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THE KIM AND DON SHOW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (23 reads)


What do we do about North Korea?

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HASSLES OVER HARVEY
Monday, September 04, 2017 (147 reads)


Angry controversies over Hurricane Harvey.

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EVEN-HANDED?
Friday, August 18, 2017 (213 reads)


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

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Weak!
Saturday, August 05, 2017 (384 reads)


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

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I LOVE IT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (393 reads)


Donald Trump II said he loved it.

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GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (455 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 (598 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 (635 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 (708 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 (534 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 (912 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 (806 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 (1026 reads)


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

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PUTIN, ASSAD, TRUMP
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (1419 reads)


Whatever happened to the Trump-Putin friendship?

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ROE v WADE: A MODEST PROPOSAL
Monday, March 27, 2017 (1335 reads)


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

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TRUMP ON TRUTH
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (1348 reads)


Does Trump really understand the difference between fact and fantasy?

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CRAZY?
Monday, February 27, 2017 (1613 reads)


Should we call Trump crazy?

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MELTING POT? NOT!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (1263 reads)


Trump versus the Constitution.

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INCREDIBLE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (2249 reads)


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

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THE TRUMP-PUTIN ROMANCE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (1551 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 (1734 reads)


Trump is no longer a fan of Saturday Night Live.

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CASTRO AND THE CIA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (1861 reads)


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

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FAKE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (1931 reads)


Lately "fake news" has been in the news.

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HOW? AND WHAT NOW?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (2135 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 (2252 reads)


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

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THIS DREADUL CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (2516 reads)


Has it really come to this?

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BIRTHISM ABANDONED?
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (2135 reads)


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

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THE PHILIPPINES: A DUTERTE WAR
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (2270 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 (2182 reads)


Somehow Trump manages to outdo himself

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BORIS JOHNSON: TRUMP WITH CLASS
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (2485 reads)


Boris Johnson is a classier version of Donald Trump.

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TRANSATLANTIC FOLLIES
Thursday, July 14, 2016 (2484 reads)


Has British politics become as inane as ours?

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BREXIT: NOW WHAT?
Saturday, June 25, 2016 (2560 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 (2803 reads)


This time Trump had a really bad week.

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FAREWELL, TRUMP U?
Saturday, June 04, 2016 (2833 reads)


It wasn't Harvard, Princeton, NYU or MIT

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HILLARY SPEECHES
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (2959 reads)


What's in those Hillary speeches?

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ERDOGAN AND A GOAT
Friday, May 06, 2016 (2802 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 (3141 reads)


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

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ELECTING THE SUPREME COURT?
Friday, March 25, 2016 (3390 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 (3180 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 (3412 reads)


What if Britain really leaves the EU?

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SUPREME DEADLOCK
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (3143 reads)


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

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TRUMPIANA
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (3381 reads)


Still more Trump

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REPUBLICANS AGAIN
Sunday, January 17, 2016 (3546 reads)


Another unpleasant Republican debate.



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ISIS? WHAT CRISIS?
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (3544 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 (3515 reads)


The latest pundit surmise: Cruz v. Rubio

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SAN BERNADINO: A STRATEGY
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (3970 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 (4270 reads)


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

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DEMOCRATS' DEBATE 2
Sunday, November 22, 2015 (3754 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 (3671 reads)


A different, more friendly, Fox channel.

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WHO'S AHEAD?
Saturday, October 31, 2015 (3990 reads)


The Democratic and Republican polls are shifting again

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING DECENTLY
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (4061 reads)


The first Democratic debate contrasted sharply with its Republican counterparts.

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(HEART)BREAKING NEWS
Thursday, October 08, 2015 (4413 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 (3934 reads)


Volkswagen has been roundly mocked for fixing its pollution testing.

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GOODBYE SYRIA, HELLO EUROPE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (3975 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 (4005 reads)


Has the British Labour Party committed political suicide?

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CHINA CHECKED
Monday, September 07, 2015 (4343 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 (4573 reads)


Huge crowds cheer -- but not for Trump.

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NOT MORE TRUMP!!!
Saturday, August 15, 2015 (4848 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 (5008 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 (5115 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 (5269 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 (5839 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 (5753 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 (6031 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 (5812 reads)


A breakthrough on controlling campaign finance? Hardly.

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BREAKING NEWS
Sunday, April 26, 2015 (5785 reads)


All you need to know about today's big stories

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HILLARY: jUST FOLKS
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (5662 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 (5790 reads)


They want to ban yoga pants in Montana.

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GAY MARRIAGE AND INDIANA
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 (5875 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 (5738 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 (5833 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 (6123 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 (5858 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 (6293 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 (6388 reads)


After the climate deniers come the inoculation deniers.

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OBAMA RESURGENT
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (6547 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 (6182 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 (6413 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 (6358 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 (6218 reads)


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

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (18247 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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