Enough About Steve Bannon. Rupert Murdoch’s Influence on Donald Trump Is More Dangerous

The Intercept
January 6, 2018

For quite a while, there has been a bull market in stories about Steve Bannon calling the shots in the incorrigible tangle of neurons that passes for Donald Trump’s brain. Michael Wolff’s new book about the dysfunctional White House, “Fire and Fury,” adds a marvelous ...  (Read more)

North Korea Is the Most Predictable Regime on Earth. The Real Threat Is the Erratic U.S. Government.

The Intercept
September 26, 2017

The nuclear shouting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un often seems like a maddening version of whack-a-crazy-mole, in which an unhinged comment by one of them is hastily followed by a lunatic retort from the other. Trump calls Kim “rocket ...  (Read more)

Bannon Said He Learned to Fear Muslims When He Visited Pakistan. But He Was Probably in Hong Kong.

The Intercept
August 11, 2017

IF YOU ASK Steve Bannon how he got the idea that Muslims in the Middle East are a civilizational threat to America, he will say that his eyes were first opened when he served on a Navy destroyer in the Arabian Sea. At least that’s what he told the journalist Joshua ...  (Read more)

Donald Trump’s War on Journalism Has Begun. But Journalists Are Not His Main Target.

The Intercept
May 28, 2017

Wars are rarely announced in advance, but President Trump provided an abundance of warning about his intention to wage an assault on journalism. During the election campaign, he called journalists an “enemy of the people” and described media organizations he didn’t like ...  (Read more)

White Fear in the White House: Young Bannon Disciple Julia Hahn Is a Case Study in Extremism

The Intercept
May 7, 2017

Steve Bannon, who is no stranger to controversy, faced a torrent of reproval when it was revealed not long ago that he had praised a detestable novel envisioning France invaded by an armada of brown-skinned migrants from India. The French novel is called “The Camp of the ...  (Read more)

Trump Official Obsessed Over Nuclear Apocalypse, Men’s Style in 40,000 Posts on Fashion Site

The Intercept
February 16, 2017

A senior official on President Trump’s embattled National Security Council warned in previously unreported comments that it is “inevitable” an Islamic terrorist group will carry out a successful nuclear attack against the United States, and that in its aftermath, ...  (Read more)

Dark Essays By White House Staffer Are the Intellectual Source Code of Trumpism

The Intercept
February 12, 2017

Let’s say you are a top official on the National Security Council and Donald Trump requests a memo explaining the purpose of his chaotic presidency. What are the odds you would draft a 4,000-word essay arguing that America is like a doomed aircraft that’s been hijacked ...  (Read more)

In Just 10 Days, President Trump Has Split the Government Into Warring Factions

The Intercept
January 31, 2017

War has broken out, not on foreign territory or on our streets, but in the offices and hallways of the departments and agencies that create and execute the laws, policies, and regulations of the United States. Its sights and sounds are those of a bureaucracy in crisis: ...  (Read more)