FBB Primer: The American Opioid Epidemic

While the details of the President’s proclamation are yet to be seen, the declaration marks a new front in the on going crisis. However, the question remains, how exactly did we get here? To answer this question, the staff of the Finest Bagels Blog has put together a comprehensive guide, that will hopefully provide our readers with a better understanding of this epidemic.    Continue reading FBB Primer: The American Opioid Epidemic

There is a Bear in the Woods: Resets and Returns 2009-2016

Tom Warwick Editor’s Note: This is the final installation in an ongoing series exploring the creation of “Putin’s Russia” and its place in the international community.  Click here to read the preceding entries. “I would be warned against using a … Continue reading There is a Bear in the Woods: Resets and Returns 2009-2016

Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Privatizing the Parks!?

These are troubling times for the National Parks. Decades of chronic underfunding has left our National Parks System with a $12 Billion maintenance backlog. The Parks Service has arrived at a critical crossroads between conflicting goals of its mission: Access and Preservation. Movements by State Republicans to decertify Bear Ears National Monument in Utah and Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument in Maine threaten individual parks, but one ever looming, increasingly popular idea threatens the parks as a whole: Privatization. Continue reading Revisiting America’s Best Idea: Privatizing the Parks!?

FBB Special Report: Parliamentary Pirates

In use since the early days of the republic, the procedure has become especially controversial in the last few years as both Republicans and Democrats have threatened to significantly curtail its effects. Since it is likely that we will see some significant action concerning the future of the Filibuster as early as this week, the team at the FBB thought a short primer might be helpful. Continue reading FBB Special Report: Parliamentary Pirates

Op/Ed – Who Watches the Watchmen in Trump’s America?

It is unconscionable that simply because one party controls the House, Senate, and Executive they can flout basic rules about conflicts of interest, perjury, and obstruction of justice. Ethics monitoring should not be dependent on electoral politics. If the Democrats have done the same in the past and the news media ignored it, shame on them, but it was wrong then and it’s wrong now. Continue reading Op/Ed – Who Watches the Watchmen in Trump’s America?

FBB Special Report: Are you F****** Kidding me, Again?

Session’s initial denial and then, frankly, weak explanation, is just another example of the Trump Administration’s causal relationship with the truth and with ethical standards. More worrisome, this now makes two Trump campaign officials who have been caught lying about the contacts they had with high-ranking Russian diplomats. Continue reading FBB Special Report: Are you F****** Kidding me, Again?