What Free World?

In well-justified revulsion at Trump’s post-Charlottesville statements, several commentators I’ve seen in the past week have uttered variations on the idea that Trump’s stance was unfit for the leader of the free world.  I can’t help wincing a bit on ...

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Robert E. Trump

It has always been astounding to me that symbols of the Confederacy could enjoy any legitimacy whatsoever in American politics and society.   The Confederacy was, after all, a revolt against the United States of America. It was a revolt whose ...

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What to do about North Korea? (II)

Just a short post today, since, given the headlines, I feel as though I have to return to this subject, even though I said most of what needs to be said in my earlier post. We are not in a ...

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Tweet of the Day

From the Tweeter in Chief, around 5:30 AM this morning, just hours before firing Anthony Scaramucci as WH Communications Director: No WH chaos!” It’s not clear whether this was a claim as to fact (“There is no chaos at the ...

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Spectacle in DC

What has been happening on Capitol Hill over the past few days is crazy, sleazy and deplorable. Majority Leader McConnell has sought to pass several different versions of a bill that was drafted in secret by a small group of ...

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Trumpcare RIP

First, let’s be clear: “Trumpcare” is a misnomer for the awful legislative proposal that has just hit the dust. Beyond egging the Congressional Republicans on, Trump had nothing to do with their proposal: he hardly knew what was in it, ...

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Liberal Condescension?

There’s a narrative that has long been a staple theme on the American right, but has won increasing credence recently on the left as well.   The narrative is about liberal smugness, condescension, and elitism. Liberals, it is said, look down ...

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Sen. Hatch defends civility

Sen. Bernie Sanders has offended Sen. Orin hatch. In a tweet, Sen. Sanders charged that the Republican healthcare bill now going through Congress would, if passed, kill thousands of people. Sen. Hatch’s office counter-tweeted, “The brief time when we were ...

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“When the distinction between truth and lies disappears…”

The Trump presidency is ugly, destructive and dangerous in hundreds of large and small ways, so the president’s habitual, uninhibited mendacity might seem like just…well, whatever is the opposite of the icing on the cake (the turd on the top ...

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Short Takes

SURPRISE—No Tapes! Did anybody really believe that Trump had tapes of his conversations with Comey? What does surprise me is that all the commentators I’ve seen have expressed puzzlement at Trump’s motives for the ruse, speculating that he was trying ...

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