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George W. Bush can't fix the GOP

George W. Bush can't fix the GOP

Special section:MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersBefore Donald Trump came along, I was certain that George W. Bush would be remembered as the worst president of my lifetime.Bush's administration was one disaster after another — not all of them of his making, certainly, but usually made worse by his leadership: . and . . The . The . When he left office, just of Americans approved of his job performance. The country was in decline, and Republican governance seemed thoroughly discredited.Memories fade quickly, though.By , Bush was making pretty...

April 22, 2021
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Why America failed in Afghanistan

Why America failed in Afghanistan

Special section:MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersBelieve it or not, there was a time when some Americans thought we had won the war in Afghanistan.Just a few weeks after the 9/11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., U.S. troops and their allies routed Afghanistan's Taliban government, which had given shelter to terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden. The country was already known as the "graveyard of empires," thanks to its defeat of the Soviet Union a mere 12 years earlier — and its liberation from the British Empire in 1919 — but some...

April 15, 2021
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Why would Matt Gaetz resign?

Why would Matt Gaetz resign?

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersRep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) may be in trouble, but he isn't running away. The Florida Republican is reportedly for transporting a 17-year-old girl across state lines to have sex. That news led to allegations he has shown of his purported sex partners to colleagues on the floor of the House of Representatives — behavior that may not be illegal but (if true) is certainly dishonorable, gross, and wrong. Predictably, there have been calls for Gaetz . Just as predictably, he those demands.Why would he quit?The last few...

April 5, 2021
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Is Biden setting Harris up to fail?

Is Biden setting Harris up to fail?

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersIf President Biden is grooming Vice President Kamala Harris to be his successor, he has a funny way of showing it.Biden on Wednesday announced that Harris will be the administration's on immigration issues amid a fresh round of public attention on a so-called at the southern border of the United States. Her task is twofold: to strengthen America's relationships with the Latin American countries that are the prime source of migration, and to address the reasons migrants leave those countries."I can think of nobody...

March 25, 2021
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The House closes for business

The House closes for business

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March 4, 2021
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Future presidents will remember Trump's impunity

Future presidents will remember Trump's impunity

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February 13, 2021
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Trump's Georgia failure is complete

Trump's Georgia failure is complete

MenucloseSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersIf nothing else, Tuesday night's runoff election in Georgia has given us the first Black U.S. Senator from that state — , who preaches in the pulpit once filled by Martin Luther King Jr. and will now occupy once held by the segregationist That's pretty awesome.But Democrats may have won a bigger prize: Control of the Senate itself. As of Wednesday morning, the vote is still close, but s that Democrat Jon Ossoff is on his way to defeating the incumbent, Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.), to give his party the margin...

January 6, 2021
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Hawley and Cruz: How to lie without quite lying

Hawley and Cruz: How to lie without quite lying

MenucloseSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersFor Republicans in Congress planning to vote Wednesday against certifying Joe Biden's presidential election victory, the lie has become its own justification.The lie is that Donald Trump was deprived of re-election due to fraud or some other shenanigans. Numerous courts have those allegations, and the hasn't found any evidence of wrongdoing widespread enough to overturn the election results. The president and a few of his keep flogging claims that the election was stolen — and Trump might even believe his...

January 4, 2021
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Trump has learned nothing

Trump has learned nothing

MenuSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersEven when Donald Trump does the right thing, he does it in the worst way possible.So it goes with COVID-19 economic relief. Trump on Sunday night a $900 billion law that will extend unemployment benefits, help struggling , and send to most Americans to help them get through the hard fiscal times brought on by the pandemic. That's the good news.But the signing came only after a long holiday weekend in which Trump let COVID-era and pushed the government to the edge of a at midnight tonight — ostensibly because he...

December 28, 2020
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Are the worst days of the Trump presidency still ahead?

Are the worst days of the Trump presidency still ahead?

MenucloseSign up for our free email newslettersSign Up forOur free email newslettersAmerican troops probably won't take to the streets over the next few weeks to keep President Donald Trump in the White House — but not necessarily because Trump doesn't want them to. The New York Times over the weekend that the president had "asked about" deploying the military to impose martial law and re-do the presidential election — already by Joe Biden, the Democrat — to obtain a better result for Trump. The idea was rejected by some of his top aides, the Army wants of it, and Trump himself the...

December 21, 2020
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