Is Pompeo actually going to be confirmed?

It would be more than mildly disappointing if the statesman responsible for halting Kim Jong Un’s nuclear ambitions and bringing peace to the Korean Peninsula after 60 long years turned out to be a slightly oafish Tea Party lawyer from Kansas rather than Dennis Rodman. It clicked immediately after his first trip to Pyongyang: If […]

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Will Michael Cohen get an offer he can’t refuse?

Michael Cohen reportedly likes to compare himself to Tom Hagen, the genteel mob lawyer portrayed by Robert Duvall in The Godfather. In reality, though, Cohen has none of Hagan’s reserved competence. While you might have looked at President Trump’s “personal lawyer” and seen an over-eager nincompoop, the kind of person who issues comical threats to […]

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Trump’s weekend of blowing things up

In what has become the new normal in American life, President Trump spent the weekend behaving erratically and destructively, as the Mueller investigation closes in on the president’s closest associates. The last few days featured almost every square on the Trump Bingo Card — starting with pointless airstrikes whose efficacy was self-evident to the president […]

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A centrist manifesto for a populist moment

We can all sense it: the hollowing out of the center, the ever-increasing polarization of our public life. Republicans shift further right while Democrats move further left, leaving much less overlap between the parties (in Congress and in public opinion) than there was from the mid-20th-century heyday of the so-called “vital center” on down through […]

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The liar Paul Ryan

Sam Rayburn, the man who served as speaker of the House for longer than anyone in American history, held the office for more than 17 years — and that included such trying times as much of the Great Depression and all of the Second World War. Paul Ryan, the duplicitous Ayn Rand acolyte whose main […]

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