Opinion Journalism

Opinion Journalism and Long-Form Public Writings

NOTE: Opinions are my own and do not represent the views of Roosevelt University.


Kooks, Never-Maskers and Our Pandemic Death Toll: The High Cost of Republican Malevolence.Informed Comment, June 26th, 2020.

This time is different for Trump.” The Week, June 17th, 2020.

The authoritarian logic of killing protestors.Informed Comment, June 3rd, 2020.

Trump on tilt.The Week, May 28th, 2020.

How Trump lost his Electoral College edge to Biden.The Week, May 12th, 2020.

The Scum of All Fears: America declines the Trump administration’s invitation to die.Informed Comment, April 23rd, 2020.

America’s lurch toward ‘competitive authoritarianism.’ The Week, April 14th, 2020.

The political lessons of the 1918 pandemic.The Week, April 4th, 2020.

The Coronavirus reveals that America long since fell apart.” Informed Comment, March 30th, 2020.

The Dem Primary is Over and We Need Bernie Sanders to Lead on Health Care From the Senate.” Informed Comment, March 19th, 2020.

Coronavirus’ looming psychological crisisThe Week, March 19th, 2020.

How Bernie blew itThe Week, March 4th, 2020.

The 3 most likely Super Tuesday outcomes.” The Week, March 3rd, 2020.

Biden has the debate he needed.The Week, February 25th, 2020.

Bernie blows the casino doors off in Nevada.” The Week, February 22nd, 2020.

Authoritarians aren’t like Mao anymore. They’re like Trump.” The Week. February 13th, 2020.

Bernie the electable.The Week, February 11th, 2020.

2 winners and 3 losers from Iowa.The Week, February 7th, 2020.

Trump’s acquittal means there is no bottom.The Week, February 5th, 2020.

How Bernie Sanders could both win and lose in Iowa.The Week. February 3rd, 2020.

Mitch McConnell’s rare blunder.” The Week, January 30th, 2020.

Democrats walked right into Mitch McConnell’s trap.” The Week, January 23rd, 2020.

Trump is setting up a massive nuclear crisis with Iran.The Week, January 11th, 2020.

How to exit the Middle East and end up at war with Iran.The Week, January 7th, 2020.

Trump’s perilous delusions about Tehran.The Week, January 3rd, 2020.


Sondland just obliterated Trump and put the entire White House in peril.” The Week, November 21st, 2019.

The impeachment hearings have demolished Trump’s ‘deep state’ defense.” The Week, November 20th, 2019.

The GOP’s Ukraine conspiracy theory is going mainstream.” The Week, November 19th, 2019.

The House GOP’s impeachment gambit is extremely risky.The Week, November 14th, 2019.

Elizabeth Warren, just tell us it’s going to be okay.The Week, November 8th, 2019.

Sondland deals reeling Trump another blow.The Week, November 6th, 2019.

If this is the GOP’s best Trump defense, they are in serious trouble.” The Week, November 1st, 2019.

William Taylor’s testimony should be game over for Trump.The Week, October 22nd, 2019.

Trump White House celebrates 1,000th day with stunning corruption admission.” The Week, October 18th, 2019.

2020 Democrats are underselling impeachment.The Week, October 17th, 2019.

America is in a national emergency. Will the Democratic debate ignore it?” The Week, October 15th, 2019.

All the president’s goons.” The Week, October 12th, 2019.

How Elizabeth Warren could sweep the 2020 primaries.” The Week, October 6th, 2019.

Republicans have nothing to fear from removing Trump.The Week, October 4th, 2019.

Impeaching Trump is only going to get more popular.The Week, September 26th, 2019.

Donald Trump and the Derp State.The Week, September 25th, 2019.

Why Pelosi believes she finally has the goods on Trump.The Week, September 24th, 2019.

Defeat will not change the Republican Party.The Week, September 22nd, 2019.

Trump’s Saudi blind spot.The Week, September 19th, 2019.

Elizabeth Warren is right: abolish the filibuster.The Week, September 13th, 2019.

