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  • Why Do They Hate Us? A 20-Year Update

    Monday, September 13, 2021
    In the days following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many people I spoke with simply could not understand why anyone, anywhere, would not like Americans, even if it was just a few dozen fanatics. In one form or another, they asked: Why do they hate us? Back in 2001, I tried to address this question in a short essay I wrote one month after the attacks.   read more
  • Biden Announces U.S. Invasion of Grenada

    Wednesday, September 01, 2021
    President Joe Biden announced that United States troops were launching an invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada. Considering that Grenada does not have an army, Pentagon officials predicted that complete takeover of the island would go quickly and without U.S. casualties. Democratic members of Congress praised the invasion. “It worked for Reagan,” said one Democratic spokesman who requested anonymity, “so why shouldn’t it work for Biden?”   read more
  • Revealed: Republican Infiltrators Created “Defund the Police”!

    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    “I paid some black guys to infiltrate the Black Lives Matter movement and start chanting, ‘Defund the Police.’ It worked perfectly. It galvanized frightened whites to get out and vote against pro-crime Democrats. If Trump hadn’t f---up the Covid issue, we would have swept both houses of Congress and kept the White House. But don’t worry. We’ll push the same phrase in the 2022 elections."   read more
  • Republicans Agree to D.C. Statehood…on One Condition

    Monday, May 03, 2021
    In a breakthrough announcement, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) declared that Republicans will accept the District of Colombia as the 51st state on the condition that, at the same time, Congress and President Joe Biden give approval to a 52nd state: West Wyoming.   read more
  • JPMorgan Chase’s Soccer Super League

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    Twelve of the richest teams from England, Spain and Italy have announced the formation of a breakaway Super League (without consulting the players, of course). Each team would be guaranteed revenue of at least $250 million. Where would this enormous sum of money come from? From the United States. Specifically from JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank.   read more

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  • Electoral Advice for the Democratic and Republican Parties

    Monday, February 22, 2021
    Democrats: If Donald Trump had not been such a weak and hapless candidate, the Democrats would have been wiped out across the board. Republicans: if the Republicans want to increase their power, they need to make swing voters afraid of the Democrats, while at the same time limiting the number of Democrats who vote and weakening the power of those who do by gerrymandering the districts in the states they control.   read more
  • Republican Leaders Urge Socially Distancing…From Donald Trump

    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Many Republican politicians and TV and radio pundits who had previously denied the existence of the Trumpdemic, now admit that it really exists, and that this virus has caused the deaths of thousands of American citizens and others. They are urging their followers to stay as far away as possible from Donald Trump and his family. The politicians are also promoting the wearing of masks in public in order to avoid being recognized.   read more
  • Trump Orders National Covid Lockdown…But Not for Everyone

    Monday, November 23, 2020
    Trump announced the immediate imposition of a national lockdown in response to the skyrocketing number of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. However, the lockdown will only apply to certain Americans, based on their income group. American household members with annual incomes of less than $50,000 will be placed on full lockdown. “They can go out to buy food and medicine,” said Trump, “if they can afford it.”   read more

Unusual News

  • Hire Donald Trump for Your Wedding!

    Monday, April 05, 2021
    If you want to put some excitement into your wedding celebration, hire Donald Trump to speak! No size too small—and he promises to mention the names of the bride and groom at least once.   read more
  • Donald Trump Claims Antifa and Black Lives Matter Infiltrated his Brain

    Tuesday, February 09, 2021
    Donald Trump ordered his current lawyers to present an unusual defense of the various crimes he is accused of committing: incitement to riot and insurrection, obstruction of justice, financial fraud and lying on his tax returns and more. Trump says that as soon as he became the Republican candidate for president, Antifa and Black Lives Matter infiltrated his brain and caused him to say things he didn’t believe.   read more
  • President Trump Apologizes for Coronavirus Deaths

    Monday, May 11, 2020
    In a series of tweets, Trump said, “I’m sorry I didn’t act sooner and I’m sorry that I’ve pushed to open up the country before the pandemic is under control. As you know, I’ve added my name to the stimulus checks that Americans have received. Now I’ve asked to add my name to the death certificates of all Americans who die of the coronavirus from now on.”   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • The $20 Bill: Andrew Jackson or Harriet Tubman?

