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Michael Gerson: O’Rourke’s proposal would hand victory to Trump

Beto O’Rourke, innovative for interpreting a failed Senate campaign as a steppingstone to the presidency, is now famous for (1) his use of profanity on the campaign trail, (2) his pledge that “hell, yes” he wants to confiscate AR-15s and (3) his proposal to tax religious institutions that don’t approve of gay marriage. This is not the normal substance of presidential ambitions. Few young people nursing political dreams say: “When I grow up, I want to be a foul-mouthed, overreaching, anti-religious culmination of every exaggerated liberal stereotype and the embodiment of every fevered conservative nightmare.” Perhaps O’Rourke was just precocious in that way. It is more likely, however, that he was led in this direction by the increasingly desperate pursuit of a spotlight that fell on him once, and briefly.

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Michael Gerson: The moral decay of our politics

When it comes to Donald Trump, it is increasingly difficult to distinguish between a political strategy and a nervous breakdown. His tweeted trash talk, his meandering stream of consciousness press availabilities and his shameless embrace of sleaziness are not the signs of a healthy mind. Trump’s followers may eventually look up to find they were actors in someone else’s delusion. But Trump’s recent self-defenses at least clarify his ambitions as an ethicist. Concerning the Ukraine scandal, the president is not seeking forgiveness for a failure in judgment, or even trying to change the subject. He boldly asks Americans to accept that his actions – pressuring a foreign power to investigate a domestic political rival – were good and proper. “I don’t care about (Joe) Biden’s campaign,” Trump insists, “but I do care about corruption.” And there was “tremendous corruption with Biden.”
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Leonard Pitts Jr.: How the times have changed

You may, if you are old enough, recall a TV actor named Foster Brooks. He was a guest star on such classics of boomer kitsch as “The Monkees,” “The Munsters” and “The Mod Squad.” But if you do remember him, it’s likely for one thing only: his imitation of inebriation. Brooks made his slurring, stammering “funny drunk act” a TV staple, back when drunks were still considered, well … funny.
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Froma Harrop: Which America speaks to Hong Kong?

Celebrating 70 years of Communist Party rule, Chinese leader Xi Jinping stood in the open sunroof of a Red Flag limousine and shouted, “Greetings, comrades,” to the masses below. Xi wore a Mao-style suit to his giant military parade, which featured a missile that could carry 10 nuclear warheads and strike anywhere in the United States.
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Michael Gerson: What follows Trump’s menacing rhetoric?

The rhetorical intensity of Donald Trump’s anti-impeachment campaign, measured on a scale of one to 10, has begun at 11.25. The whistleblower is “almost a spy” who may be guilty of “treason.” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., should be arrested for “treason.” Both are part of a “COUP” which – if successful – could provoke a “civil war.”
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Trudy Rubin: ‘Absolutely, this harms Ukraine.’ Prominent NGO official in Kyiv talks about Trump shakedown

President Trump still insists the phone call to Ukraine’s president that sparked impeachment proceedings against him was about corruption. That’s true, but not the way he meant it. Not only did Trump’s call corrupt the White House – by trying to strong arm Ukraine into providing dirt on a political rival – but the call actually encouraged corruption in Kyiv.
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Marc A. Thiessen: Why is the media bending over backward to absolve the Bidens of wrongdoing?

Let’s be clear: President Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy was not “beautiful” or “perfect.” Far from it. Trump should not have asked Zelenskiy to investigate Hunter Biden or to cooperate with his private attorney Rudolph Giuliani’s investigation of the former vice president’s son. Since Trump made no promises or threats in the call, it is a stretch to claim his conduct rises to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors.” But it was highly inappropriate. However, it does not follow that Trump’s malfeasance absolves Joe Biden and his son of their malfeasance. Two things can be true at the same time: that Trump did something wrong, and that Joe and Hunter Biden did something wrong as well. This seems to be lost on many in the media, who are bending over backward to absolve the Bidens of wrongdoing.