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Yesterday was the most gratifying day of Donald Trump’s presidency. Beyond his perhaps premature exclamations of exoneration (at least when it comes to obstruction), his nemesis Michael Avenatti was indicted on Federal Charges relating to allegations of extortion. Journalists like Sharyl Attkisson issued editorial apologies to the President, as if the suspicions that arose, however arbitrary and unreasonable they became, were not justified. It’s as if the entire idea of resistance against Trump had collapsed like a precarious house of cards. You couldn’t imagine a more satisfying epilogue to the Mueller investigation for Trump and his aides.

Trump has won every right to gloat. He has insisted from the beginning there was no conspiracy with Russia, and The Special Counsel has now vindicated this insistence. Meanwhile, a vocal opponent like ex-CIA chief John Brennan has admitted that his bloviating onslaughts against the President may have come from “bad information,” while the reporting over the last two years from journalists like Rachel Maddow is looking increasingly embarrassing to Progressives and their causes. …


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Reading Bob Woodward’s book on the first years of the Trump Administration, I devoured each page with bated breath, looking for any clue that may have slipped by others — a clue that might shine a light on what truth there is, or is not, to the hypothesis of Russian “collusion.”

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed to finish the book and find that such a revelation never came. Then again, was it ever promised? Of course not. Woodward himself seemed skeptical, at least in his reporting. Everyone is hungry for some clarity in a world that seems to be increasingly foggy. Woodward’s book was full of clarity, maybe it’s just a clarity people may not want to investigate. It’s not salacious in a way that satisfies our urge for grand drama and conspiracy. It doesn’t boil things down to a simple tale of good and evil. Instead, it’s a simple tale of incompetence brought on by a society that willed it into place. …

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