Mike Lofgren

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Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) enters a Senators Only elevator before attending the Weekly Senate Policy Luncheon on June 25, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tom Brenner/Getty Images) Views
Friday, August 07, 2020
Remind Me, What Was the Civil War About, Anyway?
Remember the good old days? That’s when neo-Confederates (who of course never called themselves that; they were just defending their “heritage”) passionately argued that the American Civil War was emphatically not about slavery. Rather, it concerned issues of principle involving states’ rights, or...
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Former National security adviser John Bolton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Vice President Mike Pence before the start of a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House June 7, 2018 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 03, 2020
Don't Let the Corruption of the Powerless Bring Down the Democrats
“You may not be interested in ideology, but ideology is interested in you.” I have taken a bit of liberty with a quote widely attributed to Lev Trotsky—he actually is supposed to have said that about the “dialectic,” but it’s a two-dollar word that’s almost meaningless in everyday English, so I’ve...
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U.S. President Donald Trump listens to a reporter's question during an event on protecting seniors with diabetes, in the Rose Garden at the White House on May 26, 2020 in Washington, DC. The United States is closing in on 100,000 deaths in less than four months caused by the coronavirus. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Beware Donald Trump's Electoral Cleansing
On May 26, as the U.S. coronavirus death toll passed 100,000, former Bush speechwriter and NeverTrumper David Frum appeared on a cable news show and made a stunning pronouncement about Donald Trump and his handling of the pandemic. If correct, Frum didn’t merely echo all the armchair psychiatry we’...
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Saturday, May 09, 2020
"Reopen the Economy": the Republicans' Nero Decree
The New York Times’ columnist Paul Krugman is one of the few fixtures of the major prestige media honest enough to forthrightly explain why there should be no “controversy” (a word beloved of journalists) about Republican policies. These policies are not just mistaken, nor are they something about...
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Republican street theater, maybe even (or perhaps especially) when it threatens public safety or human decency, works like catnip to the mainstream media, who invariably trot out their prefabricated clichés about "economic anxiety." (Photo: Ariana Drehsler/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Another Republican "Grassroots" Movement Hijacks the Media
The Republican Party and its right-wing allies are incapable of governing. They have no policy principles other than a knee-jerk rejection of the policies of the opposing party; indeed, of all this country’s traditional notions of governance. They have a secret sauce, however, that keeps them...
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There is no longer the slightest doubt in any sane person’s mind that not only are the GOP’s fundamentalist-extremist religious allies a death cult disguised as 501(c)3 tax-exempt charitable organizations.  (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, April 17, 2020
The GOP Has Become a Death Cult
A decade ago, in my first public writing since leaving Capitol Hill, I warned that the Republican Party, in its evolution towards an extremist conservative movement allied with extremist Christian fundamentalism, was becoming like “one of the intensely ideological authoritarian parties of 20th...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House on March 22, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images) Views
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
How a Yale Academic Trolls the Liberals on Trump's Looming Reelection
A recent piece in The Wall Street Journal by Walter Russell Meade has caused a bit of a stir among the chattering classes. Headlined “The Coronavirus May Make Trump Stronger,” it argues that President Trump’s abysmal and malfeasant handling of the greatest public health emergency in a century is a...
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A passenger wears a face mask on an almost empty Swiss Air flight from Hamburg, Germany to Zurich, Switzerland, on March 22, 2020, in Hamburg, Germany. Airlines worldwide have had to cut back flights as a consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo: Sven Creutzmann/Mambo photo/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Are Mass Plane Travel and Mass Tourism Unsustainable?
“Ah, for the days when flying was a gentleman’s pursuit! – before every Joe Sweatsock could wedge himself behind a lunch tray and ‘jet off’ to Raleigh-Durham.” —Robert (“Sideshow Bob”) Terwillinger, The Simpsons, “Sideshow Bob’s Last Gleaming." In recent weeks, the coronavirus pandemic’s...
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Saturday, March 14, 2020
How Authoritarianism Short-Circuits the Lizard Brain
The tendency of Republicans both to respond to and sow fear and panic has been with us for decades. Yet during the coronavirus pandemic, to anyone who bothers to look, we are seeing a new and strangely unremarked twist to their behavior, a development that gives valuable -- and chilling -- insight...
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Is Joseph saying that Trump, by the force of his magnetic personality, will send young people thronging back to the faith? (Photo: Creative Commons) Views
Friday, December 27, 2019
The Stupidest Op-Ed of 2019 Argues Trump Will Inspire a Religious Revival
For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. —Matthew 24:24 Just when you thought the soon-to-expire year had long since reached peak stupidity, Newsweek published a piece that set a record for preposterous...
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