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When you never have to say ‘sorry’

The best jobs in Washington are the ones in which you never have to admit error and apologize. These jobs are mostly in government and the major media. While “Love means never having to say you’re sorry” (as a married man I know that’s not true), messing up in government means one can ...

Not too late to harden American democracy against Trump

As usual, Trump signals what he’s planning to do before he does it. He’s already signaled that he won’t accept the results of the 2024 election if he loses. Since announcing his candidacy, he has cast doubt on the fairness of the 2024 election on average once a day (according to an ...

Trump’s COVID-19 response was worse than we remember

Here are Trump’s words from that infamous April 2020 press conference about Covid: “So, supposing we hit the body with a tremendous — whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful light. ... And then I said, supposing you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either ...

War and indifference seen in US domestic attitudes

Which is more destructive to personal liberty, a government that engages in secret wars or a public and news media that are indifferent to it? In the current American toxic stew of anti-Russian hatred and beating of war drums — in President Joe Biden’s America — we have both. Here is ...

Using a sham case to undermine democracy

“A sham case, and everyone knows it.” So writes the iconoclastic Matt Taibbi, once counted as a left-wing writer, and he’s not the only one from outside MAGA precincts who has been appalled by the Manhattan district attorney’s case that produced a guilty verdict against former President ...