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Has the Presidency Skipped Gen X?

September 13, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

For almost 60 years, two generations have held the American presidency. The Greatest Generation—born in the early 20th century—first won the White House in 1960, when John F. Kennedy was 43. Baby Boomers—born after World War II—took over in 1992, when Bill Clinton was 46. By this precedent, Generation X… Read the Rest »

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Trump Wants Another Term, So Bolton Had to Go

September 11, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

To understand why John Bolton is no longer Donald Trump’s national security adviser, it’s worth looking back 37 years, to the departure of another hawkish appointee from another Republican administration. The adviser was Secretary of State Alexander Haig, and the president was Ronald Reagan. When Bolton entered the Trump administration,… Read the Rest »

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It Worked for Barack Obama

September 9, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

What Elizabeth Warren said Saturday at the New Hampshire Democratic state convention might have sounded faintly familiar. “I am not afraid,” she declared. “And for Democrats to win, you can’t be afraid either.” Consciously or not, Warren was echoing one of the most important lines of Barack Obama’s primary campaign… Read the Rest »

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Greenland’s Wishes Don’t Matter to Trump

August 27, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Tom Cotton has carved out a niche in Washington. From his bill slashing legal immigration to his defense of tariffs against China to his calls for attacking Iran and preparing for war with North Korea, the senator from Arkansas—who holds two Harvard degrees and won a Bronze Star in Iraq—has… Read the Rest »

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Disloyal to What?

August 21, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump isn’t only venomous; he’s also vague. So when he said yesterday that “any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty,” it wasn’t entirely obvious whom he was accusing Jewish Democrats of being disloyal to. But the most… Read the Rest »

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Only Biden Can Challenge Trump on Trade

August 18, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Joe Biden needs to win Iowa. If Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders beats him in the Democratic caucuses there, they’re also likely to beat him in New Hampshire, which borders their home states, and where Biden has a smaller lead in the polls. If Kamala Harris wins Iowa, many of Biden’s African… Read the Rest »

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White Nationalists Discover the Environment

August 5, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Saturday, a gunman killed 21 people at a Walmart in the border city of El Paso, Texas. Minutes before the shooting, a four-page rant seeming to justify the attack appeared online. It includes white-nationalist diatribes about “cultural and ethnic replacement” and an immigrant “invasion.” Horrific and familiar. But the… Read the Rest »

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But What About China?

August 1, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

There was a post-superpower quality to this week’s Democratic debates. On both nights, foreign policy came up near the end, and the discussion focused mostly on the need to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan, avoid war with Iran and, in Michael Bennet’s words, “invest in America again.” That’s fine, as far… Read the Rest »

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Democratic Moderates Fade Into the Background

July 31, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last night’s Democratic debate showed how America’s political parties have turned upside down. At center stage stood Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, making arguments about decriminalizing illegal border crossings and abolishing private health insurance that would have sounded fantastical just a few years ago. Throwing darts from the edges were… Read the Rest »

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Trump Is Making Up Reasons to Stoke Racial Fears

July 29, 2019 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the past two weeks, as President Donald Trump has picked fights with Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and now Elijah Cummings, a consensus has emerged: Trump has begun his reelection campaign. He’s stoking bigotry to motivate his conservative white base. It makes sense. But if Trump… Read the Rest »