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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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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 »

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Cory Booker Is Damned If He Does, Damned If He Doesn’t

February 7, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

There are important differences—and even more important similarities—between Barack Obama’s announcement for president in 2007 and Cory Booker’s announcement last week. The similarities could sink Booker’s chances of winning the Democratic nomination.

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Trump Shows Why He Can’t Be Counted Out

February 6, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If a successful State of the Union address inspires your side to clap enthusiastically while making it difficult for your opponents not to join in, Trump’s was a success. It contained many lies, of course. And it falsely and viciously equated undocumented immigration with murder, as usual. But it offered… Read the Rest »

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The Threat of Threat Assessments

January 31, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Tuesday, the intelligence community published its “Worldwide Threat Assessment,” which concluded—in sober, measured tones—that President Donald Trump is lying: North Korea is not abandoning its nuclear weapons, Iran has not violated the nuclear deal it signed under President Barack Obama, and America’s southern border does not pose a national-security… Read the Rest »

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Democrats Are Blowing a Golden Opportunity

January 24, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Not long ago, the Democrats’ strategy during the government shutdown seemed clear. It consisted of two principles: No negotiations over border funding until the government reopens. And no wall, ever. In his rebuttal to Donald Trump’s nationally televised speech on January 8, Chuck Schumer demanded that Trump “separate the shutdown from the arguments over… Read the Rest »

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Nancy Pelosi Is Winning

January 16, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Democrats sometimes portray themselves as high-minded and naive—unwilling to play as rough as the GOP. Speaker Nancy Pelosi is, once again, proving that self-image wrong. She’s not only refusing Donald Trump’s demand for a border wall. She’s trying to cripple his presidency. And she may well succeed.

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Why Trump Is Trying to Create a Crisis

January 9, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump devoted remarkably little of his Tuesday-night Oval Office address to persuading Americans to support a border wall. He discussed his beloved barrier for only a few sentences and didn’t rebut any of the criticisms commonly leveled at it. He never explained how the federal government would take possession… Read the Rest »