US Politics

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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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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Risible Quote of the Month

As long as I’m attorney general, the criminal justice system will not be used for partisan political ends.” –William Barr, explaining that no, he will not be investigating Obama and Biden for plotting to take down Donald Trump

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PS2 on Biden

With thanks to a reader, I’m passing on another excellent takedown of Tara Reade’s sexual assault accusation against Joe Biden.  It’s long and repeats some points we’ve  already seen,  but you should read it if you still need convincing.  In ...

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The Charge Against Biden

This is what we know: Joe Biden has behaved inappropriately with women on a number of occasions.  We also know that one of those occasions almost certainly occurred with Tara Reade in 1993.  What we don’t know is whether whatever ...

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The Sources of Denialism

There used to be a time when non-negligible numbers of Republican politicians recognized the reality of climate change and the need for public policy to combat it.  That time is long past.  Today it’s very hard to find a Republican ...

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Democracy wins in Wisconsin

The Democratic challenger has defeated the incumbent Republican in an election for a seat on the Wisconsin State. Supreme Court.  This is big, great news, and it has national significance, for two reasons. First, Wisconsin is a critical swing state, ...

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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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