Why Bernie is Stalled.” The Week, September 5th, 2019.

The Venezuelan baseball ban is a microcosm of Trump’s foolish foreign policy.The Week, August 27th, 2019.

The Trump administration is drifting right into the icebergs.” The Week, August 21st, 2019.

The electoral path to gun reform.The Week, August 6th, 2019.

Democrats should ditch cable news.The Week, August 1st, 2019.

Robert Mueller, improbable destroyer of the DOJ.The Week, July 25th, 2019.

Why fears of an Electoral College nightmare in 2020 are overblown.The Week, July 22nd, 2019.

The rebuke is part of the coverup.The Week, July 16th, 2019.

The gerrymandering ruling proves it: Democrats must pack the Supreme Court.The Week, June 28th, 2019.

Democrats failed the Mitch McConnell question.The Week, June 27th, 2019.

Trump’s embarrassing circus of Iran policy failure.The Week, June 19th, 2019.

The Democratic debates are going to be a fiasco.The Week, June 13th, 2019.

Buttigieg’s busted Court plan.” The Week, June 5th, 2019.

Impeach Trump on the day before the election.The Week, June 3rd, 2019.

The separation of powers is a lie.” The Week, May 31st, 2019.

“If Warren and Sanders want to beat Biden, one of the will have to drop out.” The Week, May 24th, 2019.

“The dangerous myth of American hegemony.” The Week, May 17th, 2019.

Rashida Tlaib said something extraordinary about Israel — then Republicans perverted it. ” The Week, May 14th, 2019.

The GOP is massively overplaying its hand on abortion.The Week, May 10th, 2019.

Is this Trump crisis different?” The Week, May 8th, 2019.

The spread of lone wolf terrorism is no accident.” May 4th, 2019.

Attorney General Barr has provoked a Constitutional crisis.” May 1st, 2019.

Joe Biden’s great shot at the presidency.” The Week, April 26th, 2019.

The president must be impeached.” The Week, April 18th, 2019.

What Trump’s lousy approval rating means for his 2020 chances.The Week, April 12th, 2019.

Pack the Supreme Court.The Week, April 3rd, 2019.

The Mueller fallout is only the beginning.” The Week, March 25th, 2019.

The Brexit disaster could destroy the United Kingdom.The Week, March 12th, 2019.

The Democrats’ pathetic whataboutism over anti-Semitism.” The Week, March 6th, 2019.

Is baseball headed for a disastrous strike?” The Week, February 19th, 2019.

The only time Trump got specific last night was when he demonized immigrants.” The Week, February 6th, 2019.

Republicans are humiliated and limping into 2020.The Week, January 29th ,2019.

The shutdown is doing major damage to the GOP.The Week, January 22nd 2019.

Trump and the obliteration of America.The Week, January 20th 2019.

How the new 2020 primary schedule gives Beto and Kamala a boost.The Week, January 14th, 2019.

What the shutdown says about America’s shattered government.” The Week, January 2nd, 2019.


The loneliest man in Washington.The Week, December 27th, 2018.

Beto is the new Bernie.” The Week, December 13th, 2018.

What the Mueller memo says–and doesn’t say.The Week, December 8th, 2018.

Our long national nightmare of neverending presidential campaigns.” The Week, December 6th, 2018.

The reported Manafort-Assange meetings are a disaster for Trump.The Week, November 28th, 2018.

How Trump is turning the Justice Department against Mueller.” The Week, November 13th, 2018.

What the midterms mean for the Democrats’ 2020 hopes.” The Week, November 7th, 2018.

“Elections Should Always Feel This Urgent.Buzzfeed. November 6th, 2018.

The 2018 Senate map is brutal for Democrats. 2020 might be worse.” The Week, October 24th, 2018.

The GOP will rue the Kavanaugh confirmation.” The Week, October 5th, 2018.

What Happens When Americans Stop Respecting Supreme Court Decisions? We’re About to Find Out.Buzzfeed. October 4th, 2018.

