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  • The Secret Service hustled Vice President Pence out of the Senate chamber before rioters, chanting “Hang Mike Pence,” burst in. If they had tried to grab Pence, the Secret Service would have had to — by law — shoot them. That could ...
  • What can be done? Nothing. That’s what’s so frustrating. President Trump’s second impeachment by the House is largely symbolic. Senate Majority Leader McConnell will not reconvene the Senate before January 19, making ...
  • 1. Aristotle and Thucydides saw how demagogues seduce the masses but end up destroying themselves and their city-state. Pathological narcissists, they accumulate power without limits. Plato observed that there are no sane tyrants....
  • President Biden’s best inaugural address would briefly give thanks and review the pandemic’s acceleration. By then, we could have 400,000 dead. Next, on the podium, Biden should publicly sign three or so measures taking ...
  • Incoming presidents often proclaim that they intend to concentrate on domestic affairs and not get distracted by foreign policy. All agree that President Biden must focus on the pandemic and attendant economic troubles. But foreign- ...
  • Michael G. Roskin: Unmasking the Polls
    This year’s polls were so bad I almost turned in my political-science license. Reputable surveys had given Biden an average lead of 8 percentage points; he won with 4. Such a 4-point miss (even bigger in House and Senate races) casts ...
  • Many books ex-Trump officials will soon write will go something like this. (Note: this is a spoof.) Finally I can detail how bad it was working inside the Trump administration. Worse than you could imagine. If it weren’t for self-sacrificing ...
  • This year’s election refuted several widely held myths: Polling has been fixed. No it hasn’t. As in 2016, polls underestimated the Republican vote by several percentage points — most notably in the victory of Maine Senator ...
  • Darlene, please call the Republican National Committee. They’ve phoned me several times asking for you. When I tell them you aren’t here, they break into a fund-raising spiel. I suspect they’ve used this opening on many Americans....
  • Taiwan blinked as an election issue but was quickly forgotten. It should have been bigger, as it could soon force us into difficult choices. True, foreign policy seldom figures much in U.S. elections, true again this year. We have no ...
  • “A republic, if you can keep it,” Ben Franklin famously described the new Constitution in 1787. Well, can the Republicans keep it, or will they let it slide into authoritarianism? I, like Franklin, am an optimist, but GOP senators will have to ...
  • For months, the Department of Homeland Security has known about Russia’s election interference but kept it secret, a whistleblower reveals, because the White House told them to. The department failed to provide homeland security ...
  • Since the 1950s, anti-Russian accusations have switched parties. Back then, Republicans denounced Democrats as serving Moscow. Now Democrats bash Republicans for the same: You traitors! Fun, isn’t it? Well, turnabout is fair play....
  • Imagine a beach resort where a tsunami is about to hit. Just before, the sea recedes a couple hundred yards. People are amazed and venture out among the seaweed and stranded fish. They do not understand that this signals a ...
  • Michael G. Roskin: Schweik Lives
    A biting novel from the early 1920s suggests how federal officials may be handling Trump’s rants and reversals. Czech author Jaroslav Hasek wrote “The Good Soldier Schweik” based on his absurd experiences in the ...
  • First level: “Black Lives Matter.” Good. Next level: “Black VOTES Matter.” Much better. Getting from one to the other is the trick. If Democrats can pull protests away from statue-toppling, defunding police and looting downtowns ...
  • Russian bounties paid to kill American servicemen is headline news, but perhaps more important is who leaked the story and why. By calling out President Trump, highly placed officials — who could be Trump appointees ...
  • Self-isolating encourages you to read those big, serious books you always meant to but hadn’t the time for. Now you do. From yard sales, eBay and your own shelves, you pick well-regarded works a few years old and see how ...
  • There is little, alas, the United States can do to stop China from throttling Hong Kong. Beijing never intended to keep its pledge that the 1997 hand-back would allow Hong Kong autonomy for 50 years. At the present rate, it could be ...
  • This pandemic — expect one every few years — is accelerating America’s transformation. Trends that had been under way for years now pop up. Some changes will pass, but many will remain. The post-coronavirus world will likely be ...
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