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    Frank Rich: Trump’s Frantic Summer — Salesmanship or Mania?So, in the three-month countdown to Election Day, it’s come to this.
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    Frank Rich: The Trump Campaign’s Gross Political MalpracticeLast weekend’s disastrous rally revealed just how unequipped the president is to take on Joe Biden.
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    Frank Rich: The Folly of Trump’s Bolton LawsuitThe president would have been wise to ignore his latest nemesis’s new book. He chose a different route.
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    Frank Rich: What Trump Will Do to WinHe’s down in the polls that he insists are fake. But Georgia’s chaotic election offers a blueprint for success.
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    Frank Rich: America’s Eternal Battle With ItselfThe country’s latest existential struggle over race brings to mind 1968 — and 1868.
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    Frank Rich: Trump vs. Twitter Is No ContestThe president’s constant lies will overpower any attempt at fact-checking — plus, he gets to play the victim.
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    Frank Rich: ‘Obamagate’ Means Trump Is DesperateThe president is trying to make a beyond incoherent conspiracy relevant because he’s nervous about his flailing campaign.
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    Frank Rich: MAGA vs. COVIDCoronavirus is hitting Trump country hard. The president doesn’t care.
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    Frank Rich: The Casualties of a ‘Wartime Presidency’Trump’s insistence on absolute fealty from medical experts continues to put the public in danger.
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    Frank Rich: Trump’s War on the StatesThe president can’t tell governors when to reopen society. But he can whip his supporters into a tea party–style frenzy.
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    Frank Rich: John Roberts’s Wisconsin ShameThe Chief Justice’s latest assault on minority voting rights does not bode well for November.
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    Frank Rich: Trump’s Potemkin RecoveryThe president doesn’t have a plan to combat the pandemic, so he keeps creating phony ones.
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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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