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Opinion | Are Trumpworld and Fox News Headed for a Messy Divorce?

Opinion | Are Trumpworld and Fox News Headed for a Messy Divorce?

The dirty secret of their romance was that it was always a marriage of convenience.A large Fox News advertisement stands near Penn Station in New York City, March 7, 2019. | Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesNot all marriages of convenience end up in divorce court, but when they do, it’s easy pickings to find the forensic evidence that doom awaited the relationship.And so it is this week, as President Donald Trump and Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News Channel all but finalized their own conscious uncoupling, that we can see that the two weren’t really falling apart as they were never really together.It’s...

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Opinion | Trump’s War on The New York Times Hits the Classroom

Opinion | Trump’s War on The New York Times Hits the Classroom

A president who lives in the moment discovers that history can be a great place to pick a fight.President Donald Trump speaks to the White House conference on American History at the National Archives museum, Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Washington. | AP Photo/Alex BrandonOn Thursday, President Donald Trump visited the National Archives Museum—that tabernacle of American history that houses the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, the Bill of Rights—to deliver a morose and angry attacking what he calls the left-wing indoctrination of American students. His speech didn’t so much...

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Bret Stephens and the Perils of the Tapped-Out Column

Bret Stephens and the Perils of the Tapped-Out Column

New York Times columnist Bret Stephens ambushed and gravely wounded his own career on the evening of Dec. 27 when his piece about—bear with me here—the alleged superior intelligence of Ashkenazi Jews went live on the Times website. As Twitter fury rose to smite Stephens for his “The Secrets of Jewish Genius” column and press coverage tilted hard against him, his editors attempted some post-publication damage control. They went back into his column and simply deleted the most provoking passages from his copy, expunged the reference (and link) to a controversial and brutally debunked...

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Why 2019 Could Be Marijuana’s Biggest Year Yet

Why 2019 Could Be Marijuana’s Biggest Year Yet

The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.By signing up you agree to receive email newsletters or alerts from POLITICO. You can unsubscribe at any time.On Nov. 7, the day after Democrats seized control of the House with what would become a 40-seat swing, President Donald Trump fired his attorney general, Jeff Sessions. That day, at his home in California, Smoke Wallin saw his phone blow up with congratulatory calls from friends and associates celebrating the political demise of the nation’s top law enforcement officer....

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