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PROMISES, PROMISES
Sunday, September 13, 2020 (105 reads)


Too many promises

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THE OTHER CONVENTION
Friday, September 04, 2020 (141 reads)


Law and order -- Trump style.

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FOR BIDEN (ON THE WHOLE)
Monday, August 31, 2020 (140 reads)


DEFINITELY FOR BIDEN (MORE OR LESS)

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NOT JUST PUTIN
Thursday, August 20, 2020 (285 reads)


Also the CIA.

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THE PUTIN FACTOR
Monday, August 17, 2020 (295 reads)


Why Trump likes Putin.

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THE DONALD TRUMP IMPERIAL BRIGADE
Sunday, August 02, 2020 (416 reads)


Who were those unidentified federal troops?

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MORE HOAXES
Saturday, July 25, 2020 (462 reads)


A bad patch for Trump

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RISING CHINA
Monday, July 13, 2020 (546 reads)


Capitalistic communism

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BACK TO BOLTON
Friday, June 26, 2020 (669 reads)


Bolton's back

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YOUR PRESIDENT OF LAW AND ORDER
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 (803 reads)


Race: the big change

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To Your Health!
Monday, May 25, 2020 (1015 reads)


Great health care!

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DR. TRUMP
Monday, May 04, 2020 (1176 reads)


Pharmacist-in-chief

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MORE ON CORONAVIRUS
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (1237 reads)


Coronavirus here and elsewhere.

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ON CORONAVIRUS
Sunday, March 22, 2020 (1362 reads)


Aka covid 10

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TRUMP'S TWEETS
Friday, February 28, 2020 (1539 reads)


Barr's sad complaint

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THE BRITISH ROYALS
Saturday, February 01, 2020 (1771 reads)


More British royal problems

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DEADLOCK IN ISRAEL
Friday, January 17, 2020 (1656 reads)


Election deadlock in Israel

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BORIS AND BREXIT
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (1768 reads)


A triumph for Boris: now comes the hard part.

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ACCORDING TO FOX
Monday, November 25, 2019 (2014 reads)


More testimony on impeachment.



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THE PEOPLE, MAYBE
Saturday, November 09, 2019 (2137 reads)


Democracy in trouble.

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"PERFECT"
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (2713 reads)


Impeachment -- then and now.

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ONE COUNTRY FOUR SYSTEMS
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 (2519 reads)


Hong Kong v China

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Dumb
Saturday, September 21, 2019 (2796 reads)


He says he's really smart.

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WHY THE G7?
Sunday, September 01, 2019 (3126 reads)


Trump v. the G7

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MUELLER SPOKE!!!
Monday, August 12, 2019 (3581 reads)


Another Mueller disappointment.

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GOODBYE THERESA, HELLO BORIS
Monday, August 05, 2019 (3320 reads)


Will Johnson be a Winston or a May?

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RACIST TRUMP?
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 (3459 reads)


Is Donald Trump a racist?

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THE EMBASSADOR REGRETS
Monday, July 15, 2019 (3834 reads)


Farewell, British Ambassador

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING
Saturday, July 06, 2019 (4001 reads)


Too many debaters

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A BETTER TRUMP?
Thursday, June 27, 2019 (3585 reads)


Is a better Trump possible?

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A TIME FOR BILLIONAIRES
Friday, June 07, 2019 (4379 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 (4119 reads)


Laughing all the way to extinction.

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IMPEACH OR ???
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 (4461 reads)


One way or the other.

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ARE WE FULL?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (4660 reads)


No, we're not nearly full

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NO COLLUSION?
Sunday, March 31, 2019 (4957 reads)


No collusion? And what about obstruction?

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THE SELLING OF HIGHER ED
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (5188 reads)


The universities' admissions scam.

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WHO'S NOT LYING?
Friday, March 08, 2019 (5529 reads)


Who, if anyone, is not lying?

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EMERGENCY!!!!
Monday, February 18, 2019 (5261 reads)


What's The Emergency?

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BREXIT BLUES
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (5621 reads)


Almost as bad as us.

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SHUT IT DOWN!
Sunday, December 30, 2018 (5579 reads)


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


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MURDER MOST FOUL
Saturday, December 08, 2018 (5434 reads)


The Saudis join the 21st century.

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THE MID-TERMS
Friday, November 16, 2018 (5549 reads)


Definitely a blue wave.

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PITTSBURGH
Thursday, November 01, 2018 (5719 reads)


And now -- the Jews.

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IT'S OVER
Friday, October 12, 2018 (5826 reads)


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

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WHAT A WEEK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (6075 reads)


An incredible week, even by Trump's standard.

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RACISM, BRITISH STYLE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (6362 reads)


Both British parties are caught up in charges of racism.

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FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (6127 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

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"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (6092 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

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TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (6144 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

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BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (6796 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

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GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (6828 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

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NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (6347 reads)


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

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TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (6903 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

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TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (4695 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

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JUDGING JAMES COMEY
Saturday, April 21, 2018 (6862 reads)


Comey v. Trump -- no end of satire.

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BOLTON
Monday, April 02, 2018 (5249 reads)


OH NO! NOT BOLTON!

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THERE GOES TILLERSON
Thursday, March 15, 2018 (6379 reads)


Almost everyone is feeling sorry for Rex Tillerson

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GUNS GALORE
Sunday, March 04, 2018 (5048 reads)


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

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A THOUSAND LIES
Friday, February 09, 2018 (5535 reads)


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

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SHITHOLERY
Sunday, January 21, 2018 (5691 reads)


Suddenly the word is everywhere.

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STABLE GENIUS
Monday, January 08, 2018 (5328 reads)


It's official: Trump is a stable genius!

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (26244 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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