What’s the significance of the Republican criticisms of Trump and Putin in Helsinki?

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Trump met with Putin in Helsinki, then defended the Russian president. Democrats were outraged, of course, but this time many Republicans chimed in with disapproval as well. What does the language of these Republican protests tell us about the probability of an impeachment? Trump got everyone upset with this response to a reporter’s question: AP … Continued

Scott Pruitt’s sycophantic and godly resignation letter

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EPA head Scott Pruitt resigned yesterday in the wake of a dozen corruption accusations. His resignation letter is puffed up and implies that God backs both Trump and Pruitt, who did nothing wrong. Hmm . . . If you want to know the complete list of what Scott Pruitt did wrong, from spending $43,000 of … Continued

The Dershowitz conundrum

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Famous lawyer Alan Dershowitz is all over cable TV defending Trump and talking about why special counsels like Robert Mueller are a bad idea. Now his pals on Martha’s Vineyard won’t invite him to their cocktail parties — and his defense of himself is ripe for ridicule. Who’s behaving badly here? Here’s some of what … Continued

Revisiting my Donald Trump predictions

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On the day after Donald Trump was elected president, I made a set of predictions. Today I’ll revisit those predictions and grade what I got right and wrong. The true analyst is always looking forward. Most of my friends were in despair on November 9, 2016. But I knew that Trump was a nontraditional candidate, … Continued

Be better than “Fuck Trump”

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“Fuck Trump” is having a moment. Robert DeNiro said it on the Tonys. It’s a T-shirt. And it’s unworthy of any of us. Passion is fine. But if you seek change, work for change. And recognize that change will require persuading some people who are on the fence. They’re unlikely to respond to such a … Continued

America first?

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While traveling in Europe, I’ve read the news of the implosion of the G-7 summit. Donald Trump refuses to accede to the conventional international modes of interaction. Here’s why that bothers me. When I travel with family, I stay in Airbnb’s or similar accommodations. (I’m about to stay on a boat in Amsterdam.) I can’t … Continued

Three simple rules

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The political “discourse” is making me sick. Here are three rules that apply to my blog and your comments — and ought to apply to any forum you participate in. Leave appearance out if it. Don’t criticize people for being fat, short, skinny, buxom, muscular, scrawny, blond, or old. Don’t draw attention to their baldness, … Continued