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 shrugs off constitutional shackles

Posted: 4 days ago

In an interview this week with the Daily Caller, President Trump was asked who he might nominate to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Trump didn’t answer, instead using the question to laud acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as “a very respected man.” Whitaker is not a very respected man. He spouts bizarre legal...
Opinion: An end and a beginning

Posted: 5 days ago

After more than 40 years in daily newspapers and 28 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it’s time to go.  The decision doesn’t come easy.  Writing for newspapers has been my goal since childhood and has been my calling all of my adult life. Leaving it is a bit like jumping into an abyss, but that’s also...
Opinion: Trump seeks total control
 In an interview this week with the Daily Caller, President Trump was asked who he might nominate to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Trump didn’t answer, instead using the question as an opportunity to laud acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as “a very respected man.” Whitaker is not a very respected man. He...

Posted: 5 days ago

In an interview this week with the Daily Caller, President Trump was asked who he might nominate to replace Jeff Sessions as attorney general. Trump didn’t answer, instead using the question as an opportunity to laud acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as “a very respected man.” Whitaker is not a very respected man. He...
Opinion: Count the votes; all of them
 “It's incredibly shameful that liberal lawyers are doubling down on lawsuits, desperately trying to create more votes for Stacey Abrams,” Republican Brian Kemp claimed this week. “They don't want to win this election. They are trying to steal it." That’s a grave allegation, one that cuts to the very core of the...

Posted: 6 days ago

“It's incredibly shameful that liberal lawyers are doubling down on lawsuits, desperately trying to create more votes for Stacey Abrams,” Republican Brian Kemp claimed this week. “They don't want to win this election. They are trying to steal it." That’s a grave allegation, one that cuts to the very core of the...
Opinion : The how, what and why of a Trump lie

Posted: 7 days ago

Donald Trump lies with an audacity and on a scale never before seen in American politics, and it’s tempting to get so caught up in the showmanship of it all that you miss what makes it work. So let me propose a different approach. Instead of focusing on the number and scale of Trump’s lies, what if we focused more intently on...
Opinion:  A Trump lie, dissected
 Donald Trump lies with an audacity and on a scale never before seen in American politics, and it's tempting to get so caught up in the showmanship of it all that you miss what makes it work. So let me propose a different approach. Instead of focusing on the number and scale of Trump’s lies, what if we focused more intently on one oft-repeated...

Posted: 7 days ago

Donald Trump lies with an audacity and on a scale never before seen in American politics, and it's tempting to get so caught up in the showmanship of it all that you miss what makes it work. So let me propose a different approach. Instead of focusing on the number and scale of Trump’s lies, what if we focused more intently on one oft-repeated...
Opinion: Trump attempts vote fraud
 In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, host Chris Wallace confronted Kellyanne Conway about an altered video involving CNN reporter Jim Acosta that the Trump White House had spread on Twitter. “Well, Chris, first of all,” Conway said, “What do you mean by edited, or as others are saying, ‘doctored video?’&rdquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

In an interview with Fox News on Sunday, host Chris Wallace confronted Kellyanne Conway about an altered video involving CNN reporter Jim Acosta that the Trump White House had spread on Twitter. “Well, Chris, first of all,” Conway said, “What do you mean by edited, or as others are saying, ‘doctored video?’&rdquo...
Opinion: War escalates in Washington
 If you were wondering what the next two years might be like in Washington, wonder no longer. In President Trump’s words, it’s going to be a “warlike posture,” and that war began in a combative post-election press conference in which a defensive, angry Trump made clear that anybody who dares to cross him would become...

Posted: 11 days ago

If you were wondering what the next two years might be like in Washington, wonder no longer. In President Trump’s words, it’s going to be a “warlike posture,” and that war began in a combative post-election press conference in which a defensive, angry Trump made clear that anybody who dares to cross him would become...
Opinion: Trump’s obstruction of justice
 Donald Trump has known for many months that he was going to dump Jeff Sessions as his attorney general at the very first opportunity. So he has had lots and lots of time to think about who and what he wanted in a replacement for Sessions, and he has used that time to give us Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker. That’s the same...

Posted: 11 days ago

Donald Trump has known for many months that he was going to dump Jeff Sessions as his attorney general at the very first opportunity. So he has had lots and lots of time to think about who and what he wanted in a replacement for Sessions, and he has used that time to give us Acting Attorney General Matthew Whittaker. That’s the same...
Opinion: A war in Washington
 If you were wondering what the next two years might be like in Washington, wonder no longer. In President Trump’s words, it’s going to be a "warlike posture," and that war began in a combative post-election press conference in which a defensive, angry Trump made clear that anybody who dares to cross him would become...

Posted: 12 days ago

If you were wondering what the next two years might be like in Washington, wonder no longer. In President Trump’s words, it’s going to be a "warlike posture," and that war began in a combative post-election press conference in which a defensive, angry Trump made clear that anybody who dares to cross him would become...
Opinion: A wave delayed
 The 2018 midterms did not produce the thorough repudiation of Donald Trump that Democrats desperately wanted, and that Trump himself had earned. Stacey Abrams likely did not become the first black governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum did not become the first black governor of Florida and Beto O’Rourke did not defeat the unctuous Ted Cruz...

Posted: 13 days ago

The 2018 midterms did not produce the thorough repudiation of Donald Trump that Democrats desperately wanted, and that Trump himself had earned. Stacey Abrams likely did not become the first black governor of Georgia, Andrew Gillum did not become the first black governor of Florida and Beto O’Rourke did not defeat the unctuous Ted Cruz...