Tag Archives: Conservatism

Exploring masterpieces of received political reporting

Hours before North Korea shocked no one except White House officials Matt Yglesias offered a summary of what we know about the occupant of the Oval Office: Donald Trump is a liar. More than that, he’s a fraud. Not just … Continue reading

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Accepting transgenderism will lead to ‘imminent tragedy’

To think that J.J. McCullough’s “Time for a Compromise on Transgenderism” is the kindest thing that National Review Online can bring itself to publish about a segment of society that until grassroots insistence couldn’t even get Human Rights Campaign to … Continue reading

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The rich get richer, the poor have children

State legislators aren’t even trying to hide the racist intentions of their bills. Legislation requiring Medicaid recipients to prove they work thirty hours a week, at a cost of $30 million annually, passed in the Michigan state senate. But here’s … Continue reading

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‘I pulled the lever for Trump, and I’m not sorry I did’

Seventeen months after the election, after MSNBC has eschewed, say, extended coverage of the teacher strikes in favor of blanket coverage of Russian connection, Stormy Daniels, and the ever-changing moods of Rudy Giuliani, the New York times spends resources to … Continue reading

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Barbara Bush — RIP

As readers know, I came of political age during the Poppy Bush years, and it was bizarre even then to watch handlers, insofar as the president gave a damn about them, try to turn them into Ron ‘n’ Nancy Part … Continue reading

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Farewell, Paul Ryan

Barack Obama did damage to the body politic when in early 2010, at a health care “forum” where he cleaned the clock of every Republican who thought he couldn’t hold his own discussing policy minutiae, he praised Congressman Paul Ryan … Continue reading

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Trump’s sins: ‘That’s not who we are’

Stung by accusations that they’re letting President Donald Trump walk off the scaffold from which Bill Clinton didn’t escape, hoping ot evangelicals plan a meeting with the president in June, and what fun it will be. Trump has been invited … Continue reading

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‘I’ve got the match’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Sue Ogrocki/AP What Reader’s Digest used to call life in these United States: Inside the Capitol, teachers — many wearing matching, custom-made T-shirts — crowded hallways, waiting in long lines that stretched down the corridors to … Continue reading

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David Brooks: ‘We don’t think this way anymore…’

This morning, David Brooks assembled sounds into phonemes that after hours of cogitation settled into sentence structures; he called this one “Speaking as a White Male…,” with the ellipses his idea. Let me poll the best lines.

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John Bolton, welcome back

In 2016, Donald Trump raised eyebrows for calling the Iraq War a mistake, causing Jeb! Bush to blubber. The replacement for H.R. McMaster supported the war well into 2011. This 2003 article reads like a bill of indictment: In recent … Continue reading

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The importance of seizing the moment

After watching the performances of the blocs of Marjory Stoneman Douglas students in the last several days, Dahlia Lithwick distills what she has learned: The Stoneman Douglas students don’t seem to be wasting their time debating or negotiating with the … Continue reading

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The job as meaningless abstraction

A reminder that Presidents Jeb!, Cruz, Paul, and Plankton would have also “pondered” the following: After allowing states to impose work requirements for Medicaid enrollees, the Trump administration is now pondering lifetime limits on adults’ access to coverage. Capping health … Continue reading

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