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PUTIN, ASSAD, TRUMP
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (86 reads)


Whatever happened to the Trump-Putin friendship?

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ROE v WADE: A MODEST PROPOSAL
Monday, March 27, 2017 (148 reads)


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

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TRUMP ON TRUTH
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (174 reads)


Does Trump really understand the difference between fact and fantasy?

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CRAZY?
Monday, February 27, 2017 (550 reads)


Should we call Trump crazy?

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MELTING POT? NOT!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (416 reads)


Trump versus the Constitution.

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INCREDIBLE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (980 reads)


He's tremendous and incredible, what else can I say

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THE TRUMP-PUTIN ROMANCE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (675 reads)


Satirists pounced in the charge that Putin ordered the Democratic Party hacking.

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SATURDAY NIGHT AND TRUMP
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 (831 reads)


Trump is no longer a fan of Saturday Night Live.

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CASTRO AND THE CIA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (988 reads)


The CIA's efforts to kill Fidel Castro read like fake news

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FAKE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (1031 reads)


Lately "fake news" has been in the news.

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HOW? AND WHAT NOW?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (1160 reads)


I just don't understand it, I gave it lots of thought
The pollsters were predicting everything that I had sought.


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BREXIT MEANS BREXIT???
Friday, October 28, 2016 (1255 reads)


"Brexit Means Brexit." But what does that mean?

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THIS DREADUL CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (1466 reads)


Has it really come to this?

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BIRTHISM ABANDONED?
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (1268 reads)


It's official! Trump says Obama born in USA!

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THE PHILIPPINES: A DUTERTE WAR
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (1332 reads)


Even Donald Trump as not as outrageous as the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte.

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TRUMP TRUMPS TRUMP
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 (1255 reads)


Somehow Trump manages to outdo himself

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BORIS JOHNSON: TRUMP WITH CLASS
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (1463 reads)


Boris Johnson is a classier version of Donald Trump.

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TRANSATLANTIC FOLLIES
Thursday, July 14, 2016 (1447 reads)


Has British politics become as inane as ours?

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BREXIT: NOW WHAT?
Saturday, June 25, 2016 (1632 reads)


David Cameron in politics was thought to be a master
And yet he took a gamble that resulted in disaster.


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TRUMP SLUMP?
Tuesday, June 21, 2016 (1796 reads)


This time Trump had a really bad week.

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FAREWELL, TRUMP U?
Saturday, June 04, 2016 (1740 reads)


It wasn't Harvard, Princeton, NYU or MIT

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HILLARY SPEECHES
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (1825 reads)


What's in those Hillary speeches?

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ERDOGAN AND A GOAT
Friday, May 06, 2016 (1813 reads)


A German comedian pushed the limit of satire to annoy a Turkish leader.

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THE PANAMA PAPERS
Monday, April 11, 2016 (2162 reads)


Shock! Horror! International tax evasion! This is news?

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ELECTING THE SUPREME COURT?
Friday, March 25, 2016 (2368 reads)


A major issue in the election: after Scalia, what direction for the Supreme Court?

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TRUMP: THE SAGA CONTINUES
Saturday, March 05, 2016 (2178 reads)


The more he seems offensive and outrageous and absurd
The more Trump by his followers is eagerly preferred.


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BREXIT?
Monday, February 29, 2016 (2329 reads)


What if Britain really leaves the EU?

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SUPREME DEADLOCK
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (2147 reads)


So now, like the rest of the American system, the Supreme Court is deadlocked.

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TRUMPIANA
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (2467 reads)


Still more Trump

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REPUBLICANS AGAIN
Sunday, January 17, 2016 (2565 reads)


Another unpleasant Republican debate.



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ISIS? WHAT CRISIS?
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (2516 reads)


For Saudis and Iranians ISIS is not their main concern.

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WILL IT BE CRUZ V. RUBIO?
Tuesday, January 05, 2016 (2508 reads)


The latest pundit surmise: Cruz v. Rubio

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SAN BERNADINO: A STRATEGY
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (2942 reads)


Here's a strategy (the wrong one) to respond to the San Bernadino attack.

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DEFEATING ISIS: HERE'S HOW
Saturday, December 05, 2015 (3203 reads)


How should we counter ISIS, known as ISIL, or as Daesh?

