US Politics

Impeachment (II)

Just a short post today, to clarify and qualify my last post on this subject. In that post, I argued that impeachment of Donald Trump was 1) the right thing to do—that is, justified on constitutional grounds, and 2) the ...

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Which way for the Democrats?

Right now prospects are looking pretty good* for the Democrats to re-take the majority in the House of Representatives in September, with an outside chance even of re-taking the Senate. These prospective victories will be critical to limiting the damage ...

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Storm Over Daniels

Trump denies that he had an affair with porn star Stormy Daniels. At the same time, he’s suing her to enforce their non-disclosure agreement. Huh?  Why would there have been a non-disclosure agreement about an affair that never happened?  Am ...

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Recalling Obama

Remember when we had a thoughtful, morally centered adult serving as President of the United States? Princeton Professor Julian Zelizer, in this summary of his book on Obama’s legacy, reminds us that it really wasn’t that long ago. For those ...

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American Democracy Under Threat

A number of pundits and scholars have been warning lately that American democracy is in danger. The danger isn’t of an outright collapse of democratic institutions—there is no coup d’etat on the horizon—but of a significant diminution of the conditions ...

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America’s Exceptional Gun Problem (II)

I don’t like to repeat myself, but some things bear repeating.  Here, again, is the link to that excellent article I cited in a previous post.  Among other things, it thoroughly demolishes the gun nuts’ familiar claim that the only ...

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The Partisan Imperative

Just a short post today, to link to a fine article in The Atlantic that echoes an argument that I made some time ago. Today, in the US, you don’t have to think hard about whom to vote for: blind, ...

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The Memo

The right-wing media machine has been hyperventilating about it for weeks: the secret memo, prepared under the direction of House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, that aims to show that the Justice Department and the FBI cannot be trusted to ...

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The Shutdown

Let’s be honest. The immediate responsibility for shutting down the government is the Democrats’. The overwhelming majority of congressional Democrats on Thursday and Friday voted against funding the government; the overwhelming majority of Republicans, in favor. Of course, the Democrats ...

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How big is Trump’s base?

We hear all the time about Donald Trump’s “base”: that hard core of fervent supporters who see Trump as some kind of Second Coming, America’s savior who can do practically no wrong. We know that Trump is continually motivated by ...

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