Never has history felt less consequential.
The impending impeachment of President Donald Trump is, as news accounts and blaring newspaper headlines tell us, historic. This is true by definition, since a president has been impeached only twice before in 230 years.
But everyone knows that this history isn't going to matter much. In fact, the day...Read more
The Democrats believe that the 2020 election is too important to be left to the voters.
It's obvious that President Donald Trump withheld defense aid to Ukraine to pressure its president to commit to the investigations that he wanted, an improper use of his power that should rightly be the focus of congressional investigation and hearings.
Damaging photos of Pete Buttigieg have surfaced -- ringing a bell for the Salvation Army.
The images of the South Bend mayor and Democratic presidential candidate participating in the Red Kettle Ring Off, a friendly competition between officials from South Bend and nearby Mishawaka over who can raise more for the Salvation Army during a day of ...Read more
The economy is in robust good health, but our social fabric isn't.
By two basic measures of social vitality, births and deaths, American society is faltering. Both the fertility rate and life expectancy are declining, in a sign that people feel less secure and, in some cases, have no hope at all.
We are attuned to headline-grabbing economic ...Read more
According to progressive websites, Thanksgiving is a day devoted to arguing with your right-wing uncle. According to advertisements, it's the day before Black Friday. In reality, it is a most American holiday.
It dates from before the establishment of the American nation-state and harkens back to our original settlers. Although the official ...Read more
Nancy Pelosi said she undertook impeachment "prayerfully," and apparently what she was praying was that she could get it over with as soon as possible.
The House is preparing to send a flagrantly incomplete factual record to the Senate as the basis of an effort to remove a sitting president for the first time in our history.
Pelosi has ...Read more
On the substance, Democrats have won the first two weeks of the impeachment hearings by TKO.
Not that it's required much exertion. The facts have been in their favor, especially considering the ground that congressional Republicans have tried to defend.
At the outset, Republicans created an impossible standard for themselves. Taking their cues...Read more
The clear loser of the Democratic primary is "Medicare for All."
First, it demonstrated the unreliability of Kamala Harris out of the gate, when she endorsed it before quickly backing off. Now, it has blunted the momentum of Elizabeth Warren, made a mockery of her claim to be an uber-wonk and shredded her implicit appeal to Bernie Sanders ...Read more
The Mueller report accomplished nothing.
Whether you thought that the two-year, $32 million investigation was warranted or not, the report promised to establish a factual record that both sides could accept, especially on the explosive charge that Donald Trump had conspired with the Russians to win the American presidency.
It did indeed ...Read more