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Kavanaugh and #MeToo

Kavanaugh and #MeToo

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WHEN Clarence Thomas, rigid with anger, accused the Senate judiciary committee of subjecting him to a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks”, white America winced. Late in the process to confirm Mr Thomas’s appointment to the Supreme Court bench, he had been accused of sexual harassment by a former assistant, Anita Hill. Her claims were credible.…
Jair Bolsonaro, Latin America’s latest menace

Jair Bolsonaro, Latin America’s latest menace

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“GOD is Brazilian,” goes a saying that became the title of a popular film. Brazil’s beauty, natural wealth and music often make it seem uniquely blessed. But these days Brazilians must wonder whether, like the deity in the film, God has gone on holiday. The economy is a disaster, the public finances are under strain…
Pakistan’s former prime minister is freed from prison

Pakistan’s former prime minister is freed from prison

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print-edition icon Print edition | Asia Sep 20th 2018 | KARACHI EVEN for a life characterised by drastic reversals of fortune, it has been a dizzying week for Pakistan’s thrice-ousted prime minister, Nawaz Sharif. There was misery on September 14th, when he was granted a few hours’ parole from the 11-year prison sentence he began…
The GOP Governors Succeeding in Blue States

The GOP Governors Succeeding in Blue States

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (Greg M. Cooper/Reuters) They’re a nice bonus for the party, but they have no national political implications. As we all know, the Republican party is facing a pretty tough election cycle. Most independent analysts think the House of Representatives is going to flip to the Democrats, and while the Senate looks…
No Hearing; Just Vote on Kavanaugh Nomination

No Hearing; Just Vote on Kavanaugh Nomination

Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein talk during Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, September 4, 2018. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) This is about preventing a conservative justice from being added to the Supreme Court, nothing more. Senate Democrats’ blatant abuse of the hearing process, their “delay, delay, delay” strategy, continues to pay dividends. Putting…
Censure Dianne Feinstein

Censure Dianne Feinstein

Sen. Dianne Feinstein talks with reporters on Capitol Hill in May 2017. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters) The Senate cannot let this wrong go unaddressed. Regardless of the fate of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination, the Senate should censure the ranking Democratic member of the Judiciary Committee, Dianne Feinstein. Her deception and maneuvering, condemned across the political spectrum, seriously interfered…
Mild, Mild West

Mild, Mild West

September 21, 2018 4:00 AM Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly in The Sisters Brothers (Magali Bragard/Annapurna Pictures) The Sisters Brothers fails to deliver either comedy or drama. @media screen and (min-width: 768px){ #nrplus-badge-left .e92131_badge span { font-size: 1.45em; line-height: 1.3em; text-transform: uppercase; } } @media screen and (max-width: 767px) { #nrplus-badge-left .e92131_badge span {…
Roe’s Place in the Confirmation Wars

Roe’s Place in the Confirmation Wars

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh takes his seat after a break in his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, September 4, 2018. (Chris Wattie/Reuters) It’s reasonable to hope Kavanaugh will vote to overturn Roe. It’s also proper for him not to commit to doing so. MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweets, “Every person I know who…
The leaders of the two Koreas put on another great performance

The leaders of the two Koreas put on another great performance

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THE setting keeps changing; the pictures, not so much. Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s dictator, welcomed Moon Jae-in, the South’s president, to Pyongyang airport on September 18th for their third summit since April. As during the previous two, there were hugs and smiles galore. Some were reserved for the North Korean children who presented Mr…
Far-left candidates have not triumphed in the Democratic primaries

Far-left candidates have not triumphed in the Democratic primaries

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“CHANGE can’t wait,” repeated Ayanna Pressley (pictured) after defeating Michael Capuano, a ten-term incumbent, in her Democratic primary. Three months earlier, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pledged that her victory over Joseph Crowley, a 20-year incumbent, was “the beginning” of Medicare for All and other progressive policies in America. To the naked eye, months of left-wing victories in…