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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 »

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Anthony Scaramucci’s Empty Feud With Reince Priebus

July 28, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has been called President Trump’s “mini-me.” In his phone call Wednesday night to New Yorker reporter  Ryan Lizza, he proved it.

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Why Trump Might Fire Robert Mueller

July 25, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Why do Donald Trump and his advisors keep floating the possibility of firing Robert Mueller, an act that would spark the greatest constitutional crisis since Watergate, perhaps the greatest in modern American history?

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Donald Trump’s Defenders on the Left

July 23, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

When it comes to possible collusion with Russia, Donald Trump’s most interesting defenders don’t reside on the political right. They reside on the political left. Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich aren’t defending a principle. They’re defending a patron. Until recently they were ultra-hawks. Now, to downplay Russia’s meddling in the… Read the Rest »

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Anything They Can Do, Trump Can Do Better

July 20, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The transcript of Donald Trump’s interview yesterday with the New York Times runs over 7,000 words. But you can boil down its essence to two words: I’m better. No matter what the subject, Trump finds someone to compare himself to. And in every comparison, he comes out the winner.

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The Projection President

July 14, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In Paris on Thursday, Donald Trump said, “A lot of people don’t know” that “France is America’s first and oldest ally.” That may be true. But commentators noted that when Trump uses the “a lot of people don’t know” formulation, it’s usually a sign that he didn’t know himself.

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Tucker Carlson Is Doing Something Extraordinary

July 13, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Over the last two nights, something fascinating has broken out on the Tucker Carlson show: A genuine, and exceedingly bitter, debate between conservatives on foreign policy. On Tuesday, Carlson told retired Lieutenant Colonel Ralph Peters he thought the U.S. should team up with Russia to defeat ISIS. Peters responded that,… Read the Rest »

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How to Know Who Will Let Trump Get Away With Anything

July 12, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

We now know, in part, how the Trump-Russia scandal ends. As McKay Coppins and Rosie Gray pointed out on Tuesday, the revelation that Donald Trump Jr. enthusiastically requested dirt on Hillary Clinton despite knowing it was coming from the Russian government has radically changed the argument being deployed by Trump’s… Read the Rest »