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Whose buying all those Trump condos? His financial opaqueness must not continue

The stench of corruption arising from President Donald Trump’s refusal to disclose his tax returns and relinquish his ownership in both domestic and foreign businesses remains a feature of this presidency. His conflicts of interest and self-enrichment would be unacceptable under any circumstances, but in the context of the Russia investigation, they represent the potential for a foreign foe to leverage influence over U.S. policy and/or to blackmail the president.

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Government of the worst, dumbest

Like millions of people around the world, I was reassured to learn that Donald Trump is a “Very Stable Genius.” You see, if he weren’t – if he were instead an erratic, vindictive, uninformed, lazy, would-be tyrant – we might be in real trouble.

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The invisible White House is working

In every war, nations come to resemble their enemies, so I suppose it’s normal that the anti-Trump movement would come to resemble the pro-Trump movement. But it’s not good. I’ve noticed a lot of young people look at the monotonous daily hysteria of we anti-Trumpers and they find it silly.

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Trump has been awful this year, but look on the bright side

Republican apologists for President Donald Trump, on defense for laughable sycophancy (”But Gorsuch!”), might keep in mind the horrifying performance of Vice President Mike Pence, who slobbered praise on his boss at a Cabinet gathering in a fair imitation of North Korean lackeys extolling Kim Jong Un. (”Thank you for seeing, through the course of this year, an agenda that is truly restoring this country,” Pence said. “You’ve spurred an optimism in this country that’s setting records.”)

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Our politics besieged by angry radicals at war for war’s sake

There was a striking moment in the focus group that consultant Frank Luntz held with a group of Roy Moore supporters in Alabama. One of the voters said that the women accusing Moore of harassment are being paid to do so. Luntz asked the group how many other people thought so. A bunch of hands shot up and voices called out that all of the women are being paid.

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How the 2018 midterms could end the nightmare of Trump

It is slowly dawning on Republicans and the right-wing media echo chamber that President Donald Trump’s assault on democratic norms and the rule of law, his betrayal of his own populist campaign themes (with tax cuts for the rich and Medicaid spending cuts, for example), his misogynist and xenophobic rhetoric, his mean-spirited vendetta against hardworking immigrants and his dangerous, erratic behavior on the world stage have ignited a backlash that could deliver in 2018 House and Senate majorities to Democrats, who barely had a political pulse a year ago.