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DeSantis gets under Trump’s skin — and distracts him from the Big Lie

He's back and angrier than ever.I'm talking about Trump, of course. In what is being billed as his first official event since he announced his run for the 2024 GOP nomination, Trump said so...

The limited usefulness of Black conservatives

What follows is a sad story. It is also a parable and warning about race, politics, and life. While many people have chosen to laugh and mock, there is little if anything truly funny...

If you thought Donald Trump was the worst, you need to give Mike Pompeo...

The good news is many Republicans want to leave Donald Trump in the dust. The bad news is so many of them are just as odious. Case in point: Mike Pompeo. This choleric guy, who was...

Conspiracism isn’t a disease. It’s a feature of America

It’s articles like this one by Brian Klaas that have me despairing for the future of the republic. Not because he identifies “a particularly insidious disease … that is not present to the same...

The lesson from George Santos? Don’t elect such candidates in the first place

There is convincing evidence that freshman U.S. Rep. George Santos, a Republican, lied about his alma mater, his employment history, his ethnic heritage, his family history, his sporting prowess, his financial skills and the...

Lying liars and their constitutional right to keep on lying

Long before his own #MeToo demise as a U.S. senator, satirst Al Franken wrote a shocking investigative exposé of politicians and pundits who — prepare yourself — don’t always tell the truth. The subtly...

Democracy and fascism: Empty words on the edge of the abyss

We are not, in fact, in the middle of a decisive or apocalyptic battle between democracy and fascism. I mean it — we're not. Let's start there. Those words are at best rough approximations...

How is manufactured outrage working out for Fox News?

— Tyre Nichols: We’ve Seen Too Many People Murdered By American Police. It’s Time for Genuine Reform. American exceptionalism strikes again. We live in the only developed country in the world where families go...

Mass death shouldn’t be a consequence of disagreement

I can’t end the week without mentioning the twin massacres in California. The first was in Monterey Park, near Los Angeles. Eleven were killed. The second was in Half Moon Bay, near San Francisco....

We’ve seen too many Americans murdered by the police

As the horror of the police murder of Tyre Nichols washes across our TV screens, we’re reminded again of the crisis, it’s severity unique to America among developed nations, of police violence.As Nichols’ stepfather,...