Trump is leaving a permanent mark

(CNN)Consider the Sharpie. The iconic, proudly permanent, marker, “born for unique, unruly, courageous, outrageous self-expression that never, ever fades from glory,” says its manufacturer. A tool that might have been expressly invented for President Donald Trump. The tweets, she wrote, “point to a President who appears for all the world to be slipping; a man whose empathy is absent and who obviously lacks intellectual understanding of basic concepts.” But he is leaving a permanent mark, as Frida Ghitis noted. “The …

Mueller, drop the Yoda act

(CNN)It’s time for Robert Mueller to lose the mystery, drop the double-speak and stop the riddling. He needs to tell the American public where he stands — straight, clear and in plain English. Mueller’s reticent approach contrasts with the one taken by Independent Counsel Ken Starr in his 1998 report on President Bill Clinton. Starr found “substantial and credible information” that Clinton “lied under oath” and “endeavored to obstruct justice” — and he referred the case to Congress to consider …

Amazon’s less-than-zero tax rate is unacceptable

(CNN)Vice President Joe Biden is right to join the chorus of other leading Democratic presidential candidates, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in criticizing the fact that Amazon paid no federal income taxes in 2018. Amazon, a company whose market capitalization or value has been flirting with the $1 trillion mark for some time now, had $233 billion in revenues in 2018, showed $11 billion in pure profit before taxes, and actually got a tax refund of $129 …