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The Growing Partisan Divide Over Feminism

December 15, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Amidst the exhilaration of Roy Moore’s defeat, and the broader cultural revolution sparked by women’s willingness to expose the sexual misdeeds of powerful men, it’s worth remembering this: Ninety percent of Republican women in Alabama, according to exit polls, cast their ballots for a man credibly accused of pedophilia. That’s a… Read the Rest »

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Trump’s Jerusalem Plan Is a Deadly Provocation

December 6, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

For Donald Trump, Muslim barbarism is a political strategy. It inspires the fear and hatred that binds him to his base. Muslim barbarism is so politically useful, in fact, that, when necessary, Trump creates it.

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The Odds of Impeachment Are Dropping

December 3, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Now that Michael Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI, and agreed to dish on his former boss, some Trump-watchers are suggesting that impeachment may be around the corner. “It’s time to start talking about impeachment,” announced a Saturday column on CNN.com. The Flynn deal, declared former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry… Read the Rest »

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Mike Pompeo at State Would Enable Trump’s Worst Instincts

November 30, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When the President of the United States retweets crude anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, a neo-fascist convicted for harassing Muslims on the street, it’s useful to have a secretary of state with a different point of view. And Rex Tillerson, for all his faults, does. Tillerson has declared that, “there’s a great deal that’s misunderstood about… Read the Rest »

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The Right’s Islamophobia Has Nothing to Do With National Security

November 30, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When asked by reporters on Wednesday about President Trump’s retweets of anti-Muslim videos, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said, “what the President is talking about is the need for national security, the need for military spending.”

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Trump’s Anti-Muslim Political Strategy

November 29, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Early on Wednesday morning, Donald Trump retweeted three graphically anti-Muslim videos—one entitled “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!,” the second entitled “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!” and the third entitled “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”—posted by British First leader… Read the Rest »

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The Deepening Partisan Split Over Sexual Misconduct

November 17, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Earlier this week, New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait asked his fellow liberals to imagine that Roy Moore were a Democrat. “It’s easy to feel superior about this when opposition to grotesque treatment of teenage girls lines up neatly with your own party’s well-being,” he wrote. “If you’re a liberal, ask yourself what you would… Read the Rest »

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Reflections of an Affirmative-Action Baby

November 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In 1991, the African American Yale Law School professor Stephen Carter wrote a book called Reflections of an Affirmative Action Baby. I remember reading part of it at the time. Little did I realize that the book’s title applied to me.

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Republican Is Not a Synonym for Racist

November 10, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Is American conservatism inherently bigoted? Many conservatives would be enraged by the question. Many liberals suspect the answer is yes.

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Trump Insults People From Afar, Then Praises Them in Person

November 9, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When Donald Trump addressed South Korea’s parliament earlier this week, The Associated Press noted his “striking shift in tone.” After Trump journeyed from Seoul to Beijing, The New York Times made a video entitled “Trump’s striking change in tone on China.” But the change isn’t all that striking. It’s predictable. Trump insults people from… Read the Rest »