Wed, 14 Jun 2017 10:00:12 +0000
Why the congressional push to sanction Russia worries me
Washington is a town lousy with partisanship. At this point, when bipartisan action is taken, it is worth noticing. As my Post colleague Karoun Demrijian reported two days ago, there has been a rare bipartisan move in Congress to push for strengthening sanctions against Russia: Senators have struck a deal to put a comprehensive Russia sanctions […]
Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:15:58 +0000
How the Senate health-care bill will drop people with preexisting conditions
Senate Republicans are writing a bill to dismantle the Affordable Care Act behind closed doors — with not a single public hearing. But an outline of the bill emerged last week. And although Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) claimed that the bill is “very cognizant of preexisting conditions,” nothing could be further from the truth. In […]
Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:00:45 +0000
The worst Walter Lippmann impersonation ever
Back in January, I weighed the possibility of there being a modern equivalent to Walter Lippmann, a columnist and public intellectual who “spent most of his career ingratiating himself with presidents whom he then tried to sway.” The hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts was pretty dubious about there being a modern Lippmann — not […]
Tue, 13 Jun 2017 10:00:26 +0000
The Trump family shouldn’t fight Shakespeare. They’ll lose.
Last August, the hard right cheered lustily when candidate Donald Trump obliquely but unmistakably raised the possibility of assassinating Hillary Clinton, should she be elected: “If she gets to pick her judges, nothing you can do, folks. … Although the Second Amendment people — maybe there is, I don’t know.” Now, however, Trump’s supporters have […]
Mon, 12 Jun 2017 11:45:46 +0000
I carried out the death penalty as a governor. I hope others put it to rest.
I’ve always viewed it a sign of wisdom to demonstrate the ability to change your mind — that goes double if you’re an elected official. As New Mexico’s governor in 2009, I changed my mind regarding the death penalty and signed a bill to abolish it after having supported it for decades. Empirical evidence and […]
Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:48 +0000
The foreign policy muck-ups you might have missed last week
Full disclosure: the hard-working staff here at Spoiler Alerts was completely distracted by infrastructure week. Every day last week, I could not stop thinking about making America’s roads, railways, airports, seaports, bus stations, hovercraft, hoverboards and WiFi access great again. Absolutely no other news event of the past week could hold the attention that the White […]
Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:45 +0000
Bernie Sanders got Christian theology wrong. But he’s right about Islamophobia.
In an unfortunate exchange during a confirmation hearing last week, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) stepped on a land mine of religious liberty and Christian theology. He challenged a Budget Office nominee’s belief that “Muslims … stand condemned,” a statement taken from a blog post he had written about “the centrality of Christ” for a religious […]
Mon, 12 Jun 2017 10:00:33 +0000
What the British election reveals about this political moment, both there and here
If I were playing soccer against the United Kingdom’s Tory party, I’d pass them the ball, because they’d be sure to kick it into their own goal. Sorry for the snark, and it’s mean to hit them when they’re down, but between former prime minister David Cameron calling for a referendum on Brexit and maybe-soon-to-be-former […]
Sat, 10 Jun 2017 11:00:11 +0000
Trump’s budget would crush working moms like me
As a single mom working multiple jobs, I know very well that the national budget affects my personal budget as well. And from what I’ve seen of the president’s proposed budget so far, I’m afraid it leaves families like mine behind. Like many Americans, I have to make hard decisions every day about how to […]
I was an FBI agent. Trump’s lack of concern about Russian hacking shocks me.
Reactions to former FBI director James B. Comey’s testimony Thursday mostly seemed to follow predictable, partisan lines. To many Democrats, Comey appeared to be describing a clear case of obstruction of justice by President Trump. To Republicans who support the White House, Comey’s recounting of “leaking” his memos about conversations with Trump showed that he deserved to be fired. […]
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