Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman generally writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow. Jay Bookman's blog Read Jay's Atlanta Journal-Constitution column on MyAJC.com

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Opinion: This is a lawless administration
 (AP) Six weeks ago, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security completed its investigation into the agency’s
            disastrous handling of the first travel ban announced by the Trump administration. However, in an extraordinary and unprecedented step, the Trump administration won’t let that report become...

Posted: a day ago

(AP) Six weeks ago, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security completed its investigation into the agency’s disastrous handling of the first travel ban announced by the Trump administration. However, in an extraordinary and unprecedented step, the Trump administration won’t let that report become...
Opinion: In Washington, power puts itself on display
 Before it adjourned last week for Thanksgiving, the U.S. Senate already had a lot on its plate, so to speak. Republicans were struggling with the Roy Moore fiasco, Democrats with the Al Franken revelations, and both parties were wrangling over the fate of a “tax-reform package” that uses a relatively small and temporary reduction...

Posted: a day ago

Before it adjourned last week for Thanksgiving, the U.S. Senate already had a lot on its plate, so to speak. Republicans were struggling with the Roy Moore fiasco, Democrats with the Al Franken revelations, and both parties were wrangling over the fate of a “tax-reform package” that uses a relatively small and temporary reduction...
Opinion: These ghosts will haunt us
 (AP) As head of Rhino Resources, David Zatezalo oversaw a coal-mining company with one of the worst safety records in the industry.
            Conditions in Rhino mines were so bad that the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration twice cited the company for broad
            “pattern of violations,” a rare designation &ldquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

(AP) As head of Rhino Resources, David Zatezalo oversaw a coal-mining company with one of the worst safety records in the industry. Conditions in Rhino mines were so bad that the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration twice cited the company for broad “pattern of violations,” a rare designation &ldquo...
Opinion: “The works I’ve done ….”

Posted: 4 days ago

We lost the great Sharon Jones a year ago tomorrow, after a long and heroic battle against cancer. Before her departure, however, the Georgia-born Jones left us with this, a cut off her new, posthumously released album “Soul of a Woman.” In an interview shortly before her death, she referenced her fondness for a gospel...
Opinion: Power, its uses and abuses
 (AP) Out of frustration, I asked Twitter this morning to serve as my open-source assignment editor: My Trump era dilemma:
               Do I write about the outrage of someone with Trump's history of sexual harassment gloating about Franken's downfall?
               Or about the fact that in this "middle class tax cut," the middle...

Posted: 5 days ago

(AP) Out of frustration, I asked Twitter this morning to serve as my open-source assignment editor: My Trump era dilemma: Do I write about the outrage of someone with Trump's history of sexual harassment gloating about Franken's downfall? Or about the fact that in this "middle class tax cut," the middle...
Opinion: Dear Alabama: As a friend and neighbor, let me ask …

Posted: 5 days ago

Is this who you are, Alabama? I’m asking as a friend, and as a neighbor and fellow American: Is this really, deep down, who you are and how you want to be perceived? I am talking of course about this man, this “Judge Roy Moore.” You continue to call him by that title, even though he has had to be ousted — twice &mdash...
Opinion: Is this the best you have, Alabama?
  Is this who you are, Alabama? I’m asking as a friend, and as a neighbor and fellow American: Is this really, deep down, who you are and how you want to
            be perceived? I am talking of course about this man, this “Judge Roy Moore.” You continue to call him by that title, even though he has
            had to be...

Posted: 5 days ago

Is this who you are, Alabama? I’m asking as a friend, and as a neighbor and fellow American: Is this really, deep down, who you are and how you want to be perceived? I am talking of course about this man, this “Judge Roy Moore.” You continue to call him by that title, even though he has had to be...
Opinion: The GOP makes stupid promises
 (AP) The Republicans keep telling themselves that current political problems are caused by their failure to keep promises to voters. I think it’s even more basic than that: Their current political problems are caused by the fact that their promises suck,
            and the American people understand that they suck. For example, in...

Posted: 6 days ago

(AP) The Republicans keep telling themselves that current political problems are caused by their failure to keep promises to voters. I think it’s even more basic than that: Their current political problems are caused by the fact that their promises suck, and the American people understand that they suck. For example, in...
Opinion: Dear Georgia Power: The answer is no

Posted: 7 days ago

More than a decade ago, our good friends at Georgia Power proposed to build two new nuclear reactors — the first on U.S. soil in a generation — at its Vogtle site outside Augusta. Georgia Power recruited the partners it needed from electric co-ops and city utilities around the state. It lobbied its obedient servants at the state...
Opinion: A grave threat to the republic
 (AP) For weeks, President Trump has openly, publicly and energetically pressured the Justice Department to prosecute his political
            opponents, specifically Hillary Clinton. He has also expressed considerable anger at his handpicked attorney general, Jeff
            Sessions, for so far refusing to carry out those wishes. &ldquo...

Posted: 8 days ago

(AP) For weeks, President Trump has openly, publicly and energetically pressured the Justice Department to prosecute his political opponents, specifically Hillary Clinton. He has also expressed considerable anger at his handpicked attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for so far refusing to carry out those wishes. &ldquo...
Opinion: An answer for Ga. Power
 (AP) More than a decade ago, our good friends at Georgia Power conceived the idea of building two new nuclear reactors — the first
            to be built on U.S. soil in a generation — at its Vogtle site outside Augusta. Georgia Power recruited the partners it needed from electric co-ops and city utilities around the state. It...

Posted: 8 days ago

(AP) More than a decade ago, our good friends at Georgia Power conceived the idea of building two new nuclear reactors — the first to be built on U.S. soil in a generation — at its Vogtle site outside Augusta. Georgia Power recruited the partners it needed from electric co-ops and city utilities around the state. It...