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Greater Deference to Generals Has Undermined Civilian Control of the Military

US Army Lt General Flynn testifies before House Intelligence Committee in Washington

I’m in the New York Times’ “Room for Debate” with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Duke’s Peter Feaver.

Man Calls Out ‘Hillary Bitches’ on Airplane

An airline traveler wanted his fellow passengers to know that he was a supporter of the president-elect.

America’s Weird Recount Laws

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An irrelevant candidate is triggering a recount in three states Trump won by substantial margins.

Nikki Haley to Be UN Ambassador

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While it seems a strange choice at first blush, it’s a good one.

Trump’s Wife and Child Won’t Live in White House

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President-Elect Donald Trump has signaled that his current wife and youngest child will continue to reside in their de-luxe apartment in the sky rather than move to the White House.

President Trump’s Unprecedented Conflicts of Interest

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The incoming president’s business interests are a yuuuge problem.

Team of rivals? Kitchen cabinet? Or Waylon Smithers clones?

The real model for Trump’s team is neither Abraham Lincoln nor Andrew Jackson but The Simpson’s Mr. Burns with a room full of Waylon Smithers-types.

Google Account Hell

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I’m about to lose access to the primary email account I’ve had for more than a dozen years.

Normalizing Hysteria

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Donald Trump is not Adolf Hitler. But that’s not the standard.

Dave Chappelle Knows The Whites

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I’ve been out of the “Saturday Night Live” habit for years now but they’ve done really well with the election cycle, as they always have. Kate McKinnon’s cold open was very well done. I kept waiting for the joke lyrics; they didn’t come. Quite a few in my Twitter feed found it sacrilegious for reasons […]

Trump Victory Spawns National Freak-Out

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Americans are rioting in the streets because they don’t like the outcome of a democratic election.

The ‘Popular Vote’ is Irrelevant

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The candidate I voted for got more than 200,000 votes for president than the winner. I’m okay with that.

Random Observations on Trump’s Election

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Trying to make sense of that which makes no sense.

The Biggest F- You in Human History?

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Michael Moore’s pre-election analysis is looking shockingly prescient.

As The Revolving Door Turns

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A senior congressional staffer is taking a new job that happens to coincide with her boss’ committee assignment.

Trump, Populism, and Anti-Semitic Dog Whistles

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Distinguishing between anti-elite populism and coded anti-Semitism is next to impossible.

Meh Hillary

Clinton, Gates, And Mullen Testify Before Senate Foreign Relations Cmte

It has become necessary to destroy the party in order to save it.

Both Sides Do It (Except One)

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WaPo has a rather interesting headline to an AP report: “Ohio order blocks activities from both campaigns.” Reading through the report, which reads like a blog post with constant updates, I find only one campaign’s “activities” being “blocked,” namely that of Donald Trump. So, how do we arrive at the headline? Through very strained reasoning: […]

Clinton’s Lead Shrinking Ever So Slightly

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Her numbers are steady; he’s reclaiming Republican voters.

Clinton-Cartwright Comparisons Don’t Hold Up

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Clinton is getting no special treatment by the standards of her high-powered peers.

Clinton, Inc.

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The personal, the political, and the Foundation are so intertwined as to be one enterprise.

Steven Den Beste, RIP

Steven Den Beste, one of the quintessential early bloggers (dubbed by someone one of the “Four Horsemen of the Ablogalypse” in those silly days when this medium was new) has passed after a long illness. Brickmuppet has a nice collection of tributes along with a summary of the news: Steven was brilliant, a former engineer with […]

Most Damaging Presidential Run, Ever?

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Has any major party nominee for president ever damaged his reputation in this manner?

Trump’s Damaged Brand

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Donald Trump is losing something much more important to him that an election.

The Third And Thankfully Last Presidential Debate of 2016

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Last night’s debate, sadly, lived down to my expectations.

I Question The Timing

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News outlets are suddenly finding out that Trump was a cad in 2005. Film at 11.

Erick Erickson’s Struggles

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The erstwhile Republican firebrand and current NeverTrumper shares his personal struggles.

A Bizarre, No Good, Second Debate

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Trump was alternately somnambulant, petulant, stalking, incoherent, and dangerous.

What Happens if Trump is Un-nominated?

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Some early musings on a political fantasy that’s less implausible than it was 12 hours ago.

Trump Caught on Tape Being Trump, Shocking Trump Supporters

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An 11-year-old tape of the Republican nominee making misogynistic comments should surprise no one.

Is Nuance Still Possible in American Politics?

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Damon Linker writes, “Millions of people disagree with your political views. That doesn’t make them moral monsters.”

Trump Gaining With Less Educated Whites, Losing With College Grads

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Donald Trump is doing worse with white voters than Mitt Romney did in 2012.

Pence Probably Won VP Debate; Almost Certainly Won’t Matter

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It’s possible that Mike Pence won and Donald Trump still lost. It won’t matter.

Trump’s Dangerous ‘Rigged Election’ Nonsense

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The Republican nominee is threatening our fragile democracy.

NYT Publishes Illegally Obtained Trump Tax Records

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America’s newspaper of records has published three pages of stolen tax documents from 1995.

First Clinton-Trump Debate and Low Expectations Redux

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Judging 2016 by historical standards hasn’t worked out well thus far.

First Clinton-Trump Debate Confirms Low Expectations

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Trump had a much lower bar than Clinton going in. Neither cleared it.

Party Realignment Fantasies

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David Brooks thinks American politics “Could get ugly” before the ship gets righted.

Hijacking the National Anthem

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Athletes are sitting out the Star Spangled Banner to air their grievances. Management is pushing back.

Santa Clara Police Threaten to Not Do Job Over Cartoon Socks

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Blue feelings matter.

Clinton Foundation Donors Got Access to Secretary of State Clinton

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A majority of her non-government visitors coincidentally donated to her nonprofit.

Fox News Sums Up Clinton-Trump Race Brilliantly

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Most Americans distrust Clinton. More distrust Trump.

Retired Generals Should Stay Out of Politics

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My latest for War on the Rocks.

Conventions Helped Trump More, Even Though His Was Awful and Hers Wasn’t

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The one with the better convention seems to have lost ground over the last two weeks.

Trump Leads Clinton After Convention Bounce

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The worst convention in history has given Trump a yuuge bounce.

Could Crazy Donald Trump Actually Win The Presidency?

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While a Clinton landslide seems obvious after the dumpster fire of a Republican convention, the race is close.

Some Republicans Already Looking Ahead To 2020

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The 2016 Republican Convention is barely halfway over, but some Republicans are already looking ahead to 2020.

A Bizarre First Day for Republican National Convention

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I haven’t yet watched any of the 2016 Republican National Convention but the first day was a beauty.

Afghan Teen Attacks Hong Kong Family on German Subway With an Ax

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Another bizarre attack that may be part of a larger pattern. Or a random act by a deranged individual. BBC: A teenage Afghan refugee armed with an axe and knife injured four people on a train in southern Germany before being shot dead by police, officials say. Three people in a group from Hong Kong […]

ObamaCare Having Predictable Effects on Healthcare Market

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We’re further from a public option than we were in 2009. The need for it has become more acute.

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