Thomas Frank

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - 9:15am
Donald Trump Is Moving to the White House, and Liberals Put Him There
A month ago I tried to write a column proposing mean nicknames for president-elect Donald Trump , on the basis that it would be funny to turn the tables on him for the cruel diminutives he applied to others. I couldn’t pull it off. There is a darkness about Trump that negates that sort of humor: a...
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Monday, October 31, 2016 - 3:45pm
Forget the FBI Cache; Podesta Emails Show How America Is Run
The emails currently roiling the US presidential campaign are part of some unknown digital collection amassed by the troublesome Anthony Weiner, but if your purpose is to understand the clique of people who dominate Washington today, the emails that really matter are the ones being slowly released...
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Friday, October 7, 2016 - 1:00pm
Some of Clinton's Pledges Sound Great. Until You Remember Who's President
he puzzle that is currently frustrating the pundit minds of America is this: why is Hillary Clinton not simply clobbering Donald Trump? How is this ranting, seething buffoon still competitive with her? Trump has now stumbled through a series of the kind of blunders that break ordinary political...
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Monday, August 15, 2016 - 1:15pm
With Trump Certain to Lose, You Can Forget about a Progressive Clinton
And so ends the great populist uprising of our time, fizzling out pathetically in the mud and the bigotry stirred up by a third-rate would-be caudillo named Donald J Trump. So closes an era of populist outrage that began back in 2008, when the Davos dream of a world run by benevolent bankers first...
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Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 1:15pm
Hillary Clinton Needs to Wake Up. Trump Is Stealing the Voters She Takes for Granted
The Republican party wants my liberal vote. This was the most shocking wave to wash over my brain last week as I sat in the convention center in Cleveland. It was more startling in its way than the storm of hate that I saw descend on former GOP hero Ted Cruz, stranger than the absence of almost all...
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Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 10:00am
The Influence of Influence: On Worshipping Money in Washington, D.C.
Although it’s difficult to remember those days eight years ago when Democrats seemed to represent something idealistic and hopeful and brave, let’s take a moment and try to recall the stand Barack Obama once took against lobbyists. Those were the days when the nation was learning that George W...
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Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 9:45am
Anthem for Bummed Youth
As the Democratic primary campaign comes to a close, let us recall how strange and improbable it has been all along. Hillary Clinton started out as her party’s hand-picked standard-bearer, the baddest and brightest of the nation’s dominant political faction. No prominent Democrat (save Martin O’...
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Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 2:45pm
Why Must the Trump Alternative be Self-Satisfied, Complacent Democrats?
The year of our discontent rolls on, and now it is Indiana that hands victory to the insurgent Senator Bernie Sanders and the protectionist demagogue Donald Trump. Seven years have passed now since the last recession officially ended and yet the country’s fury has scarcely cooled. To this day we...
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 9:45am
Beware the Blue State Model: How the Democrats Created a "Liberalism of the Rich"
[ This piece has been adapted from Thomas Frank's new book, Listen, Liberal, or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? (Metropolitan Books). ] When you press Democrats on their uninspiring deeds -- their lousy free trade deals, for example, or their flaccid response to Wall Street...
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Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 10:33am
If Memory Swerves: The 1 Percent Laughs Last, as Wall Street Wins Again
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