Keith Girard

Donald Trump has muddled the strategic direction of the U.S. military and still left the armed forces short of men and equipment. (Photo collage: MPG)

Trump F-35 Program Threat Will Hurt U.S. Defense; Another Tip to Russia?

Donald Trump threatened to cancel the much-maligned F-35 Lightning II Strike Fighter program yesterday, a move that would hurt the nation’s defense and provide a much needed boost to Russia, which would have to develop expensive new counter-measures if the plane goes into combat service. Trump’s unexpected criticism of the program, purportedly because of its cost, came out of left field and sent the plane maker’s stock plummeting yesterday by almost 2 percent.... Read More...

FBI’s James Comey Back on Hot Seat Over Trump Campaign Russian Connection

FBI Director James Comey is back on the hot seat over Russia’s alleged effort to tip the election to Donald Trump. But after his own partisan foray into presidential politics, Comey and the agency are facing unprecedented criticism on Capitol Hill. Sen. Minority Leader Harry Reid, who is retiring, has called for Comey’s ouster for withholding evidence of Russia’s involvement in the election while the campaign was in progress.... Read More...

Trump Russian Connection: Lots of Smoke, But Can Congress Find Smoking Gun?

The CIA dropped a bombshell with its investigation of Russia’s effort to aid Donald Trump’s election as president. At this point, its findings are still secret. But lawmakers briefed on the report, like Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz), said the evidence is “clear.” Russia’s hacking of the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee, however, is only half the story.... Read More...

Trump Still Blowing Off Security Briefings, Increasing Risk of Terror Attacks

Donald Trump’s refusal to attend regular intelligence briefings is increasing the nation’s risk of being caught off-guard by a terror attack that could come from the “most complex and diverse array of global threats” faced by the United States in decades. Trump’s failure to stay up to speed on international developments could delay a U.S. response to a global crisis or cause an intelligence failure like the one before the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.... Read More...

Trump, Republican Lawmakers Scramble to Play Down Russian Connection

Donald Trump and a handful of Republican lawmakers are trying to head off or sharply curb a congressional investigation into a finding by the nation’s top intelligence agency that Russia actively worked to influence the U.S. election on Trump’s behalf. Congressional Democrats have called for the investigation into Russia’s interference. But some Republican leaders, who launched multiple investigations of Hillary Clinton, now are suddenly reluctant to move forward.... Read More...
Donald Trump cabinet officials should face contempt charges for ignoring impeachment subpoenas. (Photo: Getty)

Trump Treason: Did He Collaborate With Russians to Steal Election?

The first shoe has dropped in an emerging scandal that may show Donald Trump campaign actively collaborated with the Russian government to steal the election with hacked emails and a flood of misinformation and fake news. The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has concluded in a secret probe that Russia actively engaged in an effort to subvert the U.S. election to help Trump win the presidency.... Read More...

Trump Accused Goldman Sachs of Rigging Economy, Now It’s Running Economy

Donald Trump blasted Hillary Clinton and her Wall Street pals for “rigging” the economy against the American people during the election campaign But with his latest economic appointment Trump has effectively turned the economy over to Wall Street. In his latest move, Trump has tapped Goldman Sachs President and Chief Operating Officer Gary Cohn to head the National Economic Council, which advises the president on economic policy.... Read More...

Donald Trump Won Big in Nation’s New Post-Industrial ‘Heroin Beltway’ — Study

Donald Trump out-polled 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney among the most desperate Americans living in the “new post-industrial heroin beltway,” according to a new study. Tragically, the poor are likely to fare even worse under his administration. The Penn State University Department of Agricultural, Economics, Sociology and Education conducted the study, examining voting patterns in 3,106 counties with the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates in the nation.... Read More...

General Splits Ranks With Michael Flynn Over ‘Borderline Demented’ Tweets

Decorated war hero and retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey has questioned Ex-Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn’s fitness to serve as Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, after reviewing what he called “borderline demented” fake news that Flynn circulated on social media during the election. McCaffrey appeared on NBC News today (Dec. 12) and said he was “extremely uneasy” about Flynn in such a sensitive role.... Read More...

Trump Bizarro World Takes Shape Through Lies, Intimidation, Vindictiveness

Donald Trump is already setting a pattern of lies, intimidation and vindictiveness that likely will mark how he’ll operate as chief executive. His administration will be a Bizarro World, where all rules, traditions and protocols no longer apply. In Bizarro World, everything is weirdly inverted or oddly opposite of the real world–an apt metaphor for Trumps’s governing style.... Read More...

New York’s Top Cop Calls New Trump EPA Chief Scott Pruitt ‘Dangerous, Unqualified’

In a blistering statement, New York’s top cop, Eric T. Schneiderman, called Donald Trump’s reported new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief, Scott Pruitt “dangerous” and “unqualified” and vowed fight to “protect our nation’s air and water.” Pruitt, a Republican, is currently Attorney General of Oklahoma, where his record on environmental issues, especially climate change, has been abysmal, according to Schneiderman.... Read More...

Hospitals Warn of Financial Apocalypse, if Trump, Congress Repeal ObamaCare

Hospitals across the country are bracing for a financial apocalypse if President-elect Donald Trump and the Republican congress repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as ObamaCare. Two hospital groups spelled out the details in a new report. The American Hospital Association (AHA) and the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) today (Dec. 6) sent letters to Trump and Congressional leaders calling attention to the report. It details the impact, if an estimated 20 million people lose health insurance coverage.... Read More...

Donald Trump’s Gestapo-Like Police State May Be Closer Than You Think

Donald Trump’s fascistic tendencies are undeniable, and the nation may be moving closer to a Gestapo-like police state that even his most ardent detractors may realize. They have apparently met the enemy and it’s everyone–but them. In a thoroughly disturbing opinion piece in The New York Observer, Austin Bay, an adjunct professor at the University of Texas, Austin, argues that the FBI needs to crack-down on “malcontents” and Trump administration political opponents.... Read More...

Jill Stein Takes Voter Recount Campaign to Trump Tower in New York (Video!)

Jill Stein, the Green Party presidential candidate who is leading efforts to force vote recounts in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan, took her campaign to Trump Tower in New York City today (Dec. 4) to provide an update on her efforts to ensure accurate vote counts. President-elect Donald Trump won those three states and solidified his election victory even though he’s losing the popular vote to rival Hillary Clinton by almost 2.5 million votes.... Read More...

Trump Billionaire Cabinet Picks Could Reap $$$ Millions When They Take Office

High-rolling financiers and Goldman Sachs bankers could score major tax windfalls–amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars–by taking jobs in Donald Trump’s billionaire boy’s club cabinet. And, you wonder why the rich keep getting richer? The gold rush will start on day one, thanks to a little-known law designed–ironically–to ensure government integrity.... Read More...

Trump Private Sector Meddling Veers Into Russian Style Government Paternalism

Donald Trump is signaling that he intends to lord over the private sector with a heavy-handed Russian-style paternalism that will reward, or punish, corporations based on the degree they support his broader political objectives. Far from freeing the private sector from government shackles, the new Trump administration appears intent on meddling, at will, with business decisions that once were the reserve of corporate executives and their boards... Read More...

Keith Girard

Keith Girard has 30 years of experience as an award-winning reporter, editor-in-chief, and senior media executive. Keith’s career began in Washington, D.C., where he was a reporter for The Washington Post and a contributing editor for Regardie's and Washingtonian magazines. He also worked as a writer/producer in CNN's Washington Bureau and has written one book on the U.S. Marines in the Gulf War.