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Will the Left Go Too Far?

November 13, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you gauge the climate inside the Democratic Party merely by which candidates won its 2018 primaries, you might think reports of its leftward lurch are exaggerated. Despite the hoopla about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s and Ayanna Pressley’s upset victories in congressional races in New York and Massachusetts, not a single incumbent Democratic… Read the Rest »

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Trump Bet Conservatives Wouldn’t Denounce His Racist Ad. He Won

November 8, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the Trump era, when every day brings fresh insanity, looking back is hard. But it’s worth remembering what Donald Trump did in the final days before Tuesday’s midterm elections. It’s worth remembering because it’s a template for what he may do in 2020. And for how mainstream conservatives will… Read the Rest »

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The Harsh Truth Exposed by the Midterm Elections

November 7, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The story line coming out of Tuesday’s midterm elections will be: The two Americas drift further apart. Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by cleaning out Democrats in states that voted for Donald Trump. Democrats won the House by cleaning out Republicans in districts that voted for Hillary Clinton…. Read the Rest »

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How Trumpian Nativism Leads to Anti-Semitism

November 2, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In May 2016, Ben Shapiro—arguably the most influential conservative Jewish pundit in America—did something admirable. He admitted he was wrong. “I’ve spent most of my career arguing that anti-Semitism in the United States is almost entirely a product of the political Left,” Shapiro wrote. “The anti-Semitism I’d heard about from my… Read the Rest »

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Trump Shut Programs to Counter Violent Extremism

October 29, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Set aside the question of whether President Donald Trump’s rhetorical flirtations with white nationalism enabled Saturday’s mass shooting in Pittsburgh. What’s undeniable is that his administration has hobbled the infrastructure designed to prevent such murders.

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Trump’s New Cold War

October 23, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Many people in Washington are angry at the Trump administration’s coddling of Saudi Arabia. They’re angry at Donald Trump’s efforts to exonerate Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Outrage is spreading to America’s participation in Riyadh’s war in Yemen, where a Saudi blockade on the country’s main… Read the Rest »

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Bernie Sanders Offers a Foreign Policy for the Common Man

October 15, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last Tuesday, Bernie Sanders delivered a speech entitled “A Global Democratic Movement to Counter Authoritarianism.” In so doing, he resurrected the legacy of a man mostly forgotten by the makers of American foreign policy: Henry Wallace. Wallace is best known for his renegade 1948 presidential run, in which he argued for cooperation—not… Read the Rest »

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Civility Has Its Limits

October 8, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When it comes to Brett Kavanaugh, there are three camps. The first believes it’s a travesty that he was confirmed. The second believes it’s a travesty that he was smeared. The third believes it’s a travesty that the process was so divisive.

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America Is Finally Listening to Women. It’s Sparking a National Crisis

September 29, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“The only consensus,” declared The Washington Post about Thursday’s Judiciary Committee hearings, “was that the Senate—and the nation—had hit a new low.” In The Weekly Standard, Jonathan Last added, “It’s impossible to look at the Ford-Kavanaugh hearings and not see America as a nation in decline.” A lot of respectable people believe that. It’s the kind… Read the Rest »

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Once Christine Blasey Ford’s Humanity Was on Display, It Was All Over

September 27, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The question is no longer whether Republicans have lost the fight over Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. It’s how. The answer is that they lost by allowing Christine Blasey Ford to speak. Yes, they didn’t subpoena Mark Judge; yes, they didn’t request an FBI investigation, as they should… Read the Rest »