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MELTING POT? NOT!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (44 reads)


Trump versus the Constitution.

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INCREDIBLE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (136 reads)


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

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THE TRUMP-PUTIN ROMANCE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (335 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 (416 reads)


Trump is no longer a fan of Saturday Night Live.

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CASTRO AND THE CIA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (580 reads)


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

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FAKE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (598 reads)


Lately "fake news" has been in the news.

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HOW? AND WHAT NOW?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (759 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 (840 reads)


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

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THIS DREADUL CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (1023 reads)


Has it really come to this?

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BIRTHISM ABANDONED?
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (875 reads)


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

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THE PHILIPPINES: A DUTERTE WAR
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (931 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 (917 reads)


Somehow Trump manages to outdo himself

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BORIS JOHNSON: TRUMP WITH CLASS
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (1056 reads)


Boris Johnson is a classier version of Donald Trump.

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TRANSATLANTIC FOLLIES
Thursday, July 14, 2016 (1083 reads)


Has British politics become as inane as ours?

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BREXIT: NOW WHAT?
Saturday, June 25, 2016 (1246 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 (1373 reads)


This time Trump had a really bad week.

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FAREWELL, TRUMP U?
Saturday, June 04, 2016 (1353 reads)


It wasn't Harvard, Princeton, NYU or MIT

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HILLARY SPEECHES
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (1262 reads)


What's in those Hillary speeches?

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ERDOGAN AND A GOAT
Friday, May 06, 2016 (1380 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 (1738 reads)


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

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ELECTING THE SUPREME COURT?
Friday, March 25, 2016 (1957 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 (1804 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 (1887 reads)


What if Britain really leaves the EU?

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SUPREME DEADLOCK
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (1768 reads)


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

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TRUMPIANA
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (2107 reads)


Still more Trump

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REPUBLICANS AGAIN
Sunday, January 17, 2016 (2173 reads)


Another unpleasant Republic debate.



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ISIS? WHAT CRISIS?
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (2142 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 (2135 reads)


The latest pundit surmise: Cruz v. Rubio

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SAN BERNADINO: A STRATEGY
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (2583 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 (2811 reads)


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

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DEMOCRATS' DEBATE 2
Sunday, November 22, 2015 (2456 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 (2384 reads)


A different, more friendly, Fox channel.

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WHO'S AHEAD?
Saturday, October 31, 2015 (2649 reads)


The Democratic and Republican polls are shifting again

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING DECENTLY
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (2735 reads)


The first Democratic debate contrasted sharply with its Republican counterparts.

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(HEART)BREAKING NEWS
Thursday, October 08, 2015 (2896 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 (2658 reads)


Volkswagen has been roundly mocked for fixing its pollution testing.

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GOODBYE SYRIA, HELLO EUROPE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (2718 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 (2756 reads)


Has the British Labour Party committed political suicide?

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CHINA CHECKED
Monday, September 07, 2015 (3112 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 (3313 reads)


Huge crowds cheer -- but not for Trump.

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NOT MORE TRUMP!!!
Saturday, August 15, 2015 (3388 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 (3756 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 (3825 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 (3868 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 (4462 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 (4459 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 (4630 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 (4352 reads)


A breakthrough on controlling campaign finance? Hardly.

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BREAKING NEWS
Sunday, April 26, 2015 (4486 reads)


All you need to know about today's big stories

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HILLARY: jUST FOLKS
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (4368 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 (4426 reads)


They want to ban yoga pants in Montana.

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GAY MARRIAGE AND INDIANA
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 (4539 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 (4433 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 (4503 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 (4741 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 (4611 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 (4776 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 (5067 reads)


After the climate deniers come the inoculation deniers.

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OBAMA RESURGENT
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (5226 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 (4880 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 (4993 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 (5071 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 (4967 reads)


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

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SATIRIZING SONY
Saturday, December 27, 2014 (4989 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 (4765 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 (5240 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 (5218 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 (5135 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 (5325 reads)


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

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FEARING EBOLA
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (5211 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 (5207 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 (5176 reads)


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

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RE-NAMING REDSKINS?
Friday, October 03, 2014 (5210 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 (5270 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 (5297 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 (5506 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 (5454 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 (5822 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 (5455 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 (5572 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 (5322 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 (6126 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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WORLD CUP WOES 2022
Sunday, July 27, 2014 (5503 reads)


The 2014 World Cup in Brazil had been a bonanza for satirists. 2020 in Qatar promises to provide even more targets for mockery.  

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WORLD CUP WOES 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014 (5378 reads)


Despite initial protests against the plans for the huge expenditures on the 2014 World Club, Brazil received international plaudits for its hosting the games. But everywhere it was mocked for its team's miserable performance. 

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DECIPHERING HOBBY LOBBY
Monday, July 14, 2014 (5975 reads)


Justice Ginsberg disagrees with Justice Alito that the application of the  Hobby Lobby decision is strictly limited. Liberal and conservative satirists line up accordingly.

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POOR HILLARY
Sunday, July 06, 2014 (5981 reads)


Hillary Clinton is finding it difficult to adjust to the fact that she is "well off."

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CASTING OUT CANTOR
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 (6284 reads)


incredible! The House Majority Leader defeated in a primary by a Tea Party nonentity

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CAUGHT IN THE COVER-UP
Monday, June 16, 2014 (6033 reads)


The VA and GM scandals are twin reminders of the reality that trying to conceal your blunders is worse than the blunders themselves.

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SATIRIZING SISI
Saturday, June 07, 2014 (6379 reads)


Back to square one in Egypt

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UNUNITED EUROPE
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 (7065 reads)


The European Union elections have provided satirists with a cornucopia of targets.

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (16563 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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