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What Bob Corker Really Fears

October 10, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It doesn’t matter all that much that Bob Corker and Donald Trump are insulting each other via Twitter. Sooner or later, Trump insults almost everyone. What matters is that Corker, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and a confidant of the secretary of state, is warning publicly that… Read the Rest »

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Why Trump Humiliated His Own Secretary of State

October 2, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Why, on Sunday morning, did Donald Trump humiliate his secretary of state by tweeting that Rex Tillerson “is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man”? In policy terms, it makes no sense. If Trump wants to break off diplomatic discussions with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un… Read the Rest »

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The Muted GOP Response to Roy Moore’s Anti-Muslim Prejudice

September 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Historians will record that for about half a decade, between the presidential campaigns of 2012 and 2016, Republicans tussled over whether to welcome anti-Muslim bigotry into their party. The response to Roy Moore’s nomination on Tuesday as the GOP’s Senate candidate in Alabama shows—even more clearly than Donald Trump’s election—that… Read the Rest »

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The Dangerous Misunderstanding at the Core of the North Korea Debate

September 26, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump lies so frequently and so brazenly that it’s easy to forget that there are political untruths he did not invent. Sometimes, he builds on falsehoods that predated his election, and that enjoy currency among the very institutions that generally restrain his power. That’s the case in the debate… Read the Rest »

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A Radical Rebuke of Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Legacy

September 19, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump’s first speech to the United Nations can best be understood as a response to his predecessor’s final one. On September 20, 2016, Barack Obama told the UN General Assembly that “at this moment we all face a choice. We can choose to press forward with a better model… Read the Rest »

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South Korea Is Right

September 5, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Here’s a rallying cry for Democrats unsure what to say about the North Korean nuclear crisis: The South Koreans are right. On Sunday, in a typically self-aggrandizing and grammatically challenged tweet, Trump chastised America’s longtime ally. “South Korea is finding, as I have told them that their talk of appeasement… Read the Rest »

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Steve Bannon’s Departure Won’t Change Donald Trump

August 18, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It would be nice to believe that Steve Bannon’s departure from the White House will end, or least diminish, Donald Trump’s flirtations with bigotry. Alas, that’s almost certainly not the case.

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What Trump Gets Wrong About Antifa

August 16, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In his Tuesday press conference, Donald Trump talked at length about what he called “the alt left.” White supremacists, he claimed, weren’t the only people in Charlottesville last weekend that deserved condemnation. “You had a group on the other side that was also very violent,” he declared. “Nobody wants to… Read the Rest »

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The Rise of the Violent Left

August 9, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since 1907, Portland, Oregon, has hosted an annual Rose Festival. Since 2007, the festival had included a parade down 82nd Avenue. Since 2013, the Republican Party of Multnomah County, which includes Portland, had taken part. This April, all of that changed.

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The U.S. Government’s Fight Against Violent Extremism Loses Its Leader

July 31, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

George Selim, the federal counterterrorism official who works most closely with the organized American Muslim community, tendered his resignation on Friday. His ouster is a victory for Trump officials like Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka, who see mainstream Muslim organizations as Islamist fronts, and for those American Muslims who oppose… Read the Rest »