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Some worry that Donald Trump’s first Supreme Court appointment will follow Antonin Scalia on values issues such as abortion and same-sex marriage. Yes, he could, but what we really have to worry about is our bulwark against . . .
  • Imagine in the not-too-distant future the president of Mexico stands on his northern border calling out: “Mr. Trump, tear down this wall!” Further, imagine next to him, grinning, is China’s president. President Trump’s Mexico wall and his . . .
  • Donald Trump said he’d ban Muslims, and he did, via executive order, creating uproar in an unprecedented first week in office. Trump turns everything into a flap, from his inaugural crowd to the Mexico wall and border tax . . .
  • A remnant of the old Progressive movement bedevils us today: our primary system. A century ago, the Progressives (quite different from today’s liberal “progressive agenda”) supposed that voting on everything would perfect democracy . . .
  • When Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia) said he did not regard the Trump presidency as “legitimate,” Trump quickly tweeted his denunciations. We should get straight the difference between “legitimate” and “legal,” as it is likely to be a twitter war. . . .
  • One problem with the murky story of Russian “kompromat” on President-elect Donald Trump is why ever would the Kremlin release its secrets, ending their utility as blackmail? And why ever would Moscow throw away its opportunity . . .
  • Trying for the Republican nomination in 2011, Texas Governor Rick Perry, now Department of Energy Secretary-designate, vowed to abolish that department but couldn’t remember its name. Several Trump appointees have . . .
  • Last week we briefly rode a nuclear roller-coaster. Scary. A few words from Vladimir Putin launched Donald Trump — acting like he’s already president — into counterthreat mode. Fortunately, soothing exchanges calmed things within . . .
  • Maybe there is method in Donald Trump’s seemingly odd tilt to Putin’s Russia. It could, theoretically, be part of a larger strategy of separating Russia from China, of breaking up their quasi-alliance. If successful, that could be a . . .
  • In Herman Wouk’s 1951 “Caine Mutiny,” Navy officers gradually question the mental balance of their skipper, Captain Queeg, and take over the ship to save it during a typhoon. Wouk’s insights may be useful for the Trump storm. . . .
  • Last week’s phone chat between Donald Trump and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen was initially explained as an amateur misstep, but it now appears that Trump was warning Beijing that he will get tough with them. Beijing bristles at the . . .
  • Now that the reality of Trump’s victory has sunk in, journalists divide into roughly two classes on how to handle a Trump presidency: (1) support him while encouraging him to compromise and pursue moderate policies, which . . .
  • Credible reports have surfaced — some from the UN inspection agency — of “small but significant” Iranian violations of the January nuclear deal, in the words of the New York Times November 9. Minor issues or not, the Obama administration ...
  • Donald Trump swore to “change” Washington but now is trying, chameleon-like, to blend into the mainstream by changing both his campaign pledges and his personality before taking office. Within days of his tainted victory . . .
  • The polls erred again, underestimating the heavy turnout of people who resented being left behind by a changing America. Trump won voters who did not tell the polls their true intentions. The upset was as startling as . . .
  • “Legitimacy” means a widespread feeling that the government’s rule is rightful, even if you dislike the party in power. Without legitimacy, countries fall apart, the fate of many developing lands, including Iraq and Afghanistan. Uncivil U.S. . . .
  • My first memory of an election is the 1948 Truman-Dewey contest. As a nine-year-old, I didn’t understand much about it, but I do recall the hatred directed at Henry Wallace, who had been FDR’s vice president but was . . .
  • Election polls bounce around faster than Maine weather forecasts. Professional surveys given the same week should not differ by five to ten percentage points from each other and from the previous week. The problem is . . .
  • We are approaching a decision point on Syria: to intervene or not? The media and many foreign-policy prophets, horrified at civilian deaths, demand humanitarian intervention and decry President Obama’s seeming paralysis. . . .
  • Is there any international agreement a President Trump would not tear up? Trump bases his campaign on hatred of foreign nations, competition and immigrants. Some call this isolationism, but it may be isolationism’s cousin . . .
  • America’s “pivot” to East Asia — never carried out because we’re stuck in the Middle East — just developed a surprise hole: the Philippines. Manila’s newly elected President Rodrigo Duterte wants America out while he purchases . . .
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