Of Crimes and Pardons

by Rebecca Gordon Memorial Day has come and gone and President Trump did not issue his pardons after all. There was substantial evidence that he was planning to use the yearly moment honoring the country’s war dead to grant executive… Continue Reading  

Bolton and Pompeo Defy the International Criminal Court

by Rebecca Gordon Events just fly by in the ever-accelerating rush of Trump Time, so it’s easy enough to miss important ones in the chaos. Paul Manafort is sentenced twice and indicted a third time! Whoosh! Gone! The Senate agrees… Continue Reading  

Making Sense of U.S. Moves in the Middle East

by Rebecca Gordon My father and I always had a tacit agreement: “We will never speak of That Part of the World.” He’d grown up in an Orthodox Jewish family in Norfolk, Virginia. His own father, a refugee from early-twentieth-century… Continue Reading  

Trump Drones On

by Rebecca Gordon They are like the camel’s nose, lifting a corner of the tent. Don’t be fooled, though. It won’t take long until the whole animal is sitting inside, sipping your tea and eating your sweets. In countries around… Continue Reading  

The President Plays with Matches, and the Whole World Burns

by Rebecca Gordon “I’ve just heard that my family home near Carpenteria is literally in flames at this moment,” a friend told me recently. She was particularly worried, she said, because “my mom has MS. She and my dad got… Continue Reading