Nikki Haley’s dead end

Within minutes of the news that President Trump had accepted U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s resignation, her perennial boosters from within the anti-Trump neoconservative ranks were salivating at what the resignation might portend. Re-upping from a few months ago. https://t.co/232vC6cj9e — …

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The case against despair on climate change

Human society is on a path to self-immolation. But don’t give in to despair. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is out with an interim report, and the predictions are terrifying. If current trends continue, average global atmospheric temperatures will …

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17 seconds with Stormy Daniels

I met Stormy Daniels at New York City’s Museum of Sex. Daniels, at this point, needs no introduction. “Porn star,” “adult film actress,” whatever your preferred nomenclature — her profession almost always precedes her stage name. In January, The Wall …

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The cult of Beto

There is no way Robert Francis O’Rourke, alias “Beto,” a.k.a. the no-doubt gleaming future of the Democratic Party is as delusional about his prospects for success as his followers. That would be impossible. The Texas congressman is your average 46-year-old …

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Florida’s political hurricane

Floridians are bracing themselves for Hurricane Michael, which forecasters predict could hit the state’s Panhandle region today. If Michael devastates the Sunshine State, lives, livelihoods, and all manner of property could be lost. But Michael could also have a big …

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Where the West went wrong

Francis Fukuyama may yet prove to be right in predicting the end of history. But there is no doubt that he was premature. The idea that people have reached an “end point” of “ideological evolution and the universalization of Western …

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Conservatism after Kavanaugh

The die is cast. Brett Kavanaugh is a Supreme Court justice, and the nation is just four weeks away from a very consequential midterm election. While many liberals are clearly demoralized and disgusted by Kavanaugh’s ascension, they are also energized …

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Did the Fed accidentally help Trump win in 2016?

Did the Federal Reserve inadvertently help President Trump win in 2016? There’s a huge array of factors that go into determining why Americans pick the presidents they do. But research suggests the economy may be as much as half the …

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The partisan hackery of the Supreme Court

The mask has finally slipped, and the Supreme Court has once and for all been revealed as nothing but a partisan political machine. There is no better evidence than Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the court, decided by a 50-48 vote …

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The GOP will rue the Kavanaugh confirmation

On Saturday, the Senate voted narrowly to destroy the Supreme Court of the United States by confirming the profoundly compromised and nakedly partisan Judge Brett Kavanaugh with a 50-48 vote. The drama, such as it was, really ended by mid-afternoon …

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Right and wrong in the Kavanaugh debate

Brett Kavanaugh will be one of the most pro-choice, pro-contraception, anti-executive-power justices in the recent history of the Supreme Court. This is not the lunatic raving of an embittered supporter of the truly conservative Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s supposed …

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The evolution of the Supreme Court

The nation’s highest court dominates our politics. But it didn’t start out so powerful. Here’s everything you need to know: How did the Founders view the court? While the Constitutional Convention of 1787 agonized over the specific powers delegated to …

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Why Democrats win purple states

When Bernie Sanders surprised no one by failing to secure the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, for some of us the writing was on the wall. Not only was Donald Trump going to beat Hillary Clinton — he was almost …

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Why Democrats win purple states

When Bernie Sanders surprised no one by failing to secure the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, for some of us the writing was on the wall. Not only was Donald Trump going to beat Hillary Clinton — he was almost …

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