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IT'S OVER
Friday, October 12, 2018 (27 reads)


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

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WHAT A WEEK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (69 reads)


An incredible week, even by Trump's standard.

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RACISM, BRITISH STYLE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (205 reads)


Both British parties are caught up in charges of racism.

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FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (224 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

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"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (247 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

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TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (301 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

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BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (320 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

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GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (440 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

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NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (536 reads)


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

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TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (514 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

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TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (624 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

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JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (659 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

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BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (696 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

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THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (987 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

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GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (969 reads)


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

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A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (1014 reads)


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

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SHITHOLERY
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (1086 reads)


Suddenly the word is everywhere.

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STABLE GENIUS
Monday, January 08, 2018 (1296 reads)


It's official: Trump is a stable genius!

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TAX DEFORM
Monday, December 25, 2017 (1369 reads)


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

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ALABAMA!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 (1288 reads)


It really happened in Alabama!

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GROPINGS
Friday, November 24, 2017 (1379 reads)


Sex and politics, again.

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TWO COUPS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 (1336 reads)


Upheaval in Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

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THE JIMMY KIMMEL FACTOR
Saturday, October 21, 2017 (1501 reads)


Obamacare and Jimmy Kimmel

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TILLERSON OR TRUMP?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (1561 reads)


Tillerson v Kim and Trump

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THE KIM AND DON SHOW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (1579 reads)


What do we do about North Korea?

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HASSLES OVER HARVEY
Monday, September 04, 2017 (1778 reads)


Angry controversies over Hurricane Harvey.

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EVEN-HANDED?
Friday, August 18, 2017 (1785 reads)


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

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Weak!
Saturday, August 05, 2017 (1953 reads)


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

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I LOVE IT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (1951 reads)


Donald Trump II said he loved it.

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GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (2014 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 (2124 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 (2165 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 (2273 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 (2121 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 (2710 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 (2392 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 (2827 reads)


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

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PUTIN, ASSAD, TRUMP
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (3265 reads)


Whatever happened to the Trump-Putin friendship?

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ROE v WADE: A MODEST PROPOSAL
Monday, March 27, 2017 (3068 reads)


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

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TRUMP ON TRUTH
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (3077 reads)


Does Trump really understand the difference between fact and fantasy?

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CRAZY?
Monday, February 27, 2017 (3361 reads)


Should we call Trump crazy?

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MELTING POT? NOT!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (2941 reads)


Trump versus the Constitution.

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INCREDIBLE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (3994 reads)


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

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THE TRUMP-PUTIN ROMANCE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (3312 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 (3587 reads)


Trump is no longer a fan of Saturday Night Live.

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CASTRO AND THE CIA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (3643 reads)


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

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FAKE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (3690 reads)


Lately "fake news" has been in the news.

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HOW? AND WHAT NOW?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (3926 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 (4050 reads)


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

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THIS DREADUL CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (4309 reads)


Has it really come to this?

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BIRTHISM ABANDONED?
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (3809 reads)


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

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THE PHILIPPINES: A DUTERTE WAR
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (3963 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 (3875 reads)


Somehow Trump manages to outdo himself

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BORIS JOHNSON: TRUMP WITH CLASS
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (4236 reads)


Boris Johnson is a classier version of Donald Trump.

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TRANSATLANTIC FOLLIES
Thursday, July 14, 2016 (4175 reads)


Has British politics become as inane as ours?

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BREXIT: NOW WHAT?
Saturday, June 25, 2016 (4344 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 (4635 reads)


This time Trump had a really bad week.

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FAREWELL, TRUMP U?
Saturday, June 04, 2016 (4604 reads)


It wasn't Harvard, Princeton, NYU or MIT

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HILLARY SPEECHES
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (4747 reads)


What's in those Hillary speeches?

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ERDOGAN AND A GOAT
Friday, May 06, 2016 (4522 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 (4998 reads)


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

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ELECTING THE SUPREME COURT?
Friday, March 25, 2016 (5823 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 (4960 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 (5306 reads)


What if Britain really leaves the EU?

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SUPREME DEADLOCK
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (4839 reads)


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

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TRUMPIANA
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (5139 reads)


Still more Trump

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (20189 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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