The rage of Brett Kavanaugh and the implosion of the GOP.The Week, September 28th, 2018.

Republicans have completely bungled the Kavanaugh fiasco.” The Week, September 24th, 2018.

The American judiciary is in serious trouble.The Week, September 17th, 2018.

The Incredible Transformation of the Democratic Party.The Week, August 28th, 2018.

Trump just experienced the worst day of his presidency yet.” The Week, August 22nd, 2018.

The lessons of Omarosagate.” The Week. August 16th, 2018.

Why Trump firing Mueller would be pointless.The Week, August 2nd, 2018.

Trump and the art of no deal.The Week, July 27th, 2018.

Here comes that blue wave.The Week, July 26th, 2018.

Cancel the All-Star Game.” The Week, July 17th, 2018.

Cancel the All-Star Game.” The Week, July 17th, 2018.

Trump’s extreme makeover of the Supreme Court is now complete.” The Week, July 10th, 2018.

Democrats must consider court-packing when they regain power. It’s the only way to save democracy.” The Washington Post, July 10th, 2018.

Trump’s extreme makeover of the Supreme Court is now complete.” The Week. July 10th, 2018.

How Trump drew back the curtain on America’s immigration cruelty.The Week, June 22nd, 2018.

The uncertainty, fear and hope of the Trump-Kim summit.” The Week, June 11th, 2018.

How does Scott Pruitt Still have a job?” The Week, June 8th, 2018.

Democrats are totally blowing it.” The Week, June 7th, 2018.

Even sports aren’t safe from Trump.The Week, June 6th, 2018.

Trump teeters on the Constitutional cliff.” The Week, June 5th, 2018.

California’s Top-Two Primary Debacle.The Huffington Post, May 31st, 2018.

What Trump Wants From North Korea.” The Week, May 29th, 2018.

This is the laziest Congress in history.The Week, May 21st, 2018.

Shred All Norms.The Week, May 14th, 2018.

How the Democrats Could Thwart Trump’s Supreme Court Takeover.The Daily Beast. May 12th, 2018.

Men Like Don Blankenship Will Continue to Gain Power if Democrats Don’t Fix Our Rigged Electoral System.NBC News. May 8th, 2018.

Trump is drowning in lies.” The Week. May 4th, 2018.

Don’t believe the Republican rebound hype.” The Week, April 25th, 2018.

The wretched state of Florida baseball.The Week, April 24th, 2018.

This Political Scientist Says the Left Needs to Battle for Democracy as Viciously as the Right Fights for Power.” (Q & A with Joshua Holland). The Nation. April 13th, 2018.

Is it Time for Democrats to Fight Dirty?” (Q & A with Osita Nuwanevu). Slate. April 12th, 2018.

Trump’s Syrian Whiplash.” The Week, April 9th, 2018.

What will happen if Democrats retake the House?The Week, April 2nd, 2018.

Republicans rigged our democracy. Here’s how Democrats can fight back.The Guardian, March 31st, 2018.

Trump’s weekend of madness.The Week, March 26th, 2018.

The lessons of Illinois’ dispiriting primaries.” The Week, March 21st, 2018.

Trump’s vindictive political purging puts America’s democracy at risk.” The Week, March 19th, 2018.

Pennsylvania’s special election is an urgent warning sign for the GOP.”  The Week, March 14th, 2018.

How the expensive election in Pa’s 18th district highlight’s America’s electoral dysfunction.” Morning Call, March 13th, 2018.

Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un could actually work.The Week, March 12th, 2018.

The 4 Most Likely Outcomes of Robert Mueller’s Investigation.The Week, March 5th, 2018.

The kids are all Democrats.The Week, February 19th, 2018.

Is DACA Dead?The Week, February 16th, 2018.

Why House Democrats should reject the Senate’s new budget deal.” The Week, February 8th, 2018.

Can Progressives Flip the Script in Illinois?” US News and World Report, February 7th, 2018.

How Trump squandered His State of the Union address.” The Week, January 31st, 2018.

