The inflection point

And so we approach the inflection point: Donald Trump, the 45th (P)resident of the United States, will soon be impeached in the House of Representatives. Whether or not he will be removed from office falls to the Senate, where the Democratic caucus must find 19 votes...

Why can’t we just be interesting?

Here’s a headline that caught my eye at The Guardian: “‘Can’t I just say it’s tasty?’ Why food critics go too far / It’s easy to write beautifully if you can work yourself into a frenzy of love or loathing. Unfortunately, most meals...

Non-qualified political opinions

Being a middle-aged Southern white guy, it should be obvious that I have friends and family who are Republicans. The list of people I love and admire includes some names of folks who not only voted for Trump, they voted — twice — for the previous...

What is democracy worth?

Josh Marshall has a classic Editor’s Brief at Talking Points Memo this morning: Long, rambling, extemporaneous and loose, but also inherently fascinating: “I’m talking about the global contest between autocracy and authoritarianism on the one hand and...
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