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DeSantis passes the Kool-Aid… to Republicans

Ron DeSantis has earned some recent notoriety for casting doubt on the COVID-19 vaccines and attacking the experts who happen to know about them. “It seems like our medical establishment never wanted to be honest with people about the potential drawbacks,” the Florida governor said in ...

When will GOP reach Trump tipping point?

As Congress ends its first post-Trump term, the biggest political question hanging over America is this: When will the GOP finally reach its anti-Trump tipping point— when a majority of Republican lawmakers disavow him? Again and again, it looks like the tipping point is near but the GOP ...

Trump had miserable month

So far, Donald Trump is having the worst campaign launch since Beto O’Rourke. Like almost everything else he’s done lately, his early announcement of his next presidential campaign has proved a flagrant political misjudgment. A move that was supposed to demonstrate his strength is ...

Do Americans even know how to agree?

Paging through the latest survey research from More in Common, I came upon a phrase that deserves to be carved in stone: “conflict entrepreneurs.” You know them. They are the arsonists who incessantly inflame every disagreement in order to boost their own “brands.” They rile us up and ...

I (used to) love New York

NEW YORK — I was a teenager when I first visited New York. The flight cost $15 on the Eastern Airlines Shuttle from Washington, D.C. You could buy your ticket from a flight attendant on board. She (and it was always a she back then) would roll a cart down the aisle with a credit card device ...

Saying good night, everyone, for good!

Well, as Carol Burnett used to say, I’m so glad we had this time together. I’ve written about 1.6 million words as a columnist. This 600 or so will be the last. I’m retiring for a few reasons. One is that, while I’ve managed to squeeze out four novels between column deadlines, my ...