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DEADLOCK IN ISRAEL
Friday, January 17, 2020 (6 reads)


Election deadlock in Israel

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BORIS AND BREXIT
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (130 reads)


A triumph for Boris: now comes the hard part.

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ACCORDING TO FOX
Monday, November 25, 2019 (183 reads)


More testimony on impeachment.



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THE PEOPLE, MAYBE
Saturday, November 09, 2019 (258 reads)


Democracy in trouble.

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"PERFECT"
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (369 reads)


Impeachment -- then and now.

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ONE COUNTRY FOUR SYSTEMS
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 (372 reads)


Hong Kong v China

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Dumb
Saturday, September 21, 2019 (677 reads)


He says he's really smart.

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WHY THE G7?
Sunday, September 01, 2019 (860 reads)


Trump v. the G7

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MUELLER SPOKE!!!
Monday, August 12, 2019 (948 reads)


Another Mueller disappointment.

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GOODBYE THERESA, HELLO BORIS
Monday, August 05, 2019 (955 reads)


Will Johnson be a Winston or a May?

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RACIST TRUMP?
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 (1258 reads)


Is Donald Trump a racist?

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THE EMBASSADOR REGRETS
Monday, July 15, 2019 (1422 reads)


Farewell, British Ambassador

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING
Saturday, July 06, 2019 (1442 reads)


Too many debaters

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A BETTER TRUMP?
Thursday, June 27, 2019 (1358 reads)


Is a better Trump possible?

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A TIME FOR BILLIONAIRES
Friday, June 07, 2019 (1617 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 (1617 reads)


Laughing all the way to extinction.

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IMPEACH OR ???
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 (1642 reads)


One way or the other.

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ARE WE FULL?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (1723 reads)


No, we're not nearly full

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NO COLLUSION?
Sunday, March 31, 2019 (1978 reads)


No collusion? And what about obstruction?

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THE SELLING OF HIGHER ED
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (1996 reads)


The universities' admissions scam.

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WHO'S NOT LYING?
Friday, March 08, 2019 (2182 reads)


Who, if anyone, is not lying?

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EMERGENCY!!!!
Monday, February 18, 2019 (2241 reads)


What's The Emergency?

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BREXIT BLUES
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (2595 reads)


Almost as bad as us.

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SHUT IT DOWN!
Sunday, December 30, 2018 (2432 reads)


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


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MURDER MOST FOUL
Saturday, December 08, 2018 (2451 reads)


The Saudis join the 21st century.

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THE MID-TERMS
Friday, November 16, 2018 (2490 reads)


Definitely a blue wave.

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PITTSBURGH
Thursday, November 01, 2018 (2852 reads)


And now -- the Jews.

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IT'S OVER
Friday, October 12, 2018 (2650 reads)


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

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WHAT A WEEK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (2877 reads)


An incredible week, even by Trump's standard.

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RACISM, BRITISH STYLE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (3055 reads)


Both British parties are caught up in charges of racism.

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FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (2892 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

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"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (2903 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

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TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (3177 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

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BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (3323 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

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GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (3388 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

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NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (3183 reads)


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

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TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (3526 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

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TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (2914 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

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JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (3404 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

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BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (3175 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

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THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (3617 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

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GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (3106 reads)


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

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A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (3447 reads)


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

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SHITHOLERY
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (3538 reads)


Suddenly the word is everywhere.

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STABLE GENIUS
Monday, January 08, 2018 (3490 reads)


It's official: Trump is a stable genius!

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TAX DEFORM
Monday, December 25, 2017 (4015 reads)


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

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ALABAMA!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 (3580 reads)


It really happened in Alabama!

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GROPINGS
Friday, November 24, 2017 (3838 reads)


Sex and politics, again.

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TWO COUPS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 (4098 reads)


Upheaval in Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

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THE JIMMY KIMMEL FACTOR
Saturday, October 21, 2017 (3746 reads)


Obamacare and Jimmy Kimmel

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TILLERSON OR TRUMP?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (3838 reads)


Tillerson v Kim and Trump

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THE KIM AND DON SHOW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (4515 reads)


What do we do about North Korea?

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HASSLES OVER HARVEY
Monday, September 04, 2017 (3985 reads)


Angry controversies over Hurricane Harvey.

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EVEN-HANDED?
Friday, August 18, 2017 (4892 reads)


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

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Weak!
Saturday, August 05, 2017 (4169 reads)


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

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I LOVE IT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (4508 reads)


Donald Trump II said he loved it.

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GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (4773 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 (4510 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 (5046 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 (4317 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 (5084 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 (5359 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 (4736 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 (5096 reads)


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

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (22952 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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