Kamala Harris

It is pretty much obligatory for a political blogger to comment on Biden’s choice for veep, so I’ll start by repeating what I have said about Harris on other occasions. She is a very impressive figure—extremely smart, articulate, competent and ...

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Stephens vs. Beinart on Israel

Brett Stephens, the NY Times’ most intrepid defender of Israel, takes aim today at Peter Beinart, a long-time advocate of a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine who no longer believes in that possibility.  Beinart now favors a single democratic ...

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Biden’s Veep Choice

Joe Biden says that he will reveal his choice of vice-presidential running mate next week. Is there any point in speculating on who that choice might be?  Not really, but it’s fun, so let’s go. First, let’s be clear: who ...

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Our Contested Past

I’m not proud to be an American.  Nor am I ashamed.  I simply don’t’ have any personal sense of ownership of the many great deeds and misdeeds of our forebears.  But even if our history isn’t a source of pride ...

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TIME 0FF

Just a quick post today to let you know that it will be a while before you hear again from your favorite blogger. I had replacement surgery on Wednesday on my right shoulder.  Hopefully it won’t be too long before ...

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The Nightmare Scenario

Based on the polls, both nationwide and in the critical background states, it now appears extremely likely that Donald Trump will lose this November’s presidential election.  Will Trump accept defeat?  By “accept” I don’t mean: will he accept it psychologically.  ...

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White Privilege

Thanks in part to recent police atrocities, increasing numbers of white Americans are apparently coming to awareness of the pervasiveness of anti-black racism in our society and of the burdens it places on African Americans. A phrase that comes up ...

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Pushing Biden

I just sent in my mail-in vote in the New York State Democratic primary.  I voted for a loser. We know, of course, that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee for president, but I voted for my favorite, Elizabeth ...

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Will they be serving Kool-Aid?

CNN reports: Attendees of President Donald Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, must agree not to sue the campaign if they contract coronavirus. Rallygoers are asked to RSVP to gain admission to the event and by registering, they must agree ...

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The Politics of Protest 2020

The widespread protests in response to the murder of George Floyd represent the best of America, but I’m no less impressed and heartened by the breadth of popular support they enjoy.  According to a Reuters poll, 64 % of adults ...

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