The Israeli Elections and 2020

As a practical matter, there was little chance that the Israeli election outcome would have any impact on the prospects for a peace settlement in Israel/Palestine. Benjamin Netanyahu will be returned to office after a campaign in which he proclaimed ...

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More on Bernie, etc.

Just a quickie today, to pass on this fine piece by Eric Alterman, following up on my recent post on Bernie Sanders. The main thrust of it is that Bernie is too vulnerable to GOP smear attacks and therefore too ...

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Barr. vs. Mueller

It’s a pretty safe assumption that Robert Mueller wrote an executive summary for his report. It’s also pretty safe to assume that such a summary would not contain classified information. So, why did William Barr write his own summary of ...

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Which Way for the Democrats? (IV)

The question that I’ve raised in earlier posts—whether Democrats’ political prospects are better advanced with a relatively centrist or with a more leftist, progressive policy approach and strategy—has continued to generate controversy. Even the normally lay-back Jimmy Carter got into ...

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Omar and Dual Loyalty

I do hope this is the last post I do on this topic. Let’s be clear: Ilan Omar did not accuse Jews of dual loyalty.  Her remarks should be read in full context, which is usefully quoted by Phyllis Bennis, ...

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Medicare for All? (II)

How often do you see me citing David Brooks favorably? Well, I’m doing it today because he does such a good job of elaborating on the points I made in my first post of this title. Brooks starts out by ...

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Bernie Runs Again

As anticipated, Bernie Sanders has announced that he’s in the 2020 race for president. I’m an old Sanders fan, and I supported his presidential candidacy in 2016. This time I’m not sure, but I will most probably not be going ...

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Omar Tweets Again

Since I defended Ilhan Omar in my last post, I feel obliged to comment on her latest twitter trouble. Responding indirectly to an attack on her by Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, the Congresswoman shot off a tweet suggesting that Congressional ...

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Israel, the Left and Bret Stephens

Bret Stephens is one of the NY Times’s house conservatives. Unlike his colleagues David Brooks and Ross Douthat, he seldom manifests any interesting departures from right-wing orthodoxy, though, to his credit, he is an anti-Trumper. Like many ideologues of both ...

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Medicare for All?

Everybody seems to be talking about how the Democratic Party is moving to the left these days in response to an increasingly aroused base. I’m happy about that, but I do worry about some of the policy proposals that come ...

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