Noah Northrop

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The Trumps, the Poodle, the Sex Scandal

Thanks to Ivana Trump’s new memoir, we now know that Donald Trump once did have a dog. Well, actually it was Ivana’s. A poodle named Chappy. And Donald didn’t like him.<p>Nevertheless, this appears to be the closest our current president ever came to having a pet, so attention must be paid.<p>This is …

Trump, Chieftain of Spite

It must be cold and miserable standing in the shadow of someone greater and smarter, more loved and more admired. It must be infuriating to have risen on the wings of your derision of that person’s every decision, and even his very existence, and yet not be able to measure up — in either stratagem …

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Stupid Trump Tricks

This week Donald Trump failed to stand at attention during a military ceremony. He just sat around talking and telling jokes. My question for today is: Do we need to dwell on this?<p>Stop jumping up and down and cheering.<p>Policy-wise, this has been a particularly dreadful week in Washington. The …

Donald Trump Has Changed His Mind — a Heck of a Lot

Wow, Donald Trump is all over the place.<p>On Tuesday he had dinner with a few moderate Democrats and completely retooled his tax policy before dessert. This is the man who is having such a famous fling with the minority leaders, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, that they no longer need identifying. …

The big decision on Dreamers: What Congress should do

<b>(CNN) —</b> One outcome of President Trump's surprise budget deal with Democrats is a potential December showdown over the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and its hundreds of thousands of young beneficiaries. All eyes will turn to Congress -- where, admittedly, a major …

How Bannon turned the tables on liberals

<b>(CNN) —</b> When CBS producers scored Steve Bannon, President Trump's ex-chief strategist, for his first interview with what Bannon terms with some disdain as the mainstream media, they may have relished the chance to expose him as the sinister tactician they believed him to be.<p>And they did -- …

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President Trump’s War on Science

The news was hard to digest until one realized it was part of a much larger and increasingly disturbing pattern in the Trump administration. On Aug. 18, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine received an order from the Interior Department that it stop work on what seemed a …

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There Once Was a Great Nation With an Unstable Leader

What happens when the people of a great nation gradually realize that their leader may not be, er, quite right in the head?<p>When Caligula became Roman emperor in A.D. 37, the people rejoiced. “On all sides, you could see nothing but altars and sacrifices, men and women decked in their holiday best …

Ancient History