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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Marty Kaplan
U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump supporters carry a banner at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 21, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Why Trump Supporters Just Can’t Help Being Fools

Do you ever find yourself wondering what the story is with those thrilled faces behind Donald Trump at his rallies? Unlike us, they’re not spies in a house of horrors. That sea of Make America Great Again hats doesn’t give them the creeps. When Trump cues them, as he did in Phoenix on August 22, to jeer John McCain, they have no ambivalence about belittling a war hero battling brain cancer.

August 30, 2017

How To Protect Yourself From Surplus Trump Stress

In the contest between crisis and calm, oy has an edge over om. Case in point: Just as I was giving meditation another try to take my mind off Donald Trump, the North Korea fire-and-fury horror show broke out, and Trump’s itchy finger on the locked and loaded nuclear trigger made my strategy for sanity look awfully iffy.

August 23, 2017
NIH

How Long Will Trump’s New Right-Hand Man Last? Place Your Bets

John F. Kelly’s front-stabbing Donald Trump’s new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci only hours after Trump named the four-star Marine general his chief of staff was a sublime first move. But unlike Ivanka or Jared Kushner, Trump isn’t Dad to Kelly. How long can it be before Kelly’s service doesn’t pleasure the president anymore?

August 6, 2017
GOP, Right-Wing, Trump 2016

New Poll Reveals The First Word That Comes To Mind When Americans Think Of Trump

Have you seen anything since then that would move the needle away from “idiot”? Or from “ignorant” (the ninth most frequent answer), or “stupid” (12th)? He doesn’t know what’s in the Senate’s health care bill. He’s not reading his intelligence briefings. He’s watching more Fox News than your cranky uncle. His behavior seems engineered to provoke responses like, “Can you believe what an idiot/ignoramus/stupid person Trump is?”

July 8, 2017
Trump lies

Muslim, Jewish, Christian: The Problem Is That Trump ‘Tolerance’ Treats Every Belief As Equally Meaningless

Even if it were someone else, not Donald Trump, pulling the planet’s attention to the world’s three Abrahamic religions; if it were Barack Obama or George W. Bush, say, or even Eleanor Roosevelt, making an ecumenical pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia…

May 28, 2017
Travel Ban, Trump, Immigration

He Was Tackling The Opioid Crisis Head On: Then Trump Fired Him

But the episode featured yet another surprise: U.S. surgeon general Vivek Murthy in dress blues, flanked by Janney and Farris, warns that drug overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes. The families behind these numbers, he tells us, need our compassion. The 30-second PSA ends with a 24/7 helpline number to call. After it ran, calls to 1-800-662-HELP tripled.

May 2, 2017

This Passover, I’m Setting Myself Free From Technology

I’ll admit it: I’m rarely without my iPhone, even for a few minutes (you know: in case of an emergency, or my kids are trying to reach me, or I don’t want the plumber to go to voicemail). Some studies say that on average, people check their phones every six-and-a-half minutes, 150 times a day; some say – yikes – as many as 2,617 times a day.

April 9, 2017

What Happens To A Country Whose Leader Can’t Say ‘I’m Sorry’

“I was clueless about health care policy. Instead of reading my briefing books or even my own bill, I played golf. I bullshitted my way through every meeting and phone call. And when it was explained to me that this dumpster fire of a bill would break my promise that everybody’s going to be taken care of much better than they are now, which was a huge applause line by the way, I threw my own voters under the bus.”

April 1, 2017
Trump, Putin, CIA

Do The CIA Revelations Mean Trump Will Be Putin’s Puppet?

The CIA’s finding that Putin hacked the 2016 election on Trump’s behalf is extremely dangerous to democracy. Without firing a single shot, the Kremlin is weeks away from installing its puppet in the White House.

December 13, 2016