    Monday, August 03, 2020
    With all the talk of taking down statues and changing the names of buildings, isn’t it time that we talk about the presence of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill? Jackson was actually a slave trader who made his fortune buying and selling African-Americans. What he did to Native Americans was even worse. He forced an estimated 46,000 Native Americans off their ancestral lands and turned over the land to white people. Thousands of Cherokee died on the Trail of Tears, walking to what is now Oklahoma.   read more
  • 4 Programs that Both Obama and Trump Want to Eliminate

    Monday, May 01, 2017
    It sometimes seems that the differences between the priorities of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are so great that they can’t agree on anything. Not so. Here are four programs that President Barack Obama’s last budget and President Donald Trump’s first budget proposed for complete elimination.   read more
  • Reducing Aircrafts’ Bathroom Size Increases Airline Profits and Decreases Passenger Safety

    Saturday, December 24, 2016
    AFA-CWA's Sara Nelson said that “doors of these restrooms open into each other, creating safety issues. There are a lot of injuries, with smashed fingers, doors hitting people, bumps and bruises.” She said the rear cabin restroom doors also create a barricade, limiting the ability of crew to help a passenger in trouble. Some parents with small kids say they can't help their kids in the toilet unless the door stays open. Large-size passengers are at a loss.   read more

Controversies

  • Decontaminating the White House

    Monday, October 12, 2020
    Donald Trump paid $750 a year in taxes so that he, as president, could receive top-of-the-line medical care for his Covid infection. The rest of us, including White House workers, are not so lucky. First Lady Melania Trump has promised these employees that their environment will be safe, but can one really trust this family to do what they say or even, if sincere, to know how to do it?   read more
  • Suicide Cult Urges Increased Coronavirus Deaths

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    Members of the Trumpianity religion are urging their co-religionists to end anti-coronavirus restrictions and expose themselves to the Covid-19 virus in order to martyr themselves with the goal of increasing their leader’s power. A protest organizer, Sharpie Bellicose, went a step further. “I’m glad to die to help Trumpianity. But before I die, I intend to infect at least three Democrats. That way my martyrdom will be really useful.”   read more
  • Trump Wills White House and Presidency to Daughter Ivanka

    Monday, August 12, 2019
    Sources close to President Donald Trump report that in updating his will, in case of his death while in office, he has given the White House and the presidency of the United States to his daughter, Ivanka. When Trump’s lawyers explained that the United States Constitution guarantees presidential elections, Trump came up with his definitive argument: “So what? Who’s going to stop me?” (satire)   read more

U.S. and the World

  • USA Passes Italy and UK in Covid-19 Deaths Per Million

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    The United States now has more Covid deaths per million than Italy. Remember when Americans sneered at the Italians and the Chinese because they were experiencing so many deaths? Now, in other countries, they shake their heads and wonder how the United States could have gotten it so wrong. Italy and China were caught by surprise, and deaths rose quickly. The U.S. has no such excuse.   read more
  • Trump’s Obsession with Venezuela and Iran in One Chart

    Monday, May 27, 2019
    Of all the dictatorships in the world, President Donald Trump has zeroed in on creating regime change—by economic sanctions and/or war—in just two: Venezuela and Iran. He and his team have tried to convince Americans that these two countries are the biggest threats to U.S. national security. This is a real stretch, particularly in the case of Venezuela. So, what is really motivating Trump? Take a look at this chart   read more
  • Omar al-Bashir, World’s Worst Dictator, Overthrown at Last

    Friday, April 12, 2019
    Back in 2006, I wrote a book called Tyrants: The World’s 20 Worst Living Dictators. I gave the dubious honor of first place to Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. Now, 13 years later, Bashir has finally been overthrown. Unfortunately, the man who led the military coup that overthrew Bashir is General Awad ibn Ouf, who, since 2006, has been financially sanctioned by the U.S. government for his role in the genocidal attacks carried out in the Darfur region of Sudan.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Trump Lists Qualities for Supreme Court Nominee

    Monday, September 21, 2020
    AllGov correspondent Sidney Finster asked President Trump what qualities he was looking for in the nominee. “Well,” replied Trump, “she has to be a woman, the younger the better. She has to be nice to look at, and she needs to be good on television, particularly on Fox News.” “What about her positions on issues?” Finster persisted. “That’s important too,” Trump assured Finster. “If she can help me win Florida or Pennsylvania or Georgia, that would help.”   read more
  • Director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy: Who Is Chris Fall?

