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John Stoehr
Hillary Clinton speaks during a campaign event with Vice-President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller

Why Political Journalists Can’t Take Criticism

I get why Washington journalists respond to criticism in partisan fashion. When readers complained last week about a botched AP report, they were mostly supporters of Hillary Clinton. Naturally you’re upset, the reporter thinks. You don’t like news that reflects poorly on your preferred candidate.

September 4, 2016
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton tapes an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show in Los Angeles, California, August 22, 2016. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

How The Clinton Foundation Became A ‘Scandal’

The Washington Post yesterday reported that on three occasions Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin was contacted by donors to the Clinton Foundation asking for favors. The outcome of one was a meeting. The outcome of the others was nothing. That’s it.

August 25, 2016

When Police Brutality Goes Viral

With each viral video of police brutality comes a new opportunity to forge multiracial alliances to effect political change.

June 12, 2015
Lindsey Graham

Lindsey Graham And ‘The Gay Conspiracy’

If Lindsey Graham were gay — and we should take him at his word that he is not — that might offend some in the GOP’s evangelical wing. But there are conspiracy theories that hint at something even worse.

May 29, 2015
fear, god bless america, paranoia, tea party, conservative

The Power Of Fear

Why does the GOP keep up the scare tactics? Because they always work. They have exploited the base’s fear of a black president for six years and each midterm election has rewarded their extremism.

May 22, 2015

Sympathy For The Speaker

When it comes to the Affordable Care Act, the Republican House Speaker is stuck between a rock and a hard place.

May 15, 2015

Minimum Wage Is A Self-Made GOP Problem

Republicans could look to George W. Bush for an example of what to do on the minimum wage. But they won’t. And it’s going to hurt them in 2016.

May 8, 2015

Violence In Baltimore Wasn’t ‘Counterproductive’

The violence in Baltimore might be called political violence: illegitimate but rooted in the legitimate desire to petition the state for redress of grievances.

May 5, 2015

Making A Fetish Of John McCain

Why does the elite Washington media continue to pay deference to, and take seriously, the opinions of John McCain? He’s no “maverick,” he’s a feckless partisan.

May 1, 2015

Giving The “Gays, Guns, And God” Bloc Reason To Stay Home In 2016

White evangelical voters don’t vote for things; they vote against them. And they vote against things by voting for the man who’s against them.

April 25, 2015

There’s Plenty of Money. Really.

Republican lawmakers always tell us there isn’t enough money. But in fact there is plenty — it’s just hard to find when an entire class of taxpayers can avoid paying their share.

April 14, 2015
Texas Senator Ted Cruz (Peter Stevens/Flickr)

Republicans Don’t Really Care About Inequality

They just know they can’t appear not to care.

February 6, 2015
A police line keeps the public out of the scene of a fatal car crash in Minneapolis.

With Social Media, You Don’t Have To Experience Police Brutality To Know About It

Why the police and their defenders struggle to deal with criticism.

December 29, 2014

Obama Must Remember Sandy Hook

How the president can honor the children who were murdered two years ago.

December 13, 2014

Rebuilding The American Dream, One Insurance Policy At A Time

The Republicans give lots of reasons for their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Only two really matter. One is politics. The other is money. More precisely, big-business money. Like Social Security and Medicare, the expansion of health insurance coverage is making voters more predisposed to support the politicians that championed the law — and […]

March 17, 2014