The transformation of Kim Jong Un

On Tuesday, President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ended their historic summit in Singapore with a handshake and the joint signing of a vague but important document. In said document, Trump agreed to provide security guarantees to …

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How MAGA ate my hometown

There was a time, not so long ago, when I could confidently say in polite society that, yes, I was a Republican — but from New Jersey. Meaning: not insane or extreme or overzealous. Kind of like New England, with …

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Trump goes it alone

It is now undeniable that President Trump’s combative, impetuous character and cluster of bedrock beliefs about a zero-sum world of ruthless, cutthroat competition among rivals have combined to produce a situation that may well shred the global trading and alliance …

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Hey, populists: Hire some eggheads

The Western world is in the throes of a populist revolution — or at least an attempted populist revolution. Populists have swept the polls in the U.K., the U.S., Poland, Hungary, and now Italy. And … it hasn’t gone according …

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America’s immigration inhumanity

Zero tolerance policies have been spreading throughout America for the past 40 years, wreaking havoc wherever and whenever they’ve been tried. That’s because their fundamental premise is that the cause they aim to advance is so righteous that authorities have …

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How does Scott Pruitt still have a job?

Scott Pruitt reminds me of George Costanza. Remember that episode of Seinfeld where the hapless nebbish is trying to get himself fired from his job with the New York Yankees so he can take a job with the crosstown Mets? …

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Democrats are totally blowing it

Things are looking up for President Trump and his Republican Party. While both Trump and his congressional allies remain staggeringly unpopular, recent polling indicates that they might skate by with a narrow House majority in the fall and even pick …

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The alarming disappearance of debt concern

Howard Schultz is right about the debt. Too bad no one will listen to him. Now, there are plenty of good reasons to summarily dismiss a possible presidential run by the former Starbucks boss. Let’s start with the biggie: This …

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