Tag: -homepage-top

Bill de Blasio’s Embarrassing Quest for National Fame

It’s rare for The New York Post to understate a story in a headline, but late Sunday the tabloid posted a piece titled “De Blasio speaks to crowd of only 20 people in New Hampshire.” The reality was even bleaker. Of the 20 people, fourteen were on the panel being hosted by the New York City […]

Read More

The Enduring Timidity of the Democratic Party

The Democrats are about to blow it. That’s the emerging consensus of the party’s moderates, anyway. Every week brings a new Politico story in which Democrats grouse about the party’s resurgent left wing, warning that its pie-in-the-sky proposals and heterodox rhetoric threaten to squander the party’s hard-earned electoral momentum under President Trump. “As we run […]

Read More

White Nationalism Is an International Threat

On Friday,a gunman stormed a pair of mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, showeringworshippers with gunfire, and livestreaming the country’s deadliest mass killing since 1943. “I wasable to hear the big sound of the shooting,” one survivor, Mohan Ibrahim, toldthe Canadian broadcaster CBC. Ibrahim fled through back entrance, peopledropping around him. “Many, many bullets, I’ve never […]

Read More

The Amnesia of the U.S. Foreign Policy Establishment

“Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order.” The Economist’s headline last summer summarized a common refrain within America’s foreign policy establishment. Trump “wants to undo the liberal international order the United States built,” Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institution warned on Inauguration Day in 2017. Trump could “bring to an end the United States’ […]

Read More

The Republicans Are Deficit Hypocrites. The Democrats Should Be, Too.

Barack Obama is dumbfounded. The Republicans harangued him for eight straight years over the federal budget deficit. Now, under President Trump, the deficit is skyrocketing—with nary a peep from the GOP. “This is supposed to be the party, supposedly, of fiscal conservatism,” he said in a speech in September. “Suddenly […]

Read More

Can American Foreign Policy Be Greened?

In the 1977 novel Edith’s Diary, by the great crime writer Patricia Highsmith, Edith is the mother of a dipsomaniacal good-for-nothing who records in her diary not the truth about her son but, instead, the compensatory fantasy that he is a grad student in engineering, the husband of a charming wife, […]

Read More

The Trudeau Scandal Happens All the Time in America

The most acute political scandal in North America—the one withthe greatest chance of toppling a head of state anytime soon—is occurring notin the United States, but Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is barely hanging on to power after being accusedlast month of pressuring his attorney general to abandon the criminal prosecutionof […]

Read More

The Shameful Campaign to Silence Ilhan Omar

History has been curling back lately in the mostuncomfortable ways. Nearly 125 years ago, a French military court convicted theartillery captain Alfred Dreyfus of treason for handing military secrets to theGermans. Dreyfus, who was Jewish, would eventually be exonerated, but notbefore his case was turned into a national referendum on […]

Read More

Rescue a Refugee: Get Charged With Trafficking?

The case was sensational. Two young volunteers stood accusedof masterminding a massive smuggling operation on the Greek island of Lesvos,innocently disguised as a search-and-rescue NGO.  One, Sarah Mardini, was already famous. She and her sisterfled Syria in 2015, and when their dinghy’s motor failed on the sea crossing toGreece, the […]

Read More

The Sensible Politics of Soaking the Rich

Everybody hates taxes. That’s one of the unalienable truths in U.S. politics, and it’s been proven again as the April 15 filing deadline approaches. A drop in tax refunds this year, caused by the Republican tax cuts in late 2017, has infuriated Americans. My husband and I owed money for […]

Read More

Can Jeremy Corbyn Save Britain From Brexit?

For most of his career, Jeremy Corbyn, the LabourMP for Islington North since 1983, has been well respected in activist circlesand parodied in parliamentary ones. Between 1997 and 2010, under the Labour governmentsof first Tony Blair and then Gordon Brown, Corbyn voted against his party anunrivaled 428 times. Not that […]

Read More

The Art of the Deal You Can’t Refuse

Donald Trump’s former personal attorney had a simple message for Congress on Wednesday: The president is a crook. “I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is,” Michael Cohen, a fixer for Trump for more than a decade, testified to the House Oversight Committee. “He is a racist. He […]

Read More

The Crime of Parenting While Poor

One morning in May, on the fifth floor of an office building in the St. George neighborhood of Staten Island, New York, five mothers and seven small children sat in a circle, singing a song to the tune of “Frère Jacques.” One by one, in Spanish and English, they made […]

Read More

The Republican Party Is the Real National Emergency

President Donald Trump has announced that he will sign the compromise spending bill struck between Democrats and Republicans this week, which will avert another government shutdown and provide $1.375 billion for new barriers along the southern border. Unhappy with that amount—he had requested $5.7 billion from Congress—Trump said on Friday […]

Read More

This Is What the Beginning of a Real Israel Debate Looks Like

With all the shouting it was easy to miss, but something new happened in Washington this week. If you can’t see it yet, put yourself back in 2006, when everything about a Somali-American, Muslim congresswoman tweeting a line from a Puff Daddy song—as Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar did Sunday evening—would […]

Read More