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.

Latest from Jay Bookman

Opinion: Trump has his excuse
 According to a major new story published by the New York Times, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was so concerned with the stability of President Trump last May that in meetings at the Department of Justice, he suggested taping private conversations with Trump and floated the use of the 25th Amendment to oust him. That raises profound...

Posted: 14 hours ago

According to a major new story published by the New York Times, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was so concerned with the stability of President Trump last May that in meetings at the Department of Justice, he suggested taping private conversations with Trump and floated the use of the 25th Amendment to oust him. That raises profound...
Opinion: The shell game exposed
 In an internal poll leaked to Bloomberg News, the Republican National Committee bemoans the fact that the GOP tax cut is nowhere near as popular as Republicans had hoped, concluding that “we’ve lost the messaging battle on the issue.”  According to the survey, 61 percent of American voters believe that the GOP...

Posted: 20 hours ago

In an internal poll leaked to Bloomberg News, the Republican National Committee bemoans the fact that the GOP tax cut is nowhere near as popular as Republicans had hoped, concluding that “we’ve lost the messaging battle on the issue.”  According to the survey, 61 percent of American voters believe that the GOP...
Opinion: The GOP shell game exposed

Posted: 21 hours ago

In an internal poll leaked to Bloomberg News, the Republican National Committee bemoans the fact that the GOP tax cut is nowhere near as popular as Republicans had hoped, concluding that “we’ve lost the messaging battle on the issue.” According to the survey, 61 percent of voters believe the GOP tax cuts were designed to...
Opinion: Fairness is not asking too much
 I honestly do not get it. I do not understand why Senate Republicans and the Trump White House refuse to request an FBI investigation into charges against Brett Kavanaugh. There is no question about having the authority:  If the Senate and President Trump make the request, the FBI will honor it. It has long been part of the agency&rsquo...

Posted: a day ago

I honestly do not get it. I do not understand why Senate Republicans and the Trump White House refuse to request an FBI investigation into charges against Brett Kavanaugh. There is no question about having the authority:  If the Senate and President Trump make the request, the FBI will honor it. It has long been part of the agency&rsquo...
Opinion: Trump subverts the Constitution
 On Monday, President Trump ordered the immediate public release of unredacted, highly classified documents critical to the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling and into the possible involvement of Trump’s own campaign. Among other things, Trump ordered release of FBI interviews with sources regarding his former aide...

Posted: 2 days ago

On Monday, President Trump ordered the immediate public release of unredacted, highly classified documents critical to the FBI’s investigation into Russian election meddling and into the possible involvement of Trump’s own campaign. Among other things, Trump ordered release of FBI interviews with sources regarding his former aide...
Opinion: On Kavanaugh, testimony first; conclusions can follow

Posted: 3 days ago

We have a closely divided country and a closely divided Senate fighting over a lifetime appointment to a closely divided Supreme Court, and the outcome now rides on decades-old allegations of sexual assault almost certain to defy definitive conclusion. Wonderful. Just wonderful. The wedges that divide us will be driven deeper; our crumbling...
Opinion: Conclusions AFTER testimony
 We have a closely divided country and a closely divided Senate fighting over a lifetime appointment to a closely divided Supreme Court, and the outcome now rides on decades-old allegations of sexual assault almost certain to defy definitive conclusion. Wonderful. Just wonderful. The wedges that divide us will be driven deeper; our crumbling...

Posted: 3 days ago

We have a closely divided country and a closely divided Senate fighting over a lifetime appointment to a closely divided Supreme Court, and the outcome now rides on decades-old allegations of sexual assault almost certain to defy definitive conclusion. Wonderful. Just wonderful. The wedges that divide us will be driven deeper; our crumbling...
Opinion: Tell me it ain’t Monday

Posted: 7 days ago

A week of Mondays? No way. It’s Friday, quittin’ time, and Monday will come soon enough. Until then .... <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/yVsNfzZ3Evo?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen=""...
Opinion: Manafort turns; Trump twists
 For months now, Donald Trump has been courting and wooing Paul Manafort, blatantly encouraging his former campaign manager not to “break,” not to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.  In fact, the president of the United States sounded for all the world like a mob boss, encouraging an underling not to rat him out...

Posted: 7 days ago

For months now, Donald Trump has been courting and wooing Paul Manafort, blatantly encouraging his former campaign manager not to “break,” not to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.  In fact, the president of the United States sounded for all the world like a mob boss, encouraging an underling not to rat him out...
Opinion: Health care is a right

Posted: 7 days ago

Even in these divisive times, we are sometimes more in agreement than we are allowed to understand. Take, for instance, the very basic question of whether all Americans, regardless of wealth or income, have a right to decent health care. In its latest poll, Fox News put the question bluntly and specifically, asking whether “it is the...
Opinion: Our Category 5 narcissist
 With a major hurricane -- “the storm of a lifetime,” the meteorologists call it -- about to slam into the Carolinas, forcing the largest evacuation in U.S. history, President Trump is focused like a laser on what matters most: <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...

Posted: 8 days ago

With a major hurricane -- “the storm of a lifetime,” the meteorologists call it -- about to slam into the Carolinas, forcing the largest evacuation in U.S. history, President Trump is focused like a laser on what matters most: <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...