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Liberals' infantile Beto fantasy

Liberals' infantile Beto fantasy

I have offended some liberals in the past by referring to Robert Francis "Beto" O'Rourke as a "failson." I understand now why this might have come across as dismissive of his totally awesome campaign
How to thwart the GOP war on Medicaid

How to thwart the GOP war on Medicaid

Conservatives have come up with a new way to crush poor people with bureaucracy: work requirements for people on Medicaid! Arkansas is leading the way, setting up new flaming hoops, and demanding that
Trump's indefensible defense of Saudi Arabia

Trump's indefensible defense of Saudi Arabia

President Trump is bending over backwards to defend Saudi Arabia. The House of Saud, and particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), has been under fire for weeks after U.S.-based Saudi
Ivanka Trump's folly

Ivanka Trump's folly

Should we lock up Ivanka Trump? President Trump's daughter and adviser used a personal email account to send hundreds of messages about government business in 2017, The Washington Post reported. This
American anxiety

American anxiety

The United States is a country consumed by anxiety. This has been true for a very long time. But it's getting worse. Be honest: You sense it in yourself. The vague mist of worry that always lurks in
The Democrats are already running scared

The Democrats are already running scared

Nancy Pelosi is a sharp legislative tactician. But her strategic vision is somewhere between cramped and nonexistent. Now, there are minor rumblings of an uprising against Pelosi, mostly from centrist
Stop talking to your kids about politics

Stop talking to your kids about politics

Once upon a time, parents were content to read their kids books about talking pigs and rabbits that wear cute blue jackets. If politics was present at all, it was only under cover of riddles and
Mitch McConnell is the biggest winner of the 2018 midterms

Mitch McConnell is the biggest winner of the 2018 midterms

Now that the dust has mostly settled from the 2018 midterm elections, we can crown the biggest winner from the campaign: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Sure, he has a slightly larger majority
Julian Assange must be brought to justice

Julian Assange must be brought to justice

Is Julian Assange still a rock star? I remember groaning a few years ago when the pale Australian hacker weirdo accused of sexual assault was winning awards left and right from so-called human rights
Wealth cannot save you from climate change

Wealth cannot save you from climate change

Money and power can protect you from many things in life. In some cases, they can even protect you from individual climate change-fueled natural disasters like the fires ravaging California. The
The vulgarity and violence of Donald Trump

The vulgarity and violence of Donald Trump

"You are a rude, terrible person," President Trump said to a reporter, not to his mirror, earlier this month. This was rich coming from a man who, as president, threatened to beat up a former vice
If we really wanted our citizens to vote

If we really wanted our citizens to vote

This is the editor’s letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. For a nation that prides itself on our pioneering role in democratic self-rule, we are not very good at elections. More than a
The paranoid delusions behind American foreign policy

The paranoid delusions behind American foreign policy

Imagine a wealthy man who has an unhealthy obsession with ensuring he'll be safe everywhere he goes. Maybe he learns a range of martial arts and trains himself in the use of firearms that he
America's elections are broken. Here's how to fix them.

America's elections are broken. Here's how to fix them.

The American electoral system is a mess. Well over a week after Election Day, multiple states are still counting ballots, while the president makes baseless and dangerous accusations of fraud to try
Chuck Schumer, feckless hack

Chuck Schumer, feckless hack

Senate Democrats have once again selected Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) as their minority leader without so much as a whisper of a debate or contest. This is galling. The man is incompetent, has abysmal
7 scathing cartoons about the politicization of California's wildfires

7 scathing cartoons about the politicization of California's wildfires

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The press needs to stop letting Trump lead it around by the nose

The press needs to stop letting Trump lead it around by the nose

Remember the refugee caravan? The group of desperate people banded together for protection, fleeing apocalyptic violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador, who slowly worked their way through
Why Facebook's dirty deeds should surprise no one

Why Facebook's dirty deeds should surprise no one

It turns out that Facebook isn't so liberal, after all. That's what we should all take away from a blockbuster published in The New York Times this week. The reporting details how Facebook officials
There's a perfect German word for America's perpetually enraged culture

There's a perfect German word for America's perpetually enraged culture

In Paris to mark the 100-year anniversary of the end of World War I this past Saturday, President Trump was, by his standards, in a pensive mood. "Is there anything better to celebrate," he tweeted,
Is this how the Freedom Caucus ends?

Is this how the Freedom Caucus ends?

The recent battle between Reps. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Jim Jordan (Ohio) for House minority leader had all the low-stakes drama of two salutatorians vying for a student council treasurership.