Philip Rotner

2024 Presidential Election

The Toxic Good Intentions of Third-Party Candidates

Like most ex-smokers, I made countless attempts to quit before I finally got one to stick. That was decades ago,…

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Courts and Law

Trump’s “I Mindlessly Declassified the Mar-a-Lago Documents” Defense

THE OVERHEATED PUBLIC DEBATE over whether Donald Trump really did casually declassify more than 300 classified documents on his way…

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Courts and Law

Justice Alito’s Abortion Meltdown

Dealing with abortion issues seems to be driving Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito crazy. Justice Alito’s bizarrely off-point opinion in…

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2020 Presidential Election

Sorry Doubters, But Bragg Was Right to Indict Trump

It’s easy to understand the public angst about Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s indictment of Donald Trump. To many, including…

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2020 Presidential Election

The Fake Elector Scheme Could Land Trump In Jail

On December 14, 2020, Republican operatives in at least five states – each of which had already officially certified Joe…

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Courts and Law

It’s Time To Indict Donald Trump

The long saga of the government’s nearly two-year effort to identify and retrieve classified documents (among other government property) stolen…

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Courts and Law

Trump’s Company Guilty of Fraud, Financial Crimes

The Trump Organization’s website features a 4,000-plus-word tribute to its eponymous founder. This tedious, nearly unreadable paean to the wonder…

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Courts and Law

Will the Supreme Court Go Narrow or Broad in Ruling on Free Speech vs. Equal Protection?

The Supreme Court is now faced with the seemingly thankless task of declaring winners and losers between people who insist…

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Courts and Law

Here’s Why This Seditious Conspiracy Verdict Matters

A jury in Federal District Court in Washington delivered a reassuring—but somewhat puzzling—split decision on Tuesday convicting Oath Keepers founder Stewart…

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Courts and Law

‘But Her Emails’—Trump’s Dishonest Whataboutism

In defense of the proposition that Donald Trump has been the victim of “unequal application of rules and practices,” Alan…

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