If you were surprised to learn there are scores of secret diners dotting the American heartland, where teachers and construction workers sit down to have regular-Joe conversations over bacon and eggs about the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, you are not alone.
But that’s what ...Read more
It’s that time of year again.
This week, CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference founded in 1974 — will lay siege to Orlando instead of Washington, D.C., amid a global pandemic that has, as of this week, taken a staggering 500,000 American lives. Hopes of mask-wearing and social distancing seem as likely as a panel on the ...Read more
It’s a popular and versatile phrase that can be reassuring, a reminder that despite how overwhelmed you feel, nothing matters so go ahead and enjoy that fourth doughnut.
It can also be discouraging, lamenting the feeling that while a precious few are attempting to keep order, the great many aren’t and so nothing ...Read more
A “fait accompli.” That’s what the second impeachment trial of former President Trump is being called by many in the media and on both sides of the political aisle.
It’s more than likely true. A whopping 17 Republican Senators would need to join Democrats to convict Trump, and all but five wouldn’t even vote in favor of holding the ...Read more
On Monday night, nearly a month after Trump-supporting insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol looking to overturn a democratic election and, in some cases, kill U.S. lawmakers, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Instagram Live to share her harrowing account of that day.
Traumatized not only by the close encounter with people who ...Read more
Five years ago, after teasing a potential run for the White House for years, Donald Trump descended down a golden escalator, and from that moment on, the news cycle was predominantly his.
Trump hijacked our collective attention span and held it hostage for the duration of his presidency, subjecting Americans to a running stream of boasts and ...Read more
As a new president is sworn in, the outgoing one, Donald Trump, joins a kind of losers club, becoming one of only five presidents since 1900 to fail in his reelection bid. Herbert Hoover, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, whatever we think of their presidencies now, were all given the boot by voters who said, erm...one term is ...Read more
Among the many atrocities Donald Trump heaped upon the United States in four short years — a grotesque child separation policy that’s orphaned more than 600 kids, an increase in politics/fromtheright/secupp/s-2468170">Read more
It’s fitting that the Trump era will reach its nadiral finale this week when more than 100 Republican House members and at least 12 senators protest the Electoral College vote on Wednesday, having absolutely no actual effect on the election results. That ill-fated protest, like Trump’s presidency itself, will end with an embarrassing, ...Read more
What a year. Thankfully one of the weirdest and wildest in modern history is drawing to a close, bringing a new sense of optimism about the coming year. Or so I thought.
Every year, I solicit New Year’s resolutions from friends, colleagues and newsmakers. This year, I expected big things: trips around the world after a year of travel-less ...Read more
Finally, we can say it: 2020 is almost over. Good riddance.
As we look to finally bring a close to this annus horribilis, America will be living amid the detritus for years — a devastating economic downturn, a generation of students behind in education, the collective psychic trauma of prolonged isolation. 2020 will be hard to forget.
But in...Read more
As famous a phrase as it is, it’s unlikely that some fastidious but oblivious boatswain actually spent any time rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic as it was sinking to a watery grave in 1912.
But the idea has come to illustrate an utterly pointless, wasteful and insignificant endeavor that, in the grandest scheme of things, matters ...Read more