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Beware the Toxic Sequel to Donald Trump’s Flailing Presidential Campaign

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 09:52:43 +0000

Donald Trump will probably lose this election, which is good news. Here’s the bad news: that loss may be just the beginning of Trump’s toxic presence in American political life. Nightmare scenarios are floating through Republican circles. The best cases posit a bitter and continuing Republican civil war between the Trump and “Establishment” factions of…(image)

7 Key Lessons From the Final Presidential Debate161019_Debate3_Zazoom

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 05:48:08 +0000

Some thoughts about the third Presidential debate: 1. Donald Trump is unfit for the presidency because he doesn’t believe in the will of the American people. Every news outlet said that his refusal to accept the results of the election was the headline tonight—and a very dangerous moment in American history—and I think there needs…(image)

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Why the Russian Hacks of Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Should Reassure Us All

Thu, 13 Oct 2016 11:07:59 +0000

In the midst of our bountiful October harvest of Trump grotesqueries, the Russians and Julian Assange organized a WikiLeaks dump of private emails from the Clinton campaign. These revealed a shocking and scandalous fact about the former Secretary of State: she is a politician. Indeed, the documents represent one of the most reassuring moments of…(image)

Running Mates From the Past Prove the Need for a New Politics of the FutureCampaign 2016 VP Debate

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 16:32:58 +0000

The old arguments, and the old ways of arguing, have run their course(image)

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Joe Klein: Elena Ferrante, the Clintons and the Beauty of AnonymityWord-of-mouth Wonders

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 19:35:24 +0000

Let's hope 'Elena Ferrante' never confirms her identity (image)

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The Prepared Candidate and the One Who Is Still a Child

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:37:11 +0000

I prepared for the first Clinton-Trump debate by watching Citizen Soldier, a riveting documentary about the Oklahoma Army National Guard in combat in Afghanistan–and by not watching any of the pregame commentary by the talking heads. I wanted to see the debate with those young men in my mind: mechanics, oil-field technicians, cops and even…(image)

Hillary Clinton Was Tough and Disciplined at the DebateTIMEPOL First Debate

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 04:47:39 +0000

Well. We all know who won the debate, don’t we? She won on every count, and clearly. She wasn’t perfect; she was, in the words of a famous American, “likeable enough.” But that wasn’t the big deal. The big deal was that she was tough and disciplined — in a way, her most impressive moments…(image)

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Heroin, Obamacare and Pride: Why Trump Is Finding an Audience In Southern Ohiodonald-trump-finds-support-in-ohio

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 13:06:10 +0000

I had a memorable experience in Jackson, Ohio, in 2012. This is hillbilly country, the northwestern edge of Appalachia. Susan Rogers, who works for a local public-service agency, asked me to come visit. She put together an extraordinary group of people–ministers, government workers, the mayor, the state representative–all of whom, it seemed, had friends, family…(image)

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Hillary Clinton’s Biggest Stumbles Have Nothing to Do With Her Health

Mon, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000

The idea that Donald Trump might become President of the United States is unthinkable, but it is no longer implausible. Hillary Clinton has made it possible. This is not to say that she will lose. The electoral map and Trump’s reflexive ugliness–witless and witting–still favor her. And we’re in a pause now before the most…(image)