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  • The Guardrails Hold

    A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even as the cocksure sycophant’s gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar.

  • Sessions Lessons

    Transparency, thy name is Trump, Donald Trump. No filter, no governor, no editor lies between his impulses and his public actions. He tweets, therefore he is.

  • What to Do for Little Charlie Gard

    One cannot imagine a more wrenching moral dilemma than the case of little Charlie Gard. He is a beautiful 11-month-old boy with an incurable genetic disease. It depletes his cells’ energy-producing structures (the mitochondria), thereby progressively ravaging his organs. He cannot hear, he cannot see, he can barely open his eyes. He cannot swallow, he cannot move, he cannot breathe on his own. He suffers from severe epilepsy, and his brain is seriously damaged. Doctors aren’t even sure whether he can feel pain.

  • The Great Muslim Civil War — And Us

    The U.S. shoots down a Syrian fighter-bomber. Iran launches missiles into eastern Syria. Russia threatens to attack coalition aircraft west of the Euphrates. What is going on?

  • You Can’t Govern by Id

    Having coined Bush Derangement Syndrome more than a decade ago, I feel authorized to weigh in on its most recent offshoot. What distinguishes Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just general hysteria about the subject, but additionally the inability to distinguish between legitimate policy differences on the one hand and signs of psychic pathology on the other.

  • Trump: ‘Normalized’ but Still Scary

    With near unanimity, my never-Trump friends confess a sense of relief. It could have been worse. They thought it would be worse. A deep apprehension still endures but the international order remains intact, the republic still stands, and no “enemy of the people” has (yet) been arrested.

  • When Facts, Logic, and History Don’t Matter

    And now, less than six weeks from the election, what is the main event of the day? A fight between the Republican presidential nominee and a former Miss Universe, whom he had 20 years ago called Miss Piggy and other choice pejoratives.

  • The only immigration solution

    The only immigration solution

    The one great service of Donald Trump’s extended peregrinations on immigration policy is to have demonstrated how, in the end, there’s only one place to go

  • The bribery standard

    The bribery standard

    Bernie Sanders never understood the epic quality of the Clinton scandals.

  • What's the Case for Clinton?

    What’s the Case for Clinton?

    “The best darn change-maker I ever met in my entire life.” So said Bill Clinton in making the case for his wife at the Democratic National Convention. Considering that Bernie Sanders ran as the author of a political revolution and | Read More »

  • Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity

    Republicans Create Their Mirage of Unity

    The main purpose of the modern political convention is to produce four days of televised propaganda. The subsidiary function, now that nominees are invariably chosen in advance, is structural: Unify the party before the final battle. In Cleveland, the Republicans | Read More »

  • U.S., NATO Finally Send a Message to Putin

    U.S., NATO Finally Send a Message to Putin

    “The most significant reinforcement of our collective defense any time since the Cold War,” President Barack Obama called it. A bit of an exaggeration, perhaps, but it was still an achievement: Last week’s NATO summit in Warsaw ordered the deployment | Read More »

  • The History Comey Didn't Want to Make

    The History Comey Didn’t Want to Make

    Why did he do it? FBI director James Comey spent 14 minutes laying out an unassailable case for prosecuting Hillary Clinton for the mishandling of classified material. Then at literally the last minute, he recommended against prosecution. This is baffling. | Read More »

  • Brexit: Sovereign Kingdom or Little England?

    Brexit: Sovereign Kingdom or Little England?

    WASHINGTON — Given their arrogance, pomposity and habitual absurdities, it is hard not to feel a certain satisfaction with the comeuppance that Brexit has delivered to the unaccountable European Union bureaucrats in Brussels. Nonetheless, we would do well to refrain | Read More »

  • Hillaryism


    “I believe in an America always moving toward the future.” — Hillary Clinton, June 21 This was not the most important line in Clinton’s Ohio economic policy speech, only the most amazing. Surely there cannot be a more vacuous, meaningless | Read More »

  • Trump Is Running As Trump. Surprise!

    Trump Is Running As Trump. Surprise!

    When in his 1964 GOP acceptance speech Barry Goldwater declared that “extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice,” a reporter sitting near journalist/historian Theodore White famously exclaimed: “My God, he’s going to run as Barry Goldwater!” Six weeks | Read More »

  • Sanders Seeks to Weaken Relationship Between Dems, Israel

    Sanders Seeks to Weaken Relationship Between Dems, Israel

    Part of Bernie Sanders’ charm is that for all of his arm-waving jeremiads, he appears unthreatening. He’s the weird old uncle in the attic, Larry David’s crazy Bernie. It’s almost a matter of style. Who can be afraid of a | Read More »

  • The Arrow of History

    The Arrow of History

    How do you distinguish a foreign policy “idealist” from a “realist,” an optimist from a pessimist? Ask one question: Do you believe in the arrow of history? Or to put it another way, do you think history is cyclical or | Read More »

  • Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Donald, Hillary and the Bernie Factor

    Among the abundant ironies of this election cycle, there is this: We are now in the eighth year of the most liberal administration since Lyndon Johnson’s. The primary elections reveal a national mood of anxiety, apprehension and anger, in turn | Read More »

  • The Ideological Earthquake and the Aftermath

    The Ideological Earthquake and the Aftermath

    What lies behind Donald Trump’s nomination victory? Received wisdom among conservatives is that he, the outsider, sensed, marshaled and came to represent a massive revolt of the Republican rank and file against the “establishment.”