Climate change will not wait for America to get its act together

One of the many awful aspects of living in the United States today is how the nation is beset on all sides with crises — severe inequality, corruption, political rot, and climate change, to pick just a few — while our politics is consumed by imaginary nonsense. Donald Trump is openly using the presidency to line his pockets; 42 percent of American cancer patients lose their entire life savings; there are clockwork spree shootings across the country; and on and on. Still, great swathes of the country spend every waking minute simply seething with outrage over NFL protests, leftists on elite college campuses, handfuls of bedraggled refugees, and fruitcake conspiracy… Read More

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The Trump-Russia conspiracy was one of the worst shaggy dog stories in American history

For two years I have been arguing in this space that there was no conspiracy between Donald Trump and the Russian government or other, more vaguely defined entities — individuals said to have “Russia ties” or “Kremlin links.” Despite having endured an almost endless amount of scorn for saying so — perhaps even more than I was subjected to for arguing that Trump would be elected president in the first place — I derive no pleasure from the news that the summary of Robert Mueller’s interminable special counsel investigation sent to the House and Senate judiciary committees by Attorney General William Barr confirms my views. I say this not least… Read More

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In praise of Mueller

Let us praise Robert Mueller. We don’t know precisely what’s in the report the special counsel delivered this week to the Department of Justice, but it seems possible it will contain neither the full-throated condemnation of President Trump that critics want — there are reports Mueller has recommended no further indictments — nor the clean-sweep exoneration that many MAGA-minded citizens have been demanding from the beginning. There’s a real chance that after nearly two years of investigation into the Trump administration’s links to Russia, everybody’s going to be at least a little bit mad. So why praise him? Because the public evidence suggests that in his stint as special counsel,… Read More

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Release the Mueller report now

The Mueller report — the product of the famous investigation into any connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — has been completed and delivered to Attorney General William Barr. There is only one possible just outcome: The report must be released to Congress and the public. Mueller was charged with digging into links between the Trump operation and Russia, as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly” from that effort. The latter stipulation has already produced multiple convictions, including former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos (lying to the FBI), former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (same), computer whiz… Read More

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Government by the old

This is the editor’s letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. Liberal vs. conservative. Urban vs. rural. Educated “elites” vs. the working class. The tectonic plates of American politics collide along many fault lines, but of growing importance is old vs. young. As HuffPost reported last week, the U.S. electorate is older than it has ever been, thanks to the sheer number of baby boomers (about 74 million), growing longevity, and falling birth rates. Boomers vote at far higher rates than younger Americans, have a lot more money, and still dominate our country’s economic and civic life. In the 2020 presidential contest, a younger upstart such as Beto… Read More

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