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The Flawed Nationalism of Donald Trump

February 20, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The astonishing thing about Donald Trump’s response to Robert Mueller’s recent indictments is his inability to recognize that Russia’s interference in the 2016 election is about something bigger than him. Look closely at Trump’s tweets.

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The Democrats Keep Capitulating on Defense Spending

February 18, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since earlier this month, when Congress passed a budget deal that massively boosts both defense and non-defense spending, liberal commentators—and even some Republican politicians—have accused the GOP of hypocrisy. Republicans, they noted, are supposed to loathe debt. They’re supposed to loathe government spending. Yet, in large numbers, they voted for much more of… Read the Rest »

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It’s Not Illegal Immigration That Worries Republicans Anymore

February 18, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

A few weeks ago, the contours of an immigration compromise looked clear: Republicans would let the “Dreamers” stay. Democrats would let Trump build his wall. Both sides would swallow something their bases found distasteful in order to get the thing their bases cared about most. Since then, Trump has blown… Read the Rest »

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The Weirdest—and Possibly Best—Proposal to Resolve the North Korea Crisis

February 8, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

“Washington has a long habit of painting its enemies 10 feet tall—and crazy,” as Fareed Zakaria once noted. Thus, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster in December called North Korea’s nuclear-weapons program—which according to American intelligence still probably lacks the capacity to hit the U.S. mainland with a nuclear weapon—“the most destabilizing development, I… Read the Rest »

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Is Trump Preparing for War With North Korea?

January 31, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The more closely you read Donald Trump’s comments about North Korea in his State of the Union address, the more plausible it becomes that he is preparing for war.

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The Establishment Strikes Back

January 26, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Since Donald Trump became president, pundits have wondered what it would take for the Republican establishment to stand up to him. Now we know.

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Why America Is Fighting About Immigration

January 26, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Government shutdowns are a useful window into what really matters to politicians. It’s one thing to say you care about an issue. It’s another to care about it enough to tell hundreds of thousands of federal employees to stay home, and to risk the political blowback that arises when their… Read the Rest »

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American Conservatives Are Contradicting Themselves on Iran

January 4, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Wednesday in The Washington Post, Vice President Mike Pence contrasted his boss’s response to protests in Iran to President Obama’s response in 2009. Obama, he said, had “stayed silent” and “declined to stand with a proud people who sought to escape from under the heavy weight of a dictatorship.” But… Read the Rest »

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Trump Doesn’t Seem to Buy His Own National Security Strategy

December 19, 2017 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

If you oppose Donald Trump’s new National Security Strategy, take heart. Apparently, he does too. Fifteen minutes into his speech unveiling the strategy on Tuesday, Trump butchered it in a revealing way. In its fourth paragraph, the strategy declares that the Trump administration will pursue a “strategy of principled realism.” But Trump mangled the phrase,… Read the Rest »

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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 »