Domestic Affairs Archive
TLDRUpFront: As Ambassador Sondland prepares to testify reports indicate he may provide insights that the President's personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani was not operating independently, but in parallel with and coordination among US Ambassadors. Also and increasing number of career civil servants are defying the White House ban to come forward and provide testimony
TLDRUpFront: The announcement by Ambassador Sondland, an appointee of President Trump and Ambassador to the European Union, is like seeing Chevy Chase drive that station wagon around the corner for the first time in National Lampoons American Vacation. We're not sure who this gangly fella is, or where we're about to go, but it's
TLDRUpFront: The White House responded to the House’s request to participate in the inquiry with a blanket rejection. The House had offered the opportunity for the President’s lawyers to be present as well as requesting witnesses and documents. In rejecting the request, the White House is making a rhetorical, rather than Constitutionally valid, appeal. Analysis
TLDRUpFront: When President Trump, in both public and private, threatened anyone with first-hand knowledge of the Ukrainian events from cooperating with Congress, he set in motion a chain of events which has now come to fruition.
TLDRUpFront: A simple and compelling case for a first charge in the Impeachment inquiries has emerged. That in pursuing a personal agenda through the use of government officials and powers, President Trump violated his oath of office and the 'great veil' which establishes that government power can only be used to further legitimate governmental functions.
TLDRUpFront: Analysis in the age of Trump.
TLDRUpFront: Given the importance of the impeachment inquiry, I'm launching a live tracker of the accumulating evidence and evaluation of, for or against a charge, using a specific analytical method called "Boundary and Factor Analysis." This post is a description of the method. I hope people find this approach informative and educational as one way
TLDRUpFront: The NY Times has released the identity of the whistleblower.
TLDRUpFront: We continue to link sources of information that are accumulating in the investigation. In this post the WhistleBlower Complaint, House Resolution, Senate Resolution and an ironic “Appreciation Day” passed by the Senate in July. FullContext in the Back: This is the whistle blower complaint which both the DNI, DOJ, and WH had previously sought to block
TLDRUpFront: For over fifteen years the pendulum of instability has swung in Ukraine. Political, economic, and ethnographic structures specific to the nation and its history provide momentum. And each swing traverses between authoritarian and democratic; corruption and reform; and the alignment, influence, and meddling between East and West. And these swings have now ensnared