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Trump’s $700 Billion Gift to Wealthy Foreigners

Why is Donald Trump planning to give away $700 billion — that’s billion, with a “b” — to foreigners, no strings attached? You probably didn’t know that he’s planning to do this. In fact, he himself almost surely has no idea that he’s planning to do this. But it would be one clearly predictable …

Income Inequality

The liberal-left divide reshaping American politics

Trump’s opponents are bitterly split. You can’t understand US politics today unless you understand the rift between liberals and leftwingers. By Pete Davis<p>It has been almost a year since the catastrophic election of Donald Trump. In his first year in office, the president has governed as cruelly …

Political Science

Making Sense of the Violence in Charlottesville

Was the white-nationalist march better understood as a departure from America’s traditional values, or viewed in the context of its history?<p>Broad swaths of the American public repudiated the white nationalists who marched in Charlottesville and President Trump’s response to them. But even in their …

Rights & Freedoms
Rights & Freedoms

Trump Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

The president used a narrow condemnation of neo-Nazis to mount a defense of the politics of white resentment.<p>President Trump’s short press conference Tuesday afternoon was remarkable for seeming cogent. In so many of his public statements Trump wanders, free-associates, digresses, and seems either …

Rights & Freedoms

They hate the US government, and they're multiplying: the terrifying rise of 'sovereign citizens'

While US counter-terrorism efforts remain locked on Islamist extremism, the growing threat from homegrown, rightwing extremists is even more pressing<p>On 20 May 2010, a police officer pulled over a white Ohio minivan on Interstate 40, near West Memphis, Arkansas. Unbeknown to officer Bill Evans, the …

Baton Rouge

How Big Data Broke American Politics

Big Data revolutionized the way American politicians win elections. In the process, it broke American politics.<p>Polarization is no longer just polluting the system — it’s paralyzing it. The deepening divide between the right and the left has largely hollowed out the center of American politics, from …

Government

Why the President Is Feuding With the Media and the Intelligence Community

If Trump prevails in these fights, he could do more than simply enact his agenda; he could alter aspects of our political culture in ways that will be difficult to reverse.<p>American presidents can come to be defined by the fights they choose to wage.<p>Ronald Reagan fought big government at home and …

Political Science

A plan to make America 1953 again

It is axiomatic that if someone is sufficiently eager to disbelieve something, there is no Everest of evidence too large to be ignored. This explains today’s revival of protectionism, which is a plan to make America great again by making it 1953 again.<p>This was when manufacturing’s postwar share of …

Economics

Trump's tax plan is giving realtors and nonprofits something to worry about

The change he's referring to could have a big effect on mortgage interest deductions — a driver of the housing market — and weaken an incentive for charitable giving.<p>Key features of Trump's plan could also lead to changes with state and local government tax collection. It all comes down to …

Finance
Government

Is This the Second Redemption?

The accomplishments of the first black president will be erased by a man who rose to power on the slander that Barack Obama was not born in America.<p>Between 1870 and 1901, there were 20 black representatives in Congress and two black United States senators. Between 1901 and 1929, there were …

Political Science

The real reason black voters didn’t turn out for Hillary Clinton — and how to fix it

GOP voter suppression efforts are the key to combatting a changing demographic that trends blue<p>Black turnout was down in the 2016 election — but not for the reason you might think.<p>Among early voting results, fewer African-Americans than expected turned to vote for Democratic presidential nominee …

Government

Don't worry, Democrats. A Trump presidency would be a third Obama term.

As Hillary Clinton's once-commanding lead in the polls collapses, Democrats are panicking at the possibility that Donald Trump actually could be elected president of the United States.<p>They can relax. Strip away the incendiary rhetoric, and a Trump presidency in many ways will be exactly what …

Malik Obama: Donald Trump’s debate guest and Barack’s half-brother, explained

He used to be a target for right-wing conspiracists. Now he’s one of their heroes.<p>The 2016 election is a bizarre political circus. So it’s fitting, in a way, that one of Donald Trump’s invited guests for the third and last presidential debate is Malik Obama — President Obama’s somewhat-estranged, …

Barack Obama

Trump's Promise to Jail Clinton Is a Threat to American Democracy

A candidate who accepted the nomination to chants of “Lock her up!” crosses a dangerous line.<p>“If I win,” Donald Trump threatened Hillary Clinton during Sunday night’s debate, “I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation.” And he left no …

Donald Trump

The George W. Bush White House ‘Lost’ 22 Million Emails

U.S. George W. Bush Email Hillary Clinton Email<p>For 18 months, Republican strategists, political pundits, reporters and Americans who follow them have …

Is Rudy Giuliani Losing His Mind?

Even in New York, ‘America’s Mayor’ was always a lot more like Trump than people realized. Now we're seeing it on a national stage.<p>All summer long, Rudy Giuliani has acted as if he’s in a contest with Donald Trump to prove who the most manic 70-something from the outer boroughs reallyis. It started …

Political Science

If Trump won't pay his bills, will he pay America's?

For several years now, two colleagues and I have been interviewing white working-class voters in the Midwest about their political beliefs. Our interviews suggest a strategy for defeating<p>Donald Trump.<p>The biggest surprise was what the word "conservative" means to these voters. Before we conducted …

Secret Service

Bernie Sanders’ Jewish Problem, and Ours

Befitting his “revolutionary” campaign, Sen. Bernie Sanders uttered something revolutionary at the Brooklyn Democratic presidential debate before his …

Government