Striking Syria

I’m frankly ambivalent about the US airstrikes in Syria.  Arguably, they are an appropriately measured response to an atrocity.   As long as they are no more than that—as long as they are a one-time demonstration and not a prelude to ...

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The Battle over Gorsuch

Democrats are fighting a losing battle. The Senate in a couple of days will surely confirm Neil Gorsuch as the newest justice of the Supreme Court. But it’s a battle that nevertheless must be fought. Let’s first dispose of the ...

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Donald’s Dagger Wielded by Judge Jeanine

OK, so I’m already breaking my vow to try not to write all the time about Trump’s awfulness, but this is irresistible. Also, I have the excuse that it’s apparently not getting the attention it deserves. Yesterday morning, our Tweeter ...

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Blogging in the Time of Trump

I have a small confession to make. Even though I post hardly once a week on the average, and even though I’ve barely touched on a number of troubling aspects of the Trump presidency—for example, the vast conflicts of interest, ...

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Bravo Bernie

Repeating a charge that he has made on previous occasions, Bernie Sanders has called Donald Trump a shameless liar. That might seem unremarkable, since Trump is, demonstrably, just that. But I don’t think any other major US politician has come ...

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How to Beat Trump

Now that I’ve caught your attention, I will admit that I don’t have any magic answer to this question, which undoubtedly is gong to be foremost in the minds of progressives for the next four (hopefully no more than four) ...

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Trump’s War on the Media

Such ingratitude! Watching The Great Populist inveigh against the enemy of the people, it’s too easy to forget that Trump actually owes his spectacular political success to the very media he now excoriates. A loutish demagogue with no experience in ...

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Shrinks Arguing about Trump (cont’d)

Another reputable psychiatrist, Richard A. Friedman, has joined the fray, taking the side that shrinks should not be opining on Donald Trump’s mental fitness. In an op-ed in the NY Times on-line, Friedman makes a strong case for why his professional colleagues ...

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Shrinks Arguing about Trump

Thirty-five psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers signed a letter to the NY Times yesterday opining that “…the grave emotional instability indicated by Mr. Trump’s speech and actions makes him incapable of serving safely as president.” In a letter to today’s ...

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A Note on Political Language: “Reactionary”

Regular readers might have noted that I very seldom use the term ”conservative” to refer to Republicans and others who hold sharply right-of-center political views. That’s because I think the term “conservative” in most cases is misleading. I explained this ...

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