How Catholics Can Tilt the US Election

Sep 28, 2020

Few Americans these days are likely to recognize the name Thomas Nast. Yet in the Civil War era, Nast was arguably the most famous cartoonist in the United States, responsible for creating and popularizing iconic images, such as “jolly St. Nick” (aka Santa Claus), Uncle Sam and the donkey and...

America’s Reputation May Bounce Back After Trump, But Will the Country?
Sep 25, 2020

America's Reputation May Bounce Back After Trump, But Will the Country?

Will This Be the Election to End All Elections?
Sep 25, 2020

Will This Be the Election to End All Elections?

Justice Ginsburg Secures Progressives for Biden
Sep 23, 2020

Justice Ginsburg Secures Progressives for Biden

QAnon: A Conspiracy for Our Time

QAnon: A Conspiracy for Our Time

Sep 22, 2020

Those of us who, in the late 1980s and 1990s, frequently traveled in the United States might recall being approached by young men, dressed for business in suits and ties, at major airports. They distributed tracts and asked for contributions. No, they were not Mormons but followers of Lyndon...

What Trump Will Leave Behind If He Loses

What Trump Will Leave Behind If He Loses

Sep 21, 2020

Whether Donald Trump will serve four more years as president of the United States will be decided on November 3. America’s partners should nonetheless already be thinking about what Trump will leave behind — namely the consequences of his policies — if he loses the election and agrees to...

What the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Means for America’s Political Future

What the Death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg Means for America’s Political Future

Sep 21, 2020

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on September 18 has shaken the judiciary at a moment that could test the foundations of American legislature. Justice Ginsburg was a leftist — or “liberal,” in American parlance — mainstay in her 27 years on the court and...

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Taking American Carnage to the Next Level

Sep 18, 2020

It is a recent tradition among occupants of the White House, as they head out of office, to play a few practical jokes on their successors. The Clinton administration jesters, for instance, removed all the Ws from White House keyboards before handing over the keys to George W. Bush’s transition...

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Donald Trump: A President Against His People

Sep 14, 2020

In less than two months from now, Americans would have elected their next president. One can only hope that they have elected their 46th president, not reelected their 45th for another four-year term. Electing Donald Trump was nothing short of shooting oneself in the foot with a .45-caliber...

Donald Trump’s War With the Troops

Donald Trump’s War With the Troops

Sep 11, 2020

My father enlisted in the Army to fight in World War II. He was 19 or 20 years old, and he wanted to defeat the Nazis. He was one of a million other young Americans to sign up that year. But my father was also a fun-loving guy who played clarinet in a jazz band and liked to party. Instead of...

Alternate Reality Is All the Rage in Election Time America

Alternate Reality Is All the Rage in Election Time America

Sep 08, 2020

It should be obvious by now that “reality” has Americans very confused. This is nothing new. This happened when the word “reality” somehow became a synonym for fantasy, delusion, illusion and fake. I am not sure when this happened in the American lexicon, but I am sure that there...

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

Deconstructing the Powerful and Persistent Russiagate Meme

Sep 08, 2020

The frontier between legitimate political analysis and fake news in the US has never been easy to draw. Politicians and polemicists have attempted to impose the idea that only established corporate networks can be trusted to steer clear of fake news. Content on topics they consciously neglect to...

The UAE and Israel: Not So Big a Deal

The UAE and Israel: Not So Big a Deal

Sep 07, 2020

The Abraham Accord is a grand title well in keeping with the Trump presidency’s taste for overstatement and misdirection. But the expectation that other Arab states would fall into line with the United Arab Emirates and quickly normalize relations with Israel has fallen well short of the mark....

The Next President Needs to Learn From Past Mistakes

The Next President Needs to Learn From Past Mistakes

Sep 04, 2020

Thirteen years ago, in summer 2007, I wrote a memo for the future president of the United States. The one who would take office in 2020. At the time, I had no idea who would win the 2008 presidential election, much less an election in the distant future. In summer 2007, Hillary Clinton was the...

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