Indefensible

Indefensible

Retired General Jim Mattis became the first confirmed member of Donald Trump’s cabinet in 2017. Mattis boasted a legendary Marine Corps career of 44 years, which is (…hold on, let me double check my math here…OK, yep…) exactly 44 years longer than the military career of the man who nominated him.

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The Name Game

The Name Game

There can be no doubt. These days, the name of the game is names. Improperly describing, addressing or identifying not just people—but also places and things—is a tiptoe trip through a linguistic minefield. The lines which delineate such spaces are not only blurred…they keep shifting.

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Biden's "gaffe" = a prescription

Biden's "gaffe" = a prescription

And so it begins…

I heard a pundit last week offer a blazing truth on the current division in the Democratic Party. He or she (can’t remember which) said the “defining distinction” for “old line” Democrats, like Joe Biden, is still class; but for the “new” ones (including most everyone running against him in the primaries), that distinction is identity.

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Let There Be War

Let There Be War

There’s no love lost between Donald Trump and the Bush clan. Like an argument at Thanksgiving dinner, they’re feuding members of the same political family. But that doesn’t mean that Trump doesn’t learn, and sometimes borrow, from the traditional GOP playbook.

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American Pessimism

American Pessimism

The Mueller investigation is finally concluded, but it’s hard to say that anything is really settled. In the opinion of the Washington Post, fallout and follow-up to the report is, “… likely to propel Washington into a period of prolonged and even more heightened partisan combat.”

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