Jay Bookman

Jay Bookman is a columnist and blogger at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues and state and local politics. Jay Bookman generally writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.

Latest from Jay Bookman

Opinion: Here’s a curious thing
 The indictment of 13 Russian nationals released Friday tells us that the Kremlin’s effort to interfere with and influence the 2016 U.S. election was launched in Russia by early 2014. The Trump administration has seized upon that timeline as proof that it had no involvement in or knowledge of the Russia intervention. For example, in...

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The indictment of 13 Russian nationals released Friday tells us that the Kremlin’s effort to interfere with and influence the 2016 U.S. election was launched in Russia by early 2014. The Trump administration has seized upon that timeline as proof that it had no involvement in or knowledge of the Russia intervention. For example, in...
Opinion: Memphis Monday morning ...

Posted: 18 hours ago

I’m glad the week is over, except for the fact that these days, in this business, the week is never really over. The good news is that we have music, and music has long served as my five o’clock whistle, my psychological reset button, no matter what time it finally blows.  This is one of my favorite all-time cuts, and always...
Opinion: Kremlin 2016 intervention was significant
 According to a 37-page federal grand-jury indictment returned today, the effort by the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 elections and to promote the election of Donald Trump was significantly more substantial than previously understood. The indictment levels charges of conspiracy to defraud against 13 Russian nationals and three...

Posted: 20 hours ago

According to a 37-page federal grand-jury indictment returned today, the effort by the Russian government to interfere in the 2016 elections and to promote the election of Donald Trump was significantly more substantial than previously understood. The indictment levels charges of conspiracy to defraud against 13 Russian nationals and three...
Opinion: Russia’s meddling has consequences
 His name was “Jermaine,” and based on his Twitter profile picture, he was a young black male. In early November of 2015, Jermaine was angry about racial tensions and violence on the campus of the University of Missouri. “The cops are marching with the KKK!” he claimed on Twitter. “They beat up my little brother!...

Posted: 23 hours ago

His name was “Jermaine,” and based on his Twitter profile picture, he was a young black male. In early November of 2015, Jermaine was angry about racial tensions and violence on the campus of the University of Missouri. “The cops are marching with the KKK!” he claimed on Twitter. “They beat up my little brother!...
Opinion: It’s not ‘we can’t.’ It’s ‘we won’t’
 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Those are the Parkland dead, and with some still fighting for life, we may not be done counting yet.  Each of those numbers is -- more accurately, was -- a human being; each was the center of a universe, a world, comprising friends and brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and sons and...

Posted: a day ago

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Those are the Parkland dead, and with some still fighting for life, we may not be done counting yet.  Each of those numbers is -- more accurately, was -- a human being; each was the center of a universe, a world, comprising friends and brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers and sons and...
Opinion: A case study in Russian meddling
 His name was “Jermaine,” and based on his Twitter profile picture, he was a young black American male. In early November of 2015, Jermaine was angry and outraged about racial tensions on the campus of the University of Missouri, and also fearful of the violence being perpetrated there. “The cops are marching with the KKK!&rdquo...

Posted: 2 days ago

His name was “Jermaine,” and based on his Twitter profile picture, he was a young black American male. In early November of 2015, Jermaine was angry and outraged about racial tensions on the campus of the University of Missouri, and also fearful of the violence being perpetrated there. “The cops are marching with the KKK!&rdquo...
Opinion: For Valentine’s Day, Trump’s relationship advice

Posted: 3 days ago

Back in the early ‘90s, a magazine profile of Donald Trump quoted his advice on handling troublesome women. “You have to treat ‘em like (human excrement),” Trump had allegedly said. In 1994, when asked about the quote by ABC News, Trump vehemently denied it and attacked the person who reported it. “The woman&rsquo...
Opinion: A basic disrespect for women
 Back in the early ‘90s, a magazine profile of Donald Trump quoted his advice about how to handle troublesome women. “You have to treat ‘em like (human excrement),” Trump had allegedly said. In 1994, when asked about the quote by ABC News, Trump vehemently denied it and attacked the person who reported it. ...

Posted: 4 days ago

Back in the early ‘90s, a magazine profile of Donald Trump quoted his advice about how to handle troublesome women. “You have to treat ‘em like (human excrement),” Trump had allegedly said. In 1994, when asked about the quote by ABC News, Trump vehemently denied it and attacked the person who reported it. ...
Opinion: Conspiracy: The IED of information warfare
 The conservative movement has created a pretty neat little conspiracy-generation factory, and these days it’s humming at peak output. In addition to classics such as PizzaGate and the Seth Rich murder, a partial listing of its recent product line would include the so-called “unmasking” scandal back in April, in which top...

Posted: 5 days ago

The conservative movement has created a pretty neat little conspiracy-generation factory, and these days it’s humming at peak output. In addition to classics such as PizzaGate and the Seth Rich murder, a partial listing of its recent product line would include the so-called “unmasking” scandal back in April, in which top...
Opinion: Exile from the land of reason
 It would seem reasonable, in a reasonable world. If the FBI and Justice Department have serious concerns about the contents of a classified memo drafted by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, it would seem reasonable for those agencies to request changes in the memo, and reasonable for the Democrats to address those concerns. The...

Posted: 7 days ago

It would seem reasonable, in a reasonable world. If the FBI and Justice Department have serious concerns about the contents of a classified memo drafted by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, it would seem reasonable for those agencies to request changes in the memo, and reasonable for the Democrats to address those concerns. The...
Opinion: Ain’t short of much

Posted: 7 days ago

With Carnival season coming to its peak soon, and Mardi Gras just a few short days away, I thought it would be right to toss out a little taste of New Orleans to kick off our weekend. Ladies and gentlemen, savor some Trombone Shorty. Stay dry this weekend, looks like this mini-drought we are supposedly experiencing is coming to an end. <...