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The Only “Deep State” Is the One Trump Created

Intrepid Republican sleuths finally found the Deep State operatives who have been working to bring down President Trump by creating the appearance of an improper, politically motivated quid pro quo in his dealings with Ukraine. Those operatives are a rogue US ambassador and a lawyer operating in the shadows entirely outside the normal workings of […]

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The Foreign Policy of the United States

Impeachment Roundup As I mentioned in the last edition, to keep impeachment news from overwhelming everything else, I’ll be putting almost all of my commentary on this issue into separate updates like this one that will come out every week or two as developments merit. I’m going to try not to get bogged down in […]

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Congratulations, “Deep State” Conspiracy Theorists, You’ve Discovered Bureaucracy

Just as “fake news” is the epithet thrown around as a magic formula to justify refusing to pay attention to any fact you don’t like, so the “deep state” is a magic formula used to justify ignoring the latest evidence of President Trump’s malfeasance in foreign policy, by waving it all off as a political […]

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Dear Republicans: Is This the Idol to Whom You Have Sold Your Souls?

In the past few weeks, Donald Trump has gone from saying that no, he didn’t collude with a foreign dictatorship to interfere with the US election, to doing it on live TV, asking the government of China to investigate Joe Biden and his son, for no clear reason. Exactly two prominent Republicans denounced this: Ben […]

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Our Orange Revolution

Scott Lincicome, bless him, has come up with the perfect title under which to cover the big Trump-Ukraine scandal. What better inspiration to take for the latest revelations that the Orange Man is Bad than Ukraine’s 2004-5 Orange Revolution? Back then, if you will recall, Ukrainians came out into the streets to protest a 2004 […]

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Impeachment Is a Symptom

Sean Trende recently noted that impeachment has been invoked more frequently in recent decades: in 1974*, 1998, and now in 2019. The only previous impeachment was against Andrew Johnson in 1868. So we went more than 100 years without trying to remove a president, and now we’re trying to do it roughly every 20 years. […]

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“The Culture War Comes for the Kids”

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Infowars Presidency While I’ve been wrapping up work on my book (I might have mentioned it), some interesting things were happening out in the world, so I’m going to start getting caught up on the latest news in this edition. The big thing that happened is […]

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Are We All Colluding With the Russians?

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Saudi Ataturk I’ve drawn your attention a few times in the past to the guy I’ve named “the most interesting man in the world,” Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. MBS, as he is called by Western reporters and commenters, has been presenting himself as […]

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World News Roundup

American politics is more of a circus than usual these days, and aside from distracting us from the really important domestic issues–the growing economy, but also this administration’s total failure to rein in government spending and debt–it also distracts us from what is going on in the rest of the world. So I decided it […]

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The Spies Who Came Back to the Cold

Five Things You Need to Read Today 1. The Right to Try The best part of the Trump administration, underneath the overhanging existential dread, is the push for deregulation. A lot of this has been done through executive action, which is of limited value because it can be undone by the next president (something Barack […]

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