Joe Biden’s kickoff video made me appreciate Mayor Pete all the more

Charlottesville. Neo-Nazis. Kluxers. Joe Biden homed in on Trumpish grotesqueries in the video kicking off his presidential bid—as if to say, “You need me to return us to the good old days of yore.” No one except bigots or Republican hacks would deny the cosmic-level threats here, or President Trump’s crooked and traitorous ways. Why, […]

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Love Elizabeth Warren’s ideas—but fear for America if she’s the Democratic presidential candidate

Love Elizabeth Warren’s ideas—but fear for America if she’s the Democratic presidential candidate

Elizabeth Warren, in so many ways, is catnip for progressives as fed up with the status quo as I am. “How did we get here?” she asked in a New Republic interview. “Billionaires and big corporations decided they wanted more of the pie, and they enlisted politicians to cut them a fatter slice. They crippled […]

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De-Trumping America: A few lessons from my ride with Muhammad

De-Trumping America: A few lessons from my ride with Muhammad

The Uber driver—let’s call him Muhammad—was from Afghanistan. “So,” I asked, “how do you feel about Donald Trump?” I wasn’t going to take anything for granted. The Aryan in the White House might not like Muhammad’s skin color and his probable Muslim faith. But earlier I’d run across a religious African immigrant who cherished Trump […]

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Jewish casino billionaire is major Trump donor: Stop enabling bigots, Sheldon Adelson

Jewish casino billionaire is major Trump donor: Stop enabling bigots, Sheldon Adelson

Donald Trump is still demonizing billionaire George Soros and other “globalists,” just as he did in a 2016 campaign commercial with anti-Semitic dog-whistles, or at least something very close. But Trump is picky about which Jewish billionaires to smear, and for good reason. None other than Sheldon Adelson, the Jewish casino billionaire, helped finance our demagogic […]

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Historic Trump-Satan Agreement

Historic Trump-Satan Agreement

HELL—Fresh from his summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump has negotiated a historic agreement with Satan. Under the deal, Satan will not lay claims on the souls of EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, Occupational Health and Safety Administration acting head Loren Sweatt, immigrant hater Jeff Sessions, consumer financial protection foe Mick […]

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A Trump-era etiquette guide: How progressives can get along with Trumpists and respect themselves in the morning

A Trump-era etiquette guide: How progressives can get along with Trumpists and respect themselves in the morning

George Roper, my good friend from high school, is dead now. When alive, he was often as right-wing as they come—complete with a passionate anti-Obama blog. And yet George and I avoided hand-to-hand combat. Up to his death several years ago, we followed each other on Facebook. He even talked up my novel. Similarly my […]

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Q & A with James Fallows on Trump and Pence

Q & A with James Fallows on Trump and Pence

Think Donald Trump will give us many positive surprises in the near term? Dream on. His EPA nominee hates the agency’s mission. Among at least the long-shot possibilities for secretary of state? The head of ExxonMobil. What is this, reality or a cartoon? I caught up with James Fallows of the The Atlantic, once Jimmy Carter’s chief speechwriter, for his own take […]

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