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Our mutual friend

The perspicacity and elegance of the current Oval Office occupant: AP: Can I ask you, over your first 100 days — you’re not quite there yet — how do you feel like the office has changed you? TRUMP: Well the … Continue reading

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Beltway wisdom

“Washington always wins,” Joe Scarborough repeats at least once a day on Morning Joe, like a Catholic murmuring a Hail Mary. He’s right in this sense: diseased with an incurable self-regard, the Beltway press now excuses its mistake in thinking … Continue reading

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Testing the possibilities of liberal activism

Two districts, one story: Representative Mike Coffman of Colorado, one of the few GOP legislators in a district won by Hillary Clinton, assailed by moderates for not vehemently opposing the Trump-Ryan agenda; and Ted Yolo of Florida, assailed by constituents … Continue reading

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Deferring to ‘our self-evident wonderfulness’

Damon Linker rebukes the pundits who equate American leadership with bombing sovereign countries: But let’s start with absolute basics: Launching even one missile at another country is not, as we euphemistically like to presume, a “military action,” a “military operation,” … Continue reading

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Trump’s foreign policy

There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” There is no “Trump Doctrine.” … Continue reading

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Trump is not conservative, part 4571

Remember when Donald Trump’s RNC convention invited Peter Thiel to explain that LGBT rights are Republican rights too? Remember the rainbow flag? Meet Tennessee state senator Mark Green, whom Donald Trump wants as secretary of the army Green, who once … Continue reading

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Our attorney general, ladies and gents

While this afternoon press secretary Sean Spicer reminded the audience that Jews in Germany exterminated by the Third Reich weren’t Germans, the attorney general drew an outline of an America that resembles Dresden after the firebombing. At a speech delivered … Continue reading

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Carlos Curbelo and the politics of moderation

Good news for Democrats: Carlos Curbelo is the most vulnerable House Republican ahead of the 2018 elections because his district is so damn Democratic, according to the Cook Political Report

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Liberal activism – continued signs of life

As a new week dawns and pundits crow about the rain of rockets on Syrian airbases that will return to full operating capacity, let’s focus on good news: Democratic activism isn’t waning. n California’s 49th District, where Representative Darrell E. … Continue reading

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Sunday morning read

Surveying the coming storm, Jonathan Chait looks to millennial voters to save us from the worst of conservatism: Voters under 30 disapprove of his performance by margins exceeding two-to-one. My recent magazine story describes Trump’s strategy of dividing the country … Continue reading

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The complicity and credulity of the Beltway press

Who did my wondering eyes see at seven this morning but Barry McCaffrey, one of those generals beloved by cable networks for his flinty, sober endorsements of presidential shows of military force. Not this time, though. “I think it would … Continue reading

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Killing and destruction for the sake of American credibility

Alex Pareene was correct: Here’s another thing you should understand about these guys: The only thing the elite Washington press corps likes more than a bipartisan commission on debt reduction is a stack of flag-draped coffins. And he wrote these … Continue reading

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