Marty Kaplan

Understanding Trump Voters Is Good - But Voting Against Kleptocracy Is Better

I was wondering if I was reading too much into the near-convergence of Sen. John McCain’s funeral; Labor Day, the traditional kickoff of the campaign season; and Rosh Hashanah, the start of the Jewish holidays of repentance and renewal.

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The Resistance Needs to Tell Better Stories in the Face of Trump's Circus Politics

I recently returned from a Trump fast. It was actually a news fast, but since the news these days is pretty much all Trump all the time, a Trump detox is what it turned out to be.

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Is There Such A Thing As Evil - And Is Trump It?

Is Donald J. Trump a liar? Yes, at this point it seems safe to say that he regularly tells intentional untruths. So, is Donald Trump evil?

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We Need Local News Sources to Protect Democracy - Corporate Owners Are Destroying Them

I don’t know if Timothy Burke is going to save journalism, let alone democracy, but the spooky video he made for Deadspin at the end of March racked up 30 million views within a week and got the country gasping at Sinclair Broadcast Group’s fake anti-fake-news campaign.

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It’s Not Cambridge Analytica We Need to Worry About, It’s Our Minds

The Cambridge Analytica furor, like the uproar over Russian penetration of Facebook that preceded it, has painted a bullseye on Mark Zuckerberg.

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If the Response to the Parkland Shooting Made You More Hopeful, You’re Not Wrong

I never imagined I’d hear first lady Melania Trump channel Norman Lear. On the other hand, I never imagined I’d hear “first lady Melania Trump,” so clearly anything is possible.

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Of God, Dice And Fatal Car Accidents

It was the second time I noticed a news story about a fatal crash of a church group that I had the uneasy feeling there was a pattern.

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This UFO Changes Everything

"Look at that thing, dude!” One hundred miles off the coast of San Diego, two Navy fighter pilots on a Super Hornets training mission spot a whitish, oval-shaped aircraft of some kind flying on an unearthly trajectory at crazy speeds. You can hear their astonishment on the 2004 recording.

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Clarence Thomas Must Resign

Utah Republican Orrin Hatch called “bullcrap” on Ohio Democrat Sherrod Brown last week. The Senate Finance Committee lion tore into Brown for “spewing” that the Republican tax plan to transfer a trillion dollars to the rich was in reality a Republican tax plan to transfer a trillion dollars to the rich.

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