President Bill Clinton addresses the allegations over Monica Lewinsky, January 26, 1998. (Win McNamee/Reuters)Like Democrats in 1999, Republicans are now arguing that ‘everybody does it.’
Here’s a parlor trick: How many people can you name who were in favor of impeaching William J. Clinton and also favor impeaching Donald J.Read More
The Capitol building in Washington, D.C. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)As loyalty to parties’ organizations and doctrines is supplanted by parties as hostility-based tribes, polarization supplies solidarity in an era of empty politics.
Washington — There are political moments, and this might be one, in which worse is better.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
(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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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