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THE BRITISH ROYALS
Saturday, February 01, 2020 (59 reads)


More British royal problems

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DEADLOCK IN ISRAEL
Friday, January 17, 2020 (90 reads)


Election deadlock in Israel

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BORIS AND BREXIT
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (220 reads)


A triumph for Boris: now comes the hard part.

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ACCORDING TO FOX
Monday, November 25, 2019 (282 reads)


More testimony on impeachment.



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THE PEOPLE, MAYBE
Saturday, November 09, 2019 (338 reads)


Democracy in trouble.

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"PERFECT"
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (490 reads)


Impeachment -- then and now.

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ONE COUNTRY FOUR SYSTEMS
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 (511 reads)


Hong Kong v China

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Dumb
Saturday, September 21, 2019 (858 reads)


He says he's really smart.

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WHY THE G7?
Sunday, September 01, 2019 (1021 reads)


Trump v. the G7

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MUELLER SPOKE!!!
Monday, August 12, 2019 (1129 reads)


Another Mueller disappointment.

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GOODBYE THERESA, HELLO BORIS
Monday, August 05, 2019 (1145 reads)


Will Johnson be a Winston or a May?

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RACIST TRUMP?
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 (1434 reads)


Is Donald Trump a racist?

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THE EMBASSADOR REGRETS
Monday, July 15, 2019 (1601 reads)


Farewell, British Ambassador

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING
Saturday, July 06, 2019 (1614 reads)


Too many debaters

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A BETTER TRUMP?
Thursday, June 27, 2019 (1512 reads)


Is a better Trump possible?

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A TIME FOR BILLIONAIRES
Friday, June 07, 2019 (1822 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 (1781 reads)


Laughing all the way to extinction.

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IMPEACH OR ???
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 (1816 reads)


One way or the other.

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ARE WE FULL?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (1905 reads)


No, we're not nearly full

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NO COLLUSION?
Sunday, March 31, 2019 (2177 reads)


No collusion? And what about obstruction?

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THE SELLING OF HIGHER ED
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (2236 reads)


The universities' admissions scam.

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WHO'S NOT LYING?
Friday, March 08, 2019 (2415 reads)


Who, if anyone, is not lying?

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EMERGENCY!!!!
Monday, February 18, 2019 (2469 reads)


What's The Emergency?

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BREXIT BLUES
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (2810 reads)


Almost as bad as us.

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SHUT IT DOWN!
Sunday, December 30, 2018 (2663 reads)


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


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MURDER MOST FOUL
Saturday, December 08, 2018 (2646 reads)


The Saudis join the 21st century.

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THE MID-TERMS
Friday, November 16, 2018 (2716 reads)


Definitely a blue wave.

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PITTSBURGH
Thursday, November 01, 2018 (3078 reads)


And now -- the Jews.

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IT'S OVER
Friday, October 12, 2018 (2880 reads)


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

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WHAT A WEEK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (3114 reads)


An incredible week, even by Trump's standard.

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RACISM, BRITISH STYLE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (3289 reads)


Both British parties are caught up in charges of racism.

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FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (3133 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

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"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (3135 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

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TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (3391 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

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BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (3567 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

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GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (3620 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

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NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (3388 reads)


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

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TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (3724 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

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TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (3066 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

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JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (3647 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

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BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (3303 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

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THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (3788 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

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GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (3235 reads)


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

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A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (3608 reads)


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

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SHITHOLERY
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (3704 reads)


Suddenly the word is everywhere.

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STABLE GENIUS
Monday, January 08, 2018 (3652 reads)


It's official: Trump is a stable genius!

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TAX DEFORM
Monday, December 25, 2017 (4189 reads)


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

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ALABAMA!
Sunday, December 17, 2017 (3750 reads)


It really happened in Alabama!

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GROPINGS
Friday, November 24, 2017 (4019 reads)


Sex and politics, again.

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TWO COUPS
Sunday, November 19, 2017 (4341 reads)


Upheaval in Saudi Arabia and Zimbabwe.

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THE JIMMY KIMMEL FACTOR
Saturday, October 21, 2017 (3887 reads)


Obamacare and Jimmy Kimmel

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TILLERSON OR TRUMP?
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 (3986 reads)


Tillerson v Kim and Trump

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THE KIM AND DON SHOW
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 (4791 reads)


What do we do about North Korea?

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HASSLES OVER HARVEY
Monday, September 04, 2017 (4127 reads)


Angry controversies over Hurricane Harvey.

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EVEN-HANDED?
Friday, August 18, 2017 (5171 reads)


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

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Weak!
Saturday, August 05, 2017 (4351 reads)


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

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I LOVE IT
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 (4762 reads)


Donald Trump II said he loved it.

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GROVEL
Sunday, June 18, 2017 (5021 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 (4692 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 (5304 reads)


What happened when a comedienne tried to be grosser than Donald Trump.

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (23194 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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