    Monday, July 16, 2018
    In August 2014, Fall was made assistant director for defense programs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, also serving as acting lead for national security and international affairs policy. Fall left the White House in August 2017. Fall was given his post at ARPA-E in January 2018. President Donald Trump has twice attempted to zero out funding for the agency, which provides grants for experimental energy projects.   read more
  • Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Kassa Tekleberhan?

    Monday, July 02, 2018
    In October 2015, he was named minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Areas Development. There, he promoted a policy of “villagization,” moving families from the country into villages. After Ethiopia’s longtime leader and human rights abuser Meles Zenawi died in 2012, Tekleberhan became the vice chairman of the Meles Zenawi Foundation.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST)

    The Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians was set up to oversee and reform management and accountability of policies and practices regarding Indian funds held in trust by the Federal Government. Then two years after it was created,...   more

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  • Uzbekistan

    The most populous country in Central Asia, Uzbekistan was of little interest to the outside world until, in the days following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the United States was attracted to its 85-mile border with Afghanistan. ...   more

Nations

Meet Your Government

  • Siegel, Ned

    Ned L. Siegel graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Connecticut in 1973 and received a Juris Doctorate from the Dickinson School of Law in 1976. He was a law clerk for Chief Justice Mitchell H. Cohen in the Federal District Court in Camd...   more

Blog

  • Dying Alone During Coronavirus

    My children, my grandchildren, my friends. You weep; you try to smile; you blow one more kiss goodbye. I am dying alone so that you may live. (photo: David Ryder, Reuters}   more
  • Why Do They Hate Us? A 20-Year Update

    Monday, September 13, 2021
    In the days following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, many people I spoke with simply could not understand why anyone, anywhere, would not like Americans, even if it was just a few dozen fanatics. In one form or another, they asked: Why do they hate us? Back in 2001, I tried to address this question in a short essay I wrote one month after the attacks.   read more
  • Biden Announces U.S. Invasion of Grenada

    Wednesday, September 01, 2021
    President Joe Biden announced that United States troops were launching an invasion of the Caribbean island nation of Grenada. Considering that Grenada does not have an army, Pentagon officials predicted that complete takeover of the island would go quickly and without U.S. casualties. Democratic members of Congress praised the invasion. “It worked for Reagan,” said one Democratic spokesman who requested anonymity, “so why shouldn’t it work for Biden?”   read more
  • Revealed: Republican Infiltrators Created “Defund the Police”!

    Thursday, June 03, 2021
    “I paid some black guys to infiltrate the Black Lives Matter movement and start chanting, ‘Defund the Police.’ It worked perfectly. It galvanized frightened whites to get out and vote against pro-crime Democrats. If Trump hadn’t f---up the Covid issue, we would have swept both houses of Congress and kept the White House. But don’t worry. We’ll push the same phrase in the 2022 elections."   read more
  • Republicans Agree to D.C. Statehood…on One Condition

    Monday, May 03, 2021
    In a breakthrough announcement, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) declared that Republicans will accept the District of Colombia as the 51st state on the condition that, at the same time, Congress and President Joe Biden give approval to a 52nd state: West Wyoming.   read more
  • JPMorgan Chase’s Soccer Super League

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021
    Twelve of the richest teams from England, Spain and Italy have announced the formation of a breakaway Super League (without consulting the players, of course). Each team would be guaranteed revenue of at least $250 million. Where would this enormous sum of money come from? From the United States. Specifically from JPMorgan Chase, the largest U.S. bank.   read more

Top Stories

  • Electoral Advice for the Democratic and Republican Parties

    Monday, February 22, 2021
    Democrats: If Donald Trump had not been such a weak and hapless candidate, the Democrats would have been wiped out across the board. Republicans: if the Republicans want to increase their power, they need to make swing voters afraid of the Democrats, while at the same time limiting the number of Democrats who vote and weakening the power of those who do by gerrymandering the districts in the states they control.   read more
  • Republican Leaders Urge Socially Distancing…From Donald Trump

