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Our Famous Presidents

Political theater.

As the saying goes, you can never put the toothpaste back in the tube. To set a precedent is to establish the predicate for new precedents. Donald Trump is setting a number of precedents, many of which conservatives and Republicans will come to regret when they are cited and expanded upon by the Democrats who succeed him. But Trump’s status as a figure of not just political but cultural gravitas is not one of those precedents. Trump is only building upon a legacy that was bequeathed to him by his predecessor.

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The Liberal Fight Is over Identity, Not Economics

An "electoral death spiral."

If you’re a Republican, the polls must be making you nervous. And I’m not talking about the generic congressional ballot or the president’s job approval rating.

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A Revolutionary Reform in Hospital Prices

Transparency.

This is yuuge.

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The GOP Is Already Beaten

A bunker mentality without the siege.

If the “blue wave” that Democrats see building ahead of November does not arrive with the ferocity they envision, the political left can still take solace in some of the victories they’ve already won. In that event, the Republican Party would have narrowly escaped losing a national referendum, but that doesn’t mean that Republicans have escaped defeat. Even today, the GOP is a broken husk of its former self.

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Podcast: The Jeong March Through Institutions

Podcast: Russia-gate and the Sarah Jeong controversy.

The first of the week’s COMMENTARY podcast explores the controversy around the newest member of the New York Times editorial board, Sarah Jeong, who spent years inveighing against “white people” on Twitter. Will that have any political impact, or is it only a preoccupation of the political class? Also, Donald Trump confesses the Trump tower meeting wasn’t just about adoptions after all…

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