Democrats’ Knives Out

I think I’m on safe ground in saying the Nevada melee had to be the most combative of the Democrats’ debates thus far this primary campaign, but my attention span gave out about half way through, so I can’t offer ...

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After New Hampshire

Under the topsy turvy system by which we choose our presidential nominees, primaries in just two states-–one small, one medium-sized and both demographic outliers among our United States—have significantly simplified and clarified the Democratic race. The simplification: two long shot ...

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Democrats Divided (or maybe not so much)

Just a short post today to link to a strong reading recommendation: a fine essay on recent American politics by the Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.  Dionne makes an important point that should be obvious: the differences between moderate and progressive ...

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How progressive is realism?

If you need a break from impeachment trial fatigue and are interested in American foreign policy, I have a reading recommendation for you, and you don’t even have to click on a link—it directly follows this paragraph.  It’s a review ...

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What’s with Dershowitz?

Alan Dershowitz had already put himself outside the mainstream of constitutional legal thought with his claim that a president could be impeached only because of criminal or “criminal-like” (whatever that means) behavior.  But that wasn’t enough; in his defense of ...

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The Defensible and the Indefensible

There are two articles of impeachment lodged against Trump.  Both are very strong, but the second is even stronger than the first. There is really only one plausible line of defense against the charge of impeachment based on abuse of ...

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The Sanders Warren Divide

It was upsetting to see Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in a dispute that could only hurt the chances of one of them becoming their party’s presidential nominee.  I mostly blame Warren, who is my preferred candidate.  Whatever Bernie said ...

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More on Iran

Just a short post today to pass on two reading recommendations that put the current crisis with Iran in useful perspective. If you read nothing else on the crisis in the next couple of days, you should take a look ...

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War is Peace

“We took action last night to stop a war.  We did not take action to start a war.”  So said the stable genius who occupies the White House.  His Secretary of State similarly claimed that Americans are safer now, even ...

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Centrist Bias

Just a quickie today: Since I always love seeing well-established pundits take up themes I have previously written about, I have to direct you to David Leonhardt’s excellent op-ed. in today’s NY Times. After you’ve read Leonhardt, you might want ...

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