Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues and state and local politics. Jay Bookman generally writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.

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Opinion: Trump insists you believe the unbelievable

Posted: a minute ago

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen claimed Tuesday that she was unaware of any intelligence finding that Russia intervened in the 2016 elections on behalf of Donald Trump. That’s quite odd. As DHS secretary, Nielsen is charged with election security and protecting the nation from Russian cyberattacks. Yet she is supposedly...
Opinion: Trump demands your self-respect
 Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen claimed Tuesday that she was unaware of any intelligence finding that Russia intervened in the 2016 elections on behalf of Donald Trump. That’s quite odd. As DHS secretary, Nielsen is charged with election security and protecting the nation from Russian cyberattacks. Yet she is claiming...

Posted: a minute ago

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen claimed Tuesday that she was unaware of any intelligence finding that Russia intervened in the 2016 elections on behalf of Donald Trump. That’s quite odd. As DHS secretary, Nielsen is charged with election security and protecting the nation from Russian cyberattacks. Yet she is claiming...
Opinion: A gross abuse of power
 President Trump is demanding -- no, ordering -- a federal investigation into the investigation that is dogging his administration and that he wants desperately to end. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I hereby demand, and will do so officially...

Posted: a day ago

President Trump is demanding -- no, ordering -- a federal investigation into the investigation that is dogging his administration and that he wants desperately to end. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I hereby demand, and will do so officially...
Opinion: A little Low Cut Connie to go

Posted: 3 days ago

Here’s a band out of Philly that I’ve been following for a few years now.  It’s tough to find that sweet spot, that balance between melody and good old-fashioned rock and roll, but these guys hit it pretty good. Enjoy, and have a great weekend. <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https...
Opinion: If you’re innocent, act like it
 Remember the great “unmasking scandal” of 2017? Maybe not. But for a hot minute last year,  defenders of President Trump were screaming to the skies, claiming to have found proof that the Obama administration had used the nation’s intelligence-gathering powers to spy illegally on the Trump campaign. The “mastermind&rdquo...

Posted: 3 days ago

Remember the great “unmasking scandal” of 2017? Maybe not. But for a hot minute last year,  defenders of President Trump were screaming to the skies, claiming to have found proof that the Obama administration had used the nation’s intelligence-gathering powers to spy illegally on the Trump campaign. The “mastermind&rdquo...
Opinion: A small-minded, cold-hearted nation

Posted: 4 days ago

Earlier this month, the Trump administration ordered 56,000 Honduran refugees out of the country no later than Nov. 4, 2019. Those who do not leave on their own will be hunted down and forcibly deported. Those affected by the order have been living and working in the United States legally since 1998, when Hurricane Mitch devastated their...
Opinion: Mueller is Trump’s creation
 One year ago today, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference into our 2016 elections as well as possible collusion by Americans with that foreign interference. As we mark that anniversary, it’s important to remember two things: 1.) Mueller’s appointment became necessary only when President...

Posted: 5 days ago

One year ago today, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Russian interference into our 2016 elections as well as possible collusion by Americans with that foreign interference. As we mark that anniversary, it’s important to remember two things: 1.) Mueller’s appointment became necessary only when President...
Opinion: The con man becomes the mark
 At some point, it was going to happen. At some point, the bluebirds-singing-kumbaya, happy-castles-built-on-sand fantasy that North Korea was willing to shed its nuclear arsenal, the notion that it’s time to schedule a flight to Oslo for the Nobel ceremony because, really, “everyone’s saying” that President Trump has...

Posted: 6 days ago

At some point, it was going to happen. At some point, the bluebirds-singing-kumbaya, happy-castles-built-on-sand fantasy that North Korea was willing to shed its nuclear arsenal, the notion that it’s time to schedule a flight to Oslo for the Nobel ceremony because, really, “everyone’s saying” that President Trump has...
Opinion: Two Georgias, but only one new governor

Posted: 6 days ago

Georgia Republicans are obsessed with guns — guns guns guns guns guns — and they’re downright terrified of immigrants. Also, guns. That’s certainly the impression left by the campaign commercials being aired in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Those ads were created by political consultants paid to know their audience...
Opinion: Two Georgias, one governor
 Georgia Republicans are obsessed with guns -- guns guns guns guns guns -- and they’re downright terrified of immigrants.  Also, guns. At least, that’s the impression left by most of the campaign commercials being aired in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Those ads were created by political consultants paid to know their audience...

Posted: 7 days ago

Georgia Republicans are obsessed with guns -- guns guns guns guns guns -- and they’re downright terrified of immigrants.  Also, guns. At least, that’s the impression left by most of the campaign commercials being aired in the GOP gubernatorial primary. Those ads were created by political consultants paid to know their audience...
Opinion: An embarrassment of riches

Posted: 10 days ago

As some of you know, I took a couple days off last week to attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and it more than lived up to its billing. The food, the friendly crowds and the music -- the music was everywhere. Gospel, jazz, blues, zydeco, country, soul, roots rock, Cajun -- it was awesome. Unfortunately, with 12 different stages...