Jonah Allon

Krugman Floats a Far Scarier Possibility Than a Trump-Putin Axis

Rand Paul summed it up best when he explained: “We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do, like repealing Obamacare, if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans."

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Paul Krugman Dissects the Staggering Ignorance of the Trump White House

Is the Trump White House evil or just stupid? The answer to that burning question is, well, both. In Monday's column, Paul Krugman takes as his subject the incompetence piece, which is evident in matters both large and seemingly trivial.

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Paul Krugman Performs a Frightening Hypothetical Exercise That Could Come All Too True

Paul Krugman looks closely at a very frightening but very real possibility in Friday's column, asking, "What will you do when terrorists attack, or U.S. friction with some foreign power turns into a military confrontation?"

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New England Patriot Martellus Bennett Will Skip Visit to the White House

New England Patriot quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick may be all palsy walsy with President Trump, but tight end Martellus Bennett says he will skip the customary visit with the president that Superbowl champions usually make.

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Paul Krugman Exposes Trump's Fraudulent Financial Populism

Paul Krugman thinks the people who persist in calling Donald Trump a "populist" are seriously confused about the meaning of the word. Unless, somehow populist suddenly means allowing the financial industry to stick it to the little guy, and other longheld Republican desires to deregulate banks, have suddenly come to mean populist in the up-is-down Trumpoverse.

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Krugman: What Trump's Unhinged Phone Calls With Foreign Leaders Really Mean

Two weeks into the Trump presidency and Paul Krugman is already at wit's end. "America and the world can’t take much more of this," Krugman writes in Friday's column.

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Republicans Are Inventing a Delusional Storyline About the Protests Erupting Around the Country - and It Could Cost Them

If those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it, those who conveniently forget recent history are just digging their own graves.

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6 Cringe-Inducing Moments From Trump's First Week You Might Have Missed

Amid the mounting horrors of Donald Trump’s first week in office was a stunning amount of boneheaded ridiculousness. The president's executive order banning Muslims and refugees from seven countries rivals Japanese-American internment camps for racism and spurred mass protests at airports Saturday. Mixed with this cruelty was Trump's ongoing tantrum about his inauguration crowd size and his popular vote loss. He and his puppeteer, Steve Bannon, declared the media the opposition party and picked an absurd fight with Mexico that Trump deservedly lost.

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Krugman Reveals Trump's Dangerous Idiocy on Trade and Who Will Be the Real Losers

A week into the Trump administration and things are going swimmingly with a brewing trade war with Mexico and a terrifying window into Donald Trump's deranged psychology. Trump is already backtracking on campaign promises to leave Social Security and Medicare alone and not to just rip health insurance away from the tens of millions of Americans who gained it with Obama, letting the GOP-dominated Congress have their way with those life-saving programs.

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The NY Times Just Published the Most Perversely Tone-Deaf Piece on the Massive Women's March

In their infinite wisdom, the editors of the New York Times style section decided to run with a piece that gives the "red carpet" treatment to last weekend's massive nationwide protests.

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Charles Blow Lays Bare Donald Trump's War on Truth Itself

Ardent Trump foe Charles Blow writes a scathing, take no prisoners condemnation of Donald Trump's whole new strata of lies in Thursday's column. While Trump has openly declared war on the media, mostly because, when it is doing its job, it insists on fact-checking Trump and embarrassing him with inconvenient truths, Blow argues there is a deeper war going on, a war with truth itself. "One of the greatest threats Trump poses is that he corrupts and corrodes the absoluteness of truth, facts and science," Blow writes. "And now that he has been elected, Trump wants absolute control over the flow of information, to dictate his own version of facts rather than live with the reality of accepted facts. Trump is in a battle to bend the truth to his benefit."

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Paul Krugman Reveals How the Trump Presidency Will Get Immeasurably Worse

Paul Krugman yearns for a parliamentary system of government in Monday's column. If we had one, Donald Trump would already be facing a vote of no confidence after his abysmal weekend temper tantrum.

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Paul Krugman Reveals Just How Dangerously Incompetent Trump Is Already Proving to Be

Paul Krugman has never made his contempt for Donald Trump a secret. He takes on the incoming president's dangerous incompetence in Friday's column. The parade of ignorance has been amply on display with Trump's cabinet appointee hearings. Betsy DeVos showed her cluelessness about education policy and even basic educational terms during her testimony and Rex Tillerson casually suggested an action that could start a war with China. Meanwhile, plagiarist Monica Crowley had to withdraw from contention for a national security job, and most of the national security staff positions remain vacant. 

