What HRC Isn’t & What She Is

Two articles in yesterday’s NY Times usefully shed light on the probable 2016 Democratic nominee for president . Hillary-haters ought to read Nicholas Kristof’s op.ed. Kristof debunks the myth that Hillary is an exceptionally devious or mendacious or shifty politician. ...

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Bernie’s Choice

A New Republic article by Jeet Heer nicely captures my thinking about the Bernie Sanders phenomenon while at the same time reflecting the concerns that I and some commenters have been expressing in my last couple of posts.   The title ...

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The Hillary and Bernie Show

I didn’t expect much enlightenment from last night’s debate and I didn’t get any. I was a bit disturbed to see the tone become noticeably sharper than in probably all the previous debates, and I thought the weight of the ...

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Realism and Revolution

Bernie Sanders’ win in Wisconsin shows that his candidacy is very much alive and kicking. That, in my opinion, is a good thing, because Sanders’ success demonstrates that large numbers of Americans want to stop this country’s drift toward plutocracy.   ...

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Terrorism in Perspective

I have argued that Americans’ perception of the terrorist threat tends to be greatly inflated.   Our fear of terrorism is way out of proportion to the real danger it poses. Political scientist Stephen Walt has expanded on this theme in a ...

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The Candidates go to AIPAC

The Brussels attacks today came one day after the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) held its annual meeting, dutifully attended by all but one of the 2016 candidates for president of the United States. What’s the link between the ...

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Super Tuesday 2

So, those of us who don’t believe in fairies can all agree: the 2016 presidential election will be a matchup of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. That Clinton will win the Democratic nomination is now about as certain as anything ...

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Notes on the Campaign

It’s a while since I’ve blogged about the presidential campaign, even though lots has been happening. Here are just a few notes on how I see things at this point. On the Republican side, the odds are against the late-coming, ...

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Israel/Palestine: One State or Two?

A few weeks ago the NY Times’ Thomas Friedman, surveying the mess that is the Middle East today and reflecting on US policymakers’ proclivity for wishful thinking, dropped a bombshell: Start with Israel. The peace process is dead. It’s over, ...

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Scalia

A chess tournament this Presidents’ Day weekend kept me busy, so I didn’t have the time to comment on the death of Antonin Scalia, but I can’t let this occasion pass without a post. Scalia was a major actor in ...

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