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No Quid Pro Quo?

President Donald Trump attends a campaign rally in Greenville, N.C., July 17, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)As evidence mounts, the GOP defense of Trump’s call is falling apart.

During the last impeachment, the Latin expression coitus interruptus got a workout. This time, it’s quid pro quo. Republicans lashed themselves to this mast when the White House’s own rough transcript of the Trump–Zelensky call was disclosed.

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To Trump, Alliances Are Strictly Business

President Donald Trump participates in a formal signing ceremony in Washington, D.C., October 7, 2019. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Integrity’s got nothing to do with it.

‘Integrity lowers the price of capital.”

An extremely successful investor once told me that. The context at the time was Donald Trump’s impending takeover of the GOP. This person meant it as an investment rule, an insight into Trump, and a life lesson.

The investment-rule part is easy. Say you run a bank.

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In Syria Withdrawal, Trump Wings It — as Usual

(Yuri Gripas/Reuters)The president continues to make up his foreign policy as he goes along.

In one sense, the Syria debacle is a singular moment in the Trump presidency, and arguably in American history. I can’t think of another momentous decision by a commander-in-chief that was instantly recognizable as a disaster for which the president was entirely to blame.

Even if you think the Iraq War was a catastrophic blunder, it wasn’t immediately and universally recognizable as such.

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How We Pale to Previous Generations

Then-California Governor Jerry Brown (center) signs a railroad rail during a groundbreaking ceremony for the California High Speed Rail project in Fresno, Calif., January 6, 2015. (Robert Galbraith/Reuters)A distant generation created; we mostly delay, idle, and gripe.

Many of the stories about the gods and heroes of Greek mythology were compiled during Greek Dark Ages.

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How Trump’s Effort to Damage Biden Could Backfire Badly

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at the White House, September 9, 2019. (Erin Scott/Reuters)The president may have just given his Democratic rival a political lifeline at a critical moment in the 2020 campaign.

Is President Trump going to get Joe Biden elected?

Opinions vary widely on how to characterize Trump’s now-infamous conversation with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky. The president believes it was “perfect” and “beautiful.

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Team Trump’s Unconvincing Ukraine Spin

President Donald Trump talks to reporters in Morristown, N.J., August 13, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)It’s almost like we’ve heard these talking points before . . .

What offends me most about the whistleblower-Ukraine-Biden story isn’t the obvious corruption of it all. It’s the way members of Team Trump assume we’re all idiots who won’t notice they’ve abruptly shifted their narrative.

At first, it seemed like a familiar scenario of allegations met with denials.

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Our Privileged Scolds

Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at the One Iowa and GLAAD LGBTQ Presidential Forum in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, September 20, 2019. (Scott Morgan/Reuters)Let them lead by example before they lecture the country on carbon emissions, gun ownership, and ‘white privilege.’

One theme of the Democratic debates is collective furor — at whom or what is not always clear, other than at Americans who voted for Trump.

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Why Reparations Talk Is Harmful

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks during a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on reparations for slavery on Capitol Hill, June 19, 2019. (Aaron P. Bernstein/Reuters)It divides Americans along racial lines, and within racial groups.

Three Democratic candidates for president — Julián Castro, Cory Booker, and Marianne Williamson — have declared support for the idea of slavery reparations. A number of others have said they’d vote for a bill sponsored by Representative Sheila Jackson-Lee (D.

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