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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A protest group called "Hot Mess" hold up signs of Jeffrey Epstein in front of the Federal courthouse on July 8, 2019 in New York City. According to reports, Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors. (Photo: Stephanie Keith/Getty Images) Views
Saturday, August 10, 2019
Nobody Will Ever Believe the Official Story of This Epstein Suicide
Absolutely nobody is going to believe any official story that comes out about this. From The New York Times : Mr. Epstein hung himself and his body was found this morning at roughly 7:30. Manhattan federal prosecutors last month charged Mr. Epstein , 66, with sex trafficking of girls as young as 14...
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 The president*, hard on the heels of his apartheid cosplay on the electric Twitter machine, announced a unilateral change in the country's asylum system. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/Getty Images) Views
Monday, July 15, 2019
The President* Is Now Arguing He's the Real Victim of His Own Bigotry
And another week in hell begins. The president* is demanding an apology from the members of Congress at whom he directed his racist slanders. He also has a new way to save us all from the "invasion" —one that is going to get him sued. And Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross woke up to find himself at...
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This whole fandango has been about scaring poor and desperate people. (Photo: Gage Skidmore/flickr/cc) Views
Friday, July 12, 2019
The Fear, Like the Cruelty, Is the Point
El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago, it appears, has decided that there isn't any more fun to have when you've pulled the wings off the last bug. At least for the moment, via The Hill : President Trump on Thursday is expected to issue an executive order directing the Commerce Department to collect...
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Occasionally, he hit something of substance and, more often, he just lit up the sky for a second and was gone. (Photo: Wally Mcnamee/Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Ross Perot Was a Big, Loud, Transformational Crank
The biggest contribution to American politics made by H. Ross Perot was that he took the messianic shine off the wonders of "free trade" as it was being sold by All The Right People in the 1990s, including a Democratic President. He opened a space for politicians to examine critically NAFTA and...
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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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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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