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JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (13 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

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BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (166 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

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THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (363 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

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GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (381 reads)


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

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A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (446 reads)


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

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SHITHOLERY
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (514 reads)


Suddenly the word is everywhere.

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STABLE GENIUS
Monday, January 08, 2018 (611 reads)


It's official: Trump is a stable genius!

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TAX DEFORM
Monday, December 25, 2017 (677 reads)


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

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ALABAMA!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 (662 reads)


It really happened in Alabama!

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GROPINGS
Friday, November 24, 2017 (739 reads)


Sex and politics, again.

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TWO COUPS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 (726 reads)


Upheaval in Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

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THE JIMMY KIMMEL FACTOR
Saturday, October 21, 2017 (880 reads)


Obamacare and Jimmy Kimmel

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TILLERSON OR TRUMP?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (968 reads)


Tillerson v Kim and Trump

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THE KIM AND DON SHOW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (984 reads)


What do we do about North Korea?

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HASSLES OVER HARVEY
Monday, September 04, 2017 (1173 reads)


Angry controversies over Hurricane Harvey.

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EVEN-HANDED?
Friday, August 18, 2017 (1167 reads)


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

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Weak!
Saturday, August 05, 2017 (1335 reads)


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

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I LOVE IT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (1329 reads)


Donald Trump II said he loved it.

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GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (1390 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 (1499 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 (1532 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 (1626 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 (1499 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 (1982 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 (1825 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 (2130 reads)


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

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PUTIN, ASSAD, TRUMP
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (2553 reads)


Whatever happened to the Trump-Putin friendship?

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ROE v WADE: A MODEST PROPOSAL
Monday, March 27, 2017 (2424 reads)


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

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TRUMP ON TRUTH
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (2383 reads)


Does Trump really understand the difference between fact and fantasy?

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CRAZY?
Monday, February 27, 2017 (2643 reads)


Should we call Trump crazy?

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MELTING POT? NOT!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (2334 reads)


Trump versus the Constitution.

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INCREDIBLE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (3266 reads)


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

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THE TRUMP-PUTIN ROMANCE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (2639 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 (2902 reads)


Trump is no longer a fan of Saturday Night Live.

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CASTRO AND THE CIA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (2958 reads)


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

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FAKE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (3018 reads)


Lately "fake news" has been in the news.

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HOW? AND WHAT NOW?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (3220 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 (3307 reads)


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

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THIS DREADUL CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (3601 reads)


Has it really come to this?

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BIRTHISM ABANDONED?
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (3139 reads)


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

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THE PHILIPPINES: A DUTERTE WAR
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (3304 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 (3231 reads)


Somehow Trump manages to outdo himself

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BORIS JOHNSON: TRUMP WITH CLASS
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (3568 reads)


Boris Johnson is a classier version of Donald Trump.

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TRANSATLANTIC FOLLIES
Thursday, July 14, 2016 (3539 reads)


Has British politics become as inane as ours?

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BREXIT: NOW WHAT?
Saturday, June 25, 2016 (3686 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 (3915 reads)


This time Trump had a really bad week.

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FAREWELL, TRUMP U?
Saturday, June 04, 2016 (3893 reads)


It wasn't Harvard, Princeton, NYU or MIT

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HILLARY SPEECHES
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (4026 reads)


What's in those Hillary speeches?

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ERDOGAN AND A GOAT
Friday, May 06, 2016 (3830 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 (4246 reads)


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

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ELECTING THE SUPREME COURT?
Friday, March 25, 2016 (4545 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 (4259 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 (4573 reads)


What if Britain really leaves the EU?

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SUPREME DEADLOCK
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (4186 reads)


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

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TRUMPIANA
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (4450 reads)


Still more Trump

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REPUBLICANS AGAIN
Sunday, January 17, 2016 (4629 reads)


Another unpleasant Republican debate.



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ISIS? WHAT CRISIS?
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (4661 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 (4592 reads)


The latest pundit surmise: Cruz v. Rubio

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SAN BERNADINO: A STRATEGY
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (5032 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 (5387 reads)


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

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DEMOCRATS' DEBATE 2
Sunday, November 22, 2015 (4799 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 (4713 reads)


A different, more friendly, Fox channel.

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WHO'S AHEAD?
Saturday, October 31, 2015 (5016 reads)


The Democratic and Republican polls are shifting again

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING DECENTLY
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (5160 reads)


The first Democratic debate contrasted sharply with its Republican counterparts.

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(HEART)BREAKING NEWS
Thursday, October 08, 2015 (5546 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 (5042 reads)


Volkswagen has been roundly mocked for fixing its pollution testing.

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GOODBYE SYRIA, HELLO EUROPE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (5035 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 (5043 reads)


Has the British Labour Party committed political suicide?

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CHINA CHECKED
Monday, September 07, 2015 (5372 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 (5639 reads)


Huge crowds cheer -- but not for Trump.

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NOT MORE TRUMP!!!
Saturday, August 15, 2015 (5906 reads)


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

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (19392 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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