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Let the Dem’s Midterm Slogan Be: Make America California Again

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States don’t come any bluer than California these days. By every conventional measure, the Golden State is one of today’s rare Democratic success stories: Every statewide office is occupied by a Dem and the party enjoys commanding majorities in both legislative chambers. The Republicans’ suicidal impulses on issues from immigration to gun control essentially have reduced the vestigial GOP opposition to irrelevance—even in such traditional conservative redoubts as Orange County, which if not quite a pure azure yet, has moved remorselessly to deep violet. Four-term Gov. Jerry Brown bestrides the once fractious state budget process like a colossus of ...

James Comey’s Testimony Proves Trump is a Thuggish Fixer

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These are dark times in America and will grow darker still. James Comey’s chilling testimony to the Senate Committee Thursday paint a portrait of the president who operates not as a canny manipulator in the style of Richard Nixon, nor as a shifty, street-wise hustler, but as a thuggish fixer. The former FBI director’s believably detailed account also made it clear that the administration and the country now confront months of multiple investigations of targets—the president, his aides, and family members—who will defend themselves without restraint, decency or consideration of the damage they have done and are doing to the national ...

Here’s Why Trump’s Supporters Always Seem to Give Him a Political Pass

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Here’s a fact to which there is no alternative: The President of the United States, commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful military, is either a pathological liar or a serial fabulist unable to distinguish fantasy from reality—or, perhaps, a chillingly sociopathic combination of both. In the aftermath of his amateurish and incompetent attempt to ram through an abominable Republican health care bill whose substance he never bothered to understand even though it would have deprived 26 million working and middle-class Americans of their insurance while giving the rich a massive tax cut, Trump lied about who was responsible: Not him, nor ...

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