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Things are… not good

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In Trump
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On June 28, 2018
I’m late to the rending of garments. It’s hard to escape the feeling that the United States has hit crisis point. But crises are not purely objective conditions. They are as much cultural and psychological in nature. In crises, we experience a sense of accelerating events. These demand choices in the short term that, if […]

Apropos of Everything

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On June 18, 2018

Because it’s a day for joyous celebration of the essential goodness of humanity, you should read this (surprisingly) good review essay by Cass Sunstein over at the New York Review of Books. All

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Greg Sargent has been on a tear for the past forty-eight hours as he discusses the non-partisan media’s inability to handle Trump. Yesterday, he wrote that: … the Justice Department’s inspector general is expected to release a report scrutinizing the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email arrangement. I’m going to predict that […]
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While many issues divide the progressive coalition—which I understand as an umbrella term for the center-left, left-liberals, democratic socialists, and various social-justice movements—international security and international political economy provide some of the most intractable disputes. Disagreements about health policy, for example, primarily revolves around the wisdom of incrementalism and the specific mix of policies best […]
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Over at Politico, Van Jackson provides a fascinating discussion of the possible underlying preferences that drive Kim Jung Un’s recent overtures. Jackson argues that Kim has more concrete goals that are evident in North Korea’s word and deed, and that happen to also propel North Korea toward the meta-goal of unification, but on terms favorable to […]

Notes on North Korea

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On April 27, 2018

There’s no doubt that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in qualifies as historic. At the same time, it’s really too soon to say if this ma

Normalizing Trump

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On April 9, 2018

In late March, ABC News reported that the Republican National Committee has spent nearly $1 million at Trump properties since the election. In total, “Republican-affiliated” groups have &#

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