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Donald Trump, Orthodox-Innovator

In Stephen Skowronek’s “political time” framework, “orthodox-innovators” are presidents who claim authority from an established political tradition, but in some ways extend it an achieve a less compromised version of the original — Monroe, Polk, LBJ. Show More Summary

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 209

This is the grave of Junior Wells. Born Amos Blakemore in 1934 in or around Memphis, the boy who became Junior Wells began playing harmonica at the age of 7. When his mother divorced in 1948, they moved to Chicago. Wells, a bit of a troubled boy, began playing in bands, partially just to keep […]

Jared Kushner, International Man of Mystery

More than a year, still apparently not particularly close to a security clearance: A top Justice Department official alerted the White House two weeks ago that significant information requiring additional investigation would further delay the security clearance process of senior adviser Jared Kushner, according to three people familiar with the discussion. The Feb. 9 phone […]

Prisoner’s dilemma

Paul Manafort this morning: “Notwithstanding that Rick Gates pled today, I continue to maintain my innocence. I had hoped and expected my business colleague would have had the strength to continue the battle to prove our innocence. For reasons yet to surface he chose to do otherwise.” Robert Mueller this afternoon: Former Trump campaign chief […]

Republicans Terrified By Rules Tilted Only Slightly In Their Favor

As previously noted, Pennsylvania Republicans — furious about having to compete on an electoral map that is only slightly tilted in their favor rather than massively tilted in their favor — are threatening to impeach judges for doing their job. In doing so, they’re mimicking one of the most obviously illogical arguments in the United […]

The Jew is the Jew of Modern GOP Fascism

The Missouri GOP finally knows who to blame for Eric Greitens blackmailing the woman with whom he was having an affair. Here’s our full statement on the recent news re: Governor Greitens ?? — Missouri GOP (@MissouriGOP) February 23, 2018 Hmmm…. It’s always the Jews making Republicans blackmailing their mistresses. In related news, how […]

David Zwick and the Passage of an Age of Environmentalism

Effluent flowing from an International Paper Company Mill into the Androscroggin River, Maine, 1973 David Zwick, architect of the Clean Water Act of 1972, has died. His passage brings a number of thoughts to my mind. First, the success of environmentalism was thanks not only to people like Zwick but because the great peak of […]

LGM Podcast: China and the Big Questions of the 21st Century Part I

Over at the Diplomat, I’ve written a short series riffing on some of the questions that Dan discussed here: How should the United States approach the very high likelihood that the People’s Republic of China will become the world’s pre-eminent economic (and possibly military) power in the next few decades?  The first in this series asks […]

A New Weekly Feature: Tweet and Sour

Welcome to my new feature: Tweet and Sour, the best and worst of twitter each week! For those of you who dislike twitter it’ll be easy to just skip this feature each week and for those of you enjoy the platform, well, know you’ll know where to get the good stuff. So without further adieu, […]

The Death Cult and The Big Money

To follow up on Paul’s post about the NRA’s role in manufacturing demand for firearms, we shouldn’t forget the staggering amounts of money it dumps into the political process: But the NRA’s investment, which was more than any other outside group, paid for a slew of ads that directly targeted the same voters who propelled […]

Erik Visits an American Grave, Part 208

This is the grave of Susan Komen. There isn’t that much to say about Komen herself. She was born in 1943 and died of breast cancer in 1980 at the age of 36, three years after her diagnosis. That is far too young and tremendously sad. Cancer is a horrible thing and breast cancer, because […]

What An AR-15 Does

A radiologist describes what she found examining victims Marjory Stoneman Douglas: In a typical handgun injury that I diagnose almost daily, a bullet leaves a laceration through an organ like the liver. To a radiologist, it appears as a linear, thin, grey bullet track through the organ. There may be bleeding and some bullet fragments. […]

More Manafort Charges

It’s official: The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, unsealed new charges on Thursday against President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, accusing him of hiding income and defrauding banks. Many of the charges are similar to ones he was charged with in October. According to the new 32-count indictment, Mr. Manafort provided false information […]

Guns and capitalism

The NRA exists to increase the profits of America’s gun makers. It does so by constantly stimulating the market for guns, which, as in the case of so many other consumer goods, is dominated by the behavior of the tiny percentage of Americans who buy an enormous percentage of the item in question. While around […]

Violence, Slavery, and the Human Experience

Walter Johnson is one of our premier historians, period. His work on slavery and capitalism has helped reorient a narrative that for way, way too long argued that slavery was anti-capitalist, leading among other things, to radical whites in the 60s making arguments that the Civil War was some sort of capitalist war against anti-capitalists […]

The Immigration Debate

Anyone who works for the Niskanen Center, named after one of the worst human beings to pollute this nation, is someone I don’t want to say nice things about. But Will Wilkinson nails this essay about the immigration debate. It’s really between people on one side who think problems can be solved through policy and […]

The Kids Are Alright

I’ve been blown away by the instant move toward activism and organizing by the Florida shooting survivors. Me, I’d probably be a blubbering wreck curled up in the corner of my bedroom. Their instance move toward politicizing their experience and doing everything they can to stop it from happening again is incredibly welcome, a breath […]

The One-Way Empathy Ratchet

This is a great point by E.J. Dionne, presumably in response to David Brooks’s silly concern trolling: What’s less funny is that on gun control, liberals (and their many allies who are moderate, conservative and nonideological) have been told for years that if they do take their own side in the argument, they will only […]

The Nuclear Posture Review Misrepresents Russian Nuclear Doctrine

I didn’t actually get around to reading the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) when it came out, so I did not know that it misrepresents Russian nuclear doctrine. I’ve discussed this issue before. Official Russian doctrine proposes that, in the event of a threat to the continued existence of the Russian state, Moscow would order nuclear […]

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