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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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks from the State Department briefing room on June 13, 2019 in Washington, DC. Pompeo said, "It is the assessment of the U.S. government that Iran is responsible for today's attacks in the Gulf of Oman. These attacks are a threat to international peace and security, a blatant assault on the freedom of navigation, and an unacceptable escalation of tension by Iran." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 13, 2019
I Don't Trust This Administration* With a Lemon Zester, Let Alone a War With Iran
I am not buying this in the least. I remember the Iraq lies. I know this administration is truthless from top to bottom and all the way out both sides. I don't trust the Saudi government as far as I can throw a bone saw. And this president* feels very much like he's being run to ground at the...
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What is being attempted here is the de facto redefinition of the powers of the Legislative Branch by members of the Executive. (Photo: CHIP SOMODEVILLA/Getty Images) Views
Friday, May 24, 2019
This Is Pure Authoritarian Audacity
Right now, every couple of hours, the United States starts lurching toward some sort of military confrontation with Iran, and then it lurches back. It's what The Guns of August would have read like if it had been written by Tom Robbins. It makes the high diplomacy portrayed in Duck Soup look like...
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Will the Democrats ever learn a) how to message and b) that the press, no matter what conservatives say, is not their friend? (Photo: Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 16, 2019
I No Longer Believe House Democrats Will Uphold Their Constitutional Duty
As John Mitchell, realizing that he was busted, once said to Carl Bernstein: "Good god." From CNBC, via the Washington Post : Nadler, who would preside over impeachment proceedings in the House, also expressed frustration with Attorney General William P. Barr during the interview with CNBC , at one...
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 Legally, given an unbiased court, Barr and the White House he serves don't have legs to waddle on. (Photo: Win McNameeGetty Images) Views
Thursday, May 02, 2019
William Barr Is Orchestrating a Slow-Rolling Coup Against the Constitutional Order
So, the Attorney General of the United States, having presumably reassembled his gizzard after Senator Kamala Harris took it apart for him on live television , spit in the eye of the constitutional order by refusing to honor a pair of subpoenas from the House Judiciary Committee—one for an...
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Barr seriously argued that the president* couldn't be expected to follow the law because he was frustrated and mad. (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, April 18, 2019
William Barr Is a Complete Tool. It's Time for Robert Mueller to Testify
The day after five burglars in the employ of a presidential re-election campaign were caught in the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, a former cop named Tony Ulascewicz was called to a meeting on a park bench not far from the White House. Waiting for him were White House counsel...
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Even a stunning defeat in the 2020 election will not be enough. (Photo: Win McNamee/ Getty Images) Views
Thursday, December 27, 2018
The Republican Party as Presently Constituted Must Be Torn Down to Its Foundations. The Planet Depends on It.
So, over the weekend, another child died in the custody of the United States because of the president*'s brainless immigration policy. The president* flew halfway around the world for a 30-minute photo-op with some soldiers because he was shamed into doing so, and this was shortly after he was...
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How's about you all get together and fight like hell to keep this gombeen off the federal bench. (Photo: Alex Brandon/AP/REX/Shutterstock) Views
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Thomas Farr Is a Hack Too Far
Comes now another test for Ben Sasse, and Susan Collins, and all the other Republicans who are terribly dismayed over the vandal in the White House, and what he is doing to our precious national dialogue and to our democratic institutions. How's about you all get together and fight like hell to...
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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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