The rise of the entitled millennial politician

Millennials are getting old. Our bones are starting to creak, we get more random aches and pains, we get hangovers infuriatingly easily, and going to bed early increasingly sounds like a wonderful Friday night plan. On the other hand, we are also reaching the age of power and influence. And so the world is getting a taste of the most obnoxious type of millennial personality: the ambitious apple-polisher. Witness the rise of Pete Buttigieg and Joe Kennedy, two perfect examples of the type — men who think it all should just be handed to them. Now, there is absolutely nothing wrong with young people running for office. More of us… Read More

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A brief timeline of the Trump whistleblower saga

When The Washington Post reported Wednesday that an intelligence community whistleblower was so alarmed about a “promise” President Trump made to a foreign leader that they filed a formal complaint, suspicion immediately fell on Russia or North Korea. But on Thursday, the Post and The New York Times reported that at least part of the allegations deal with Ukraine. Here’s one prominent theory: If it’s Ukraine, then this looks very much like a promise of US arms or other aid in return for dirt on a political opponent’s family (Biden’s son Hunter) — both a violation of federal campaign law and bribery, an explicitly impeachable offense. Smoking howitzer, anyone? https://t.co/sx4IHrBJaB… Read More

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Do either Warren or Sanders need to drop out to defeat Biden? Not so fast.

In the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Donald Trump was greatly helped by two factors: a deeply splintered opposition, and the largely winner-take-all rules of GOP primaries. Voters who opposed Trump never coalesced behind another candidate and eventually he was able to win the nomination with less than 45 percent of the total votes cast. Thus far, Joe Biden is in a similar position to 2016 Trump in terms of polls — considerably ahead of a divided field, but well short of an absolute majority. So it raises a question: If progressive Democrats want to prevent a Biden nomination, with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders nearly tied behind him, how best… Read More

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America is stuck with Brett Kavanaugh

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh will not be impeached — at least not anytime soon. He won’t be impeached for the same reason President Trump hasn’t been impeached. And Kavanaugh won’t be impeached for the same reason he was confirmed to his lifetime appointment as a justice in the first place: The Senate is run by Republicans, and when it comes to their own, there’s no sign that Senate Republicans care enough about evidence of crimes and bad behavior to risk putting any dent in their power. A New York Times report this weekend revealed new evidence that Kavanaugh was sexually inappropriate with women while a young man — and… Read More

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The left-wing threat to campus free speech is abating. The right-wing threat is not.

When it comes to free speech on American campuses, there seems to be a law of conservation at work: Just when the internal threat of censorship from left-wing campus activists is abating, the external threat from right-wing lawmakers is rising. But given that the new threat relies not on the decibel level of immature 18-somethings but the state power of motivated adults, it may be much harder to fight. Concerns about political correctness on campus date back at least 25 years when Philip Roth wrote The Human Stain, his brilliant novel depicting the travails of a half-black classics professor pretending to be Jewish who gets summarily fired after black students… Read More

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