Jimmy Duncan, the hero America ignored

Many political junkies are convinced that President Trump’s grip on the GOP is so tight, his takeover of the party so complete, that he can banish any conservative lawmaker who dares oppose him. There is some truth to this — …

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Michael Cohen’s last con

On Wednesday afternoon, a federal judge in New York sentenced Michael Cohen to a mere three years in prison. For President Trump’s ex-lawyer, who was convicted of tax evasion and violating federal campaign finance law, this was not exactly welcome …

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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 …

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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 …

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Democrats shouldn’t try to impeach Trump — yet

Donald Trump is a bad man and a bad president, a “leader” whose main redeeming quality appears to be that he’s too lazy and undisciplined to effectively implement all of his cruel and anti-democratic ideas. The sooner he leaves office, …

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What John Kelly personified

After almost nine months of speculation, President Trump on Saturday confirmed the rumors: Chief of Staff John Kelly will be leaving the White House at the end of the year. There’s really only one question worth asking about this: What …

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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 …

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What if Colin Powell had become president?

The funeral of former President George H.W. Bush returned to the spotlight many who served in his administration. Some, like former Vice President Dan Quayle, are very much artifacts of that time. Others, such as his defense secretary Dick Cheney, …

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Will foreign policy matter for the Democrats in 2020?

In the 2004 and 2008 Democratic primaries, foreign policy was probably the most important topic of discussion. Since then, the subject has largely fallen by the wayside, as the population has stopped paying attention to the war in Afghanistan, and …

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Good riddance, Paul Ryan

In the hours and days that followed the election of Barack Obama, conservative talking heads were looking desperately for the future of the GOP. They found it in Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, or so they thought. They crafted his reputation, …

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The crisis Mueller is sowing

Do you remember when the United States was about to have her constitutional order upended? If you printed out all the concern-trolling articles from the fall of 2016 about whether Donald Trump would “accept” the results of the presidential election …

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‘Nothing on this page is real’

Excerpted from an article that originally appeared in The Washington Post. Reprinted with permission. The only light in the house came from the glow of three computer monitors, and Christopher Blair, 46, sat down at a keyboard and started to …

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The lasting legacy of George H.W. Bush

If there’s a contest for the most consequential president of the last 40 years, most people would say the winner is Ronald Reagan. He was the hero of at least two generations of Republican politicians, and even Democrats, like former …

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