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Trump’s armed boys: malevolence tempered by incompetence. Again and always

Early on, my cousin, Ben Wittes, came up with “malevolence tempered by incompetence,” to describe the Trump administration, and Trump himself. As we view videos and news coverage of overweight masked white men garbed in “uniforms” which apparently have some … Continue reading

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Are we smart enough to know how stupid Trump is?

My reading at night is sequential — about four books, a chapter or perhaps more in each before I close that book and pick up the next one. A week or so ago, in my nighttime fashion, I found myself … Continue reading

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Animal news! from Franklin Roosevelt! re Alaska bears!

In Susan Hennessey and Ben Wittes’ terrific new book, Unmaking The Presidency, they discuss the history and roles of our federal government’s large agencies and how presidents have employed, attempted to avoid and kvetched about them. “What happens,” they write, … Continue reading

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