The Trump Mystique


Washington President Donald Trump amped up the energy at the United Nations 72nd General Assembly. At his maiden speech before General Assembly Tuesday, Trump called North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man.” He threatened “to totally destroy” the hermit kingdom. He told reporters, “I have decided” whether to certify the international nuclear pact with […]

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A Bunch of New Stuff and Bad Actors


Michael Bennett is going to be the death of the NFL. I’m not kidding. This guy is going to destroy the league’s fan base, because nobody has the stones to stop him — not in the Seahawks’ front office, not the in the NFL’s league office, not at the TV networks who pay billions of […]

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Let’s Remember Too That Trump Took It to Venezuela’s Maduro


Kim Jong Un stole the thunder (or absorbed the thunder) in President Trump’s UN speech on Tuesday, and deservedly so. What Trump said about Kim and North Korea was no doubt the most significant part of his address. I wrote about it here the next day, and we’re now hearing the blowback from the little […]

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Hollywood, a Town of Jesters Who Act like Kings


Early in his career Jimmy Kimmel used to mock celebrities for their self-importance and presumption. Now he has become one of them. So much for his experiences on The Man Show. He has become just another entitled, weepy, egotistical entertainer lecturing middle America on animal rights, feminism, and socialized medicine. “Kimmel Chokes Up On Air Over […]

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Courage in Boston


Before we move on to Stronger, an example of courage and terrific film making, a note on yet another cruel mistake by Jennifer Lawrence. I generally shy away from negative reviews; I prefer recommending the good ones. mother! by Darren Aranofsky deserves an exception to the rule. (Like everything about this W.T.F. film, even the […]

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The Raging Bull Dies 


He was one of those people who, when you read of their passing, your first thought is, “Damn, didn’t he die decades ago?” Indeed, Jake LaMotta’s claim to our attention came more than a half-century ago when he was one of the fiercest middle-weight boxers, slugger really, during a time when boxing and baseball were […]

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Obama’s Watergate


Vladimir Putin did not hack the election. Barack Obama did. Donald Trump said earlier this year that the Obama Administration wiretapped his campaign. “Like I’d want to hear more from that fool?” President Obama scoffed. But CNN reported on Monday, “US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and […]

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Repair the World


Washington When I heard the rabbi pronounce Charlottesville about midway through his Erev Rosh Hashanah sermon, my reaction was uh-oh. At a liberal service downtown, I reckoned this was going to be the standard anti-Nazi spiel, probably seguing into a criticism of the Republic’s top magistrate for being evenhanded regarding louts and thugs. Wrong. Once […]

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Graham-Cassidy Last, Best Hope for Obamacare Repeal


Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vows to bring the Lindsey Graham-Bill Cassidy sponsored Obamacare repeal to the Senate floor next week. This represents the last, best chance to repeal Obamacare. Take those two words — last, best — literally. The deadline for reconciliation occurs a week from Saturday. This means anything that passes after that point […]

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Turkey Walks Out of NATO Conference Over U.S. Freedom of Speech


Philadelphia On Tuesday afternoon, representatives of Turkey stormed out of a NATO Parliamentary Assembly (NATO PA) conference when Emre Çelik, a critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was invited to address the conference, hosted by the Middle East Forum (MEF). Çelik, president of the Rumi Forum, is a supporter of Turkish Sunni cleric Fethullah […]

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