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: ‘Everybody knew’ about Russian contacts, lies Trump
 Over and over in the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any contacts with Russia or Russians. “I have nothing to do with Russia,” he said. “I have no relationship with Russia whatsoever.” Trump denied it during the primaries; he denied it into the general election. He denied it in interviews, in debates, in speeches...

Posted: a minute ago

Over and over in the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any contacts with Russia or Russians. “I have nothing to do with Russia,” he said. “I have no relationship with Russia whatsoever.” Trump denied it during the primaries; he denied it into the general election. He denied it in interviews, in debates, in speeches...
Opinion: Just think about this ....
 Over and over again in the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any contacts whatsoever with Russia or Russians. "They said, 'maybe Donald Trump is involved with projects with the Russians'," Trump told voters at a rally in October 2016, at the height of the campaign. "The answer is no! No!" Trump denied it during the primaries...

Posted: 18 hours ago

Over and over again in the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump denied any contacts whatsoever with Russia or Russians. "They said, 'maybe Donald Trump is involved with projects with the Russians'," Trump told voters at a rally in October 2016, at the height of the campaign. "The answer is no! No!" Trump denied it during the primaries...
Opinion: Finally, some real-life election fraud

Posted: 4 days ago

For years, Republicans have warned about widespread voting-fraud allegedly swaying election outcomes. The claim has become a conservative obsession, with President Trump even alleging that up to five million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 elections, just enough to account for his loss in the popular vote. “People get in line that...
Opinion: Finally, some real-life election fraud
 For years, Republicans have warned about widespread voting-fraud allegedly swaying election outcomes. The claim has become a conservative obsession, with President Trump even alleging that up to five million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 elections, just enough to account for his loss in the popular vote. “People get in line that...

Posted: 4 days ago

For years, Republicans have warned about widespread voting-fraud allegedly swaying election outcomes. The claim has become a conservative obsession, with President Trump even alleging that up to five million illegal immigrants voted in the 2016 elections, just enough to account for his loss in the popular vote. “People get in line that...
Opinion: We bury a man of honor

Posted: 6 days ago

This week, we bury a man of honor. And by honor, I don’t mean the type of honor that accrues to a person just by virtue of rising to the presidency, because not all who achieve that post are people of honor. Nor do I mean any kind of honor conferred by others through popularity, fame or high ratings. I mean instead an old-fashioned...
Opinion: A man of honor
 This week, we bury a man of honor. And by honor, I don’t mean the type of honor that accrues to a person just by virtue of rising to the presidency, because not all who achieve that post are people of honor. Nor do I mean any kind of honor conferred by others through popularity, fame or high ratings. I mean instead an old-fashioned...

Posted: 7 days ago

This week, we bury a man of honor. And by honor, I don’t mean the type of honor that accrues to a person just by virtue of rising to the presidency, because not all who achieve that post are people of honor. Nor do I mean any kind of honor conferred by others through popularity, fame or high ratings. I mean instead an old-fashioned...
Opinion: This isn’t normal, or acceptable
 This week, President Donald Trump retweeted an image that accuses multiple political opponents of committing treason against the United States of America, demanding that they be prosecuted and imprisoned for their crime. Think about that for a moment, because it is extraordinary. The chief executive of the United States is urging the government...

Posted: 10 days ago

This week, President Donald Trump retweeted an image that accuses multiple political opponents of committing treason against the United States of America, demanding that they be prosecuted and imprisoned for their crime. Think about that for a moment, because it is extraordinary. The chief executive of the United States is urging the government...
Opinion: Trump and Putin, simplified
 So here’s the deal, as simple, brief and straightforward as I can make it: In 2015-16, while running for president, Donald Trump was also eagerly wooing Vladimir Putin, seeking his OK for a deal to build a 100-story Trump Tower in Moscow, which would be a crowning and extremely lucrative achievement in Trump’s career. And as Trump...

Posted: 10 days ago

So here’s the deal, as simple, brief and straightforward as I can make it: In 2015-16, while running for president, Donald Trump was also eagerly wooing Vladimir Putin, seeking his OK for a deal to build a 100-story Trump Tower in Moscow, which would be a crowning and extremely lucrative achievement in Trump’s career. And as Trump...
Opinion: Trump lies about Russia ... again
 <iframe width="480" height="270" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/sfsd6uW-D0I?feature=oembed" frameborder="0" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" allowfullscreen=""></iframe> In his response to the Cohen bombshell Thursday...

Posted: 11 days ago

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Opinion: One for the history books

Posted: 11 days ago

This week, President Donald Trump retweeted an image that accuses multiple political opponents of committing treason against the United States of America, demanding that they be prosecuted and imprisoned for their crime. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="und" dir="...
A change in commenting policy

Posted: 11 days ago

Effective today, the AJC has switched from an in-house commenting tool to Facebook’s commenting tool. Facebook commenting offers several advantages. It is the most widely used social discussion platform; your comments will appear both on our sites and on your own Facebook page; and our sites will have fewer of the totally anonymous...