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How to win the gun debate: Stop talking about guns

How to win the gun debate: Stop talking about guns

President Trump's 2016 campaign was relentless in its depiction of an on-the-brink America awash in crime. Here's Trump in his shockingly dark inaugural address: Mothers and children trapped in

Mitt Romney is already blowing it

No one joins an ultra-dignified personal carriage to pusillanimity like Mitt Romney: That much we already know. The man from Michigan ... and Massachusetts ... and Utah! ... has rightly been chided,
How will CPAC grapple with Trump-era conservatism?

How will CPAC grapple with Trump-era conservatism?

Nearly two years ago on the campaign trail, Donald Trump declared himself a conservative — and called it irrelevant. "I'm a conservative," Trump told the audience at the California Republican Party
America's addiction to the politics of anger

America's addiction to the politics of anger

Americans are addicted to self-righteous rage. Take the response to David Brooks' Tuesday column in The New York Times. It seems like the most anodyne argument imaginable: If liberals want to make
Liberals' collusion confusion

Liberals' collusion confusion

For more than a year now the American people have been waiting for evidence that Donald Trump knowingly colluded with the Russian government or its agents in the hope of securing victory over Hillary
Conservatives are now attacking survivors of school shootings

Conservatives are now attacking survivors of school shootings

The conservative movement has two new enemies: the FBI and the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. At far-right Gateway Pundit, Lucian Wintrich managed to package them into one

America's outrage over Russian election meddling is a blatant double standard

The extent to which the presidential campaign of Donald Trump was aware of (and perhaps even colluded with) the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election remains uncertain. But that the
End ICE

End ICE

The most notorious government agency under the Trump presidency is surely U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. The president may not be able to build his wall, but he can turn a horde of
Donald Trump is our first porno president

Donald Trump is our first porno president

Donald J. Trump is America's first pornographic president. Sure, JFK and Bill Clinton lived lives of debauchery in and out of the White House. But Kennedy's sex life was a pastiche of WASP glamour,
Don't fear the inflationpocalypse

Don't fear the inflationpocalypse

The Trump administration isn't sweating inflation. And you know what? They're right not to. The economy has been grinding away in a low-gear recovery ever since the Great Recession. After all these
Why Trump feasts on scandal

Why Trump feasts on scandal

There's a certain kind of compelling anti-hero who has long populated fiction, one whose lack of social or moral constraint makes him an interesting character. Unlike the rest of us, who are kept in
The kids are all Democrats

The kids are all Democrats

Will the former reality TV star currently working part-time in the White House do incalculable long-term damage to the Republican brand? It sure seems like it! After all, President Trump's horror-show
The battle over 'chain migration'

The battle over 'chain migration'

President Trump wants to limit family-based immigration as part of an overall reform of the system. Why? Here's everything you need to know: What is 'chain migration'? The term itself remains a point
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7 hilarious Winter Olympics-themed political cartoons

7 hilarious Winter Olympics-themed political cartoons

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Trump's anti-immigrant enforcers want to team up with Trump's spies. Watch out.

Trump's anti-immigrant enforcers want to team up with Trump's spies. Watch out.

Beware the eyes of Trump. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is reportedly trying to join the network of federal departments that can access warrantless surveillance information gathered by the spies
Is DACA dead?

Is DACA dead?

Yesterday afternoon, President Trump's unpopular, hardline immigration dreams died an embarrassing and comprehensive death in the United States Senate, largely at the hands of his own allies. More
7 hilarious Olympics-themed political cartoons

7 hilarious Olympics-themed political cartoons

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There's nothing futile about the gun debate

There's nothing futile about the gun debate

When politicians campaign for office, they usually portray themselves as potent and powerful, even when they aren't. Elect me, they say, and everything will be transformed, no matter how absurd it is
The despair of America's gun debate

The despair of America's gun debate

President Trump's brief remarks to the nation on Thursday morning about the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, confirmed what informed observers of American politics already knew perfectly