...

Donald Trump 💘 Vladimir Putin: How the DNC and media created a bogus narrative...

Part 1: Did Russia really hack the DNC? Meet Cyberclown James Lewis One of the leading stories of the presidential campaign is that Donald Trump is in bed with Vladimir Putin and that if elected...

Whore Off!!!™ Dana Milbank vs. Sean Hannity

Fleshy, pasty Yale graduate Dana Milbank, one of the more annoying journalists of this or any era, had a typically moronic column in today’s Washington Post titled “Sean Hannity, Trump’s spin ‘Doctor’.” Don’t get...

Who Lost Iraq? Plus: Meet the Indiana company, and Corporate Friend of Hillary, that...

I have a story in the September issue of The New Republic about how corruption helped create a failed state in Iraq and led directly to the rise of ISIS. Most of the media has lost...

A Gawker Post-Mortem: The inside story of the trial, its dirty PR campaign and...

The Pinellas County courthouse sits in a rectangular 1960’s glass and concrete structure, the bad execution of International style architecture so prevalent in Florida. The fronds of the royal palms dotting the neighborhood sway...

Paul Manafort, RIP: My first hand, very personal and painful ordeal

When future historians seek to compile a Top Ten list of people who brought about the political, economic and moral collapse of the United States, they will undoubtedly want to take a long and...

Gawker: Cry for the unemployed journalists, not for the First Amendment

A note on today's news about Gawker. I’ll be posting more on this soon. There are some nice people at Gawker and I'm sorry they're going to be out of work, but there are a...

Paul Manafort: Trump advisor, “homosexual” lifestyle promoter and real estate baron

I had a piece in Fusion yesterday about Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign advisor, co-authored with the wonderful Adam Weinstein. The main thrust of the story is captured in the headline: “How Trump aide Paul...
U.S. supplied Shia militiaman stands with his Sunni victim.

An Alternative History of ISIS: No, Obama didn’t “found” the terrorist group but it...

With the United States focused on the most darkly comic presidential election in modern history, a far scarier entertainment continues to unfold in Iraq, which is in a process of steady and likely irreversible...

Against Democracy: To combat future electoral threats, technocratic elite campaigns for direct rule and...

The rise of Donald Trump during this year’s presidential campaign and the results of the Brexit vote have led to a revival of technocratic elitism and anti-democracy sentiments not seen since the days of...

From Carlos Danger to “Mongoose”: Ex-Congressman Weiner’s latest sexting problems

The New York Post, which covered our debut item about former congressman Anthony Weiner’s alleged ongoing sexting problem, has two new stories on the subject. The one on Saturday said that the “pervy pol” had...

Pampered Journalists and an Addled Billionaire: The media’s appalling Clinton bias

Back in 2008, I wrote a story for Washington Babylon, my then Harper’s column, about media coverage of Sarah Palin, who was John McCain’s vice presidential running mate at the time. Palin was no...

Washington Babylon’s Launch a Global Success

So there are a lot of exciting developments here at Washington Babylon. We launched yesterday and Sydney Leather's delightful dismantling of Anthony Weiner was picked up by the New York Post (on the front page...
Anthony Weiner's Penis

Two Thumbs Down on Weiner Doc

The new documentary “Weiner” got great reviews, but any hope I had of gaining genuine insight into my former sexting partner vanished quickly. The film begins with precisely the sort of ass-kissing you’d expect...

The Woman Who Deflated Anthony Weiner’s Balls: Meet the real Sydney Leathers

It’s pretty obvious that in most major political sex scandals, the men involved generally suffer minor embarrassment but are able to seamlessly return to public life. The women involved, no matter what the circumstances,...

Welcome to Washington Babylon

Launching a website or blog is like having a baby. You’re never ready. So I’m soft launching Washingtonbabylon.com now and hope to be fully up-and-running right after Labor Day. What is Washington Babylon? Basically...

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