Charles P. Pierce

Charles P. Pierce is a writer-at-large for Esquire and his work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Times Magazine, the Nation, the Atlantic, Sports Illustrated and The Chicago Tribune, among others.

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:30am
The American Government Is Open for Corruption
The remarkable story of how we have come to privatize political corruption in this country reached another milestone Wednesday as the Supreme Court, John Roberts presiding, handed down its decision in McCutcheon v. FEC, effectively demolishing the aggregate, two-year limit on contributions by...
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Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 8:59am
The State Of Our Union Is Long
Here are two takeaways from the most Clintonian speech Barack Obama ever gave.
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Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 2:29pm
The Reign Of Morons: The Presidenting
Was it just me, or was that as pissed-off as we're likely to see the president in public? Oh, he was still maddeningly vague about who really was behind the Reign Of Morons, all that talk about "the other side," without using the words, "Republicans," "conservatives," or "raving nutballs," and all that talk about the dangers of "the extremes,' as though Bernie Sanders was as relevant to the events of the past two weeks as Ted Cruz was. I resemble that remark, sir, and my seconds will be calling on you.
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Monday, October 7, 2013 - 11:24am
The Great Sucker Play
As we pass into the second week of the Reign Of The Morons, it is becoming increasingly clear that the Republicans who are running the show are doing so in a manner based on two apparently contradict
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 7:56am
Eric Holder Must Go
What in the several hundred names of god do these people think they're doing ?
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013 - 1:15pm
The Other Face Of Political Violence
Likely lost amid all lachrymose coverage of the act of political violence in Boston yesterday will be the release of a magisterial, non-partisan report concerning the decade of political violence organized and executed by the American government, and concerning the subsequent shameful abandonment by the current administration of its affirmative moral obligation to let the American people know fully what had been done in their
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Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 10:51am
Should Auld Civil Liberties Be Forgot?
Of course, while everyone in Washington, and the courtier press that serves them, were endlessly droning on and on about the Gentle Fiscal Incline, the Bill Of Rights closed out 2012 by having one of the worst weeks it's had in the two centuries of its existence.
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012 - 6:11am
Nothing Is Foreign to the Liar Willard Romney Anymore
BOCA RATON, Fla. — It was early in the proceedings here on Monday night when I was struck with a horrible vision.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012 - 8:09am
Paul Ryan Is the Newest New Nixon, a Moocher Belied
I think it was when he went to tears, one dab at each eye, while talking about his mother, that it became extraordinarily clear to me that there's a lot of old Dick Nixon in young Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny-starver from Janesville, Wisconsin. It was always floating around the edges of my perception as I listened to his well-crafted, competently delivered, and virtually substance-free acceptance speech on Wednesday night. There was the crass connection to "the working men and women," like himself.
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012 - 1:01pm
Waterboards, Drones, and the Drones Who Love Them
This past weekend in our politics, it was look-how-far-over-to-the-dark-side-we've-crawled time. Just as the various celebrity journalists, celebrity politicians, and celebrity celebrities were about done yucking it up at the White House Correspondents Dinner — and can I just say, for the record, that this is the biggest circle-jerk for the largest circle of jerks that there ever has been, like Guinness-level?
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