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PROMISES, PROMISES
Sunday, September 13, 2020 (423 reads)


Too many promises

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THE OTHER CONVENTION
Friday, September 04, 2020 (481 reads)


Law and order -- Trump style.

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FOR BIDEN (ON THE WHOLE)
Monday, August 31, 2020 (467 reads)


DEFINITELY FOR BIDEN (MORE OR LESS)

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NOT JUST PUTIN
Thursday, August 20, 2020 (601 reads)


Also the CIA.

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THE PUTIN FACTOR
Monday, August 17, 2020 (628 reads)


Why Trump likes Putin.

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THE DONALD TRUMP IMPERIAL BRIGADE
Sunday, August 02, 2020 (751 reads)


Who were those unidentified federal troops?

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MORE HOAXES
Saturday, July 25, 2020 (829 reads)


A bad patch for Trump

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RISING CHINA
Monday, July 13, 2020 (918 reads)


Capitalistic communism

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BACK TO BOLTON
Friday, June 26, 2020 (1058 reads)


Bolton's back

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YOUR PRESIDENT OF LAW AND ORDER
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 (1208 reads)


Race: the big change

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To Your Health!
Monday, May 25, 2020 (1435 reads)


Great health care!

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DR. TRUMP
Monday, May 04, 2020 (1622 reads)


Pharmacist-in-chief

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MORE ON CORONAVIRUS
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (1662 reads)


Coronavirus here and elsewhere.

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ON CORONAVIRUS
Sunday, March 22, 2020 (1816 reads)


Aka covid 10

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TRUMP'S TWEETS
Friday, February 28, 2020 (2001 reads)


Barr's sad complaint

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THE BRITISH ROYALS
Saturday, February 01, 2020 (2243 reads)


More British royal problems

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DEADLOCK IN ISRAEL
Friday, January 17, 2020 (2114 reads)


Election deadlock in Israel

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BORIS AND BREXIT
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (2231 reads)


A triumph for Boris: now comes the hard part.

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ACCORDING TO FOX
Monday, November 25, 2019 (2501 reads)


More testimony on impeachment.



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THE PEOPLE, MAYBE
Saturday, November 09, 2019 (2632 reads)


Democracy in trouble.

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"PERFECT"
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (3232 reads)


Impeachment -- then and now.

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ONE COUNTRY FOUR SYSTEMS
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 (3000 reads)


Hong Kong v China

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Dumb
Saturday, September 21, 2019 (3263 reads)


He says he's really smart.

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WHY THE G7?
Sunday, September 01, 2019 (3616 reads)


Trump v. the G7

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MUELLER SPOKE!!!
Monday, August 12, 2019 (4130 reads)


Another Mueller disappointment.

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GOODBYE THERESA, HELLO BORIS
Monday, August 05, 2019 (3842 reads)


Will Johnson be a Winston or a May?

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RACIST TRUMP?
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 (3969 reads)


Is Donald Trump a racist?

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THE EMBASSADOR REGRETS
Monday, July 15, 2019 (4345 reads)


Farewell, British Ambassador

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING
Saturday, July 06, 2019 (4490 reads)


Too many debaters

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A BETTER TRUMP?
Thursday, June 27, 2019 (4089 reads)


Is a better Trump possible?

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A TIME FOR BILLIONAIRES
Friday, June 07, 2019 (4993 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 (4695 reads)


Laughing all the way to extinction.

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IMPEACH OR ???
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 (5051 reads)


One way or the other.

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ARE WE FULL?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (5208 reads)


No, we're not nearly full

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NO COLLUSION?
Sunday, March 31, 2019 (5505 reads)


No collusion? And what about obstruction?

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THE SELLING OF HIGHER ED
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (5753 reads)


The universities' admissions scam.

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WHO'S NOT LYING?
Friday, March 08, 2019 (6075 reads)


Who, if anyone, is not lying?

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EMERGENCY!!!!
Monday, February 18, 2019 (5789 reads)


What's The Emergency?

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BREXIT BLUES
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (6170 reads)


Almost as bad as us.

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SHUT IT DOWN!
Sunday, December 30, 2018 (6126 reads)


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


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MURDER MOST FOUL
Saturday, December 08, 2018 (5977 reads)


The Saudis join the 21st century.

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THE MID-TERMS
Friday, November 16, 2018 (6088 reads)


Definitely a blue wave.

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PITTSBURGH
Thursday, November 01, 2018 (6225 reads)


And now -- the Jews.

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IT'S OVER
Friday, October 12, 2018 (6371 reads)


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

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WHAT A WEEK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (6596 reads)


An incredible week, even by Trump's standard.

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RACISM, BRITISH STYLE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (6910 reads)


Both British parties are caught up in charges of racism.

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FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (6666 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

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"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (6638 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

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TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (6709 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

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BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (7345 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

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GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (7383 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

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NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (6913 reads)


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

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TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (7445 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

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TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (5104 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

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JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (7407 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

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BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (5656 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

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THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (6920 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

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GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (5461 reads)


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

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A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (5941 reads)


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

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (26799 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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