Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

Opinion: The legend that is Aretha

Maybe you know this story, but if you don’t, you should. Twenty years ago, at the 1998 Grammy awards ceremony in New York City, tenor Luciano Pavarotti...
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Opinion: Troubles mount for Kasim Reed

Opinion: Troubles mount for Kasim Reed

Kasim Reed was, in many ways, a good mayor for Atlanta. Maybe not great -- certainly not Beyoncé-at-Coachella great, as he himself sees it -- but...
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Opinion: James Comey’s fatal vanity

Opinion: James Comey’s fatal vanity

James Comey loves the spotlight. After a while, the spotlight does not love him back. That’s because, in the harsh glare of the spotlight, you begin...
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Opinion: We all drink the poisoned chalice

Opinion: We all drink the poisoned chalice

“You all know that I did not seek this job,” House Speaker Paul Ryan reminded the country in announcing his retirement. “I took it reluctantly...
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Opinion: Things are going to hell

Opinion: Things are going to hell

In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, our commander in chief attempted to reassure the American people and the world that everything is fine and under...
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Opinion: The Founders v. Donald J. Trump

Opinion: The Founders v. Donald J. Trump

“It’s an attack on our country, in a true sense,” President Trump said Monday, sitting in the White House Cabinet room surrounded by...
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Opinion: Now, we await Trump’s eruption

Opinion: Now, we await Trump’s eruption

The office and home of Michael Cohen, personal attorney to President Donald Trump, have been raided by the FBI. That, ladies and gentlemen, is big news...
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Opinion: Mary don’t you weep

Here’s one of my favorite gospel songs to honor Good Friday and swing us into Easter weekend.  <iframe width="480" height="...
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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.