Category Archives: politics

This week’s Bill Maher show, featuring Bari Weiss

Bari Weiss was on Bill Maher’s “Real Time” show last night, and I have two clips (and, temporarily, the full show). The first clip was part of “Overtime” discussion, including, along with Maher, Michael Moore, Weiss, Krystal Ball, Michael Steele, and Fernand Amandi. Ball goes after MSNBC for damaging the Left through its slanted coverage, […]

The Democratic debate

Another tedious evening is in store. The opening statements were lame, especially Andrew Yang’s attempt to buy the public by offering 20 families $12,000 per year if they entered a competition on his website during the debate. Warren and Sanders (who has turned quite red and looks unhealthy, or terminally angry) are standing by their […]

Impeachment investigation appears to begin in House

I say “appear”, because it’s not really clear what’s going on. According to CNN (click on the screenshot below), a house panel apparently convened to investigate the possibility of impeachment has taken its first vote to define the parameters of the investigation: (CNN)The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a resolution defining the rules of the […]

Bolton out of the administration

It’s impossible to keep track of the comings and goings at the White House and the rest of the administration. I’ve love to see a timeline of the turnovers, and if anybody knows of one, let me know. The latest person to get their walking papers is national security adviser John Bolton, and I doubt […]

Are the Democrats too radical for America?

I was just starting to think that because Trump had finally made so many missteps,  and because so many Republican legislators are bowing out of 2020 re-election bids, that maybe we Democrats had a chance to recapture the White House (and perhaps the Senate?) in 2020.  And then along comes New York Times columnist David […]

Matthew Cobb analyzes the Brexit mess

I’ve asked Matthew to keep us up to date on what’s happening with the Brexit affair, Parliament, and Boris Johnson. He’s obliged us well today, and here is his report. by Matthew Cobb Proroguing (= suspension) of Parliament Johnson’s scheme to prorogue parliament got the Queen’s assent (she is more or less required to do […]

Parliament moves to prevent no-deal Brexit

by Greg Mayer Just a few minutes ago, the Commons voted 328 to 301, with 21 Tory MPs joining the affirmative, to take control of the agenda from the government. This is a stern rebuke to PM Boris Johnson. With control of the agenda, the Commons will now consider a bill to prevent a no-deal […]

The constitutional crisis: Matthew Cobb’s report from Britain

I asked Matthew to keep us up to date on the big political crisis in Britain, where PM Boris Johnson has suspended Parliament—with the Queen’s assent, so much for you royal-lovers—so that Johnson can get the Brexit deal concluded in the absence of the legislature. Here’s Matthew’s report from today, with his words indented: The […]

The New York Times responds to attacks on its writers by saying it’s the victim of a right-wing conspiracy to discredit the paper

Three days ago I reported about the decade-old tweets of New York Times senior staff editor Tom Wright-Piersanti, who when younger issued a spate of anti-Semitic and anti-Indian tweets that were pretty vile.  Although another Times writer had been fired for tweets just as bad, the paper also decided not to fire Sarah Jeong, a […]

Andrew Sullivan on campus extremism

When I put up one of my frequent posts about the ideological follies on American campuses—and yes, these often involve the Left—I’m sometimes told that these follies are irrelevant, and I should pay them no attention. It’s only a fringe element, people say, and the students will grow out of their Wokeness when they graduate. […]