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Politics Is Stranger than Fiction

I wrote a novel entitled “The iCandidate” where a former Green Beret turned teacher runs for Congress with the help of his students. While there was certainly a quality about that requiring suspension of disbelief, I received reviews labeling it as everything from “far―fetched” to “unrealistic. Maybe they are right, but if the American people [...]...

A Crisis Made in Taiwan?

Trump’s phone call with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan on Friday generated headlines screaming that Trump had broken with decades-old One China policy. It was the first known contact between a U.S. president (or, in this case, president-elect) and a Taiwanese leader since 1979 during the Carter Administration. Some publications argued that it forced the [...]...

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Election 2016 – America the Banana Republic

A “banana republic” or “banana” state is a term used in political science to characterize politically unstable countries. Often these countries are in Latin America and feature economies largely dependent on exporting a limited-resource product, such as bananas. Considering our status as a first world superpower, this depiction is not how we think of the [...]...

Why We Watched (Really Watched)

According to a recent Fox News article, the third presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton was the third most watched in history. It was behind only the lone Reagan-Carter debate in 1980 (80.6 M people) and the first debate which took the top spot with a hefty 84 million. So it means that [...]...

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Welcome to Politics as Unusual

When I came up with this tagline two years ago, I never could have imagined how appropriate it would be for the 2016 election cycle. I created it because of the success of my first novel, The iCandidate. The main character, Michael Bennit, is anything but conventional. His journey into Washington’s halls of power in [...]...

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