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DEMOCRATS' DEBATE 2
Sunday, November 22, 2015 (2843 reads)


Hilary tried to relate everything to terrorism, Bernie to the tenth of one per cent.

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Republicans: Debate 3
Sunday, November 15, 2015 (2717 reads)


A different, more friendly, Fox channel.

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WHO'S AHEAD?
Saturday, October 31, 2015 (3060 reads)


The Democratic and Republican polls are shifting again

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING DECENTLY
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (3141 reads)


The first Democratic debate contrasted sharply with its Republican counterparts.

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(HEART)BREAKING NEWS
Thursday, October 08, 2015 (3292 reads)


An update, in case you missed the mostly dreadful news of the last week or so.

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DEBACLE AT VW
Monday, October 05, 2015 (3004 reads)


Volkswagen has been roundly mocked for fixing its pollution testing.

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GOODBYE SYRIA, HELLO EUROPE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (3060 reads)


Is the tragic story of mass migration to Europe a suitable subject for satire?

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BRITISH LABOUR GOES LEFT
Friday, September 18, 2015 (3095 reads)


Has the British Labour Party committed political suicide?

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CHINA CHECKED
Monday, September 07, 2015 (3469 reads)


Slower growth in China led to stock market declines and an eruption of gallows humor.

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BERNIE
Sunday, August 30, 2015 (3682 reads)


Huge crowds cheer -- but not for Trump.

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NOT MORE TRUMP!!!
Saturday, August 15, 2015 (3866 reads)


I thought my blog on Trump last month would be my last on that ridiculous subject. No such luck.

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THE GREXIT THAT WASN'T
Monday, July 27, 2015 (4118 reads)


Just  when almost everyone concluded that a Grexit was imminent they decided it wasn't.

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DUMP TRUMP!
Saturday, July 04, 2015 (4204 reads)


Donald Trump has made it more difficult than ever to separate satire from reality.

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NOT THAT FLAG
Thursday, June 25, 2015 (4316 reads)


What does it take to stop South Carolina from flying the Confederate Flag over its  Capitol?

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THE FALL OF FIFA
Saturday, June 06, 2015 (4907 reads)


Corruption at the highest levels of FIFA led to the indictment of several officials and an eruption of satire.

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REMEMBERING IRAQ
Monday, May 25, 2015 (4849 reads)


On Memorial Day we think about those who fell in the wars of the past. Although we'd just as soon not think about Iraq.

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BRITAIN: ANOTHER BAD DAY FOR POLLSTERS
Friday, May 15, 2015 (5080 reads)


As in the US in 2012 and in the recent Israeli election the pollsters were hopelessly wrong in calling the British election "too close to call.". 

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JUDGES ARE NOT POLITICIANS?
Sunday, May 03, 2015 (4909 reads)


A breakthrough on controlling campaign finance? Hardly.

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BREAKING NEWS
Sunday, April 26, 2015 (4842 reads)


All you need to know about today's big stories

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HILLARY: jUST FOLKS
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (4732 reads)


Hillary entered the race for the presidency with a low-key, demure announcement.

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YOGA PANTS AND MONTANA
Saturday, April 11, 2015 (4833 reads)


They want to ban yoga pants in Montana.

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GAY MARRIAGE AND INDIANA
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 (4945 reads)


"Was I expecting this kind of backlash?" asked The Indiana governor. "Heavens, no!

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LAMPOONING TED CRUZ
Thursday, April 02, 2015 (4812 reads)


Ted Cruz is a prime target of ridicule by massed ranks of satirists.

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BIBI'S BACK
Saturday, March 28, 2015 (4869 reads)


In both the U.S. and Israel the 2015 Israeli election provided an abundance of satirical material. 

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HILLARY'S EMAILS
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (5113 reads)


Even before she announces her candidacy Hillary Clinton faces an e-mail crisis. 

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EXIT JON STEWART
Thursday, February 26, 2015 (4971 reads)


Jon Stewart prepares to leave "The Daily Show" -- a great but not fatal blow to political satire. 

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DECONSTRUCTING BRIAN WILLIAMS
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (5207 reads)


Brian Williams made himself the butt of a flood of ridicule when he misremembered his Iraq experiences.

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AGAIN, MEASLES
Monday, February 09, 2015 (5436 reads)


After the climate deniers come the inoculation deniers.

