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Biden’s Capitol speech shows how much he needs Trump

7 January 2022 2:58 am

Joe Biden delivered. There was no somnolence, no quiescence. Instead, Biden lashed into his predecessor in unprecedented fashion to offer…

Liz Cheney’s high noon

15 December 2021 4:23 am

Last night was Liz Cheney’s breakout moment. As Cheney read the various text messages from various Fox News luminaries and…

Steve Bannon’s indictment tightens the noose

15 November 2021 2:56 pm

Congressman Adam Schiff is crowing. “It’s very positive,” he said on Sunday on NBC’s Meet the Press about the indictment of…

Sleep is Joe Biden’s superpower

2 November 2021 2:01 pm

As usual, P.G. Wodehouse put it best. “What is it Shakespeare calls sleep, Jeeves?,” Bertie Wooster inquires of his faithful…

Tucker Carlson goes full truther

31 October 2021 5:01 pm

Heavens to Betsy! It seems that Tucker Carlson has gone full truther. Or, if you prefer, disinformer about the tawdry…

The ‘Justice for J6’ rally was a total dud

20 September 2021 3:12 pm

There used to be an old joke that there were more members of the FBI who were members of the…

The Taliban didn’t beat America. Afghanistan did

3 September 2021 2:28 pm

The late Edward Said invented, or at least brought into vogue, the notion of Orientalism. For a time this became…

Biden embraces his inner realist

17 August 2021 7:38 am

It’s starting to look as though President Joe Biden really does want to leave Afghanistan. In his speech today, Biden…


What does the future hold for Donald Trump?

4 June 2021 1:56 am

Don’t call it a comeback! Whether it’s by popular acclamation or by a coup, as former national security adviser Michael…

Underestimate Joe Biden at your peril

27 March 2021 2:34 am

Talk about mojo! It was a calm, genial and persuasive Joe Biden that appeared before the press yesterday afternoon, easily…

Is America overstimulated?

7 March 2021 11:25 am

The last thing anyone would accuse Joe Biden of is being overstimulated. But the Senate’s rapid approval of his pandemic…

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Ted Cruz’s moment in the sun

19 February 2021 12:09 pm

So one disaster wasn’t enough for you, Ted? You had to create a new, very personal one by hightailing it…

To convict or not to convict

12 February 2021 9:23 am

Tomorrow, attorneys Bruce Castor, David Schoen, Michael van der Veen and William Brennan plan to speak on behalf of Donald…

A Trump comeback? Don't bet on it

21 January 2021 6:13 am

He did it. Donald Trump made it through four years, not an accomplishment many of his detractors thought he would…


How will Trump leave office?

12 January 2021 12:52 pm

Send in the troops. The nation must restore order. The military stands ready. Aficionados of the New York Times may recall…


Trump is the gravedigger of the GOP

7 January 2021 9:37 am

Congratulations, President Trump! It took a while but you’ve finally achieved the American carnage that you purported to descry in…


Closing time at the Barr

15 December 2020 10:47 am

William P. Barr is out. Joe Biden is in. And Donald Trump has a few more weeks left to bemoan…

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Trump’s big Bill Barr bust

2 December 2020 9:15 am

For all the caterwauling on the left about one William P. Barr, he hasn’t really delivered for Donald Trump, apart…

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While Trump ran a good campaign, Biden ran an even better one

5 November 2020 1:55 am

Give Donald Trump credit for waging a shrewd reelection campaign in the face of the pandemic, a tanking economy and…

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The Trump campaign is doomed

27 October 2020 12:51 am

Freddy Gray is optimistic about President Trump’s political prospects. The polls showing that Trump is headed for the ropes are…

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The Barrett hearings show the Democrats have wised up since Kavanaugh

15 October 2020 12:04 am

There was nothing original about Amy Coney Barrett’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee other than her incessant professions of…


Our overstimulated president

8 October 2020 2:01 am

Is Donald Trump feeling overstimulated? First he scorned stimulus talks with the Democrats, tweeting on Tuesday afternoon that he was…

Don't underestimate Joe Biden

29 August 2020 1:59 am

So is it over for Joe? Gloating Republicans and handwringing Democrats alike suddenly seem convinced that President Trump is headed…

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Melania’s moment

26 August 2020 1:47 pm

Free Melania? She made her jailbreak tonight. Whether or not President Trump wins re-election, she was out to save, as…

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Sleepy no more: Joe Biden unmasked

21 August 2020 11:22 pm

It was like an Elvis sighting. ‘WHERE’S HUNTER,’ Trump kept bellowing in his tweets. Well, there was the recently reclusive…