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    Frank Rich: What a Plague RevealsCold-blooded recklessness about the coronavirus pandemic has hardly been limited to President Trump and his acolytes.
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    Frank Rich: Trump Lies His Way Through a PandemicHis bungling of the coronavirus crisis ranks among the worse offenses in presidential history.
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    Frank Rich: At Least Nero Could SpellThe coronavirus may doom Trump, but his administration’s response may doom America.
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    Frank Rich: Barring an Act of God, Biden Will Be the NomineeAfter Biden sews up the nomination, anything can — and will — happen.
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    Frank Rich: Is Trump Ready for Coronavirus?The president is, for the first time, facing a crisis not of his own making. The early signs aren’t good.
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    Frank Rich: The Intelligence Community’s Bill Barr MomentPresident Trump’s team of national security hacks will stand idly by as Russia tries to meddle in another election.
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    Frank Rich: Iowa and the Rolling Democratic CalamityThe Iowa debacle was a huge gift — and not the first — to Donald Trump and the Republicans.
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    Frank Rich: Trump’s Impeachment Puts the Senate on TrialTrump’s acquittal is a foregone conclusion, but come Election Day, Republican senators may regret their inaction and cowardice.
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    Frank Rich: What’s Wrong With the Democratic Primary? Everything.From debate rules that helped drive out minority candidates while welcoming Tom Steyer to the enduring focus on Iowa, the process has been a debacle.
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    Frank Rich: Republicans Are Excusing a Criminal ConspiracyIf the GOP cared about facts this week’s impeachment testimony would be apocalyptically damaging. But nothing will keep them from defending Trump.
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    Frank Rich: Republican Impeachment Panic Sets InDespite William Taylor’s bombshell testimony, Trump isn’t going anywhere soon — but the GOP’s distress over impeachment is clearly deepening.
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    Frank Rich: There Are 5 Candidates Still Standing After Latest Democratic DebateTuesday night seemed like a death knell for seven of the dozen candidacies onstage — including Joe Biden’s.
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    Frank Rich: Trump’s Wrecking-Ball Impeachment DefenseHis brand is chaos. What does that look like when our very constitutional order is at stake?
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    Frank Rich: The Case for a Fast, Focused Trump ImpeachmentUnwinding all of Trump’s wrongdoing could take years. Democrats need to keep the narrative clear, the public tuned in, and the White House on the mat.
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    Frank Rich: Sharpiegate and Trump’s Escalating War on RealityThere’s been an uptick in lunacy since recession fears crept onto Trump’s radar — and his delusional claims will only get worse as 2020 approaches.
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    Frank Rich: Trump Is Panicked That His Trade War Will Start a RecessionIf the economy tanks, his supporters will sour on him and his already precarious election prospects will tank, too. And he knows it.
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    Frank Rich: The Democratic Debates Were Built to FailAfter two rounds of disposable Democratic primary debates, it’s clear that we need a less annoying format and fewer candidates onstage.
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    Frank Rich: Is Acosta Just the First Epstein Enabler to Fall?A bipartisan cesspool of elites allowed Jeffrey Epstein to flourish for years. Now they’re hoping to cover their tracks before we can get answers.
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    Frank Rich: Kamala Harris’s Debate Performance Should Scare TrumpBeyond her dismantling of Joe Biden on Thursday night, she showed off her formidable skill as a prosecutor. That’s likely to unnerve the president.
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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.
  46. 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.
  48. 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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