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Beto Sees Trump’s Immigration Trap Clearly

April 1, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Beto O’Rourke isn’t known for his wonkish heft. But in his formal announcement for president on Sunday, the former Texas congressman offered one of the most important policy proposals of the nascent presidential campaign: He argued that to solve America’s problems at the border, America’s leaders must “help people in Central America… Read the Rest »

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AIPAC Is Playing The Victim, But It’s Palestinians Who Are Being Silenced

March 25, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

So far, the theme of AIPAC’s 2019 Policy Conference has been peril, not just to Israel, but to AIPAC itself. AIPAC’s CEO accused unnamed critics of “trying to silence each of us.” AIPAC President Mort Fridman declared that, “none of us are willing to be silenced.” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer warned of forces that seek “to silence others… Read the Rest »

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Nobody Knows Anything About ‘Electability’

March 22, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Have we learned nothing? In 2016, very few political writers, myself emphatically included, thought Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination, let alone the presidency. Very few thought Bernie Sanders would win 23 states and 13 million votes in his Democratic-primary battle with Hillary Clinton.

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Trump Stoked The Islamophobia That Led To The New Zealand Mass Murder

March 18, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“If you find yourself using the tragedy in New Zealand to take backhanded swipes at conservatives in America,” tweeted Congressman, and rising GOP star, Dan Crenshaw on Friday, “then you really have no shame and you are part of the problem.” “Conservatives” is a broad category. So let’s narrow the focus to… Read the Rest »

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Secular Democrats Are the New Normal

March 15, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Were a Democrat from the Clinton, Bush, or Obama eras to watch the presidential-announcement video that Beto O’Rourke released on Thursday, they would likely be struck by how it ended. Or, more specifically, by how it didn’t end. O’Rourke did not close with any mention of God.

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How Bigotry Made a Dove Out of Tucker Carlson

March 13, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the Trump era, some on the anti-interventionist left have developed a tolerance for, even a grudging appreciation of, Tucker Carlson. The reason: He’s a caustic critic of hawkish foreign policy. The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, the historian Stephen F. Cohen, and the author Max Blumenthal—all of whom agree with Carlson that the Trump-Russia scandal… Read the Rest »

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Why Does Congress Care More About Jewish Feelings Than Palestinian Rights?

March 8, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Late last month, in between the firestorm over Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments about AIPAC’s influence being “all about the Benjamins” and the firestorm over her comments about “allegiance to a foreign country,” the United Nations issued a report into Israel’s killing of 189 Palestinians — some of whom were journalists and… Read the Rest »

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Debunking The Myth That Anti-Zionism Is Anti-Semitic

February 27, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s a bewildering and alarming time to be a Jew, both because anti-Semitism is rising and because so many politicians are responding to it not by protecting Jews but by victimizing Palestinians.

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It’s Foreign Policy That Distinguishes Bernie This Time

February 21, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The conventional wisdom is that Bernie Sanders is a victim of his own success. His “populist agenda has helped push the party to the left,” declared The New York Times in its story about his presidential announcement. But in 2020, he may lose “ground to newer faces who have adopted many of his… Read the Rest »

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What Will Trump Do If He Realizes He’s Lost the Shutdown Fight?

February 14, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump has again folded in his negotiations with congressional Democrats—accepting a second budget deal that includes nothing close to the $5.7 billion in funding for a border wall that he demanded. This outcome was entirely predictable. The sequence of events that led here has occurred again and again when… Read the Rest »