Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues
Opinion: The shutdown and the Dreamers

Opinion: The shutdown and the Dreamers

The Republicans are trying to blame the government shutdown on the insistence by Democrats that Congress finally take action to protect the so-called...
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Opinion: ... out of kindness, I suppose

Townes Van Zandt left us a true classic in the bittersweet “Pancho & Lefty,” which Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson later covered and turned...
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Opinion: Not a shutdown, a meltdown

Opinion: Not a shutdown, a meltdown

What’s happening in Washington is less a government shutdown than a government meltdown, with most of the heat generated by a conflict between two...
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Opinion: Sorry, rural Georgia

Opinion: Sorry, rural Georgia

Rural Georgia is in deep trouble, and the attention now being paid to its challenges by state leadership is long overdue. Lifespans are shrinking; jobs...
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Opinion: The lost art of the deal

Opinion: The lost art of the deal

If you listen to his fans, Donald Trump is a brilliant deal-maker and negotiator. He literally wrote the book on the art of deal-making, and he has promised...
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Opinion: Our sycophantic senator

Opinion: Our sycophantic senator

For U.S. Sen. David Perdue, memory works in a very odd way. Or so he claims. Last Friday, Perdue and a colleague, U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, told...
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Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?

Opinion: What makes Mueller so darn scary?

“The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues,” Donald Trump tweeted this week. “There was no collusion, everybody including...
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Opinion: Our racist in chief

Opinion: Our racist in chief

Imagine that you’re sitting at a bar, and you glance at the guy on the barstool next to you. He looks like he’s had four or five beers already...
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Opinion: Why is Mueller so scary?

Opinion: Why is Mueller so scary?

Somebody really, really doesn't want to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
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Opinion: Save us, Oprah

Opinion: Save us, Oprah

No, Oprah. Do not fall for it. Do not listen to the sirens' calls; deafen yourself to those political consultants no doubt working every contact they...
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About the Author

Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.