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    Frank Rich: Biden, McConnell and the Shadows of SegregationFallacious comments from the Senate Majority Leader and the Democratic frontrunner show why a reparations bill is so urgent.
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    Frank Rich: Trump and Biden Are Just Grumpy Old MenThe split-screen duel between the septuagenarians has been fun in its way — but also kind of pathetic.
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    Frank Rich: This Constitutional Crisis Probably Won’t Be Trump’s LastHis stonewalling of Congress is unprecedented, but the ultimate crisis may arrive if the Supreme Court rules against him, or he loses in 2020.
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    The Biggest Threat to Biden’s Candidacy Isn’t the Left, It’s Biden HimselfThe question isn’t just whether the former VP’s views are progressive enough, but whether he’s culturally limber enough in a fast-moving new order.
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    Frank Rich: In Bill Barr, Trump Has Finally Found His New FixerThe AG’s unsupported Mueller report conclusions and “spying” accusations show he’s about covering for Trump, not thwarting his lawlessness.
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    Frank Rich: Why the Mueller Investigation Wasn’t WatergateThe fact remains that Trump is a useful idiot for the Russian cause even if he’s not a Russian agent.
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    Frank Rich: The Senate’s Rebuke of Trump Isn’t a GOP RebellionIf Susan Collins is the party’s profile in intellectual courage, it’s hard to know whether to laugh or cry.
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    Are Foreign Countries Benefiting From Jared Kushner’s Security Clearance?The revelation that Trump ordered clearance for his son-in-law raises questions about what interests Kushner is really looking out for.
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    Lindsey Graham’s Claims About an Anti-Trump ‘Coup’ Are Just TrollingAndrew McCabe’s book provides more evidence that Trump’s Senate lackey is only threatening to probe the DOJ and FBI to give the president cover.
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    Frank Rich: Trump’s Big Speech Failed at Every LevelEven looking at the 80-minute-plus laundry list from Trump’s point of view, the State of the Union address seems to be a disaster.
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    Howard Schultz May Be Even More Disingenuous Than Donald TrumpWhile Trump parades his ignorance and moral unfitness, Schultz cloaks his entitlement and narcissism in high-minded ideals and civic concern.
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    With State of the Union Disinvitation, Pelosi Outmaneuvers Trump Once AgainPelosi knows how to push the levers of government, and how to push Trump’s buttons. It’s an unbeatable combination.
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    Frank Rich: With Trump’s Speech, the Networks Surrendered to Bill ShineThe Oval Office address about the southern border was straight out of a master propagandist’s playbook.
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    Why Trump Will Probably Cave to Nancy PelosiThe Speaker has staked out a stronger position in the showdown over the president’s ridiculous border-wall demands.
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    Trump Removes Mattis As Defense Secretary Two Months Ahead of ScheduleTrump rebukes Mattis by tweet for his resignation letter, with deputy Patrick Shanahan to fill in as Acting Defense Secretary on January 1.
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    GOP Leaders Won’t Tolerate Trump’s Chaos for Much LongerWith Trump’s erratic behavior at home and abroad inflicting damage on the financial markets, Republican lawmakers may finally turn on him.
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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.
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    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.
  27. 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.
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    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.
  29. 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.
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    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.
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    Trump’s Summit Spectacle Was Just Momentary Distraction From His Bigger ProblemsHis bigger problems — the Mueller investigation and the midterms — aren’t going anywhere.
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    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?
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    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.
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    Why Liberal Media Need Conservative ColumnistsIt’s the only way to keep your own thinking honest.
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    Following the Money in Trumpland Leads Ugly PlacesMichael Avenatti is doing what Woodward and Bernstein did — and revealing unvarnished bribery and collusion.
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    Sean Hannity Will Remain Trump’s Shadow Chief of StaffEven while posing as an honest broker on Fox News.
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    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.
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    Frank Rich: The Hidden Logic of Trump’s Staff ExodusThe president is looking for a specific type in an underling.
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    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.
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    Frank Rich: Trump Will Never Cross the NRAEmotional spectacles aside, remember that he is calling for more guns, not fewer, in schools.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Washington Can Indulge Its Bipartisan Fantasies for 3 More WeeksBut things are going to get ugly again.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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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.
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    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.
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