Nixon vs. Cuomo

Once again New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing a primary challenger on his left, “Sex & the City” co-star Cynthia Nixon. I would be astonished if Nixon succeeded in grabbing the nomination from Cuomo, but he shows no signs ...

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John McCain

The encomia are flowing, and much of the praise is well-deserved. John McCain was an honorable man of principle. He was a gentleman who embraced civility. He thus distinguished himself from the great majority of his current congressional Republican colleagues, ...

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Of Nancy and Newt

I’m sure I’ve begun more than one post with something to the effect that once again, Paul Krugman has hit the nail right on the head. Well, he’s done it again, this time in tribute to Nancy Pelosi, who the ...

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So, what’s the story?

If you don’t read the New York Times, or if you read only the print newspaper, you may not be familiar with Thomas Edsall, a veteran journalist who has written several valuable books on US politics and contributes a consistently ...

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Which way for the Democrats? (II)

The question that I raised in a post a few months ago has gotten a lot of play in the media lately, probably sparked by the surprise victory of the self-described socialist, neophyte Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, in a New York ...

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Donald and the Russia Problem

Donald Trump has repeatedly resisted the irresistible conclusion that Vladimir Putin did what he could to put Trump in the White House.  Now, the summit meeting in Helsinki has forced him to be explicit: to say that he believes Putin, ...

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Willful Ideology or Defective Personality?

Donald Trump’s apparent willingness to bust up NATO and the European Union, together with his penchant for starting trade wars and his repeatedly expressed affinity with autocratic strongmen, have led a lot of commentators to bemoan the threat he poses ...

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The president sticks it to the allies, again

In evident anticipation of the upcoming NATO summit, Donald Trump has written strongly worded letters to many of our NATO allies complaining that they don’t spend enough on defense. This is an old complaint by US presidents, of course, but ...

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Tolerance, Civility and Respect in the Age of Trump

Recent events have raised questions about appropriate behavior in confronting the extraordinary ugliness of the Trump presidency. First, Samantha Bee calls Ivanka Trump a “cunt.” Then Robert DeNiro shouts “Fuck Trump” to a cheering Tony awards audience. More recently Sarah ...

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The Mean Party

Kevin Drum has put it so succinctly and well that I will simply reproduce without further comment his post today: Donald Trump has made plain what’s long lurked barely below the surface of American politics: it’s not so much a ...

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