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The Republican “Civil War” Is Actually Just the Trump GOP Against a Few Losers

As she fought to keep her job as the third-most powerful Republican in the House of Representatives, Liz Cheney returned again and again to the same argument. The GOP had a choice: It could continue to embrace Donald Trump and his lies about the 2020 election, or it could follow a more principled path. “The Republican Party is at a turning point,” she wrote in a Washington Post Read original

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Tucker Carlson Is Deadly Boring

The way that mainstream news outlets engage with Tucker Carlson has fallen into a predictable cycle. The host of Fox News’s flagship opinion program will say something outrageous on his nightly program—perhaps he will disparage immigrants in gross and inflammatory ways, or attack the public health consensus on Covid-19. Maybe he’ll offer a tortured array of alternate hypotheses for how Black people are killed by police. Whatever content is on offer, the reaction is always the same.

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How The New York Times Blew the Cuomo Story

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing the densest thicket of scandals to ensnare any American politician since⁠—well, the end of the Trump administration less than two months ago. Even so, the litany of allegations he’s facing is remarkable: the alleged assault or harassment of at least six women and an alleged cover-up of nursing home coronavirus deaths that is now the subject of a federal investigation.

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I Was a Rush Limbaugh Whisperer

As most of my readers know, I was a card-carrying conservative for many years. I was working in the Reagan White House when Rush Limbaugh went on the air in 1988 and remember having to go out and buy a desk radio so I could listen to him, which I did almost every day. Even then, however, I didn’t care for his callers—I thought they were ignorant, obsequious fools. But I liked Limbaugh’s monologues at the top of the hour because I learned useful stuff from him.

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Stop Comparing the Capitol Riot to Banana Republics. It’s Lazy—and Wrong.

The Trump-incited insurrection at the Capitol on Wednesday was a fitting coda to a presidency that came into this world likening Mexicans to “criminals and rapists” and that has, along the way, accepted and enabled white supremacists to a degree unprecedented in recent history. The president’s legacy is stained by the neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville, the El Paso terrorist attack, and the Kenosha shooting.

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The Year of Magical Thinking in American Politics

Never in living memory has late December been so welcome; 2020, the year that lasted centuries, is nearly done. A lot of us didn’t make it. But for all the anxiety that mounted throughout the summer and fall as the presidential election drew nigh, Trump’s attempts to bring about the worst-case scenario—a stolen election or descent into civil warappear to have failed.

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