Donald Trump needs a lesson on the talents of Philip Freneau

  President Trump’s incessant whining about the sins of the news media is fraught with naivete, especially when he invokes the words of Thomas Jefferson on his side of the argument. Yes, Jefferson was a bitter critic of newspapers in his time, but he was hypocritical about it. He didn’t like it when a paper that supported his political foes picked on him, so he helped establish a rival paper, the Gazette of the United States, to fight back. Jefferson was secretary of state at the time, and he hired a hatchetman named Philip...

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A month later, Trump is still unpopular

    Donald Trump became president of the United States one month ago today, and his approval rating at this late date is weaker than that of any previous chief executive in the history of political polling. Trump’s numbers have been in negative territory for several months, since well before he took office. Oh sure, he can say that he’s doing comparatively well in the Rasmussen poll at a 55 percent approval rating, but the more reputable polls from Gallup and Pew have him at 40 and 38 percent, respectively. Rasmussen is...

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Trump can’t face certain indisputable facts

  To me, the most fascinating aspect of President Trump’s news conference today was his pathological denial that the margin of his victory in the November election was relatively slim. Trump has stubbornly pretended over the past three months that his win over Hillary Clinton was nothing less than a solid thumping. But, of course, it wasn’t. His first reaction to news that Clinton received 2.8 million more popular votes than he did was to claim that the numbers were skewed by widespread fraud. Of course, there isn’t a...

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Trump’s ties to Putin will be his undoing

  Donald Trump’s gentle release of national security adviser Michael  Flynn from his team is just a charade intended to forestall a serious investigation into his administration’s unsavory connections to Russian boss Vladimir Putin’s murderous regime. In the long run, the effort is doomed to failure. Not that it matters much to Putin. What does he have to lose? Is America going to nuke his country?  Don’t count on it. My evidence on all of this is circumstantial, perhaps even superficial in some respects —...

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For Donald Trump: My favorite Frederick Douglass story

  President Trump marked the start of Black History Month one morning last week by hosting a small White House gathering of his African-American friends, where he made perfunctory mention of a legendary personage with whom he apparently has no familiarity whatever. Said Trump: “Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” What? How vacuous can one get? It’s as if the president thinks Douglass is still living. David A. Graham of The...

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