Ukrainegate and the Russia Problem

Some time ago I expressed concern that revulsion over Russian interference in US domestic politics and over the Trump/Putin bromance works against a realistic approach to our relations with Russia. Yes, we should oppose Russian wrongdoing, but we still need ...

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Liberal Condescension? (II)

I generally try to avoid repeating myself, but some things bear repeating.  A couple of years ago I did a post by this title challenging the common belief that condescending attitudes by liberal elites towards average Americans were a contributing ...

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Parsing the polls

The NY Times’ election analysis whizzes at “538” published poll findings the other day that have caused understandable consternation among Democrats.  The polls, taken in 6 key battleground states, show that Trump is highly competitive with his prospective Democratic opponents.  ...

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The grounds for impeachment

It now looks as though the impeachment of Donald Trump will focus exclusively, or nearly exclusively, on Trump’s shakedown of the Ukrainian government to generate dirt on Joe Biden.  That’s a shame. Suppose—yes, it’s hard, but just suppose—that before that ...

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A big fly in the Medicare for All ointment

I’m a great admirer and appreciative reader of Harold Meyerson, editor at large of The American Prospect and a frequent op-ed. writer for The Washington Post.  In a recent newsletter, Meyerson tries to show how Elizabeth Warren can defend her ...

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Syria

In the well-justified outrage at Trump’s tossing the Syrian Kurds to the tender mercies of his pal Erdogan, there has been a tendency to lose sight of the bigger questions regarding the US presence in Syria. What are we doing ...

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The Democrats debate health care

I still haven’t watched the whole thing, but I think last night’s was probably the most contentious debate so far of the Democratic presidential race.  I plan to write separately about foreign policy, which seems in any case to have ...

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What to do About the Supreme Court

The current Supreme Court has 5-4 right-wing majority that would not have come about had it not been for the theft of a Court seat that President Obama should have been able to fill.  Recall that Mitch McConnell refused to ...

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The Mythology of Centrism

Paul Krugman’s op.eds. vary in quality–from very good to excellent. Today’s is pretty close to  excellent.  Krugman excoriates centrists who refuse to acknowledge the ideological asymmetry of our two-party system.  Clinging to the ideal of bi-partisanship, they cannot come to ...

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The Hunter Biden pseudo-scandal

Just a short post today to pass this along, since I haven’t seen anyone else boil the relevant facts down so well.  The bottom line: if anyone tells you that somehow, the Bidens are also culpable in Ukrainegate, you can ...

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