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THE PEOPLE, MAYBE
Saturday, November 09, 2019 (70 reads)


Democracy in trouble.

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"PERFECT"
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (122 reads)


Impeachment -- then and now.

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ONE COUNTRY FOUR SYSTEMS
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 (164 reads)


Hong Kong v China

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Dumb
Saturday, September 21, 2019 (389 reads)


He says he's really smart.

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WHY THE G7?
Sunday, September 01, 2019 (574 reads)


Trump v. the G7

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MUELLER SPOKE!!!
Monday, August 12, 2019 (642 reads)


Another Mueller disappointment.

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GOODBYE THERESA, HELLO BORIS
Monday, August 05, 2019 (670 reads)


Will Johnson be a Winston or a May?

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RACIST TRUMP?
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 (973 reads)


Is Donald Trump a racist?

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THE EMBASSADOR REGRETS
Monday, July 15, 2019 (1102 reads)


Farewell, British Ambassador

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING
Saturday, July 06, 2019 (1088 reads)


Too many debaters

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A BETTER TRUMP?
Thursday, June 27, 2019 (1073 reads)


Is a better Trump possible?

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A TIME FOR BILLIONAIRES
Friday, June 07, 2019 (1233 reads)


In America today it's not enough to be a millionaire.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: THAT'S FUNNY?
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (1307 reads)


Laughing all the way to extinction.

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IMPEACH OR ???
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 (1319 reads)


One way or the other.

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ARE WE FULL?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (1401 reads)


No, we're not nearly full

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NO COLLUSION?
Sunday, March 31, 2019 (1631 reads)


No collusion? And what about obstruction?

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THE SELLING OF HIGHER ED
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (1575 reads)


The universities' admissions scam.

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WHO'S NOT LYING?
Friday, March 08, 2019 (1813 reads)


Who, if anyone, is not lying?

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EMERGENCY!!!!
Monday, February 18, 2019 (1882 reads)


What's The Emergency?

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BREXIT BLUES
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (2195 reads)


Almost as bad as us.

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SHUT IT DOWN!
Sunday, December 30, 2018 (2022 reads)


We're shutting down the government
Said Trump it makes me proud.


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MURDER MOST FOUL
Saturday, December 08, 2018 (2078 reads)


The Saudis join the 21st century.

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THE MID-TERMS
Friday, November 16, 2018 (2102 reads)


Definitely a blue wave.

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PITTSBURGH
Thursday, November 01, 2018 (2482 reads)


And now -- the Jews.

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IT'S OVER
Friday, October 12, 2018 (2270 reads)


Kavanaugh's appointed -- was there ever any doubt?

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WHAT A WEEK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (2445 reads)


An incredible week, even by Trump's standard.

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RACISM, BRITISH STYLE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (2641 reads)


Both British parties are caught up in charges of racism.

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FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (2441 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

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"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (2511 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

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TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (2785 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

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BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (2871 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

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GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (2969 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

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NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (2809 reads)


A quick round-up of world news, mostly bad.

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TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (3151 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

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TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (2650 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

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JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (2997 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

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BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (2908 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

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THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (3237 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

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GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (2818 reads)


Is the mass murder of children a fit subject for satire?

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A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (3142 reads)


Already they're claiming he's told a thousand lies.

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SHITHOLERY
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (3158 reads)


Suddenly the word is everywhere.

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STABLE GENIUS
Monday, January 08, 2018 (3221 reads)


It's official: Trump is a stable genius!

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TAX DEFORM
Monday, December 25, 2017 (3734 reads)


What this country needs -- tax cuts for the rich.

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ALABAMA!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 (3324 reads)


It really happened in Alabama!

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GROPINGS
Friday, November 24, 2017 (3521 reads)


Sex and politics, again.

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TWO COUPS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 (3719 reads)


Upheaval in Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

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THE JIMMY KIMMEL FACTOR
Saturday, October 21, 2017 (3475 reads)


Obamacare and Jimmy Kimmel

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TILLERSON OR TRUMP?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (3555 reads)


Tillerson v Kim and Trump

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THE KIM AND DON SHOW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (4034 reads)


What do we do about North Korea?

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HASSLES OVER HARVEY
Monday, September 04, 2017 (3745 reads)


Angry controversies over Hurricane Harvey.

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EVEN-HANDED?
Friday, August 18, 2017 (4438 reads)


Here's the new, unbiased, fact-driven Trump.

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Weak!
Saturday, August 05, 2017 (3907 reads)


Call him anything -- but don't say he's weak!

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I LOVE IT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (4086 reads)


Donald Trump II said he loved it.

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GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (4390 reads)


Trump convened a Cabinet meeting that turned into an extraordinary exhibition of groveling.

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THERESA MAY (NOT)
Sunday, June 11, 2017 (4239 reads)


Theresa May's embarrassment is a further illustration of the fact that the British, too, are making a mess of their politics.

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GROSSER THAN TRUMP?
Friday, June 02, 2017 (4649 reads)


What happened when a comedienne tried to be grosser than Donald Trump.

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HE LOVES THOSE SAUDIS
Monday, May 29, 2017 (4059 reads)


For all his repeated denunciations of Islam, Trump's first presidential trip abroad was to Saudi Arabia.  

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TRUMP IN TROUBLE
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (4729 reads)


Trump is out of the country but not out of trouble.

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WHY ARE THEY TALKING OF WATERGATE?
Sunday, May 14, 2017 (4937 reads)


Suddenly Trump's mention of tapes in the White House has everyone talking about Watergate. 

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FOREIGN FRIENDS OF TRUMP
Saturday, May 06, 2017 (4458 reads)


High on the list of friends of Trump are the Philippine's Duterte and Turkey's Erdogan.

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100 DAYS: SURVIVING TRUMP
Tuesday, May 02, 2017 (4802 reads)


100 days: which is the reality, which the satire?

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PUTIN, ASSAD, TRUMP
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (5550 reads)


Whatever happened to the Trump-Putin friendship?

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ROE v WADE: A MODEST PROPOSAL
Monday, March 27, 2017 (5165 reads)


In the Texas legislature a satirical proposal: fines for male masturbation.

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TRUMP ON TRUTH
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (5094 reads)


Does Trump really understand the difference between fact and fantasy?

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CRAZY?
Monday, February 27, 2017 (5695 reads)


Should we call Trump crazy?

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (22505 reads)


SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE?  1-18-2011 

The Arizona shooting has added more and more voices to the demand to restore civility to political discourse. Over and over we hear the demand to stop the vitriolic exchange of insults driven by mutual hostility.

What does this mean for political satire? By definition, satire is hostile and offensive. Even Art Buchwald, whose satire was relatively mellow and genial, said “Satire is malicious”.  Holding people up to ridicule is not a friendly act. It doesn’t seem consistent with the proposal to lower the temperature of political discourse. So should satirists now blunt the edge of their wit when commenting on political issues and leaders?



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