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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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Sean Spicer on “Dancing with the Stars” Is Everything That’s Wrong with the Trump Era

Some of us have been wondering exactly what victory in the Culture War would look like. Well, now we know what Trump country thinks victory looks like. God help us, it looks like this. That’s Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary, clomping his way through a routine on “Dancing with the Stars,” where he […]

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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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The New Science of Progress, and the Old One

News Roundup Editor’s Note: I’m continuing for one more installment of my “News Roundup” format in a last push to catch up with everything that’s been happening while I was completing my book on Atlas Shrugged. I’ve also realized that impeachment news could easily swamp everything else that’s going on in the world, so I […]

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Capitalocene

News Roundup Editor’s Note: Check out a podcast I did as a guest of Erik Torenberg, alongside Jason Crawford, talking about the need to appreciate the achievements of capitalism, how our failure to grasp the scope of human progress distorts our thinking, plus a defense of Ayn Rand and of course a plug for my […]

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Are the President’s Advisors On Strike?

Recently in The Bulwark, I speculated that President Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds would lead to much crazier things happening, or at least to much crazier things seeing the light of day, without responsible adults around to make everything look grown-up and professional. That result was not long in coming. And yes, I’m talking about […]

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Trump’s Betrayal of the Kurds May Be a Turning Point

Donald Trump’s betrayal of the Kurds is a moment that might be more important than it seems—one that is likely to have a far-reaching impact that goes well beyond what happens in Syria. Why? Because this is the moment when responsible adults in the administration and in high-ranking executive positions, however many of them are […]

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The Kowtow

News Roundup 1. Acting Secretary of Defense Kurt Schlichter At the beginning of the year, I warned about the beginnings of the Trumpocalypse. At the time, Trump had chased out some of the last few serious national security professionals in his administration through an impulsive and ill-advised announcement that he was going to withdraw the […]

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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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