    Monday, January 11, 2021
    Many Republican politicians and TV and radio pundits who had previously denied the existence of the Trumpdemic, now admit that it really exists, and that this virus has caused the deaths of thousands of American citizens and others. They are urging their followers to stay as far away as possible from Donald Trump and his family. The politicians are also promoting the wearing of masks in public in order to avoid being recognized.   read more
  • Trump Orders National Covid Lockdown…But Not for Everyone

    Monday, November 23, 2020
    Trump announced the immediate imposition of a national lockdown in response to the skyrocketing number of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths. However, the lockdown will only apply to certain Americans, based on their income group. American household members with annual incomes of less than $50,000 will be placed on full lockdown. “They can go out to buy food and medicine,” said Trump, “if they can afford it.”   read more

Unusual News

  • Hire Donald Trump for Your Wedding!

    Monday, April 05, 2021
    If you want to put some excitement into your wedding celebration, hire Donald Trump to speak! No size too small—and he promises to mention the names of the bride and groom at least once.   read more
  • Donald Trump Claims Antifa and Black Lives Matter Infiltrated his Brain

    Tuesday, February 09, 2021
    Donald Trump ordered his current lawyers to present an unusual defense of the various crimes he is accused of committing: incitement to riot and insurrection, obstruction of justice, financial fraud and lying on his tax returns and more. Trump says that as soon as he became the Republican candidate for president, Antifa and Black Lives Matter infiltrated his brain and caused him to say things he didn’t believe.   read more
  • President Trump Apologizes for Coronavirus Deaths

    Monday, May 11, 2020
    In a series of tweets, Trump said, “I’m sorry I didn’t act sooner and I’m sorry that I’ve pushed to open up the country before the pandemic is under control. As you know, I’ve added my name to the stimulus checks that Americans have received. Now I’ve asked to add my name to the death certificates of all Americans who die of the coronavirus from now on.”   read more

Where is the Money Going?

  • The $20 Bill: Andrew Jackson or Harriet Tubman?

    Monday, August 03, 2020
    With all the talk of taking down statues and changing the names of buildings, isn’t it time that we talk about the presence of Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill? Jackson was actually a slave trader who made his fortune buying and selling African-Americans. What he did to Native Americans was even worse. He forced an estimated 46,000 Native Americans off their ancestral lands and turned over the land to white people. Thousands of Cherokee died on the Trail of Tears, walking to what is now Oklahoma.   read more
  • 4 Programs that Both Obama and Trump Want to Eliminate

    Monday, May 01, 2017
    It sometimes seems that the differences between the priorities of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party are so great that they can’t agree on anything. Not so. Here are four programs that President Barack Obama’s last budget and President Donald Trump’s first budget proposed for complete elimination.   read more
  • Reducing Aircrafts’ Bathroom Size Increases Airline Profits and Decreases Passenger Safety

    Saturday, December 24, 2016
    AFA-CWA's Sara Nelson said that “doors of these restrooms open into each other, creating safety issues. There are a lot of injuries, with smashed fingers, doors hitting people, bumps and bruises.” She said the rear cabin restroom doors also create a barricade, limiting the ability of crew to help a passenger in trouble. Some parents with small kids say they can't help their kids in the toilet unless the door stays open. Large-size passengers are at a loss.   read more

Controversies

  • Decontaminating the White House

    Monday, October 12, 2020
    Donald Trump paid $750 a year in taxes so that he, as president, could receive top-of-the-line medical care for his Covid infection. The rest of us, including White House workers, are not so lucky. First Lady Melania Trump has promised these employees that their environment will be safe, but can one really trust this family to do what they say or even, if sincere, to know how to do it?   read more
  • Suicide Cult Urges Increased Coronavirus Deaths

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020
    Members of the Trumpianity religion are urging their co-religionists to end anti-coronavirus restrictions and expose themselves to the Covid-19 virus in order to martyr themselves with the goal of increasing their leader’s power. A protest organizer, Sharpie Bellicose, went a step further. “I’m glad to die to help Trumpianity. But before I die, I intend to infect at least three Democrats. That way my martyrdom will be really useful.”   read more
  • Trump Wills White House and Presidency to Daughter Ivanka

