Posted on Jun 20, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Trump Declares Victory Over Trump’s Internment Camp Policy

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You aren’t losing your mind. It’s important to remind ourselves occasionally that observable reality remains the truth, and that the centerpiece of Donald Trump’s political strategy is to make you believe it’s not him who’s lying and contradicting himself, it’s your lying eyes — it’s your fault. Wednesday, Trump signed an executive order ending his administration’s policy, enacted in April, of separating the children of migrants and asylum seekers...

Posted on Jun 18, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Importance Of Remaining Positive

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Every now and then, I am overcome by an all encompassing sense of dread and panic. The realities of the Trump administration’s vicious war on the American public, the environment, and our sense of reality sets in and I can’t help but feel completely hopeless. With the Democrats out of power and the Republican Party controlling every branch of government, it seems there is little that can be done...

Posted on Jun 15, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Extraordinary Legacy Of Mister Rogers

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I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood but didn’t quite understand how extraordinary both it and its host, Fred Rogers, were until I saw Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Neville, who previously documented the 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley in his film Best of Enemies, set his sights on a different kind of communicator, one less obsessed with scoring against his enemies than with teaching young...

Posted on Jun 13, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: We’re Far Less Safe After Trump’s Non-Deal Deal With Kim Jong-un

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The reason great dealmakers don’t openly celebrate a deal, especially one that isn’t complete, is because it shows weakness to the other side. Donald Trump is therefore the weakest dealmaker in recent memory, and his alleged “deal” with Kim Jong-un isn’t a deal at all, made worse by Trump’s frenetic effort to characterize both the deal and Kim himself as the greatest things ever. By the way, the first...

Posted on Jun 07, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Top Three Most Annoying Things About How Pundits Are Covering The Midterms

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With Tuesday’s primary elections in Iowa, Alabama, California and elsewhere fully in the can, we can declare this week to be the official launch of the 2018 midterm election season. While I’m not getting happy, I’m feeling similarly to many anti-Trumpers who are eagerly awaiting election day with a degree of anticipation that feels not unlike, I don’t know, almost falling backwards in a chair by why of Christmas...

Posted on Jun 05, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Sad Downfall Of Seymour Hersh

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With his memoir Reporter being released today, Seymour Hersh finds himself once again in the news as journalists sing his praises. However, as they appraise his life’s work, they must take into account his dark side. Over the past decade Hersh has grown increasingly conspiratorial and untrustworthy in his reporting, adopting bizarre theories that threaten to seriously compromise his legacy and do not befit a person of his stature. ...