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George W. Trump

Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations does its best to form a synthesis out of Steve Bannon’s nationalism and George W. Bush’s foreign policy—but it’s not exactly a coherent combination, and we can already see its blind spots. It has been a bit odd to see Bush-era neoconservatives applauding Trump’s speech, but it’s easy […]

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Why Are We So Uneasy About 9/11?

I didn’t plan to write anything for the anniversary of 9/11 this year, because I figure we’re at the point where we save the extended analysis for round-number anniversaries. It’s something I care about deeply, as longtime readers know, but they will also know that I have written a great deal about that attack and […]

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To Dissolve the People and Elect Another

Protesters against Donald Trump’s inauguration are flooding to DC and putting forth their best effort to ensure that there will be a second Trump inauguration to protest four years from now. I’m not boasting or gloating about this outcome. I didn’t want there to be a first Trump inauguration, and I probably won’t be too […]

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Fake News Is Really Bad, Unless It’s About Someone We Hate

The furor over “fake news” on Facebook supposedly tipping the election for Donald Trump was only ever going to end one way. I just didn’t expect it to get there so quickly. The recent “fake news” hysteria came, after all, from the same people who previously brought us “fake but accurate.” If you don’t remember […]

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The Planning-to-Fail Plan

The little-recognized implication of this year’s election is that we are never going to fix Social Security. The unsustainability of the crown jewel of the middle-class welfare state is well known. As the Baby Boomers get old, there are fewer younger workers paying taxes to support them. The program’s reserves are being spent down and […]

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Blame America First

What is President Obama’s deal with Iran really, essentially about? I just realized that John Kerry has been trying to tell us all along, and it’s only yesterday that he finally said it clearly enough to make it register. In last week’s Senate testimony, he first established the theme, warning that if Congress doesn’t approve […]

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The Memification of Planned Parenthood

The controversy over Planned Parenthood is in danger of being memified, which ensures that it will not be processed in a thoughtful, meaningful way—and also that it may have surprisingly little impact on the debate. When I finally got through the transcripts of the first video, I found the whole thing was a let-down. The […]

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The Stupidest Iraq War Question

The mainstream media’s latest brainwave is to ask GOP candidates whether they would have supported the 2003 invasion of Iraq “if you had known what we know now.” This is appallingly stupid on five different levels. 1. It’s a gimme. It amounts to saying, “Please, senator, let me give you an opportunity to disavow a […]

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In Case of Emergency, Vote for Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio just announced his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, sounding several very promising themes before describing the one that is actually likely to define his candidacy. First, he described his family’s immigrant success story, which he uses to establish himself as a champion of the middle class—specifically the lower-middle-class strivers like his parents. […]

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We Ordered the Code Red

I thought we already knew that we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. But apparently Senate Democrats thought we needed to spend $40 million to compile a massive report to tell us this news, and also to tell us that we did various nasty things to some other al-Qaeda linked detainees. Which leaves me wondering: so what […]

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