Tag Archives: Donald Trump

The sowing of discord

As often as I’ve refrained from commenting on the investigation into the connections between Donald Trump and Russian efforts to inject discord into an already fractious and creaking electoral system, it’s worth pausing to see where we are in August … Continue reading

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‘Insurers are figuring out how to make money’

Green shoots spotted in the once fallow Obamacare field: There are promising signs across the country that Obamacare rate hikes for the 2019 enrollment season won’t approach the eye-popping increases of the past two years, though rates won’t be finalized … Continue reading

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Swingin’ low

Pundits confuse or conflate swing voters and centrists. They’re not the same. Swing voters can believe we need stronger environmental policies that protect us from sea level rise, endorse robust protections for reproductive liberties, yet believe the national debt is … Continue reading

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The Trump-Bannon war on faith in government

Daniel Drezner has a column posted about the Trump administration’s “lowering morale and encouraging trained senior civil service employees to leave the government” – the aim of the since departed Steve Bannon all along.

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The ‘overblown’ fears of Democrats in Trump states

So polarized is our culture that I give Democrats no credit for Working Across the Aisle, not when doing so eviscerates Social Security/Medicare, turns voting rights into a noble idea in a textbook, and turns the First Amendment into a … Continue reading

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‘Say hello to your boy’

Distrusted by conservatives, mocked by the late Antonin Scalia for encasing helium gas instead of writing sturdy opinions, Anthony Kennedy was a unique figure on the bench, and like self-constructed so-called moderates like Susan Collins and Joe Manchin he encouraged … Continue reading

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Looks like I picked the wrong day to quit readin’ Derek Walcott

With the retirement of Anthony Kennedy the Supreme Court becomes the first conservative-majority one since the early Hughes if not Taft eras. Charles Evans Hughes at least had mild Progressive roots that gave moral strength to his canny political instincts … Continue reading

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The so-called civility crisis

At best a tepid enthusiast of Michelle Goldberg’s columns, I hereby endorse her latest, in which she parses the levels of gall necessary to be a member of the Beltway pundit class that regards civility as a heaven to which … Continue reading

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‘Deplorables are not a protected class’ – an amateur lawyer’s take

Let me stress: despite my interest in legal history, I am no lawyer. My dilettante’s knowledge of constitutional points allows me to posture on Facebook, though. Since the Red Hen in Lexington asked Sarah Huckabee Sanders to leave a few … Continue reading

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How does it feel?

If the owner’s account holds up, I admire how she covered her legal ass while keeping the moral high ground: Several Red Hen employees were gay, [the owner] said. They knew Sanders had defended Trump’s desire to bar transgender people … Continue reading

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The craving for non-partisanship: journalism in the Age of Trump

I won’t take credit for the following quasi-column, which appeared as a comment on Scott Lemieux’s Lawyers Guns & Money a couple months ago. I liked it so much that I pasted it here but haven’t had the opportunity to … Continue reading

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‘We’re like the piggy bank that everybody’s robbing…’

I rarely contribute to the horse race of covering the occupant of the Oval Office, but, to quote the late Dick Nixon, my god:

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