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“Populist” voters key in Brexit, Trump, LePen campaigns

The easy explanation for the British vote for Brexit, Trump’s big electoral support and Le Pen’s presidential challenge in France is that the U.S. and Europe are experiencing a growth in “populism.” These days, populism means the opposition by average, working people to traditional politics, which they see as having been run by an elite […]

Dems copy GOP, use courts to fight president

President Trump’s moves to control immigration from certain countries have been temporarily blocked by U.S. District Courts in the states of Washington and Hawaii. The Trump administration reaction to these decisions has revealed a lack of understanding of the role of the courts. Attorney General Jeff Sessions criticized the Hawaii court, saying, “I really am […]

Much ado about a filibuster — the Gorsuch confirmation

Much anguish has surrounded the Senate vote to confirm Neil Gorsuch as a new Supreme Court justice. Democrats denied the ruling Republicans enough votes to cut off debate. The Republicans were faced with the need to lower the 60-vote debate-ending requirement to a simple majority. By themselves, they have the votes for that. One Republican […]

Trump gets civics lessons from failed health care reform

The defeat of the House of Representatives attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act provided great civics lessons. Its most important student turned out to be President Trump.  “We learned a lot about the vote-getting process,” he said.  “Certainly, for me, it was a very interesting experience.” The first lesson is there’s a […]