Had the Russians never hacked the Democratic National Committee or John Podesta, had WikiLeaks not strategically released Democrats' emails to damage Hillary Clinton, had President-elect Donald Trump not surrounded himself with a host of Russophiles (e.g. Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort, Carter Page, Boris Epshteyn), had Trump not complimented Russian President Vladimir Putin during the campaign and defended him from charges that he murders journalists, had his campaign team not changed (then denied changing) the GOP platform on Ukraine and had Trump uttered a syllable of criticism of Putin, his interview with the Times of London would have been a surprise rather than a reaffirmation of Trump's creepy favoritism toward America's most formidable foe. Surely, had President Obama rather than Trump made the remarks, Republicans would be calling for him to resign, or at the very least, questioning his sanity and patriotism. read more
Monica Crowley said Monday that she will not take a role in the new Trump administration in the wake of plagiarism accusations, according to multiple reports.
Trump's transition team announced in December that Crowley had been tapped to serve as the National Security Council's senior director of strategic communications.
Monica Crowley, the foreign policy adviser tapped for a White House job under President-elect Donald Trump, will relinquish the post, a transition official told Reuters on Monday. Crowley had been chosen to serve as senior director of strategic communications at the National Security Council. Her appointment had been shadowed by reports of plagiarism. A CNN review found this month that Crowley plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D. In addition, Politico reported that it found more than a dozen examples of plagiarism in Crowley's Ph.D. dissertation.
As you might expect, John Lewis's statement about Donald Trump's illegitimate presidency provoked a hysterical, slanderous reaction from the president-elect who, of course, got his start in national politics by repeatedly, falsely questioning President Obama's right to hold office. But Mr. Trump -- who has never sacrificed anything or taken a risk to help others -- seems to have a special animus toward genuine heroes. Maybe he prefers demonstrators who don't get beaten?
But let's not talk about Mr. Trump's ravings. Instead, let's ask whether Mr. Lewis was right to say what he said. Is it O.K., morally and politically, to declare the man about to move into the White House illegitimate?
Yes, it is. In fact, it's an act of patriotism. read more
Every year on the third Monday of January, Americans of all races, backgrounds and ideologies celebrate the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He is rightly lionized and sanctified by whites as well as blacks, by Republicans as well as Democrats.
It is easy to forget that, until fairly recently, many white Americans loathed Dr. King. They perceived him as a rabble rouser and an agitator; some rejoiced in his assassination in April 1968. How they got from loathing to loving is less a story about growing tolerance and diminishing racism, and more about the ways that Dr. King's legacy has been scrubbed and blunted. read more