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    Will Trump Follow Through on His Incredibly Dumb Threat?If he does trigger a shutdown, he will set his party back even further than he already has.
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    Mueller’s Steady Stream of Russia Revelations Is Driving Trump CrazyAs we learn more about the ties between his campaign and Russia, Trump is giving new meaning to the concept of protesting one’s innocence too much.
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    Frank Rich: Trump Is Starting to PanicIt’s evident in his spells of rage and his empty official schedule. He is also stepping up his efforts to discredit democratic institutions.
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    Frank Rich: Trump Won’t Change Course — He Thinks He WonEven though the GOP was wiped out in the House, Trump sees the midterms as validation of his ugliest tactics.
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    Frank Rich: What Saudi Arabia Now Knows About Bone SawsM.B.S. and company may have wrecked their comfortable spot in American politics by generating a murder mystery too lurid for the public to ignore.
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    There’s a Silver Lining to Brett Kavanaugh Joining the Supreme CourtHe has been delegitimized in the eyes of many Americans. That will diminish the moral authority of his decisions.
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    Frank Rich: The Ford-Kavanaugh Hearings Were a Case Study in GOP MisogynyThe Senate hearing was a travesty — at once tragic, corrupt, and hateful.
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    Frank Rich: A Moment of Truth for Brett Kavanaugh?Given the threats she’s braving, it is hard to blame Christine Blasey Ford if she elects not to testify in Washington on Monday. But I hope she does.
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    Frank Rich: The Anonymous White House Official Is a Collaborator, Not a ResisterThe Times op-ed reads like a defense document offered in case a Nuremberg-like legal reckoning ever comes about.
  10. Frank Rich: The Endgame for Trump Comes Into ViewThe tumult of this week hasn’t finished off his presidency yet, but the final stages look closer by the day.
  11. Frank Rich: Why Trump Goes Out of His Way to Incriminate HimselfHe doesn’t mind demonstrating that he broke the law, because he doesn’t believe the law is legitimate or as powerful as he is.
  12. Frank Rich: Trump’s Plot Against AmericaThe more we’ve seen of him, the clearer it’s become that he does have a consistent ideology — and that it aligns with Putin’s.
  13. Frank Rich: Rot on the Right, Green Shoots on the LeftYes, Anthony Kennedy’s retirement will make a right-wing Supreme Court even more extreme. But there is hope yet in American politics.
  14. The Shameless Fakery of Trump’s Retreat on Family SeparationsHis executive order was a prop intended to wipe the images of caged children from the screen. It won’t work.
  15. Trump’s Summit Spectacle Was Just Momentary Distraction From His Bigger ProblemsHis bigger problems — the Mueller investigation and the midterms — aren’t going anywhere.
  16. When Trump Attacks Sessions, He Sounds Like a Guilty ManWhy else would he want the most effective implementer of his right-wing agenda out of office?
  17. Frank Rich: Trump’s Jerusalem Horror ShowThe opening of the new U.S. Embassy showcased the panorama of bigotry and mobsterism at the top of both the American and Israeli governments.
  18. Why Liberal Media Need Conservative ColumnistsIt’s the only way to keep your own thinking honest.
  19. Following the Money in Trumpland Leads Ugly PlacesMichael Avenatti is doing what Woodward and Bernstein did — and revealing unvarnished bribery and collusion.
  20. Sean Hannity Will Remain Trump’s Shadow Chief of StaffEven while posing as an honest broker on Fox News.
  21. Frank Rich: Trump Only Knows ChaosDon’t look too deeply for motive in any of the unnecessary crises he’s creating.
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    Why President Trump Says His Budget Is TerribleRepublican presidents always do this, because they can’t admit their tax cuts didn’t work.
  23. Frank Rich: The Hidden Logic of Trump’s Staff ExodusThe president is looking for a specific type in an underling.
  24. Frank Rich: A Hopeful New Path for Gun Politics in AmericaIt’s a very good sign that even Trump — in his crude way — is trying to attach himself to gun control.
  25. Frank Rich: Trump Will Never Cross the NRAEmotional spectacles aside, remember that he is calling for more guns, not fewer, in schools.