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OBAMA RESURGENT
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (5621 reads)


Democrats were delighted: Obama had come out of his shell. Republicans scoffed. 

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CLIMATE AND THE SKEPTICS
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 (5245 reads)


According to most scientists global warming presents a serious threat to the future of the human race. Yet there are "deniers" -- who are the target of a great deal of satire. 

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WHICH MITT?
Friday, January 23, 2015 (5427 reads)


Is Mitt Romney serious? Is he really going to run again?

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CHARLIE HEBDO: SATIRE AND MURDER
Monday, January 12, 2015 (5445 reads)


The satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, delighted in being offensive, especially toward Mohammad. The resulting murder of its staff raises fundamental questions about the media's response to attacks on free expression. 

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OIL PRICES: HOLD THE CELEBRATIONS
Saturday, January 03, 2015 (5308 reads)


The sharp drop in oil prices is good news -- but not for everyone. 

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SATIRIZING SONY
Saturday, December 27, 2014 (5443 reads)


So free expression was preserved after all. "The Interview" was shown on Christmas day despite the initial cancellation of its nation-wide booking by Sony and a number of movie chains.

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SATIRE AND THE CIA
Thursday, December 18, 2014 (5208 reads)


The report of a Senate committee on alleged torture by the CIA provoked a storm of controversy and a deluge of satire.

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THAT EXECUTIVE ORDER
Saturday, December 06, 2014 (5647 reads)


Obama's Excutive Order on immigration provoked outrage from conservatives and satire pro and con.  

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NEUTERING NET NEUTRALITY?
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 (5573 reads)


Net neutrality, dspite its arcane, technical content, has become a frequent topic for popular satirists.

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MID-TERM BLUES
Friday, November 14, 2014 (5493 reads)


Who's to blame for the crushing Democratic losses in the mid-term elections?

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SATIRE IN IRAQ
Thursday, November 06, 2014 (5696 reads)


The rise of ISIS has provoked an outpouring of satire within Iraq. 

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FEARING EBOLA
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (5587 reads)


The fearful response to the Ebola outbreak has provoked some satirists to sardonic wit.

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OCCUPYING HONG HONG
Friday, October 24, 2014 (5563 reads)


Occupying the business and government districts of Hong Kong has been accompanuied by a flood of satire.

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SECRET SERVICE: THE SATIRE
Friday, October 10, 2014 (5610 reads)


The Secret Service has undergone a humiliating downgrading of its reputation. 

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RE-NAMING REDSKINS?
Friday, October 03, 2014 (5740 reads)


The Washington Redskins name has become a subject of intense controversy, and satirists have been caught up in the argument.

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SCOTLAND VOTES NAE
Friday, September 26, 2014 (5714 reads)


Scotland will not be independent. But the vote raises awkward questions for the future.

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POSITIVELY, NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND!
Saturday, September 20, 2014 (5662 reads)


While American satirists mocked Obama's new anti-ISIS strategy, Middle Eastern satirists ridiculed ISIS. 

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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IN ROTHERHAM
Friday, September 12, 2014 (5864 reads)


The cover-up of a pedophilia scandal in Rotherham, England, unleashed a storm of criticism as a gross example of political correctness.

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STRATEGY? WHAT STRATEGY?
Monday, September 08, 2014 (5853 reads)


Obama was mocked for saying: "We don't have a strategy yet." But what exactly would this strategy be?

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FURY IN FERGUSON
Monday, August 25, 2014 (6165 reads)


The demonstrations and riots in Ferguson provoked satire on two issues -- race and the militirization of police.

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IS ISIS IS?
Friday, August 22, 2014 (5849 reads)


Satire thrives on ironies -- and Iraq has been a continuing ironic gift to satirists.

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INTERPRETING GAZA
Friday, August 15, 2014 (5941 reads)


Both sides in the Israeli-Gaza conflict have been the targets of fusillades of satire.

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THE BATTLE OF THE BORDER
Sunday, August 10, 2014 (5790 reads)


A large increase in the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border has set off a new, bad-tempered debate over the still-unmoving issue of immigration.

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PLEASE, NOT IMPEACHMENT
Saturday, August 02, 2014 (6500 reads)


Republicans in the House voted to sue Obama, while making it absolutely, transparently clear that they will not consider impeachment.

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (16954 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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