By caving on the government shutdown, Democrats just made a profound mistake.The Week, January 23d, 2018.

Breaking Baseball.The Week, January 22nd, 2018.

In the government shutdown standoff, Democrats have all the leverage.The Week, January 20th, 2018.

Why Hawaii’s false alarm should be a massive wake-up call for us all.” The Week, January 16th, 2018.

The boys who cried Hillary.” The Week, January 9th, 2018.

Trump vs. Bannon.” The Week, January 5th, 2018.

Why are Illinois Democrats banking on a billionaire in 2018?The Week, January 4th, 2018?.


Community Chest: The Tension Between Craft Beer’s Ethos and the Excise Tax Tightens.Sightlines, Good Beer Hunting.  December 19th, 2017.

Doug Jones’ Victory is an Epic Disaster For Republicans.” The Week, December 13th, 2017.

The GOP War on College.The Week, December 11th, 2017.

Trump’s Tweets Show Why Social Media Could Hurt Democracy.Newsweek, December 6th, 2017.

The GOP’s Massive Tax Overhaul is a Monstrosity.The Week, December 2nd, 2017.

Ralph Nader Might Have Saved the Democratic Party.The Week, November 28th, 2017.

The GOP’s walking dead.The Week, November 17th, 2017.

Trump’s bizarre obeisance to Saudi Arabia.The Week, November 14th, 2017.

Deliverance for the Democrats.The Week, November 8th, 2017.

Why the Democrats Should Temper Their 2018 Optimism.The Week, November 6th, 2017.

The Depressing Ritual of Mass Murder in America.The Week, November 6th, 2017.

Midnight at Mar-a-Lago: The Walls Close In on Genghis Con.Informed Comment, October 31st, 2017.

Jeff Flake and Bob Corker are cowards.The Week, October 25th, 2017.

These two upcoming gubernatorial races could spell disaster for Republicans.The Week, October 24th, 2017.

Democrats Keep Waiting for the GOP to Destroy Itself. This is a Huge Mistake.The Week, October 17th, 2017.

The Sheer Stupidity of Killing the Iran Deal.” The Week, October 9th, 2017.

Trump’s 35% Doctrine.The Week, October 3rd, 2017.

Betsy DeVos Is Dealing a Huge Blow to Campus Rape Victims.The Week, September 25th, 2017.

Why the GOP Just Can’t Quit Its Obamacare Suicide Mission.” The Week, September 19th, 2017.

How a New Generation of Left-Wing Podcasters are Dethroning Rush Limbaugh and Right-Wing Talk Radio.The Week, September 13th, 2017.

It’s for America’s Ex Presidents to Team Up Against Trump.The Week, September 8th, 2017.

How the Wild Card Game Broke Baseball.The Week, September 3rd, 2017.

Trump’s Narcissism is Poisoning America.The Week, August 31st, 2017.

Why Trump’s Afghanistan Plan Will End in Utter Failure.The Week, August 22nd, 2017.

Could the 25th Amendment Really Remove Trump From Office? Maybe.The Week, August 17th, 2017.

National Lampoon’s Presidential Vacation.The Week. August 15th, 2017.

The Democrats Foolish Family Feud.The Week. August 9th, 2017.

Trump’s White House is a Hurricane of Dysfunction and Incompetence.The Week, July 31st, 2017.

The Cynical Soullessness of the Senate GOP.” The Week, July 26th, 2017.

Many Democrats Want to Make the 2018 Midterms All About Trump. This is Very Stupid.” The Week, July 25th, 2017.

Why the GOP Congress Will Be the Most Unproductive in 164 Years.” The Week, July 18th, 2017.

How Long Will America Believe Trump’s Lies About Russia?” The Week, July 11th, 2017.

The president of the Red States of America.The Week, July 7th, 2017.

What’s With the Victorious GOP’s Obsession With Civil War? Informed Comment, July 4th, 2017.

Democrats Completely Wasted Their Time in Georgia.” The Week, June 21st, 2017.

