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GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (34 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 (119 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 (175 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 (203 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 (196 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 (446 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 (407 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 (583 reads)


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

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PUTIN, ASSAD, TRUMP
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 (1036 reads)


Whatever happened to the Trump-Putin friendship?

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ROE v WADE: A MODEST PROPOSAL
Monday, March 27, 2017 (967 reads)


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

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TRUMP ON TRUTH
Saturday, March 25, 2017 (889 reads)


Does Trump really understand the difference between fact and fantasy?

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CRAZY?
Monday, February 27, 2017 (1183 reads)


Should we call Trump crazy?

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MELTING POT? NOT!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 (885 reads)


Trump versus the Constitution.

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INCREDIBLE
Tuesday, January 31, 2017 (1793 reads)


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

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THE TRUMP-PUTIN ROMANCE
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 (1143 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 (1338 reads)


Trump is no longer a fan of Saturday Night Live.

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CASTRO AND THE CIA
Tuesday, December 06, 2016 (1429 reads)


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

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FAKE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 (1514 reads)


Lately "fake news" has been in the news.

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HOW? AND WHAT NOW?
Saturday, November 19, 2016 (1725 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 (1801 reads)


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

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THIS DREADUL CAMPAIGN
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (2047 reads)


Has it really come to this?

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BIRTHISM ABANDONED?
Saturday, September 24, 2016 (1701 reads)


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

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THE PHILIPPINES: A DUTERTE WAR
Tuesday, August 30, 2016 (1872 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 (1799 reads)


Somehow Trump manages to outdo himself

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BORIS JOHNSON: TRUMP WITH CLASS
Tuesday, July 26, 2016 (2044 reads)


Boris Johnson is a classier version of Donald Trump.

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TRANSATLANTIC FOLLIES
Thursday, July 14, 2016 (2028 reads)


Has British politics become as inane as ours?

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BREXIT: NOW WHAT?
Saturday, June 25, 2016 (2148 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 (2352 reads)


This time Trump had a really bad week.

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FAREWELL, TRUMP U?
Saturday, June 04, 2016 (2413 reads)


It wasn't Harvard, Princeton, NYU or MIT

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HILLARY SPEECHES
Saturday, May 21, 2016 (2535 reads)


What's in those Hillary speeches?

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ERDOGAN AND A GOAT
Friday, May 06, 2016 (2399 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 (2690 reads)


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

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ELECTING THE SUPREME COURT?
Friday, March 25, 2016 (2940 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 (2755 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 (2973 reads)


What if Britain really leaves the EU?

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SUPREME DEADLOCK
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (2704 reads)


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

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TRUMPIANA
Saturday, January 30, 2016 (2957 reads)


Still more Trump

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REPUBLICANS AGAIN
Sunday, January 17, 2016 (3114 reads)


Another unpleasant Republican debate.



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ISIS? WHAT CRISIS?
Wednesday, January 06, 2016 (3127 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 (3115 reads)


The latest pundit surmise: Cruz v. Rubio

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SAN BERNADINO: A STRATEGY
Tuesday, December 08, 2015 (3514 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 (3791 reads)


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

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DEMOCRATS' DEBATE 2
Sunday, November 22, 2015 (3341 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 (3254 reads)


A different, more friendly, Fox channel.

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WHO'S AHEAD?
Saturday, October 31, 2015 (3588 reads)


The Democratic and Republican polls are shifting again

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING DECENTLY
Tuesday, October 20, 2015 (3673 reads)


The first Democratic debate contrasted sharply with its Republican counterparts.

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(HEART)BREAKING NEWS
Thursday, October 08, 2015 (3975 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 (3540 reads)


Volkswagen has been roundly mocked for fixing its pollution testing.

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GOODBYE SYRIA, HELLO EUROPE
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 (3589 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 (3595 reads)


Has the British Labour Party committed political suicide?

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CHINA CHECKED
Monday, September 07, 2015 (3957 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 (4179 reads)


Huge crowds cheer -- but not for Trump.

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NOT MORE TRUMP!!!
Saturday, August 15, 2015 (4429 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 (4575 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 (4698 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 (4833 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 (5399 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 (5341 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 (5587 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 (5404 reads)


A breakthrough on controlling campaign finance? Hardly.

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BREAKING NEWS
Sunday, April 26, 2015 (5360 reads)


All you need to know about today's big stories

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HILLARY: jUST FOLKS
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 (5240 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 (5357 reads)


They want to ban yoga pants in Montana.

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GAY MARRIAGE AND INDIANA
Wednesday, April 08, 2015 (5427 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 (5310 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 (5403 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 (5656 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 (5455 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 (5850 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 (5949 reads)


After the climate deniers come the inoculation deniers.

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OBAMA RESURGENT
Thursday, January 29, 2015 (6108 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 (5758 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 (5947 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 (5942 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 (5801 reads)


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

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SATIRIZING SONY
Saturday, December 27, 2014 (6169 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 (5706 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 (6161 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 (6494 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 (6053 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 (6210 reads)


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

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FEARING EBOLA
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 (6122 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 (6091 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 (6169 reads)


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

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RE-NAMING REDSKINS?
Friday, October 03, 2014 (6409 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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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (17780 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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