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Seth Meyers Exposes Trump's Complete Hypocrisy About John Lewis' District

Seth Meyers took solid aim at the Donald Trump transition on Monday, pointing out that presidential transitions are traditionally times to unite and heal the country. Trump on the other hand has used it to take aim at a civil rights icon.

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Paul Krugman: Why John Lewis Has Committed a Great Act of Patriotism

John Lewis is a hero and a patriot plain and simple, Paul Krugman writes in Monday's column. He was a brave hero when he literally put his life on the line to pursue justice for African Americans, getting his skull cracked by state troopers on what came to be known as Bloody Sunday, and helping pave the way for the Voting Rights Act.

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6 of Donald Trump's Most Appalling Moments This Week

Say what you will about the possibly fictional “dossier” containing damaging information about our president-elect that Buzzfeed released this week, it sure seems to have annoyed him, and there’s something distressingly enjoyable about that. On the cusp of the inauguration of a certifiably deranged idiot, that’s going to have to pass for fun for now. Never has there been a leader more deserving of stories full of innuendo and giggle-inducing allegations. You reap what you sow, to quote Donald Trump’s second-favorite book, right after his own ghostwritten tome.

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Paul Krugman Dismantles Trump's Delusional Healthcare Plans

While deciding what to rail about in his Friday column, Paul Krugman took some swipes at F.B.I. director James Comey, again, and at Trump's multifarious ethical disasters. "On the other hand, he’s also dangerously delusional about policy," Krugman suggests, before landing on his main topic, the President-elect's simplistic notions about healthcare. This week featured Trump's crazy assertions about repealing and replacing Obamacare, "possibly on the same day," with something supposedly “far less expensive and far better.” It just doesn't work like that. If it did, the G.O.P. would have come up with this magical plan long ago. 

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Cory Booker: Jeff Sessions Lacks the 'Courageous Empathy' Necessary to Be Attorney General

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker gave emotional testimony opposing Jeff Sessions' attorney general nomination on Wednesday afternoon. While he made it clear that he likes Jeff Sessions personally, and deeply cares about law and order, he does not believe that Sessions is the man who will "bend the arc of history" toward justice, which America badly needs. "The next attorney general must bring hope and healing to this country, and this demands a more courageous empathy than Senator Sessions' record demonstrates," The New Jersey Democrat told the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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10 Most Scathingly True Takedowns of Trump's Press Conference

In his much-anticipated first press conference at which he announced nothing new, Donald Trump was in full preening, gloating, hypocritical, bullying splendor. Ostensibly, the press conference was called to announce how Trump will disentangle himself from his numerous conflicts of interest, yet nothing new was revealed. His sons are going to run the Trump Organization, and that is supposed to take care of it.

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There Might Be One Way We Can Get Rid of Trump Before He Does Too Much Damage

Hillary Clinton campaigned on Donald Trump's unfitness for the office of the presidency. Millions of Americans agreed with her, but he won anyway. Every day since then, he continues to demonstrate his utter unfitness.

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Paul Krugman Exposes GOP's Craven Hypocrisy on Deficits - and Why It Matters More Than Ever

Paul Krugman has spilled a lot of ink explaining why deficit hawks led by apocalyptic Paul Ryan during the Obama years were dead wrong politically motivated hysterics. Now, the GOP-led Congress is fully exposing its political stripes with its new budget resolution, which would, "according to their own estimates, add $9 trillion in debt over the next decade," the columnist wrote Monday. "This sudden turnaround comes as a huge shock to absolutely nobody—at least nobody with any sense. All that posturing about the deficit was obvious flimflam, whose purpose was to hobble a Democratic president, and it was completely predictable that the pretense of being fiscally responsible would be dropped as soon as the GOP regained the White House."

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5 Deranged Right-Wing Moments This Week From Trump on Down

The tweeter-in-chief managed to keep the attention largely focused on himself this week with inane, reality-defying statements about hacking, television ratings and being a really "big fan" of intelligence. If Trump wasn't so scary, he'd be ridiculous, but he is ridiculous as well as being really, really scary. Those are the two realities we all need to hold simultaneously in our heads. And it hurts.

