Trump discovers the real wall

On Tuesday, President Trump acknowledged, seemingly for the first time, the existence of some 580 miles of extant fencing along our southern border. These makeshift defenses, he added, have proven more than capable of holding back the non-existent foreign hordes intent upon carrying bubonic plague to various Houston-area Bed, Bath and Beyond locations. Despite the […]

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The impossibility of bipartisan health-care compromise

If there’s one thing political centrists claim to value, it’s compromise. It’s “the way Washington is supposed to work,” writes Third Way’s Bill Schneider. “Centrists, or moderates, are really people who are willing to compromise,” The Moderate Voice’s Robert Levine tells Vice. What does this mean when it comes to health care and the developing […]

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How Paul Ryan inadvertently rescued U.S. Treasuries

Paul Ryan’s greatest contribution to America’s economy was purely accidental. The outgoing House speaker made his name predicting disaster from Obama-era deficits. He sold himself as a policy wonk and deficit hawk. But it’s clear he didn’t mean any of it. Deficits have increased by nearly 80 percent on his watch. The irony of Ryan’s […]

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Democrats’ 2020 battle royale is going to be brutal, dirty, and totally worthwhile

Jostling for position in the 2020 Democratic primary has started already, God help us. And there is probably no way around a bitter fight between liberals and leftists over who is going to be the nominee. However, it might be possible to head off some of the bitterness that resulted from the 2016 primary by […]

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What the Mueller memo says — and doesn’t say

One thing has been very predictable about American politics over the last two years: When President Trump wakes up and misplaces his mind on Twitter like some street-corner LaRouchie, it’s often because something very, very bad for him is about to be made public. So when Trump started in with his drunk-getting-ejected-from-a-bar routine on Twitter […]

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America has a rare chance at prison reform. We can’t let it slip away.

The First Step Act is not the stuff of criminal justice reformers’ dreams. The bill, which was designed in part by President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is accurately named — a limited but not unimportant stride toward making our prison system more reasonable, humane, and just. The bill’s main concern is sentencing reform, […]

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Our long national nightmare of never-ending presidential campaigns

The 2020 presidential campaign is already upon us. Scarcely hours after the titanic drubbing Democrats delivered to President Trump’s GOP in the 2018 midterm elections, the 2020 presidential campaign began in deeply unwelcome earnest. CNN gave us a new power ranking (which they had been doing since July!) of what is expected to be a […]

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