Politics and History

The Descent of Presidents

President Donald Trump, who mocks his opponents and belittles military heroes, is no Lincoln. Read the rest of this entry »

Trump’s Dangerous Game

President Donald Trump makes dangerous accusations about electoral integrity, without offering any proof. Read the rest of this entry »

A National Embarrassment

French President Emmanuel Macron lectured Donald Trump about the dangers of nationalism, and the American president sulked. Read the rest of this entry »

Advice to Trump: Hire More Lawyers

President Trump faces multiple legal problems when Democrats — who scored remarkable gains in the midterm elections — begin their congressional investigations. He needs to hire more lawyers. Read the rest of this entry »

The Party of Trump, er, GOP Playbook: Fear-monger, Lie, Suppress the Vote

The 2018 midterm elections have been marked by Republican nativist appeals, lies, and attempts to limit the vote. Read the rest of this entry »

“I Always Want To Tell the Truth”

President Donald Trump says he wants “to tell the truth.” But, he adds, that is not always possible. Read the rest of this entry »

An Open Letter to President Trump

President Donald Trump bears responsibility for the ugliness of the last week. Read the rest of this entry »

Then and Now

Today is a scary time, reminiscent of the 1850s when violence became commonplace. Read the rest of this entry »

The Biggest Beneficiary of a Free Press Is…

President Donald Trump gets much political mileage from attacking the press, even as he benefits greatly from protected press freedoms. Read the rest of this entry »

Making Nice to the Saudis

President Donald Trump’s narcissism is one reason for his refusal to condemn Saudi Arabia’s role in the apparent murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Read the rest of this entry »