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A Republican Truce for Beyond 2016

As Election Day approaches, many Republicans are still weighing their options for president. During the past few months, the civil war within the Republican Party has escalated. In the wake of recent scandals, several prominent Republicans ...

Professor-in-Chief

After the second, town hall-styled presidential debate pundits raved, and perhaps rightly so, about Hilary Clinton’s ability to handle the format. The former first lady received high rankings from observers on her ability to field questions...

Election Reflections, 2016 (Part 1)

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] With the exception of one big think piece on our almost-certainly-soon-to-be-POTUS, Hillary Clinton, I’ve been quiet this presidential election. I think that’s because, in the midst of all the out...

Trump in Context

Sioux Center, Iowa. In what he represents, Donald Trump is not as unique as either his admirers or his despisers think. How do we explain the Trump phenomenon? When he announced his candidacy for president, no one believed that he had a rea...

Dy-No-Mite!

Minnesota’s second literary Nobelist is the subject of The Political World of Bob Dylan: Freedom and Justice, Power and Sin, a perceptive book by our porchite colleague Jeff Taylor. Herewith my two cents. I was gonna link to one of my...

Hillary’s Communitarian Moment, and Ours

[Cross-posted to In Medias Res] Thirteen months ago, I wrote a blog post that provided a retrospective on a body of ideas on the 20th anniversary of the greatest level of influence they ever had in American discourse. A lot of people told m...