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Peter Van Buren

Peter Van Buren is the author of We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, Hooper’s War: A Novel of WWII Japan and Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the 99 Percent.

Law

The ‘jail Trump’ mania reaches its sad end

The latest Letitia James lawsuit is so much ado about nothing

By Peter Van Buren

Culture

Exhausted by America’s culture of fear

I’m not sure I should worry about our democracy so much as our sanity

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

Vanity plates and the fight for free speech

The First Amendment sends one down some odd paths

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

Why is a ‘special master’ reviewing Trump’s documents?

He’s hoping executive privilege can apply to a former president. But can it?

By Peter Van Buren

International

The missing Biden foreign policy

There’s no plan, no careful set of chess moves, just an empty void

By Peter Van Buren

Policy

Chinese tyranny? American surveillance is scary too

The technology of war has come home

By Peter Van Buren

Law

Merrick Garland is between a rock and a hard place

He has every reason not to indict Trump, starting with the double standard over Hillary

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

The FBI search warrant is no slam dunk against Trump

Though it does raise a question: was the FBI sent after a presidential candidate?

By Peter Van Buren

Policy

Why does America have so many secrets?

Government overclassification, not Trump’s Mar-a-Lago docs, is the real issue here

By Peter Van Buren

Law

The Clintons actually broke the laws Trump is accused of breaking

The DoJ must explain why they were never charged or prosecuted

By Peter Van Buren

Law

How much, really, changes post-Roe?

Pay no heed to the crazy all-or-nothing screeds and science fiction fears

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

The five stages of Mar-a-Lago grief

He’s gotta be guilty of something, right?

By Peter Van Buren

Politics

What is a classified document, anyway?

The classification system for national security documents has been often misused

By Peter Van Buren

Law

Merrick Garland is the Mar-a-Lago mystery man

Dems know they now have about twelve weeks left to indict Trump or someone near him

By Peter Van Buren

International

The myth that Hiroshima was necessary

The ‘we had no choice’ excuse has had twenty-first century consequences

By Peter Van Buren

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