Donald Trump

New Yorker writer calls Trump the most consequential president since George Washington, saying the president has “totally [changed] what’s going on on this continent in a couple of months.” more

Oct 24, 2017 9:32 AM News


Nessa Kessinger

Trump’s flirtation with racism and white nationalist groups is not new. But the precise mechanisms by which the administration and ally media outlets like Breitbart act as bridges to normalize hate groups is becoming increasingly clear. more

Oct 16, 2017 1:58 PM Democracy in Crisis


Anson Stevens-Bollen

If there is a single Trumpian ideology becoming clear after a chaotic nine months in office, it is white supremacy. And there is no way that will not color an election in the Deep South. more

Oct 2, 2017 2:54 PM Democracy in Crisis

Trump is finding it’s not so easy to build his promised wall. But there is one exception: it would be relatively straightforward to build a three-mile wall along a federally owned wildlife refuge. more

Oct 2, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion


David Michael Miller

Mayor Paul Soglin says Madison is being hit with a deluge of “horrendous” legislation from the state and the feds. Don’t say Soglin didn’t warn you. He probably had a press conference about it. more

Sep 28, 2017 6:10 AM News 1 Comments

House Speaker Paul Ryan is in his 20th year in Congress with a seemingly indomitable record at the ballot box. But ironworker Randy Bryce is unlike anyone who has ever challenged him. more

Sep 28, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 4 Comments

To go along with their new half-ironic religion, they created a purely digital (and imaginary) country called Kekistan and after the election they made Trump their God-Emperor. And they started getting flags made. more

Sep 25, 2017 4:36 PM Democracy in Crisis

Charlie Sykes is dumbfounded by accusations that his opposition to Trump is driven by expediency. While Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus moved into positions of influence, Sykes is out in the cold. “An opportunist goes with the power, not into exile.” more

Sep 14, 2017 5:00 AM Isthmus Cover Stories 6 Comments

When Sheriff Joe Arpaio “jokes” that his tent city is a “concentration camp,” we should take note. When he raids the homes of journalists, we should be on guard. When the president pardons him, this is a signal. more

Sep 4, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis

My Jewish uncle’s support for Trump has not wavered, even after the president referred to Nazi sympathizers as “fine people.” How can this be? more

Aug 28, 2017 10:35 AM Tell All 2 Comments

Although President Trump’s “please don’t be too nice” comment grabbed all the attention from a July 28 speech, he also applauded the use of military weaponry by police departments. more

Aug 7, 2017 6:00 AM Democracy in Crisis


David Michael Miller

Trump was right when he said the system was broken; he is proof of that. He is the culmination of our normal. By saying that the Trump regime is not normal, you give power to his followers who voted for him for exactly that reason. It validates them. more

Jul 31, 2017 1:09 PM Democracy in Crisis

I’m shocked that half the country cheers when Donald Trump degrades the press: I’m shocked that half the country have no problem with his insults of Mexicans and women. What can one man do to help change the country’s direction? more

Jul 31, 2017 5:00 AM Tell All

When he owned the pageant, Trump teamed up with a Russian oligarch to hold Miss Universe in Moscow. The oligarch’s son, who sang (badly) at the event, is the one who is reported to have set up the meeting with Donald, Jr. and a Russian lawyer. more

Jul 24, 2017 5:00 AM Tell All

No doubt about it, the 45th president has put America to the test. The good news is that our system of checks and balances is working. Happy Independence Day! more

Jul 4, 2017 5:00 AM Citizen Dave 2 Comments


David Michael Miller

For years, Paul Ryan remained popular at home — thanks, in part, to a press that anointed him a serious policy wonk. As speaker, pushing unpopular legislation under an unpopular president, he is in the spotlight in a way he has never been before. more

Jun 15, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Much of the bureau’s history is shameful. In 2015, Comey said he required agents to study the Bureau’s Martin Luther King Jr. files and other instances of injustice, “to insure that we remember our mistakes and that we learn from them.” more

Jun 12, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments


David Michael Miller

Loyalty to President Donald Trump could hurt the careers of two of Wisconsin’s most powerful Republicans - Reince Priebus, chief of staff for the President, and House Speaker Paul Ryan. more

Jun 8, 2017 5:00 AM Opinion

As the Vietnam War escalated in 1967, Ed Sanders and his band The Fugs performed an exorcism of the Pentagon. Fifty years later, Sanders performs “Exorcism of the White House” at the Lincoln Memorial. more

Jun 5, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis 1 Comments

There are differences between Andrew Jackson and Hitler and Trump. Two of the three are guilty of genocide. But neither Jackson nor Hitler actually had the capacity — in the form of nuclear weapons — to destroy the entire world. Trump does. more

May 29, 2017 5:00 AM Democracy in Crisis