When it comes to pithy lines about dishonesty, writer Mary McCarthy's takedown of playwright Lillian Hellman remains a timeless classic. "Everything she writes is a lie," said McCarthy, "including 'and' and 'the.'" McCarthy died before Donald Trump became president, and wherever she is, she is undoubtedly glad she did. But any literary ...Read more
Nothing screams "reassuring" during a growing pandemic quite as much as seeing one's president unable to read a short speech written in large letters in his native language after he spent weeks deriding mounting evidence of the pandemic as "fake news." That was America's experience last week as it watched President Donald Trump struggle to get ...Read more
Dennis Ross is anything but partisan, and the veteran diplomat, appointed by both Republican and Democratic presidents to high-level foreign policy positions, is an unusual species. A deep knowledge of America's role in the Mideast accumulated over 30 years helping to oversee that role on behalf of former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. ...Read more
One thing you have to say about President Donald Trump: Three years into his presidency, people don't believe a word he says. Not his Cabinet. Not Kellyanne Conway. Not the bartender at Mar-a-Lago.
The president has never seemed bothered that everyone appears to know he lies constantly; after all, half of America finds his unrepentant ...Read more
With the same sad inevitability of death and taxes, a body that professes to care about the Palestinians but is mostly rabidly opposed to Israel took action this month that followed a familiar pattern: invoking the plight of Palestinians while doing them damage. For the umpteenth time, the source of the disconnect was the United Nations Human ...Read more
Bernie Sanders is as principled a major presidential candidate as we have seen. He has had the courage of his convictions for several decades, ceaselessly hammering away at issues of economic justice in ways that have opened millions of Americans' eyes to truths that have seemed too unpleasant to confront.
And if he becomes the Democratic ...Read more
Last week provided more confirmation that America lies in intensive care, its recovery in doubt. It featured the defense lawyer for the president of the United States informing Americans that their president is free to threaten anyone he chooses with whatever consequences he wants in order to extract anything he wants in return, and is still ...Read more