I
t has become apparent that the Republicans in the House, under White House pressure, are now dragging their feet on the investigation of Donald Trump’s ties to Russia. Consequently the liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund, in an attempt to hold their feet to the fire, has launched an independent “Moscow Project” which will promote and advocate the creation of a truly independent investigation.

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ouse Republicans are getting ready to derail a Democratic resolution by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), named a “resolution of inquiry,” which would have forced a disclosure of President Trump’s potential ties with Russia and any business conflicts of interest. They are sending it to the House Judiciary Committee for a panel vote on Tuesday 28 of February, when it will be killed. It will never see a floor vote.

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few days ago, on February 20, in Brussels, Belgium, the capital of the EU, vice-president Mike Pence reassured the NATO- EU allies of the US commitment to the Atlantic Alliance.

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U policy makers are increasingly feeling as if they are trapped in a Hollywood horror story as they watch horrified an American administration govern with a split psychotic personality. One personality is sociable and even reasonable, represented by Mike Pence, the other is impulsive and redolent of the monster Frankenstein, represented by Donald Trump. Or is it Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Hard to tell.

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resident Trump has been in the White House for a total of one month. He came in reassuring us all that he would be a strong, efficient CEO who would hire the best and manage successfully just as he had managed his business empire (never mind tax return disclosure or a half a dozen filings of bankruptcy). So, perhaps as assessment is already due.

I never read a book from cover to cover”--President George W. Bush, while at Yale University

T
he quote above was overheard by a Yale professor when the future president of the US was still attending that renowned institution as an undergraduate young student. It does not portent a future scholar, but neither does it by itself, disqualify him from running from high office and eventually becoming president.

“The spotlight has finally been put on the low-life leakers! They will be caught!”--A tweet from President Trump

The latest on the deranged Caligula presidency: Trump continues unhabated his gratuitous attacks on those who leaked information about former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s phone calls with Russia, and the media for publishing it.

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hat has been the response of President Donald Trump to the revelations on the Russian connection to the US presidential election of 2016? Simply a flurry of tweets minimizing the problem and blaming it on those who lost the election. In other words, what has ensued is an attempt to explain away incompetence, blunder, even illegality. But never in a coherent rational way.

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ne of the first signs by which the Praetorian guards began to suspect that emperor Caligula was deranged was that of the nomination of his horse to Senator of the Roman Republic. Another one was that of his insistence that they kneel before him not as the undisputed emperor of the Empire, but as a god of sorts. We see the same in the fictional story of a future American Pope, Pius XIII who thinks of himself as above God and demands the confessions of his cardinals from the Vatican’s father confessor.

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ecently I had a robust discussion with a colleague on the predicament of American democracy. I was told that I should desist from my obsessing with President Trump and focus instead on the damage already done. Trump is merely filling the vacuum created by such damage. He kept reminding me that it is not him who is crazy, it is us who are crazy for electing him.

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