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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)

Don’t Believe the New Myths About America’s White Working Class

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:54:55 +0000

This has been an election year filled with sloppy sociology. Democrats, as usual, mistakenly see voters primarily as members of vast, amorphous “identity” groups rather than as individuals. Now the Republicans have joined in. “An odd symmetry has emerged between the political parties,” William Galston of the Brookings Institution told me recently. “Many Democrats have…(image)

Trump, Clinton: Commanders in CheeseUS-VOTE-DEMOCRATS-CLINTON

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 22:55:33 +0000

A few thoughts about Wednesday night’s Commander-in-Chief Forum debacle: Hire A Pro: I’m sure Matt Lauer has done a great many brilliant interviews in his career; I’ve seen more than a few of them. But issues of foreign policy and national security are not only arcane, they are also matters of life and death. They…(image)

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Amid Donald Trump’s Stumbles, an America-First Rebellion That Is Just Beginning

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 10:16:26 +0000

In the midst of his historic presidential fizzle, Donald Trump gave a speech to the Detroit Economic Club. It’s always fun to watch Trump deliver a prepared text. He appears to be discovering it with the rest of us, offering a running commentary on what he’s reading, seemingly amazed that the ideas appearing on the…(image)

What Made Hillary Clinton’s Acceptance Speech Work2016 Democratic National Convention - Day 4

Fri, 29 Jul 2016 15:21:20 +0000

You saw last night what you're going to get if she's elected President(image)

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Embracing His Rival, Bernie Sanders Gives Hillary Clinton the Boost She Needs

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

“This is the real world that we live in,” said Bernie Sanders on the afternoon the Democratic National Convention opened. He was trying–unsuccessfully–to calm the cascade of boos and jeers from his supporters after he repeated his support for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. Reality is not an easy sell in politics. For the first half…(image)

An Unhinged Republican Convention and the Nation’s Greatest TestTIMEPOL RNC

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:41:11 +0000

The Republican Convention opened with a distraught mother, tears in her eyes, saying something palpably outrageous: “I blame Hillary Clinton. I blame Hillary Clinton personally for the death of my son–personally.” The woman was Patricia Smith, the mother of the American hero Sean Smith, who was killed during the attack on the temporary U.S. consulate…(image)

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After Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Signs of Passionate Sanitypresident-obama-leads-dallas-memorial-service

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 10:18:04 +0000

In the days after the Dallas police massacre, American civility took a few small steps forward. A good part of this was attributable to the relative silence of the usual suspects, the partisans, the politicians, the professional protesters, the talk-radio blowhards. Donald Trump canceled his rallies and tweeted an unobjectionable call for national unity. Hillary…(image)

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