Sunday, March 26, 2017

Life in Babylon

Life in Babylon
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, are mocked, slut-shamed and forever...
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 collapse. Iraq’s looming demise is...
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 slightly in the briny breezes...
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 degradation. Good night. 946: Cubs up...
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 loving look at Paul Manafort....
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 Popular Culture in the White...
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 is a national and international...
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 recently been sexting with “Nikki,”...
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: Field Notes from a Failed...
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 interest in Iraq — even...