Tag Archives: Donald Trump

Everything is awful

Since January I’ve recited Elizabeth Bishop’s line from “The Bight” as if it were a mantra: awful but cheerful. As the worst week of the year inches toward some kind of dignified close, reminders why we’re fucked. First, Puerto Rico, … Continue reading

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Gratuitous cruelty

And so it begins. This is how a presidential administration kills the sick and the poor: President Trump will scrap subsidies to health insurance companies that help pay out-of-pocket costs of low-income people, the White House said late Thursday. His … Continue reading

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Droppin’ coffee pots: Eminem

Rough notes on watching Eminem’s “The Storm (Freestyle).” 1. The rasp heightened the urgency, the disgust. Its strength is in Eminem’s enjambments and, to quote my friend Raymond Cummings, its pauses. Watching him in his hoodie, the way the years … Continue reading

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‘Henry Kissinger does not want to pay 116 percent increase in his premiums’

In which the president shows his strategic genius again: President Trump pointed to the premium hikes a guest of his at the White House Tuesday was facing as his reason to “do something” about the Affordable Care Act — a … Continue reading

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Latino problem? What Latino problem?

This section of the following Washington Post article could’ve been published in spring 2013 when sage political elites thought the GOP had no choice, after Barack Obama convincingly beat Willard Romney, but to follow this “autopsy report”: Trump’s hostile rhetoric … Continue reading

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The empathy of Donald Trump

I couldn’t think of this dialogue even after reading Terry Southern: Trump passed out yellow bags of rice and then started tossing rolls of towels into the crowd as if he were shooting free-throws. The crowd laughed and cheered him … Continue reading

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Roy Moore vs Luther Strange: the corruption of language

Only in a system as decadent as ours can the media accept staff and lobbyist nomenclature about the fictional “establishment versus outsider” binary. Luther Strange of Alabama not only opposed same sex marriage but sued the federal government over the … Continue reading

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On the NFL

It’s not as if I need fresh reasons to loathe professional sports. To claim that there are politics-free spaces is to tacitly admit that you’re a privileged guy. If I kiss a boyfriend in a Starbucks, I worry about an … Continue reading

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Acts of gratuitous cruelty

A possibly unconstitutional executive order that helps millions of people, even when these people aren’t citizens, isn’t the sort of conundrum citizens waste time puzzling over outside constitutional law classrooms — unless you oppose the law. Donald J. Trump has … Continue reading

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The party of Reagan = the party of Arpaio and Trump

Of course Chuck Todd said the GOP is keeping silent about the pardoning of Joe Arpaio. I can lay the encouragement of Arpaio’s sadism across the lap of a generation of Republican legislators. Scott Lemieux: Trump’s decision to pardon Arpaio, … Continue reading

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Harvey horrors #32: islands of fire ants

Besides displacing thousands of residents in southern Texas, Hurricane Harvey kicked up a host of unpleasant critters, one of whom intends to visit the region with the First Lady this afternoon. Bigger problems include the usual marooned snakes and alligators … Continue reading

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‘Few bullies as pernicious’ as Joe Arpaio

Astute readers of Donald J. Trump before crowds can distinguish the insincere bombast from the sincere bombast. When Sheriff Joe Arpaio came up last Tuesday in Phoenix, I heard a catch in the president’s voice, like the septuagenarian Bernstein remembering … Continue reading

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