Archive for the ‘Politics+War’ Category

Paranoid and Delusional


(Independent) – May Bulman:

Donald Trump has ‘dangerous mental illness’, say psychiatry experts at Yale conference. …

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Paranoid tweeting

Hair Feud


(New Yorker::Daily Cartoon) – Pat Byrnes:

This town ain’t big enough for the both of our haircuts.” …

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Pat Byrnes: Trump-Kim Hair Feud

The Most Powerful Man in Berlin


(Economist::Kaffeeklatsch) – J.C.:

Who is Peter Altmaier and why does he matter? …

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Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel and Kanzleramtsminister Peter Altmaier

Racism Won


(The Intercept) – Mehdi Hasan:

It isn’t only Republicans, it seems, who traffic in alternative facts. Since Donald Trump’s shock election victory, leading Democrats have worked hard to convince themselves, and the rest of us, that his triumph had less to do with racism and much more to do with economic anxiety — despite almost all of the available evidence suggesting otherwise. …

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Racist Trump supporters

Jared Kushner Read Up on Middle East


(New Yorker::Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

Jared Kushner said on Tuesday that he became “incredibly well-informed” on the Middle East by reading up on the region while waiting for the ski lift on a recent trip to Aspen. …

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Trump skiers

Made in Russia


(Raging Pencils) – Mike Stanfill:

Make America Great Again!” …

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Mike Stanfill: Raging Pencils 2017-03-31: Made in Russia

White House Denies Any Ties to United States


(New Yorker::Borowitz Report) – Andy Borowitz:

In a fiercely defiant statement, the White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, denied that any member of the White House staff has ever worked “in any way, shape, or form” for the benefit of the United States. …

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Sean Spicer air quotes

Tyrants, Dictators, and Demagogues


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

The election of Donald Trump, whose autocratic tendencies are more visible than those of previous presidents, has resulted in greater appearance of words like dictator, tyrant, and demagogue in news and political commentary. In the classical Roman and Greek worlds these words originally had more benign meanings. They only later developed pejorative connotations as a result of the actions of some of those to whom the labels had been applied. …

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Philipp Foltz: Pericles delivers his funeral oration in front of the Assembly

Reforming Government First Requires Understanding It


(Atlantic Politics) – Elaine Kamarck:

Jared Kushner’s new initiative promises to tap the expertise of the business community – but government isn’t a business. …

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Bill Clinton and Al Gore examine stacks of paperwork at a National Performance Review event in 1993

The Party of Destruction


(Guardian Comments) – Lindy West:

We pay our elected officials to take care of our communities and our planet. Since Trump took office, the GOP has set out only to destroy. …

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The Far Left Side 2010-07-30: GOP - The Heart of Darkness