Trump Isn’t Preparing to Fire Mueller. What He’s Doing is Worse.The Week, June 14th, 2017.

Comey Won’t Bring Down Trump. Trump Will.The Week, June 9th, 2017.

Why Are People Still Losing Their Minds About Hillary?” The Week, May 31st, 2017.

Trump’s groveling speech in Saudi Arabia was a national embarrassment.The Week, May 22nd, 2017.

The Myth of the Global Populist Wave.The Week, May 10th, 2017.

Does Trump Think America Could Win a Nuclear War?” The Week, May 3rd, 2017.

Coultergate and the Truth About Campus Free Speech.Informed Comment, May 2nd, 2017.

The Incredible Shrinking Secretary of State.The Week, April 20th, 2017.

Why Chemical Weapons Shouldn’t Be America’s Red Line in Syria.The Week, April 11th, 2017.

Filibuster or Bust: The GOP is dooming itself if it eliminates the filibuster.” U.S. News and World Report, April 6th, 2017.

How the World Failed Syria.The Week, April 5th, 2017.

The Hundred Days From Hell.” Informed Comment, April 3rd, 2017.

How Democrats Can Make Republicans Pay For Justice Gorsuch.The Week, March 20th, 2017.

Does Geert Wilders’ Wipeout Mean Trump-Style Populism Is Toast?The Week, March 16th, 2017.

President Trump Has Made Us All That Astronaut In Interstellar Who Aged 23 Years in Three Hours.The Week, February 24th, 2017.

America Needs More Congressmen. Hundreds and Hundreds More Congressmen.The Week, February 23rd, 2017.

Does President Trump Even Have a Foreign Policy?The Week, February 16th, 2017.

The Weak of Will, The Strong of Arm, The Clown?Informed Comment, February 15th, 2017.

How To Save Red-State Democrats.The Week, February 3rd, 2017.

Leave My Family Alone, President Trump.The Week, January 31st, 2017.

The Art of Obstruction: Democrats should follow 5 rules to obstruct Trump’s GOP.U.S. News and World Report, January 27th, 2017.

Your Presidency Sucks: The Republican Party and Its Orange Bunny. Informed Comment, January 24th, 2017.

Donald Trump’s Middle East Con.The Week, January 19th, 2017.


Obstruct and Delay Trump.” USA Today, January 4th, 2016.

A Ferocious Plan For Democrats To Reconquer America.” The Week, January 5th, 2016.

How Trump Is Continuing the Worst Part of the Bush Legacy.The Week, January 3rd, 2016.

“It’s Time For Democrats To Fight Dirty.” The Week, December 1st, 2016.

America’s Sisi: On What Has Been Lost and What Must Be Done.” Informed Comment, November 9th, 2016.

Vote For Hillary Clinton or Die in a Fiery Apocalypse: A Letter to Young Progressives.Informed Comment, September 28th, 2016.

It Could Happen to You: How Trump Could Make America Less Democratic.Informed Comment, August 24th, 2016.

American democracy is hurtling toward an apocalyptic showdown about legitimacy.The Week, June 14th, 2016.

How to Fix the Democrats’ Broken Presidential Nominating Process.The Week. April 21, 2016.

The Progressive Case For Hillary Clinton.” Indy Week. March 1st, 2016.

The GOP’s Anti-Government Line Created Trump.” Informed Comment, February 11th, 2016.


5 Questions For Syria Hawks.” Informed Comment. December 21st, 2015.

When Will War Be Off the Table?Informed Comment. September 14th, 2015.

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Amtrak and the Deterioration of American Infrastructure.Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. June 13, 2015.

As Congress Takes On Iran Deal, It Should Remember Its Iraq Blunder.Informed Comment, April 15th, 2015.

The Lost State of the Union Rebuttal Speech of Joni Ernst.” Philadelphia Citypaper, January 22nd, 2015.

What Happened, If It Happened: The Islamic State and the Eclipse of the Arab Spring.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. January 7th, 2015.

2014 and earlier

The Electoral Stalemate: American Institutional Rigidity and the Constitution as Divine Revelation.Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. November 19th, 2014.