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Krugman Reveals the Extent and Danger of Fake News Under President Trump

Presidents are supposed to come up with real policy that helps vast numbers of Americans. Donald Trump has so far shown a talent for generating fake news that helps himself and sometimes a few others. Paul Krugman dissects this disconnect in Friday's column by introducing some actual facts and numbers into the discussion. On any given day, 75,000 Americans lose their jobs, and that is under normal circumstances. "The U.S. economy is, after all, huge, employing 145 million people," Krugman writes. "It’s also ever-changing: Industries and companies rise and fall, and there are always losers as well as winners. The result is constant 'churn,' with many jobs disappearing even as still more new jobs are created. In an average month, there are 1.5 million “involuntary” job separations (as opposed to voluntary quits), or 75,000 per working day."

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Now You Can Sing the Bern! - There's a New Sanders Musical

In troubled times such as these, the mind searches for a salve.

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Tucker Carlson to Take Megyn Kelly's Spot - Internet Responds Hilariously

The news first bubbled up from the Drudge swamp that smug, sexist, microphone-cutter Tucker Carlson will assume Megyn Kelly's primetime slot on Fox News now that she is taking her generally racist views to NBC. Fox News later confirmed the Carlson rumor with some breathless, canned quotes from chairman Rupert Murdoch about how Carlson has "taken cable news by storm with his spirited interviews!!!"

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Robert Reich: No Democrat Should Get Near Trump's Inauguration - Including Former Presidents

In a normal election, a presidential inauguration would be a celebration of our democracy whether your side won or lost, and an example of the country's bedrock faith in the peaceful transition of power. It should be amply clear by now that the election of 2016 was no normal election.

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12 Moments of Right-Wing Horror and Absurdity in 2016

President-elect Donald Trump had the most perfect New Year’s tweet. And by perfect, we mean perfectly awful. Say what you will, the man has an uncanny ability to compress his entire sick personality into a mere 140 characters.

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Paul Krugman Divulges the Real Reason Trump and Ryan Are Intent on Snatching Healthcare Away From Millions

Paul Krugman is still very angry at James Comey and Vladimir Putin for tipping the scales in favor of Donald Trump. If not for them, he writes on Friday, the Clinton administration would be celebrating the good news that "health reform, President Obama’s signature achievement, is stabilizing after a bumpy year."

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NPR Just Offered a Shocking and Disgusting Example of 'Balanced' Reporting

Trump campaign official Carl Paladino recently made headlines for being a disgustingly racist pig of a human being. The former GOP gubernatorial candidate, who managed to get himself elected to the Buffalo, New York school board, responded to a survey about his New Year's wishes by attacking the Obamas in the most ugly and racist way imaginable, including wishing for Michelle Obama to be “let loose” in Africa so she could live with apes. He also repeated the racist alt-right meme of the first lady being a man, and said he hoped President Obama “catches mad cow disease” and then “dies before his trial and is buried in a cow pasture next to Valerie Jarret, who died weeks prior, after being convicted of sedition and treason, when a Jihady cell mate mistook her for being a nice person and decapitated her.”

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4 Completely Bizarre Moments from Trump's Sort-of Press Conference at Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump held his first sort-of, kind-of, impromptu press conference Wednesday night in front of his Mar-a-Lago estate. Unlike some of his previous encounters with reporters who can actually ask him questions, his eyes did less darting around and he did not threaten anyone. He might have felt a bit safer because he had boxing impresario Don King at his side. Although Trump did not exactly answer the questions, he did make a number of highly questionable statements that were pretty easily disproven with a modicum of research.

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5 Totally Ridiculous Republican Reversals in 2016 They're Hoping You'll Forget All About

With the election over and Republicans occupying all branches of government, as well as controlling most state legislatures, it’s easy to forget that just a few short months ago the Republican Party seemed to be collapsing under the weight of its own contradictions. The nomination of Trump, whose positions on trade and government benefits seemed to put him at odds with establishment Republicans, signaled a rejection of conservatism and an embrace of white nationalism. Meanwhile, the revelations of a widespread culture of sexual harassment at Fox News and the resulting ouster of the predatory Roger Ailes exposed the hollowness of conservative media’s lament that the country was straying from “traditional family values.” Headlines gleefully predicted the demise of the GOP. At Esquire, Charlie Pierce asked rhetorically, "Are You Ready for the End of the Republican Party?" Salon was even more direct, declaring, “Republicans are doomed."

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