Category: Paul Krugman

Trump and His Party of Pollution

Given what we’ve seen in the impeachment hearings so far, there is literally no crime, no abuse of power, that would induce Republicans to turn on President Trump. So if you’re waiting for some dramatic political turn, don’t hold your breath.

On second thought, however, maybe you should hold your breath. For air quality has Read original

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Centrists, Progressives and Europhobia

Will the Democratic presidential nomination go to a centrist or a progressive? Which choice would give the party the best chance in next year’s election? Honestly, I have no idea.

One thing I can say, however, is that neither centrism nor progressivism is what it used to be.

There was a time when arguments between centrists and progressives were framed as debates between realism and idealism.

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Manufacturing Ain’t Great Again. Why?

When Donald Trump promised to Make America Great Again, his slogan meant different things to different people.

For many supporters it meant restoring the political and social dominance of white people, white men in particular.

For others, however, it meant restoring the kind of economy we had a generation or two ago, which offered lots of manly jobs for manly men: farmers, coal miners, manufacturing workers.

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The Day the Trump Boom Died

Last spring Donald Trump and the people around him probably thought they had a relatively clear path to re-election.

On one side, it looked as if Trump had weathered the threat of politically fatal scandal. The much-awaited Mueller report on Russian election intervention had landed with a dull thud; the details were damning, but it had basically no political impact.

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Luckily, Trump Is an Unstable Non-Genius

The surprising thing about the constitutional crisis we’re now facing is that it took so long to happen. It was obvious from early on that the president of the United States is a would-be autocrat who accepts no limits on his power and considers criticism a form of treason, and he is backed by a party that has denied the legitimacy of its opposition for many years. Something like this moment was inevitable.

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