October 02, 2017
Vol. 23, No. 04
Books & Arts
What happened to Hillary Clinton en route to her appointment with destiny? Her new book, 'What Happened', portrays her as a lifelong fighter on behalf of noble causes, a woman whose quest for the power she deserved was thwarted by a cabal as vast as the one she once said had been after her husband and which this time included (beyond Donald Trump) Vladimir Putin, Julian Assange, James Comey, the New York Times, the Electoral College, a vast swarming army of sexists and racists, and “deplorables” too many and loathsome to count.
Out of 100 members of the United States Senate, precisely one man—Alabama's Jeff Sessions—endorsed candidate Donald Trump while the Republican presidential nomination was hotly contested. So it's not terribly surprising that the Senate GOP primary to replace President Trump's attorney general is pitting a Trumpist candidate against a Trump-endorsed candidate.
On Thursday night, the two candidates vying for Trump’s mantle faced off in the only debate before Tuesday's runoff election. The Trump-endorsed candidate, former Alabama attorney general and incumbent senator Luther Strange, spent much of the debate touting Trump's endorsement.
Bubble-dwellers everywhere in American culture are prone to make comparisons that become hackneyed over time. In music criticism, someone’s going to liken a songwriter to Dylan. In political punditry, someone’s going to call a bad guy Voldemort. And in baseball, someone’s going to compare Joey Votto to Ted Williams. Like me.
There must be a hundred-thousand people by now who have mentioned the Cincinnati Reds first baseman and the Boston Red Sox legend in the same sentence. There have been numerous profiles of Votto, many of them insightful (and any interview with Votto is insightful), noting that he carried with him a copy of Williams’s The Science of Baseball during his minor league career.
On his last day in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, President Trump held his final bilateral meeting of the week with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey. It was the leaders’ first one-on-one meeting since Erdogan’s trip to Washington in May. Here’s how Trump introduced Erdogan in a photo-op before their meeting.
“He’s running a very difficult part of the world,” Trump said. “He’s involved very, very strongly and, frankly, he’s getting very high marks. And he’s also been working with the United States. We have a great friendship as countries. I think we’re, right now, as close as we have ever been. And a lot of that has to do with the
As they devise a strategy to place a tax bill on President Trump’s desk, Republicans in Congress are grappling with thorny issues: What can pass the Senate? How much should they add to the deficit? How will tax changes play with voters in 2018?
These are delicate political calculations, but there’s a simpler and better yardstick for measuring their efforts to rework the broken U.S. tax code: What will help the economy the most? That obvious question tends to get lost amid Washington’s daily political knife fights.
During the week of September 25, the White House and congressional Republicans are scheduled to release details of their tax plan, the result of months of closed-door negotiations.
During the George W. Bush presidency, Democrats were vehement and clamorous defenders of Americans’ civil liberties. They inveighed against the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs as though the agency were spying on ordinary Americans in their homes and generally behaving like the East German Stasi. In fact, the NSA conducted itself with remarkable caution and with a respect for constitutional liberties in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on 9/11. But such were the civil libertarian sensibilities of liberal politicos when a Republican was president.
Those same Democrats went curiously quiet during the Obama years.
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