The Cancer is Back: ISIS and the Certainty of Future Horrors.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. September 23rd, 2014.

“No One Is Coming: Ritual and Repetition in Israel, Palestine and America.”Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. July 30th, 2014.

Birth Pangs: Westphalia Unravels in the “New Middle East.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. June 24th, 2014.

The New Municipal Predation: Rent-Seeking, Red Light Cameras and Chicago’s Back-Door War on the Poor.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. May 28th, 2014. 

The Great Recession and The Good Wife: On TV’s Golden Age of Monomaniacal Workaholics.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. April 22nd, 2014

Blue Cards For a Blue Academy.” Ethos: A Digital Review of Arts, Humanities and Ethics. March 25th, 2014.

Interview with Dr. David Faris on Egypt” conducted by my marvelous former student Eleanor Peck for the Niagara Foundation.

Mandate For Action?” Roosevelt University Torch, September 2013.

‘”Egypt’s President Morsi and opposition must talk — and fix the constitution.” Christian Science Monitor, July 1st, 2013.

Campaign Apps Put Privacy in Peril.” Chicago Sun-Times, August 31st, 2012.

Appearance on ABC-7, August 29th, 2012.

Appearance on Russia Today’s Crosstalk, 1/24/12.

The Islamists Are Coming Daily News Egypt, 12/13/11

Taxi to Nowhere: Meter Running on America’s Middle East Policy.Daily News Egypt, September 22nd, 2011.

More Questions Than Answers About Egypt’s Electoral Law.” Daily News Egypt, July 15th, 2011.

‘”Let Them Eat T-Shirts: The WSJ’s Four-Minute Solution.Daily News Egypt, June 21st, 2011.

Why Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood isn’t the Islamic Boogeyman” (with Stacey Philbrick Yadav). The Christian Science Monitor, February 14th, 2011.

“Social Media Networks and Opposition Politics in Egypt.” Appearance on IMI Tech Talk, February 6th, 2011.

“Watching Egyptians Find Their Footing.” NPR.org, January 29th, 2011.

Egypt’s Real Shark Problem.Daily News Egypt, December 17th, 2010.

Farewell to All That.” (The goodbye to Philly column) Philadelphia Citypaper, August 13th, 2010.

“Cairo’s Garbage Dreams.” Foreign Policy/Middle East Channel. March 30th, 2010.

“One State Solution.” Philadelphia Citypaper, March 24th, 2010.

“Free Riders.” Philadelphia Citypaper, February 9th, 2010.

Brownout.” Philadelphia Citypaper, January 28th, 2010.

This Lousy Compromise.” Philadelphia Citypaper, December 9th, 2009.

Call in the Crash Cart.” Philadelphia Citypaper, September 3rd, 2009.

“1,096 Nights: Bibi, Scheherezade, and the Impossibility of Peace.” Daily News Egypt. June 17th, 2009.

God’s Plan Versus Global Realities.Al-Arabiya, June 5th, 2009.

Don’t Mess With Texas – Get Rid of It.” NPR.org. April 28th, 2009.

“Fever Dreams: Obama’s Visit and the Future of the Middle East.” Daily News Egypt, May 29th, 2009.

“America, Egypt and the Burial of Gaza.” Daily News Egypt, January 11th, 2009.

What About Broad Street?Philadelphia Citypaper, October 9th, 2008.

Georgia On Our Minds.Philadelphia Citypaper, August 13th, 2008.

To the Last Drop.” Philadelphia Citypaper, May 21st, 2008.

Let Them Have Nukes.” Philadelphia Citypaper, February 9th, 2006.

Sports Writing

Ruben Amaro, Jr. Is The Worst Executive In Sports.” Philadelphia Magazine, June 7th, 2015.

The Phillies: A Dark Age Survival Guide.Philadelphia Citypaper.

The Wolf of Broad Street.” Philadelphia Citypaper.

Amaroland.” Philadelphia Citypaper. August 2nd, 2013.