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Trump, Over-Exposed

(78) Comments | Posted June 19, 2016 | 6:50 PM

For months, we have been waiting for Donald Trump to implode. No matter how grotesque his claims, no matter how tone-deaf his behavior, his sheer gassiness has kept Trump aloft.

But maybe, finally, his bizarre attempts to use the massacre in Orlando for his own cynical purposes have crossed...

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Trump And Mateen: Brothers In Hate

(145) Comments | Posted June 14, 2016 | 8:58 AM

America will soon decide whether we are a society dominated by hate. The appeal of hate is that it's really simple. It is the aftermath of hate that's such a hard mess.

Complexity is so much less satisfying. But will also have to decide whether we are a society that...

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Clinton, Warren, and the Vice Presidency

(365) Comments | Posted June 12, 2016 | 8:11 PM

Quiz: Who is the one member of the president's cabinet who can't be fired?

A. Attorney General
B. Secretary of State
C. Director of Central Intelligence
D. Vice-President


The answer, of course, is D.

Elizabeth Warren is an attractive candidate for Hillary Clinton's running...

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Profiles in Cowardice -- GOP Leaders and Donald Trump

(181) Comments | Posted June 5, 2016 | 8:58 PM

Donald Trump has entered a new phase of autocratic weirdness. His attack on Federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding in the lawsuit against Trump University, was a trifecta. It combined outright racism with an assault on the independent judiciary and a clear warning that Trump would use...

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Can Democrats Avoid the Circular Firing Squad?

(934) Comments | Posted May 29, 2016 | 9:12 PM

A couple of months ago, it appeared that the Republican presidential field was a fragmented fratricidal mess, with party disarray and deadlock on display all the way to the Cleveland Convention. The Democrats, meanwhile, were on track to an early nomination and party unity.

Things didn't quite work out that...

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The Libertarian Party Could Provide Insurance for Hillary Clinton

(231) Comments | Posted May 22, 2016 | 10:03 PM

Two former Republican governors are running for president and vice president on the Libertarian line. They are Gary Johnson, former New Mexico governor, and William Weld, former governor of Massachusetts. The Libertarian Party holds its nominating convention in Orlando, Florida, over Memorial Day weekend.

The Libertarian Party...

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The Entente Between Trump and the Republican Elite

(78) Comments | Posted May 15, 2016 | 8:20 PM

We are starting to see the sorry spectacle of a Republican establishment that detests Donald Trump falling in line behind his candidacy. Before it's over, schisms will be papered over; the vast majority of Republican elected officials will endorse Trump; and he will pick up plenty of Republican donors as...

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Pitiful Giant: The Republican Establishment

(111) Comments | Posted May 8, 2016 | 7:19 PM

We keep hearing that the Republican Party is on track to suffer an epic split over the presumed nomination of Donald Trump. But what exactly does this mean? What happens once the 2016 election is over?

On one side are traditional business conservatives, devoted to government-bashing, low taxes and pro-corporate...

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Can Corporate Leaders Be Good Citizens?

(50) Comments | Posted May 1, 2016 | 11:12 PM

The owner of the Chobani yogurt company, Hamdi Ulukaya, made news last week when he announced that he will give his 2,000 employees a 10 percent ownership share when the company is sold. The average stake will be worth $150,000.

Several of America's largest corporations also made news...

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Let's Hear It for Tax and Spend

(228) Comments | Posted April 24, 2016 | 8:45 PM

There was a truly silly dogfight last week between the Clinton and Sanders camps on who was the worse offender when it came to possibly raising taxes on the middle class. Clinton had supported Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney's proposed three cents an ounce tax on sugary drinks to pay for...

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Will Bernie's People Back Hillary in November?

(1944) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 7:13 PM

It's fitting that the Democratic presidential nomination will likely be decided in New York, the birthplace of Bernie Sanders and the adopted home of Hillary Clinton.

The polling averages now show Clinton up by about 13 points in Tuesday's primary.

Sanders has closed gaps like this,...

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Sanders, Trump and the Hassles of Regular People

(86) Comments | Posted April 11, 2016 | 8:01 AM

"Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me."

-- F. Scott Fitzgerald.


Every once in a while, I have an experience that sheds some light on why most of the one percent do not give a rip about the struggles of...

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Race, Class, Jobs and the 2016 Earthquake

(103) Comments | Posted April 3, 2016 | 9:50 PM

If you are old enough, you may recall the "dueling banjos" riff from the 1972 movie, Deliverance.

The debate about who is getting the worst shafting from the economy -- black Americans or downwardly mobile, white working class Americans -- reminds me of dueling banjos.

We have it...

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Sanders, Socialism and the Shafted Generation

(816) Comments | Posted March 27, 2016 | 9:16 PM

Once again, Bernie Sanders has demonstrated, with a trifecta of big wins in Hawaii, Alaska and Washington State, that he has broad and enthusiastic support, especially among the young. Equally astonishing is the large percentage of voters who say they are attracted rather than repelled by Sanders' embrace...

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A Tale of Two Conventions and One Electoral College

(172) Comments | Posted March 20, 2016 | 3:55 PM

The Republican National Convention meets in Cleveland July 18 through 21. A week later, the Democrats gather in Philadelphia. Let's look into the crystal ball and imagine the scenes.

In Cleveland, it may be a coronation of Donald Trump, but more likely, the GOP elite, which is belatedly getting its...

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Election 2016: Nightmare or Daybreak?

(400) Comments | Posted March 13, 2016 | 6:49 PM

Here is a scenario that should keep Democrats awake at night.

Bernie Sanders keeps doing well in the big Northern and Midwestern states. On Tuesday, he wins Ohio, maybe Illinois and Missouri, which sets him up to be competitive in the big, late primaries, notably New York...

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Constitutional Crisis and Political Stalemate

(134) Comments | Posted March 6, 2016 | 8:41 PM

The 2016 election year is shaping up to be America's most serious constitutional crisis since the Civil War -- and the most important partisan re-alignment since 1932 or maybe since 1860. To appreciate what's at work, it's important to understand these two trends, and how they interact.

The essence of...

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Trump, Berlusconi, Hitler and the Populist Moment

(232) Comments | Posted February 28, 2016 | 6:20 PM

Right-wing populists ascend when three toxic forces converge. First, the economy needs to be really lousy for most citizens. Check.

Second, the political system ceases to be able to solve problems and loses legitimacy with regular people. Check.

Third, some foreign menace causes people to seek shelter in a strongman....

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The Year the Voters Took Back Politics

(197) Comments | Posted February 21, 2016 | 5:58 PM

For nearly forty years, working and middle class families have been taking an economic beating at the hands of political and economic elites. Forty years! (I first wrote a major piece on these trends, titled "The Declining Middle," for The Atlantic in 1983.)

And for the same forty...

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샌더스 제너레이션이 샌더스를 지지하는 이유

(2) Comments | Posted February 19, 2016 | 2:18 PM

*이 글은 '더 아메리칸 프로스펙트'의 창업자이자 공동 편집인 로버트 커트너의 허핑턴포스트 블로그를 번역한 글입니다.


내 이성적인 친구들과 동료들은 벌써 1년 넘게 버니 샌더스의 매력을 저평가해왔다. 큰 승리를 뉴햄프스셔에서 거둔 상황인데도 그의 지지자들에게 정신 차리라고 권한다. 즉, 힐러리 클린턴을 민주당 후보로 모셔서 11월에 대선에 승리하자는 이야기다....

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