    Monday, August 12, 2019
    Sources close to President Donald Trump report that in updating his will, in case of his death while in office, he has given the White House and the presidency of the United States to his daughter, Ivanka. When Trump’s lawyers explained that the United States Constitution guarantees presidential elections, Trump came up with his definitive argument: “So what? Who’s going to stop me?” (satire)   read more

U.S. and the World

  • USA Passes Italy and UK in Covid-19 Deaths Per Million

    Wednesday, September 23, 2020
    The United States now has more Covid deaths per million than Italy. Remember when Americans sneered at the Italians and the Chinese because they were experiencing so many deaths? Now, in other countries, they shake their heads and wonder how the United States could have gotten it so wrong. Italy and China were caught by surprise, and deaths rose quickly. The U.S. has no such excuse.   read more
  • Trump’s Obsession with Venezuela and Iran in One Chart

    Monday, May 27, 2019
    Of all the dictatorships in the world, President Donald Trump has zeroed in on creating regime change—by economic sanctions and/or war—in just two: Venezuela and Iran. He and his team have tried to convince Americans that these two countries are the biggest threats to U.S. national security. This is a real stretch, particularly in the case of Venezuela. So, what is really motivating Trump? Take a look at this chart   read more
  • Omar al-Bashir, World’s Worst Dictator, Overthrown at Last

    Friday, April 12, 2019
    Back in 2006, I wrote a book called Tyrants: The World’s 20 Worst Living Dictators. I gave the dubious honor of first place to Omar al-Bashir of Sudan. Now, 13 years later, Bashir has finally been overthrown. Unfortunately, the man who led the military coup that overthrew Bashir is General Awad ibn Ouf, who, since 2006, has been financially sanctioned by the U.S. government for his role in the genocidal attacks carried out in the Darfur region of Sudan.   read more

Appointments and Resignations

  • Trump Lists Qualities for Supreme Court Nominee

    Monday, September 21, 2020
    AllGov correspondent Sidney Finster asked President Trump what qualities he was looking for in the nominee. “Well,” replied Trump, “she has to be a woman, the younger the better. She has to be nice to look at, and she needs to be good on television, particularly on Fox News.” “What about her positions on issues?” Finster persisted. “That’s important too,” Trump assured Finster. “If she can help me win Florida or Pennsylvania or Georgia, that would help.”   read more
  • Director of the Office of Science in the Department of Energy: Who Is Chris Fall?

    Monday, July 16, 2018
    In August 2014, Fall was made assistant director for defense programs at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, also serving as acting lead for national security and international affairs policy. Fall left the White House in August 2017. Fall was given his post at ARPA-E in January 2018. President Donald Trump has twice attempted to zero out funding for the agency, which provides grants for experimental energy projects.   read more
  • Ethiopia’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Kassa Tekleberhan?

    Monday, July 02, 2018
    In October 2015, he was named minister of Federal Affairs and Pastoral Areas Development. There, he promoted a policy of “villagization,” moving families from the country into villages. After Ethiopia’s longtime leader and human rights abuser Meles Zenawi died in 2012, Tekleberhan became the vice chairman of the Meles Zenawi Foundation.   read more

Domestic Policy/Agency of the Day

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting

    The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) was created to foster non-commercial public radio and television programming, including educational, cultural and civic programs. Supported through a combination of government funding, state funding...   more

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Foreign Policy/Nation of the Day

  • Russia

    From the end of World War II to almost the end of the 20th century, the relationship between the United States and that of Russia’s predecessor, the Soviet Union, was the most dominant of any two countries in the world. Locked into a Cold War o...   more

Nations

Meet Your Government

  • Bechtle, Nancy

    Nancy Hellman Bechtle was appointed to the Presidio Trust board of directors by President George W. Bush in 2008. She took over as chair of the board in January 2010. The Presidio Trust is a federal corporation created by Congress to manage the...   more

Blog

  • Dying Alone During Coronavirus

    My children, my grandchildren, my friends. You weep; you try to smile; you blow one more kiss goodbye. I am dying alone so that you may live. (photo: David Ryder, Reuters}   more

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