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The Fear Driving Conservative Support for Kavanaugh

September 27, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

It’s remarkable: The more women accuse of Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, the more committed to his confirmation conservatives become. On Monday, after Deborah Ramirez became the second woman to accuse Kavanaugh of wrongdoing, the New York Times columnist Ross Douthat noted that among conservatives, the belief that Kavanaugh is innocent “actually… Read the Rest »

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The Growing Partisan Split Over Sexual-Misconduct Allegations

September 17, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In the year since the #MeToo movement began, Americans have relearned one old truth and learned one new one. The old truth is that, when it comes to perpetrators of sexual harassment, politics doesn’t matter. Liberal men and conservative men, socialist men and fascist men, anti-feminist men and avowedly feminist… Read the Rest »

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America Needs an Entirely New Foreign Policy for the Trump Age

September 16, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Amid all the talk about the democratic party’s move to the left, a contrary phenomenon has gone comparatively unnoticed: On foreign policy, Washington Democrats keep attacking Donald Trump from the right. They’re not criticizing him merely for his lackluster response to Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections. They’re criticizing him for… Read the Rest »

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Congressional Republicans Are the Real Authors of the Anonymous Op-Ed

September 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

We don’t yet know which senior administration official authored today’s astounding New York Times op-ed suggesting that President Donald Trump’s aides are actively thwarting him in an attempt to protect the country. But in a sense, it doesn’t matter. Indirectly, the op-ed’s real authors are the Republicans of the United States Congress.

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The Key Lesson of Ayanna Pressley’s Victory

September 5, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last night, in one of the most remarkable upsets of this remarkable political season, Boston City Councilwoman Ayanna Pressley clobbered longtime incumbent Representative Michael Capuano in the Seventh District of Massachusetts. It made me feel old.

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Trump’s Peculiar Sympathy for White South Africans

August 24, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Donald Trump, who generally admires dictators and ignores their victims, has finally found a human-rights issue he cares about: the plight of white South Africans. On Wednesday, he tweeted a demand that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo “closely study” the South African government’s “seizing [of] land from white farmers.”

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Why Trump Supporters Believe He Is Not Corrupt

August 22, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

On Wednesday morning, the lead story on FoxNews.com was not Michael Cohen’s admission that Donald Trump had instructed him to violate campaign-finance laws by paying hush money to two of Trump’s mistresses. It was the alleged murder of a white Iowa woman, Mollie Tibbetts, by an undocumented Latino immigrant, Cristhian Rivera. On… Read the Rest »

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We’re All Michael Cohen

August 1, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

For years, Michael Cohen delighted in doing an awful job. He cleaned up Donald Trump’s messes. Cohen first came to President Trump’s attention more than a decade ago when a group of apartment owners in Trump World Tower, a glass skyscraper across from the United Nations, accused Trump of “financial… Read the Rest »

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The U.S. Needs to Face Up to Its Long History of Election Meddling

July 22, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last Sunday morning, CNN’s Jake Tapper interviewed Kentucky Senator Rand Paul about Russian interference in the 2016 election. At 7:40 AM, a CNN analyst named Josh Campbell tweeted some of Paul’s comments. He quoted the senator as declaring that the Russians “are going to spy on us, they do spy on us, they’re going… Read the Rest »

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Donald Trump Is No Patriot

July 19, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

In 1945, George Orwell distinguished between “nationalism” and “patriotism.” Nationalism, he argued, is the belief that your nation should dominate others. It “is inseparable from the desire for power.” A nationalist, Orwell argued, “thinks solely, or mainly, in terms of competitive prestige … his thoughts always turn on victories, defeats, triumphs and… Read the Rest »