Inside the Barr-Murdoch meeting

Scene: Rupert Murdoch’s Manhattan Apartment, Wednesday night, Oct. 9, 2019. Fox Corporation Chairman Murdoch and U.S. Attorney General William Barr sit in leather chairs while two assistants, dressed in dark suits, use hand-held electronics to scan the room for...

The coup that might yet be

Again, I’m not going to re-stipulate all the reasons why it’s reasonable to assume that Republicans will never turn on Trump, yada yada. But look at the news this morning. The utterly inexcusable, cowardly and shameful betrayal of our Kurdish allies. The...

The Full Narrative

BTW, here’s the “tell” from Sen. Ron Johnson’s Meet the Press self-immolation yesterday: JOHNSON: “You set this thing up totally biased. I could never really get into the full narrative.” Yes, the “full narrative.” The...

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...

I find my lack of faith disturbing

Most people don’t believe this, but if forced to declare my own personal beliefs, I do: The Republican Party stole the 2004 election for George W. Bush. There, I said it. I’m not talking about their usual dirty tricks and voter suppression tactics —...

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...

The Fed bends the knee

Now comes word that the Federal Reserve is about to cut a key lending rate by about a quarter of a point. Even if you don’t routinely pay attention to financial news, this is a story you need to be following. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen economic...

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