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Ordinary Heroes: OGE Director Rebukes Trump’s on Conflict of Interest Plan
donald trump / Ethics / Trump Administration

Ordinary Heroes: OGE Director Rebukes Trump’s on Conflict of Interest Plan

Remarks of Walter M. Shaub, Jr., Director, U.S. Office of Government Ethics, as prepared for delivery at 4:00 p.m. on January 11, 2017, at the Brookings Institution I wish circumstances were different and I didn’t feel the need to make public remarks today. You don’t hear about ethics when things are going well. You’ve been … Continue reading

Bravo – Meryl Streep!
donald trump

Bravo – Meryl Streep!

Last night Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement and gave a stirring rebuke of Donald Trump.   Predictably, the Schoolyard Bully-Elect responded with a flurry of pre-dawn tweets disparaging an American legend who has been nominated for 19-Academy Awards (without the help of an Electoral College or a Russian President). … Continue reading

2016: Year in Review
Year in Review

2016: Year in Review

2016: Year in Review Below are links to my columns/posts this year. Jan-Mar New Year’s Eve 2016 BGK Blog (Jan. 2) Murder of Mexican Mayor Highlights Culture of Impunity BGK Blog (Jan. 5) Getting Away With Murder BGK Blog (Jan. 7) Iowa Hit with Blizzard of Stupidity BGK Blog (Jan. 23) Buddy Cianci, Architect of Providence’s Rebirth (1941-2016) BGK … Continue reading

President Obama’s Stirring Counter Terrorism Speech Defines America in Stark Contrast to Trump Rhetoric
donald trump / Obama Administration / Terrorism / Uncategorized

President Obama’s Stirring Counter Terrorism Speech Defines America in Stark Contrast to Trump Rhetoric

In his last speech on the road visiting troops, President Obama gave a valedictory address on his administration’s efforts to fight terrorism.  Its closing passages, however, were a stirring invocation of American values as he stressed: Let my final words to you as your Commander-in-Chief be a reminder of what it is that you’re fighting for, … Continue reading

Christiane Amanpour: Stop Banalizing the Truth and Fight Normalization of the Unacceptable
Hate Speech / First Amendment / 2016 Election / donald trump / Alt-Right / Media Attacks

Christiane Amanpour: Stop Banalizing the Truth and Fight Normalization of the Unacceptable

Last week, the Committee to Protect Journalists honored Christiane Amanpour with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for her extraordinary and sustained achievement in the cause of press freedom.  Amanpour is CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s award-winning global affairs program “Amanpour.” She is a senior adviser to CPJ, and is on the … Continue reading

CLBR #237: Mike O’Neil Explains the Election Shocker
2016 Election / Cyber Law and Business Report

CLBR #237: Mike O’Neil Explains the Election Shocker

Mike O’Neil Explains the Election Shocker CLBR VETERAN MIKE O’NEIL RETURNS Mike has over 30 years experience in designing, conducting, and analyzing opinion research projects. He has overseen hundreds of research projects for a wide range of clients, including major national corporations; law firms; national unions; major utilities; hospitals and other healthcare providers; various Federal, … Continue reading

RIP Janet Reno
In Memoriam

RIP Janet Reno

Janet Reno, the nation’s first woman Attorney General and one of its longest serving AGs, has died at the age of 78. Ms. Reno suffered from Parkison’s disease. Embed from Getty Images //embed.gettyimages.com/embed?assets=526684534,94849027,51638140,1380891&et=NLj9ATDVQSZ4GDVm9cF6yg&viewMoreLink=off&sig=hydeBhI4-HHn30eR93haGmh0b_OV7w1zd-BlQwbQGrQ=&caption=true In 2002, she ran for Governor of Florida narrowly losing by 8,354 votes in the Democratic primary.  She will remembered for here … Continue reading

I Voted
2016 Election / California

I Voted

Below is a list on how I voted on the Federal, California and Santa Monica matters, along with a brief explanation of why. FEDERAL AND STATE OFFICES President   Hillary Clinton United States Senator Kamala Harris It is great that we get to choose between two good Democrats for Senate – Attorney General Harris and Congresswoman … Continue reading

Governing, Not Trump is Top Question for Congressional Republicans
2016 Election / Republican Obstructionism / Republican Party / Supreme Court Nominees

Governing, Not Trump is Top Question for Congressional Republicans

Governing, Not Trump is Top Question for Congressional Republicans   November 1, 2016 Throughout the fall campaign, journalists have repeatedly asked Republican Congressional candidates whether or not they will vote for Donald Trump. While seemingly consequential, it actually is the wrong question to ask since it reveals nothing about what they will do come January … Continue reading

Defending America Against Trump’s Banana Republicanism
2016 Election

Defending America Against Trump’s Banana Republicanism

Defending America Against Trump’s Banana Republicanism October 16, 2016 The choice this election is relatively simple. You can choose between a candidate who is indisputably qualified and capable of serving or, as Wall Street Journalcolumnist Dorothy Rabinowitz explained, elect “the most unstable, proudly uninformed, psychologically unfit president ever to enter the White House.”[i] This should … Continue reading

The Case Against Trump … from the Right Wing Media – Part II
2016 Election

The Case Against Trump … from the Right Wing Media – Part II

I previously outlined how newspapers (like the Arizona Republic), that have never endorsed a Democrat, have stepped forward to endorse Hillary Clinton; while other publications that have never endorsed any candidate (such as USA Today) are also going on record for Secretary Clinton in this election. As I explained, the newspapers cited Secretary Clinton’s experience, tenacity … Continue reading