Domestic Policy

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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It’s also the corruption

Amongst all the manifest evils of the Trump regime—the xenophobic racism, the attacks on the rule of law, the routine mendacity, the many destructive policies foreign and domestic—it’s easy to overlook that this is almost certainly the most corrupt administration ...

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How vulnerable is Biden?

Eons ago, when it looked like there was still a contest for the Democratic presidential nomination, I tackled the question of whether Biden or Sanders would be the stronger candidate.  I concluded in favor of the former.  One reader, however, ...

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Uniquely Unfit

At some point in this pandemic it will be possible, based on accumulated data to date, to estimate the cost in human lives of the weeks of indifference, denialism and delay displayed by the grotesquely inadequate man in the White ...

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Trump’s Choice

“WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF” So says Donald Trump.  And, strictly speaking, it is a reasonable assertion.  Shutting down the US economy to deal with the virus means imposing a lot of hardship—psychological as ...

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Fauci on the Tightrope

Dr. Anthony Fauci has garnered a lot of hopeful admiration as the voice of science in an administration that disdains politically inconvenient facts, scientific or other.  The poor guy has to walk a tightrope.  He knows that the president of ...

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A big fly in the Medicare for All ointment

I’m a great admirer and appreciative reader of Harold Meyerson, editor at large of The American Prospect and a frequent op-ed. writer for The Washington Post.  In a recent newsletter, Meyerson tries to show how Elizabeth Warren can defend her ...

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The Democrats debate health care

I still haven’t watched the whole thing, but I think last night’s was probably the most contentious debate so far of the Democratic presidential race.  I plan to write separately about foreign policy, which seems in any case to have ...

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The Democrats Debate, Again

If you’re at all like me, you have probably had more than your fill by now of commentaries—on air, on-line and print—on the last two rounds of Democratic debates.  And yet, here you are, reading yet another commentary.  Unfortunately, I doubt ...

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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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