Shaun Mullen

Shaun Mullen was born to blog. It just took a few years for the medium to catch up to the messenger. Over a long career with newspapers, this award-winning editor and reporter covered the Vietnam War, O.J. Simpson trials, Clinton impeachment circus and coming of Osama bin Laden, among many other big stories. Mullen also mentored reporters who went on to be the best in the newspaper and television business, including several who won Pulitzer Prizes. He is the author of "The Bottom of the Fox: A True Story of Love, Devotion & Cold-Blooded Murder" and the forthcoming "There's A House In The Land: A Tale of the 1970s". Much of Mullen's work is archived in the Shaun D. Mullen Journalism Papers in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library.

Pardon Me: Why All Hell Would Break Loose If Trump Tries To Exonerate Himself

There is no more pressing question in the storm of legal issues swirling around the Russia scandal than whether Donald Trump can pardon himself.  The answer is that he probably cannot, but if he tries it would plunge America into a full-blown constitutional crisis that his presidency probably could not survive. Trump showed his hand over the weekend in tweeting (what else?): "While all agree the U.S. President has complete power to pardon, why Continue Reading...

The Laws To Get Trump Are Working, For The Most Part. But Will They Be Enough?

It is not that the trickle of news leaks staining Donald Trump's shiny black Guccis from the outset of his presidency have become a flood.  Nor that this flood has been a counterbalance to Trump's outrages, deceits and extraconstitutional forays since congressional Republicans have taken to the fainting couch en masse as evidence of his collusion with Russia in its effort to influence the 2016 presidential election has piled up.  It is that the Continue Reading...

Ivanka Trump: Faux Feminist, President Whisperer & Accessorized Bling Peddler

Ivanka Trump did not, of course, get to choose her father.  And as a rule, the children of presidents should be off limits from media scrutiny, or at least have a modicum of privacy away from the harsh glare of the 24/7 world in which celebrities live.  But Ivanka is not just any president's kid.  She is the First Daughter of a man whose vileness is without bounds, and her choreographed effort to portray herself as a president whisper whose voice Continue Reading...

Trump Is Supposed To Be President Of All The People, But He’s Scared Of Them

President Trump's fear of the people he is supposed to be leading is pathetically obvious. Trump isn't just staying away from his beloved castle in the sky on Fifth Avenue in New York in dread of the immense protests that would bring his motorcade -- and much of Manhattan -- to a halt.  With the exception of weekends at Mar-a-Lago, golf outings and trips to the comfy confines of military bases, Trump has slipped away from the White House only to Continue Reading...

Russia Scandal Math: How The President Called Trump Can Be Brought Down Hard

Everything, as they say, is now perfectly clear.  Except what still isn't clear at all.  If you, like many millions of Americans, are praying that the Donald Trump presidency crashes and burns, the clearest path not involving a Caine Mutiny moment in which he gets frog-walked from the Oval Office in a straightjacket as he clutches his smartphone and madly tweets is to follow the scent of the smoking guns in the Russia scandal.  There are several Continue Reading...

A Man Walks Into A Bar: Why We’ll Take Small Victories Over Cheeto Where We Can

Yes, it sounds like a bad joke, but could the tide have turned in the false news wars by a guy walking into a bar?   The answer is maybe, but in any event we'll take small victories where we can in the long slog to take down Cheeto Jesus.   A mere three weeks into his presidency, Donald Trump has historically low popularity ratings, but still has the unwavering support of the pitchfork posse while rumors of a congressional Republican revolt Continue Reading...

If Dr. King Looked Beyond The Grave Today, He Would Be Bitterly Disappointed

When I was first cutting my teeth in the newspaper business, my editors sent me out on "house ends," visits to homes where I would interview families of interest because something very bad of interest had happened to them. It was the late 1960s and many of these house ends were the result of the death of a young man in Vietnam, usually an Army or Marine Corps infantryman who had been drafted or given the choice between prison or the military by Continue Reading...