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Mailer on Trump

What forces and resentments has Donald Trump tapped into, for they're surely more than just political? It's just the kind of question Norman Mailer could illuminate.

It's About Democracy

The conservatives who use “judicial activism” as a battering ram against liberals are the real judicial activists. That explains their opposition to Merrick Garland.

Going to Extremes

In a span of about twelve hours, Americans got definitive evidence that the Republican Party is in thrall to its most ideologically and tactically extreme forces.

Good for Everyone?

It has long been a truism among economists that free trade is the ideal. But maybe it's time to consider the harsher lessons of the past fifteen years.

GOP R.I.P.?

The “rebellion” of mostly white, working-class voters that Donald Trump has cynically appealed to could destroy an enduring institution. It has only itself to blame.

The GOP Vulgarians

Call me old-fashioned, but I have an elevated view of what politics can be and can achieve, in good political moments and bad. But in the GOP, it's not going well.

The Voice of the Faithless

I write to do something I have never done, to defend the faithless. Faithless electors, that is. I am writing in defense of the Electoral College. Why? Trump.

An Original

Antonin Scalia’s impact on the Court was mixed. He will be remembered more for the flamboyance of his dissents than for the reach of his majority opinions.

The Optimist

Of the many threads within Scalia’s jurisprudence, perhaps most durable is his abiding and occasionally maddening optimism about the character of the American people

Two Legacies, Two Fates

The Clinton political dynasty is still alive. The Bush dynasty has been routed. Their contrasting fates, to this point at least, tell us much about our two parties.

Getting Obama's Story Straight

There is an imbalance in the argument at the heart of the 2016 presidential campaign that threatens to undercut the Democrats’ chances of holding the White House.

Obama the Other

Not all criticism of the president is racially motivated. But a lot of it has been, which is important to note in a campaign marked by appeals to racial resentment.
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