US Politics

What we need

I am now convinced that the Republican Party must suffer repeated and devastating defeats. It must pay a heavy price for its embrace of white nationalism and know-nothingism. Only if the GOP as currently constituted is burned to the ground ...

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Collins’s Presumption

You don’t need me to add to the opprobrium that has been justly hurled at Susan Collins for her miserable performance in the Ford-Kavanaugh drama. I do, however, want to focus on one issue that Collins raised that has an ...

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Kavanaugh at War

I have no serious doubt that Christine Blasey Ford told the truth to the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday. But let’s be as charitable as we can to Brett Kavanaugh. It is conceivable, as I suggested parenthetically in an earlier post, ...

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He said….She said…

In the absence of witnesses willing to testify, it will probably be impossible to know with reasonable certainty who is telling the truth–Brett Kavanaugh or Christine Blasey Ford—about their alleged encounter 35 years ago. But there is a pretty straightforward ...

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Sorry, Paul

I have had many occasions to praise Paul Krugman in this blog, so for once you’re going to see me criticize him. In his column today, Krugman heaps practically all the blame on the Republicans for the weak economic recovery ...

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Woodward’s New Book

Just a short post today to provide a link, because I couldn’t resist passing this on.  The title tells it all: ” Donald Trump Is an Unhinged, Lying, Fifth-Grade, Goddamn Dumbbell—And That’s Just What His Friends Say“

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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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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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