A nation in need of repair

This is the editor’s letter in the current issue of The Week magazine. When the white nationalist accused of killing 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue last week arrived at an emergency room with several bullet wounds, he shouted, “I want to kill all the Jews!” The doctor and the nurse waiting to treat Robert Bowers at Allegheny General Hospital were Jewish; the hospital’s president, Dr. Jeffrey Cohen, belongs to the Tree of Life congregation Bowers attacked. They tended to Bowers as they would any patient. “We’re here to take care of sick people,” Cohen said. “You do what you think is right.” Cohen made a point of talking to… Read More

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Steve King’s struggle

It’s hilariously fitting that Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) — who occasionally raves about secret “terror baby” Muslim plots on the floor of the House — should come to the defense of his embattled colleague, Steve King of Iowa. Their fellow Republicans hate both of them. But with King up for re-election against a former professional baseball player in the most conservative district of a state under almost complete Republican control, the two dumbest people in Congress are looking out for each other. Steve contra mundum! It’s touching, really. #GOPe trying to take out a Republican! pic.twitter.com/P01o83wKW2 — Louie Gohmert (@LouieGohmertTX1) October 31, 2018 King certainly needs all the help he… Read More

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The most disastrous 2018 campaign ads, ranked

Is there anything better than a bad campaign ad? With so much at stake on Nov. 6, this election season has seen plenty of inspiring, powerful, even philosophical campaign ads — but we aren’t interested in those. This is an appreciation of the terrible ideas of 2018 — of ill-conceived gimmicks, low production values, and really, really bad line reading. Welcome to the 2018 Hall of Fame of disastrous ads. 13. Zephyr Teachout’s unborn child makes her think about, uh, Robert Mueller? Being a parent and being in power shouldn’t be in conflict for a woman any more than they are for a man. pic.twitter.com/8hq8M80uDW — Zephyr Teachout (@ZephyrTeachout) September… Read More

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Arizona’s blue moment

Can Republicans defy midterm history and strengthen their position in the Senate? The answer might hinge on a state the party has until recently taken for granted — and which thus far looks surprisingly resistant to Republican messaging. The battle for the Senate could come down to Arizona, where two sitting congresswomen — Democrat Kyrsten Sinema and Republican Martha McSally — are locked in a very tight race to fill the seat being vacated by retiring GOP Sen. Jeff Flake. The RealClearPolitics poll average puts Sinema 0.2 percent ahead. This lead is in spite of a constant stream of embarrassing revelations from Sinema — which could signal difficulties for the… Read More

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The Illinois governor race could be the most pivotal of the 2018 midterms

Next week’s House of Representatives elections could be bitterly close. Results in a handful of competitive districts could decide whether Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds the speaker’s gavel come January. With all 435 seats up for grabs, only a fraction of which have actually been polled, pinpointing the pivotal districts is difficult — they could be almost anywhere. That’s where the impending campaign Hindenburg of Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner comes in. Rauner was elected in 2014 by a fluke, and last year, he was declared “the worst Republican governor in America” by National Review, a conservative publication. His Democratic challenger, billionaire J.B. Pritzker, hasn’t led any public poll by fewer than… Read More

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