The New Normal Is Still Not Normal

Is it just me or is the political circus breaking for an intermission? Yes, I know that the president watched FOX News, then tweeted that the British knew who the suspects were in Friday's terrorist attack. And he also reiterate his position that civil rights agitators are just as bad as Nazis and Klan members. But somehow, it feels different. Maybe it's that the president struck a deal with Democrats about the debt ceiling and agreed with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi that we shouldn't...

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It’s Just the Weather. Nothing to See Here, Citizens. Move Along.

No, it's not the Apocalypse. That happened last November. This is just weather. Just weather. And the earth. How quaint. Three hurricanes, and a major earthquake that very few people outside of Mexico are paying attention to, are taking their physical and psychic toll on a country that does not need any more bad news. Add in a cleanup that will be expensive, daunting and political, and you'll see more partisan bickering in addition to the usual American disaster response which will include...

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The New School Year: History Will Guide the Future

New school years always bring new challenges for children, parents and teachers. This school year, though, promises to be much trickier, because we are now debating United States History. Remember history? That's the class that isn't tested at the end of the year by the great national testing monopoly, Pearson. The PARCC tests focus on non-fiction readings, which allows for more use of historical documents on the test, but there's no real history or context that a student has to master in order...

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Pardon Our Appearance While We Crash and Burn

In the Trump Administration's best approximation of Friday Night Lights, the president (shudder) treated two of his main constituencies to a Shabbat treat. First by throwing civil rights and equal opportunity to the floor when he banned transgender Americans from serving their country in the armed forces, and then when he pardoned convict Joe Arpaio, a move that sent a solid message to those who believe that medieval treatment of prisoners is not just for the 14th century. Trump's defense? That...

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Why Are We Debating Hate?

Finally, the president has united much of the country. Unfortunately for him, most of the country opposes what he stands for. Yes, there are still many people who support the president and believe that his equating violence on both sides was appropriate, but a larger majority sees the danger in his saying that the Nazis and the counter-protesters in Charlottesville were morally similar. That the opposition to his words came from around the world and across the political spectrum tells you that...

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Our President: The Hate That Keeps on Hating

With all that Charlottesville means now and will mean in the future, this much is clear: Donald Trump is probably the most genuine president we've ever had. He is a genuine racist. He is genuinely ignorant of United States History. He genuinely believes that there is a moral equivalency between those who hate and those who want to stop the hate. He is genuinely a terrible businessman. He genuinely thinks that he, and only he, can have a correct opinion on an issue. He has genuinely...

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The Trump Doctrine: Shoot Off Mouth, Then Foot

At this point, the main difference between President Trump's (shudder) relationship with Kim Jong-un and Mitch McConnell is that Trump has asked only McConnell to resign. Kim just gets the bluster treatment. Of the two, McConnell is in the biggest trouble. Here in New Jersey, and only about 10 miles from the president's retreat in Bedminster, there is calm. The area is primarily Republican, so most of the population either supports Trump or would never think of voting Democratic no matter who's...

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