Class Acts

Roseanne Barr, Donald Trump, and the drama of class politics.

Roseanne is poor again. That’s good news for her, and for ABC: Nearly 30 million people now have watched the first episode of her rebooted blue-collar sit-com. Roseanne’s writers have decided to more or less laugh away the strange last season of the original series, in which television’s Roseanne Conner, like the real world’s Roseanne Barr, had become fabulously wealthy and spent 20-odd shark-jumping episodes exploring the high life before revealing that it was . . . all a fantasy. John Goodman’s Dan Conner, who was dead in that timeline, has, Spock-like, been resurrected.

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PODCAST: The Kavanaugh Accusation

Podcast: The claims, their legitimacy, and the potential precedent.

We devote the entire podcast today to the allegations of teenage assault issued against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Are we ready to surrender the idea that a person is innocent until proven guilty, even in a non-legal proceeding? Give a listen.

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Democrats Have Disgraced Themselves over Brett Kavanaugh

Institutional collapse.

With the demise of the filibuster for judicial nominations, the Senate has become a more partisan body. Members of the opposition party no longer have to take difficult votes to confirm presidential nominees, and so they no longer have to moderate their rhetoric to avoid the appearance of hypocrisy. Many expected, therefore, that Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings would tempt Democrats to engage in theatrics and hyperbole. Few, however, foresaw just how recklessly the Judiciary Committee’s Democratic members would behave.

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What Is Going on in Sunspot, New Mexico?

A mystery.

While the nation’s attention is focused on the Carolina coast, something very odd is happening across the country in Sunspot, New Mexico.

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You Haven’t Seen Anything Yet

It's not paranoia if they're really out to get you.

Americans awoke Thursday morning to a familiar noise: The president of the United States waxing conspiratorial and declaring himself the victim of a nefarious plot.

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PODCAST: Search This

Podcast: Google and Kavanaugh.

Will Google survive the revelations of its political bias, or are those revelations nothing new? We delve into the complexities of the world in which important tech companies think they are above politics until they decide they’re not. Also some stuff on the Supreme Court and on polls. Give a listen.

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