Why does Peggy Noonan goad me so? Her softness of tone; her airy sound of literary facility, at least to the ears of those who generally read only policy papers; her friendship with Cesar, at the deli counter. In her own way, she is the right wing version of Thomas Friedman: dangerous because people who have power…
Boyish scamp and retrograde class warrior Paul Ryan is turning his attention to “tax reform,” a term of art for the process of moving our nation’s wealth into the bank accounts of the very rich. Here is one statistic that tells the entire story.
Basketball fans tonight in several Republican-adjacent TV markets are enjoying a series of ads, prematurely bought by the American Action Network PAC, inviting viewers to call their representatives to thank them for repealing Obamacare today—something that did not happen.
“Context.” What does it mean? Do we really need it? Is it possible to write an entire, outraged newspaper column without any context at all?
Big smile. One hand out front for a nice handshake with Mister Trump. His other hand is behind your back, stabbing you. Thanks for the photo, though.
Steve Bannon: millionaire banker, right-wing media executive, white nationalist, warmonger, Trump strategist. How did he become the man he is? The leading theory makes very little sense.
Budgets are where political and moral priorities get stated. How sick are our priorities today?
Yesterday, the Senate voted to repeal regulations that required federal contractors to accurately disclose all of their workplace safety violations. Because who would want that?
Gentle Peggy Noonan, the medium through which Ronald Reagan’s ghost whispers its sweet nothings into the living world, is fond of the speech of this leader, this “Donald.” At least, the parts she heard.
Some things don’t dissolve in a cup of platitudes.
No need to just guess how different our worldview (the smart ones) is from the others (dumb, bad people). There are numbers—awful, awful numbers.
One of the many terrifying aspects of having Donald Trump as president is that he, like all children, is very easily persuaded. Single meetings and conversations can shape his entire, pliable worldview. The wolves of corporate America know what easy prey looks like.
Before today, Missouri state Rep. Bill Lant, the leader of the state’s House Republicans, was most famous for mocking a former high school classmate’s sagging breasts. Now, he can also be famous for stopping a black man from talking.
There is no doubt that Donald Trump’s presidency will be bad for the average worker. But one law would be worse than any other, and now that law is being formally proposed.
Today, an attorney takes to the pages of a national publication to declare loudly and for all to hear that she is dumb, easily persuadable, and lacking in any genuine moral foundation whatsoever.
Last week, I asked people who voted for Donald Trump to write in and explain why they made that choice. They did!
As this year of imprudent surprise comes to an end, Reagan-era porcelain urn Peggy Noonan turns her forgiving gaze to the lessers—they are poor, you see. But why?
If the very worst happens, it won’t be because we didn’t know that it might happen. We have all been amply warned.
After the financial crisis and the Occupy era, “inequality” became a mainstream political issue. And the Obama administration made some quantifiable progress. Now? Prepare for the reverse.