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Our credulous news media

This morning’s news was a former Trump aide saying the Republicans should pick another candidate for the 2020 election. Jonathan Swan reported his phone interview with Anthony Scaramucci. “We are now in the early episodes of ‘Chernobyl’ on HBO, where the reactor is melting down and the apparatchiks are trying to figure out whether to…

The moment we break faith

I can’t stop thinking about this poem by James Baldwin. So much of liberal democracy entails trust in each other, in our willingness to contract and covenant with each other, and in our obligations to respect and honor each other for our collective benefit. To have a democracy, we must have faith. When we break…

The stuff of conspiracy theory

My friend Arthur Goldwag once said the problem with conspiracy theories is that sometimes real conspiracies occur, and when they do, they can give credence to all conspiracy theories. Well, today the AP confirmed that Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself in a federal prison. He was found dead this morning. Epstein had already once attempted suicide….

Tommy Lee has something to say

Mötley Crüe’s drummer offered some perspective this evening. He was joking but thing is: the president’s supporters believe this. You can bet on it. —JS

The problem with ‘hate’

Whenever there’s a massacre, we heard various and sundry uses of “hate.” Veronica Escobar, who represents El Paso, said there’s a “hate epidemic.” “In this country, we have a gun violence epidemic but we also have a hate epidemic. Until we deal with that hate and until we confront the weak gun laws that we…