  26. It’s Time for John Kelly to GoThe White House chief of staff’s handling of the Rob Porter fiasco is making the Scaramucci interregnum look like a golden age.
  27. Frank Rich: The GOP Has Become the Anti-Law Enforcement PartyTrump’s assault on Justice and the FBI merely heightens the party’s dangerous anti-government toxins.
  28. Washington Can Indulge Its Bipartisan Fantasies for 3 More WeeksBut things are going to get ugly again.
  29. Frank Rich: Trump Has Moved a Step Closer to ImplosionWolff’s Fire and Fury won’t change the mind of any Trump stalwarts. But it plays to one of the president’s key vulnerabilities.
  30. Frank Rich: The GOP Is About to Tumble Into Full-scale PanicRoy Moore’s loss in Alabama laid bare some brutal realities for a broken party.
  31. Frank Rich: The Party of Lincoln Is Now the Party of PredatorsThe GOP wants Roy Moore’s vote to support its slender Senate majority and will do anything required to get it.
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    Frank Rich: NBC Still Has a Lot to Answer ForThe network got out ahead of the Matt Lauer scandal by firing their star. But there’s more they need to do.
  33. Frank Rich: NBC Still Has a Lot to Answer ForThe network got out ahead of the Matt Lauer scandal by firing their star. But there’s more they need to do.
  34. Frank Rich: The GOP Can’t Handle Moore ProblemsThe harebrained schemes of hypocritical party leaders trying to jettison the Alabaman are worthy of the Three Stooges.
  35. Frank Rich: What Jeff Flake Couldn’t Bring Himself to Say About Donald TrumpHe and other GOP critics are still papering over a key point about the president’s intents.
  36. Frank Rich: Bob Corker and the Disgrace of Republican SilenceThe chair of the Senate Foreign Relations warned the president could start World War III. Why will none of his GOP colleagues back him up?
  37. Frank Rich: Roy Moore’s Victory Only Adds to Trump’s Power Over the GOPThe president may have backed the wrong guy in Alabama’s Senate race, but the revolution continues.
  38. Frank Rich: Donald Trump’s ‘Independence’ Is a Complete FarceHis deal with Democrats isn’t a sign he’s turned a corner. It merely shows he’s as erratic and unprincipled as he’s ever been.
  39. Donald Trump Can’t Hide From His DACA DecisionHe tried sending it to the Dead Letter Office, otherwise known as the GOP-majority Congress. But the ownership is clear to all.
  40. Nothing’s Shocking Anymore With TrumpHe managed to both threaten nuclear war and embrace neo-Nazis while on vacation. Wait until he gets “back to work.”
  41. John Kelly Is Destined to FailThe retired general may have had early success in ousting Scaramucci and instilling some order. But this is Trump’s White House we’re talking about.
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    Everything Trump Does Must Be Viewed Through This Single LensIt explains his otherwise inexplicable attacks on staunch ally Jeff Sessions.
  43. Watching the Downfall of a Presidency in Real TimeTrump Jr.’s emails may or may not be the “smoking gun.” But what seems clear is that this is only the beginning of what investigators could uncover.
  44. Trump’s Tweets Are Not a Distraction: They Show How Unstable He IsWith the GOP’s agenda on life support, Trump’s combative tweets suggest a complete breakdown is arriving sooner than anyone thought.
  45. America, Get Ready for the Comey ShowPresident Trump has the spotlight as the world reels from his Paris decision. But next week, the fired FBI Director finally speaks out.
  46. The Republican Party Alone Now Owns This Health-Care DisasterTrump and the GOP won’t be able to shift blame to Obamacare in 2018.
  47. The Comey Firing May Be the Beginning of the End of the Trump AdministrationAn incompetent White House might have made the ultimate miscalculation.
  48. The Failure of Trump’s First 100 Days Is a Win for AmericaThe more ineffectual he is, the less damage he can inflict.
  49. An Ossoff Victory Would Not Have Saved the Democratic PartyThey still face the intensely urgent matter of finding a new generation of leaders.
  50. Nunes Has Delegitimized the House’s Russia Probe. That Might Be a Good Thing.It has proven to be a sideshow and partisan sham, anyway. Time for Senate investigation to take precedence.
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