Trump admits his campaign colluded. Is this acceptable?

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Sunday to finally acknowledge the obvious about his son’s 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian in Trump Tower: that the intention was to gather dirt on his campaign opponent from America’s most powerful geopolitical foe. He added, ludicrously, that it is “totally legal and done all the time in politics.” It is emphatically neither.

Trump’s racism can’t be the norm

President Donald Trump always has a nasty nickname or insult ready when he perceives an enemy. For detractors who are black, Trump usually goes after their intelligence, tapping into a traditional racism that, unfortunately, resonates with some supporters.

Trump tweets while California burns

Some Donald Trump tweets are so bizarre that you have to puzzle over them and inject a bit of sense into them before you can finally dismiss them as the wingnut drivel that they are. So it is with the president’s recent tweets on California’s fire and water.

The difference between evidence and proof

Clear language struggles to thrive in the face of passion, which may help explain why, as our politics becomes more passionate, our language becomes less precise. Perhaps we could be more careful.