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Bernie Sanders was angry. Donald Trump was angry. Clinton didn’t want to risk it.

People wanted Hillary Clinton to be angrier on the campaign trail — about the problems facing everyday Americans, and on behalf of them — and her team knew it.<p>The problem was they couldn’t do anything about it, according to Clinton speechwriter Dan Schwerin, who spoke to New York Magazine’s Rebecca …

Government

L'Etat, C'est Trump

The president and his advisors believe loyalty to the country and loyalty to him are the same thing.<p>Thank you, Kellyanne Conway. On Thursday on Fox News, the President’s most polished defender told America the truth about why Donald Trump fired James Comey: Trump “expects people who are serving in …

Former presidents walk fine line in Trump’s America

Trump's predecessors are trying to both defend their legacies and respect the unwritten rule of not undermining the current commander in chief.<p>During his “American carnage” inaugural address, President Donald Trump sent a clear message: all of the presidents in recent memory have failed the …

‘American Gods’: Why a Story About Ancient Deities Is Relevant Now

Early in “American Gods,” a new Starz series based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed 2001 novel, an old grifter played by Ian McShane sneers at America’s existential anxiety.<p>“This is the only country in the world that wonders what it is,” he mutters.<p>He doesn’t know the half of it — the scene was written …

Why Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is so iconic

The brilliant Starz adaptation takes Gaiman’s work into 2017.<p>Back when the world was new, there was a young woman whose only dream in life was for everyone to know her name. Though she would eventually marry wealthy, the desire to be famous still burned in her veins. She prayed every night.<p>The …

Books

UKIP 'gets radical' with return to right-wing policies

<b>What do you do when the central policy on which your party was formed and has long campaigned becomes the domain of a political rival? If you're UKIP, get radical.</b><p>Theresa May has framed this election in terms of Brexit. The Conservatives are the party which will deliver on the referendum result, …

How Dutch Parents Raise Free-Range Kids

There aren’t many helicopter parents or tiger moms in the Netherlands, where children are taught the basics, like swimming and bike riding, and then …

Jeff Sessions's Blind Eye

The new attorney general makes it clear that when it comes to abuses in local policing, Americans are now on their own.<p>One of the effects of racial segregation is that it fractures reality, so that the daily occurrences of one world can be entirely invisible, even fantastic, to another. When the …

Mistakes, He’s Made a Few Too Many

Crisis will inevitably strike, so America needs stability and strength. Will Trump be ready?<p>Near the end of the campaign I wrote a column called “Imagine a Sane Donald Trump,” lamenting that I believed he was crazy, and too bad. Too bad because his broad policy assertions, or impulses, suggested he …

Donald Trump

Nothing says misogyny like defining feminism as equality for all

The women’s movement has an “equality” problem.<p>Last semester, I asked my college students to define “feminism.” Everyone bandied about the word “equality”—“equality for women,” “equality for all genders,” “equality in the workplace.” But the class grew quiet when I asked what equality meant, and …

Feminism

How Paul Ryan played Donald Trump

Sometimes the swamp drains you.<p>Donald Trump promised to be a different kind of president. He was a populist fighting on behalf of the “forgotten man,” taking on the GOP establishment, draining the Washington swamp, protecting Medicaid from cuts, vowing to cover everyone with health care and make …

Donald Trump

Trump played nice for a night—a technique straight out of the autocrat’s playbook

Last night, US president Donald Trump gave what was, by the eroded current standards of American political discourse, a very good speech. It was a very good speech full of very big lies and very cruel policies disguised as empathy.<p>Dutifully reading off a teleprompter, Trump made promises—like …

Donald Trump

How to stop an autocracy

The danger isn’t that Trump will build an autocracy. It’s that congressional Republicans will let him.<p>There is nothing about the Trump administration that should threaten America’s system of government. The Founding Fathers were realistic about the presence and popularity of demagogues. The …

Donald Trump

Why the White House Wants the Media to Talk About Terrorism

The debate over media coverage of terrorist attacks plays right into Trump’s hands.<p>After a federal judge temporarily suspended <b>Donald Trump’s</b> executive order barring immigration from several majority-Muslim countries, the president issued a startling warning: “If something happens,” Trump tweeted on …

Bannon says he’s a Leninist: that could explain the White House’s new tactics

Stephen Bannon, President Trump’s chief political strategist and, after Trump, the most powerful man in Washington, once declared proudly: “I am a Leninist.” He was talking to a New York university academic who had written extensively on communism and the former Soviet Union. “What on earth do you …

Donald Trump

FDR started the Long Peace. Under Trump, it may be coming to an end.

In his first days in office, President Trump has begun to reverse the domestic policies of the previous eight years. But with regard to the United States’ relations with the world, Trump seems far more radical. In word and deed, he appears to be walking away from the idea of America at the center …

Foreign Policy

The Many Scandals of Donald Trump: A Cheat Sheet

One of the women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct has sued him for defamation after he labeled her claims false.<p>Donald Trump is now president and not just a private citizen, but that doesn’t mean he’s free of the controversies that dogged him in his former life.<p>Last week, a few days before …

The honeymoon is already over for President Trump | Richard Wolffe

Shocking poll numbers tell of a uniquely difficult path for the new commander-in-chief. And that’s before the inevitable scandals start<p>Today marks the beginning of the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.<p>It isn’t wishful thinking to begin the countdown to Trump’s self-destruction on his inauguration …

The MLK History Forgot

During his last three years on Earth, Martin Luther King went through hell.<p>In January 1966, Martin Luther King Jr.—founding president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Nobel laureate and the nation’s most prominent civil rights activist—moved his family into a squalid tenement …

Black History