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The Problem With Biden’s Fantasy About Beating Up Trump

March 22, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

At the University of Miami on Wednesday, Joe Biden had an odd fantasy. He declared that had he heard Donald Trump boasting about sexually assaulting women in high school, he would have taken “him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him.” Biden has said something similar before. He shouldn’t say it… Read the Rest »

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Republicans Don’t Want a Primary Challenge to Trump

March 20, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Last Friday in New Hampshire, Jeff Flake—the outgoing Republican senator from Arizona who has denounced President Donald Trump as a threat to American democracy—got a standing ovation in Manchester, New Hampshire. John Kasich, another potential challenger to Trump in the 2020 GOP primary, will visit the Granite State next month. “The unusual flurry of… Read the Rest »

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Mike Pompeo’s Allies on the Anti-Muslim Right

March 15, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Try this simple experiment. Take Mike Pompeo’s statements about Muslims, and his alliances with anti-Muslim bigots. Then imagine that he had made similar statements about Jews, and forged similar ties to anti-Semites. Then imagine the reaction if he were nominated for secretary of state.

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The Rise of Right-Wing Foreign Policy in America

March 15, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

To grasp the significance of Donald Trump’s decision to replace Rex Tillerson with Mike Pompeo, it’s worth remembering how Tillerson became secretary of state in the first place. He got the job, in large measure, because Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates urged Trump to hire him. Rice and Gates knew Tillerson… Read the Rest »

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What Trump Means When He Calls Gary Cohn a ‘Globalist’

March 9, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

The term “globalist” is a bit like the term “thug.” It’s an epithet that is disproportionately directed at a particular minority group. Just as “thug” is often used to invoke the stereotype that African Americans are violent, “globalist” can play on the stereotype that Jews are disloyal. Used that way,… Read the Rest »

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AIPAC’s Struggle to Avoid the Fate of the NRA

March 7, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Commentators sometimes compare the American Israel Public Affairs Committee to the National Rifle Association. Both are powerful, controversial, single-issue, lobbying organizations. And both have had enormous success in shaping the Washington agenda.

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Conservatives Are Losing the Culture War Over Guns

March 1, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Who’s winning the post-Parkland debate over guns? It depends where you look. Legislatively, anti-gun control forces remain in control. President Donald Trump, after veering towards the NRA earlier in the week, veered away from it during a meeting with lawmakers on Wednesday. But he did something similar in January, vowing… Read the Rest »

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Trump Is Preparing for a New Cold War

February 27, 2018 | post a comment | Philip Johnson

Read its foreign policy statements and this much becomes clear: The Trump administration is preparing for a new Cold War. Its National Security Strategy, unveiled in December, asserts that “The United States will respond to the growing political, economic, and military competitions we face around the world. China and Russia… Read the Rest »

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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 »