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What House Democrats Need to Do

What House Democrats Need to Do

WASHINGTON — Expanding health coverage, reforming our democracy, restoring upward mobility with well-paying jobs, curbing gun violence, and moving to repair our immigration system. Oh, yes, and protecting our constitutional republic from President Trump while rooting out corruption. This should be the agenda of Democrats in the House of Representatives. Already, some pundits are warning that the new majority will […]

Kanye, We Hardly Knew Ye!

Kanye, We Hardly Knew Ye!

There are some powerful forces that come to Earth to change and shape our lives in mysterious ways and are gone almost as quickly as they came. The thousand days of John Kennedy’s presidency were known as that brief shining moment of Camelot. When he was taken from us, the cry went out: Johnny, we hardly knew ye.” Kennedy was […]

Tuesday Killed the Viral Video Stars

Tuesday Killed the Viral Video Stars

The Democrats had a strong midterm election, but the victory parade was not led by those who over the course of the campaign became progressive rock stars. The candidates who pulled off the most impressive wins on Republican turf, such as Kendra Horn in Oklahoma’s 5th District, Joe Cunningham in South Carolina’s 1st District and Lauren Underwood in Illinois’ 14th […]

It's Not the Economy, Stupid!

It's Not the Economy, Stupid!

WASHINGTON — One lesson of the midterm elections is that economic growth is losing its power to unite the country and to reduce explosive conflicts over race, religion, ethnicity, immigrant status and sexuality. This is unfamiliar. Economic progress has been a routine part of our election narratives. The presumption is that a strong economy favors the incumbent party and a […]

Macron Misses the Mark on Nationalism

Macron Misses the Mark on Nationalism

French President Emanuel Macron chose an odd occasion to implicitly lecture an American president over the weekend. After all, he was commemorating the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of the Great War, when the United States tipped the balance in that struggle in favor of the Allies and freed France.  A generation later, young Americans would again return in droves […]

Macron's Misstep; What Voters Wanted; Kanye Conundrum; a Daughter's Place

Macron's Misstep; What Voters Wanted; Kanye Conundrum; a Daughter's Place

Good morning, it’s Monday, November 12, 2018. On this date in 1775, Abigail Adams wrote a to her husband, John. In it, she expressed the anger many Americans felt toward the British, who were increasingly seen as unwelcome military occupiers intent on thwarting the Colonists’ desire for freedom. Forty years later to the day, a prominent New York couple, Daniel […]

‘Rejection and resignations‘ over May‘s Brexit plan

Talks with Brussels have reportedly broken down over the PM‘s solution to the Irish backstop. The would see the whole of the UK remaining in a temporary customs arrangement to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic. To allay fears this would leave the UK trapped indefinitely in a customs union – Mrs May had drawn up […]