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Hiroko Tabuchi and Coral Davenport in the New York Times: The Justice Department has opened an antitrust inquiry into the four major automakers that struck a deal with California this year to reduce automobile emissions, according to people familiar with the matter, escalating a standoff over one of the president’s most significant rollbacks of climate regulations. In […]
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Yesterday, Tucker Carlson, in the process of attacking opponents of Brett “Yalie MacYaleface” Kavanaugh, had this to say: You can see in the protests by the way, these are not the children of the working class. These are not people who took time off from HVAC school to go protest or block traffic. These are […]
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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 […]
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No, it Really is that Bad

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In General
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On February 16, 2017
My default blogging mode is pretty snarky. I guess, in that respect, I’m an old-school academic blogger. The common approach now seems to be professional and scholarly. But sometimes it’s appropriate to set aside the snark—not in favor of scholarly detachment, but to articulate warranted fears. The United States is facing a major institutional crisis. While […]

Lessons from Turkey

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On December 1, 2016

Over at my other digs, Kindred Winecoff is running a series called “World Politics in a Time of Populist Nationalism” (which, unfortunately, he’s decided requires an acronym). They

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