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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Saturday, July 22, 2017
The Lying Will Now Be Smoother and More Telegenic
There are two things I decline to do about the departure of Sean Spicer from behind his White House podium : 1) Care, and 2) Sympathize. As to the first, it doesn't matter a damn to the country who the next marquee liar representing Camp Runamuck is. Any TV reporter who starts talking about how the...
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Monday, July 03, 2017
This 21st Century Modern Presidency Is a Spectacular Sh*tshow
While we were all beginning the celebration of the nation's founding by plumbing the depths of 21 st Century Modern Day Presidenting, which looked a great deal like 20 th Century Modern Day SummerSlam, and while Chris Christie embarked on a new stage in his effort to end his governorship with an...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017
It Is Time for Donald Trump to Leave the White House
The other day, Michelle Goldberg, writing in Slate , made this excellent point: In response to the argument that ridding the country of President* Donald Trump only would worsen the political polarization in the country, perhaps to the point of actual widespread violence, Goldberg argued that, if...
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Friday, May 12, 2017
This Feels Like a Turning Point
When we last left Camp Runamuck, and it was only this morning , there was some question as to whether the walls of the East Room ought to be discreetly padded. Since then, and it's only been about six hours, every single element of the most recent account of why the president* iced James Comey had...
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
This Is Not a Healthcare Bill
Good morning, suckers. Obviously, we'll have more to say about the political effects of the "scoring" of the Republican proposal to change the way that Americans obtain the peace of mind that comes with actually having health insurance. But the Congressional Budget Office—about which the president...
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Monday, November 14, 2016
Why Hiring Steve Bannon Is the Same as Hiring David Duke
As I pointed out on the electric Twitter machine over the weekend, appointing Steve Bannon to an important position within the White House is precisely the same as appointing David Duke to an important position within the White House. (If you want to quibble that I'm wrong because Bannon doesn't...
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Friday, September 09, 2016
Are We Just Going to Pretend Another President Didn't Give Iran Their Money?
Now that Congress is back in session, it's time to do the people's business again. So let's get on with the nuisance hearings again, shall we? Topic A: Thanks to the McClatchy folks, let's look in on the scandal that is the administration's giving Iran its own fcking money back. GOP Rep. Sean Duffy...
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Friday, August 05, 2016
I Spent the Day with Trump's Undying Fans in Maine
PORTLAND, MAINE—Somehow, my press credentialing e-mails from the Trump campaign keep getting blown off the porch of the Intertoobz. So, on Thursday, I decided to be just another face in the crowd at an event at the Merrill Auditorium, a lovely old piece of big government memorabilia attached to...
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Friday, February 12, 2016
Bernie Sanders Is Changing Hillary Clinton One Day (and One Debate) at a Time
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN—Ms. Nina Turner of Ohio, a state legislator and onetime candidate for Secretary of State, and probably the MVP of any spin room into which she steps, seemed a bit perturbed at Hillary Rodham Clinton's sudden transformation into Soul Sister No. 1. "As [Bernie Sanders] said,...
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Friday, February 05, 2016
Here's What Happens When Hillary and Bernie Try to Out-Progressive Each Other
DURHAM, NEW HAMPSHIRE—As it should be obvious by now, the next nothingburger on the Clinton side of the menu is, "Release the transcripts! Why won't you release the transcripts? What do you have to hide in those transcripts?" To be honest, I, too, would like to know what Hillary Rodham Clinton said...
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