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, February 10, 2018
The GOP Monster Is Out of the Lab
Folks haven’t been hipped to this yet, but the Texas Republican party is completely outside of its mind at the moment. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is refusing to let Sandra Bullock film her Wendy Davis biopic in the actual chamber where Davis held the floor for 13 hours in 2013 to delay passage...
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"In the real world, and especially in the lives of every American who is not an oligarch, this master plan has come at a terrible cost." (Photo: Reuters/Gary Cameron) Views
Thursday, February 08, 2018
Republican Ruthlessness and Democratic Ineptitude Got Us Here
On Wednesday, Salon published a remarkable piece based on documents it sprung from various places, including the inner sanctums of Republican organizations, that paints almost a complete picture of how that party got itself ahead in the long game of redistricting our politics to its complete...
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Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Where Do Republicans Go From Here?
“A shepherd must isolate such an animal (with scrapie) from healthy stock immediately because it is infectious and can cause serious harm to the flock.” — German agricultural publication, 1759. Scrapie is a prion disease, similar in its effect to Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease)...
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Saturday, January 27, 2018
The Un-American ICE
When the damage done by this administration* is toted up, assuming there will be somebody left to count the cost, the unleashing of Border Patrol and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement division, and the subsequent depredations thereof, are going to rank right at the top of the list. If you...
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"We already know the winning presidential campaign was redolent of herring and vodka." (Photo: Getty) Views
Friday, January 19, 2018
Who Else Was Handling Russian Money in 2016?
Life is full of wonderful surprises, like this little goodie bag from the McClatchy folks. The FBI is investigating whether a top Russian banker with ties to the Kremlin illegally funneled money to the National Rifle Association to help Donald Trump win the presidency, two sources familiar with the...
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"The brains behind this latest move is Seema Verma, a conservative healthcare specialist out of Indiana, where she worked for the administrations of both the overrated Mitch Daniels and the unrated Mike Pence." (Photo: Getty) Views
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Trumpian Philosophy: Any Regulation Is Bad, Even If It Protects Sick Old People
In about five years or so, somewhere in the neighborhood of 25 to 50 Pulitzer Prize winners are going to have this administration* to thank. This is because nothing is a greater boon to investigative journalism than the kind of soulless, reckless deregulation in which the president* and his...
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"Jesus God Almighty, what a fake." (Photo: Getty) Views
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
The Only Way Paul Ryan Wins Is if Millions of Americans Lose
If you want to be a good American citizen, and an American citizen that likes to believe that we are a nation that has progressed at all in establishing social justice, a viable social-safety net, and at least a passing attempt at achieving social and economic equality, here is what you have to do...
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"Mike Pompeo is just an unqualified nebbish who’ll be promoted, if he is, because he climbed on board the Trump Train when everybody else was running away from it." Views
Friday, December 01, 2017
What Tom Cotton Would Mean for the CIA
If he really gets the fast shuffle out of town , I’m not going to miss Rex Tillerson as much as I miss what used to be the State Department before Rex took over. But if the post-Rex options really are Mike Pompeo at State and Tom Cotton at CIA, then I’m going to burn a goat carcass to Baal to...
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The movement for this convention was born in the dark-money plutocracy of the current American political system. Views
Thursday, November 09, 2017
Sorry, But American Democracy Is Still Edging Closer to Disaster
Are you ready to have your mellow harshed just a little? On Tuesday, when nobody was looking, the state of Wisconsin brought the country a step closer to a constitutional bloodbath unseen since 1789. The Wisconsin state senate voted, 19-14, to join the call for an Article V convention of the states...
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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Republicans Need a Better Response Besides Quitting
This is something of an earthquake , and the epicenter for the moment is in The Arizona Republic . Condemning the nastiness of Republican politics in the era of President Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Flake on Tuesday announced he will serve out the remainder of his term but will not seek re-election in...
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