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What the Florida Count Tells Us About How Trump Stole 2016 From Hillary


There is a passage in the Talmud about a grubby fellow who had a propensity to insult people he did not like by calling them “slave.” It was two thousand years ago, but still a weird kind of insult in that time, place, and community. When one of the leading rabbis of the region was […]

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Macron Insults Trump in Paris


It was perfectly stupid of French President Emmanuel Macron to say nice things about Marshall Philippe Pétain as commemorative ceremonies were getting under way to mark Armistice Day. General Pétain, as he then was, commanded French forces during the year-long battle of Verdun in 1916, World War I. About a million men died, with neither […]

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Not For Long


OK, so the Democrats did manage to pick up enough House seats — 32 as of Sunday night, with perhaps a couple more to be awarded after recounts of too-close-to-call races — to make Nancy Pelosi the next Speaker of the House. At least, President Trump and the Republicans aiming to reverse the results of […]

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Macron Auditions for Merkel’s Role


German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s thirteen-year reign over Germany — and thus the European Union — is almost over. Since the Trump presidency became fact, Merkel has been referred to in the European press as the “leader of the free world.” But now she’s about to lose the leadership of her own party and her chancellorship […]

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What a Web Theodore McCarrick Weaved


Ever since Theodore McCarrick’s exposure as a molester earlier this year, his cronies, patrons, and protectors have downplayed his squalid crimes. Cardinal Donald Wuerl, his successor who sent underlings to work for him even after learning of an investigation into his abuse, pooh-poohed the McCarrick scandal. “I don’t think this is some massive, massive crisis,” […]

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No Flori-Duh Please


Tampa OK, let’s ease off on the Flori-Duh pedal please. The somewhat inaccurate refrain heard over and over across the news-sphere over the past few days is, “Florida is having trouble counting votes again.” Wrong. Florida is not having trouble counting votes. Broward and Palm Beach counties are. And these two counties have been where […]

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One Century Later


The conflict that ended one hundred years ago — on the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” – was at first called, “The Great War.” Winston Churchill had, as usual, the right and necessary words:  The Great War differed from all ancient wars in the immense power of the combatants and […]

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Remembering World War I


Last Friday, the Supreme Court said it would consider the constitutionality of the Peace Cross in Bladensburg, Maryland, which is said to constitute a violation of the First Amendment’s bar on establishing a state religion. The Court’s action came almost 100 years to the day that the guns fell silent on the Western Front. The […]

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Trump’s Clash With Acosta Shows How Polarized U.S. Now Is


President Donald Trump and CNN reporter Jim Acosta were made for each other. Both are masters at kicking up outrage. Acosta is a very likable guy, but he rarely asks actual questions. Instead, he uses press conferences and briefings to argue with Trump or press secretary Sarah Sanders. Acosta started his non-question at Wednesday’s postelection […]

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Florida: The Amazing Disappearing Leads


Tampa  The saying, often attributed to Joe Stalin, is likely apocryphal. But it goes something like this: “It doesn’t matter who votes. It only matters who counts the votes.” It’s unlikely old Joe, who is doubtless burning in Hell, said this. There’s no evidence he ever gave voting a moment’s thought in his entire murderous […]

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