Charles P. Pierce

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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Sunday, October 14, 2018
There's a Lot of Talk About 'Mobs' These Days. Let Me Refer You to the Constitutional Convention
I've been thinking a lot about mobs recently. The word's been getting tossed around a lot these days, mostly by Republicans, who were inconvenienced over one weekend in their attempt to put a credible accused sex offender, and the Edward Scissorhands of the topiary of the truth, on the Supreme...
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Given the choice between Young Ben Sasse and his cautious prudence and Mitch McConnell's outright cynicism and bulldozer politics, I'll take the latter every time, because at the very least it is free from what Mr. Lincoln once called "the base alloy of hypocrisy."(Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, October 05, 2018
Ben Sasse Is Sad. Ben Sasse Is a Hypocrite.
As an ambitious young senator with plans for the future, Young Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, has a brand to protect. In brief, Young Ben Sasse's brand is that we all should love each other more, send our kids to dairy-farm boot camp, and, by all means, don't take the politics that are...
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 'The fact is that Brett Kavanaugh is a Republican political animal." (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
Brett Kavanaugh Is a Lifelong Republican Operative and Will Rule Like One
So, at the end of a long and noisy and farcical day, Judge Brett Kavanaugh finally got to tell the Senate Judiciary Committee what a great guy he is. It was not impressive. Throughout my life, I have tried to serve the common good, in keeping with my Jesuit high school's motto, "men for others." I...
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"This is a mortal blow to the administration*, which may stagger around for a year or so before it falls over and crushes people, but there is no way I can see that this gets any better for the president* or the people around him." (Photo:Getty) Views
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
I Lived Through Watergate. I Lived Through the Saturday Night Massacre. There Never Was Anything Like This
Nobody can deny that this already is the single most awesome infrastructure week ever. For a long moment on Tuesday afternoon, the Deputy Finance Director of the Republican National Committee, and the president*'s longtime fixer, was copping a plea; the president*'s former campaign manager was...
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"The rest of the story is a sorry tale of the revolving door between industry lobbyists and the institutions that are supposed to keep the rest of us safe from industry excesses." (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 20, 2018
Trump's Deregulation Frenzy Isn't Trumpism, It's Republicanism
In keeping with our theme of Monday morning, we note that, on Tuesday, the administration* plans to implement more of its Child Asthma and Planetary Extinction Program Plan by rolling back a whole host of clean-air regulations. The point man on this is a cat named William Wehrum, who has been...
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"This is Alaska's North Slope, which already was heavily drilled and which the current administration and its landlords are planning to turn into another bonanza for themselves." (Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, August 10, 2018
Climate Change Destroys the Lives of the Poorest Human Beings First
We begin our tour in West Virginia, where the state supreme court apparently became so swampy that it has made the state legislature there want to holler, throw up both its hands, as Marvin Gaye once counseled—and in the loudest possible way, too. The legislature is moving toward impeaching the lot...
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"Dunlap laid out quite clearly the obvious fact that the commission's true purpose was to validate the president*'s horse-hockey about how three to five million illegal votes were cast."(Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty) Views
Monday, August 06, 2018
This Was as Grave an Attack on Our Democracy as the Russian Meddling
Matt Dunlap is the Secretary of State in Maine, which means he is a Democratic official working in the same state government as the country's worst governor, human bowling-jacket Paul LePage. He also was chosen to be one of four Democratic politicians on the president*'s blessedly forgotten...
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"The 28-year-old Democratic Socialist ended the career of Joe Crowley, a 14-year incumbent who was even-money to be the Speaker of a Democratic House one day." (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
Anything Can Happen: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Victory Shows Stunning Energy of the Democrats' Progressive Arm
There’s a lot to be said about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s earthquake of an upset in the Democratic primary to represent the 14th Congressional District of New York. The 28-year-old Democratic Socialist ended the career of Joe Crowley, a 14-year incumbent who was even-money to be the Speaker of a...
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United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley withdrew the United States from the U.N.’s Human Rights Council. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Just Another Day Where the United States Completely Abandons Its Commitments to the World
Naturally, while the nation’s attention has been drawn by the administration*’s human rights disaster at the country’s southern border, the administration* has been up to the usual mischief elsewhere. The moves have a number of things in common, and to which we all have become accustomed—namely,...
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"The Republican party abandoned its political innocence long ago."(Photo: Getty) Views
Tuesday, June 05, 2018
Trump Has Access to Everything A Dictator Could Want
Here’s what I learned during my brief sabbatical last week: if you ignore it, it only gets worse. The president*, installed at least in part by ratfckers in the employ of a former KGB thug now running a murderous kleptocracy, has at his easy disposal everything a dictator could possibly want. He...
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