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Stories by Jim Picht

James Picht is the Senior Editor for Communities Politics. He teaches economics and Russian at the Louisiana Scholars' College in Natchitoches, La. After earning his doctorate in economics, he spent several years doing economic development work in Moscow and the new independent states of the former Soviet Union for the U.S. government, the Asian Development Bank, and as a private contractor. He has also worked in Latin America, the former USSR and the Balkans as an educator, teaching courses in economics and law at universities in Ukraine and at finance ministries throughout the region. He has been writing at the Communities since 2009.

‘President Trump’, or ‘Cthulhu fhtagn’?

WASHINGTON, January 19, 2017 — “President Trump.” It has an oddly surreal ring to it. After two months of preparation, the idea of a Trump presidency still seems wildly improbable. “President Trump.” Depending on who says them, the words are tinged with anxiety or excitement, hope or dread. A storm is coming to Washington, and it will ...