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PROMISES, PROMISES
Sunday, September 13, 2020 (687 reads)


Too many promises

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THE OTHER CONVENTION
Friday, September 04, 2020 (795 reads)


Law and order -- Trump style.

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FOR BIDEN (ON THE WHOLE)
Monday, August 31, 2020 (695 reads)


DEFINITELY FOR BIDEN (MORE OR LESS)

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NOT JUST PUTIN
Thursday, August 20, 2020 (850 reads)


Also the CIA.

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THE PUTIN FACTOR
Monday, August 17, 2020 (944 reads)


Why Trump likes Putin.

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THE DONALD TRUMP IMPERIAL BRIGADE
Sunday, August 02, 2020 (1064 reads)


Who were those unidentified federal troops?

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MORE HOAXES
Saturday, July 25, 2020 (1197 reads)


A bad patch for Trump

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RISING CHINA
Monday, July 13, 2020 (1316 reads)


Capitalistic communism

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BACK TO BOLTON
Friday, June 26, 2020 (1453 reads)


Bolton's back

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YOUR PRESIDENT OF LAW AND ORDER
Tuesday, June 09, 2020 (1652 reads)


Race: the big change

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To Your Health!
Monday, May 25, 2020 (1906 reads)


Great health care!

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DR. TRUMP
Monday, May 04, 2020 (2093 reads)


Pharmacist-in-chief

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MORE ON CORONAVIRUS
Tuesday, April 14, 2020 (2124 reads)


Coronavirus here and elsewhere.

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ON CORONAVIRUS
Sunday, March 22, 2020 (2306 reads)


Aka covid 10

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TRUMP'S TWEETS
Friday, February 28, 2020 (2534 reads)


Barr's sad complaint

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THE BRITISH ROYALS
Saturday, February 01, 2020 (2766 reads)


More British royal problems

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DEADLOCK IN ISRAEL
Friday, January 17, 2020 (2612 reads)


Election deadlock in Israel

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BORIS AND BREXIT
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 (2732 reads)


A triumph for Boris: now comes the hard part.

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ACCORDING TO FOX
Monday, November 25, 2019 (3063 reads)


More testimony on impeachment.



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THE PEOPLE, MAYBE
Saturday, November 09, 2019 (3235 reads)


Democracy in trouble.

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"PERFECT"
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 (3810 reads)


Impeachment -- then and now.

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ONE COUNTRY FOUR SYSTEMS
Wednesday, October 09, 2019 (3572 reads)


Hong Kong v China

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Dumb
Saturday, September 21, 2019 (3782 reads)


He says he's really smart.

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WHY THE G7?
Sunday, September 01, 2019 (4148 reads)


Trump v. the G7

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MUELLER SPOKE!!!
Monday, August 12, 2019 (4729 reads)


Another Mueller disappointment.

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GOODBYE THERESA, HELLO BORIS
Monday, August 05, 2019 (4455 reads)


Will Johnson be a Winston or a May?

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RACIST TRUMP?
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 (4537 reads)


Is Donald Trump a racist?

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THE EMBASSADOR REGRETS
Monday, July 15, 2019 (4922 reads)


Farewell, British Ambassador

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DEMOCRATS DEBATING
Saturday, July 06, 2019 (5074 reads)


Too many debaters

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A BETTER TRUMP?
Thursday, June 27, 2019 (4668 reads)


Is a better Trump possible?

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A TIME FOR BILLIONAIRES
Friday, June 07, 2019 (5575 reads)


In America today it's not enough to be a millionaire.

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CLIMATE CHANGE: THAT'S FUNNY?
Saturday, May 18, 2019 (5286 reads)


Laughing all the way to extinction.

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IMPEACH OR ???
Wednesday, May 01, 2019 (5643 reads)


One way or the other.

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ARE WE FULL?
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 (5806 reads)


No, we're not nearly full

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NO COLLUSION?
Sunday, March 31, 2019 (6099 reads)


No collusion? And what about obstruction?

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THE SELLING OF HIGHER ED
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 (6346 reads)


The universities' admissions scam.

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WHO'S NOT LYING?
Friday, March 08, 2019 (6703 reads)


Who, if anyone, is not lying?

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EMERGENCY!!!!
Monday, February 18, 2019 (6372 reads)


What's The Emergency?

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BREXIT BLUES
Saturday, January 19, 2019 (6764 reads)


Almost as bad as us.

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SHUT IT DOWN!
Sunday, December 30, 2018 (6730 reads)


We're shutting down the government
Said Trump it makes me proud.


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MURDER MOST FOUL
Saturday, December 08, 2018 (6576 reads)


The Saudis join the 21st century.

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THE MID-TERMS
Friday, November 16, 2018 (6669 reads)


Definitely a blue wave.

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PITTSBURGH
Thursday, November 01, 2018 (6801 reads)


And now -- the Jews.

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IT'S OVER
Friday, October 12, 2018 (6969 reads)


Kavanaugh's appointed -- was there ever any doubt?

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WHAT A WEEK!
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (7202 reads)


An incredible week, even by Trump's standard.

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RACISM, BRITISH STYLE
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 (7528 reads)


Both British parties are caught up in charges of racism.

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FARTHER STILL BEYOND SATIRE
Friday, August 10, 2018 (7251 reads)


How do you satirize the already ludicrous?

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"INCREDIBLE"
Sunday, July 22, 2018 (7240 reads)


Putin's "incredible offer."

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TRUMP IN BRITAIN
Sunday, July 15, 2018 (7305 reads)


Trump in Britain was his usual diplomatic self.

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BEYOND SATIRE
Sunday, July 01, 2018 (7947 reads)


Satirizing Trump grows more difficult every day.

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GROUP OF SEVEN (MORE OR LESS)
Sunday, June 10, 2018 (7968 reads)


Should the group of 7 be 8? Or less?

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NEWS OF THE WORLD
Tuesday, May 29, 2018 (7511 reads)


A quick round-up of world news, mostly bad.

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TRUMP-OBAMA: THE LEGACIES
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (8044 reads)


Trump's agenda: destroy Obama's legacy!

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TRUMP'S RULES
Thursday, May 03, 2018 (5487 reads)


Consistency for Trump is no virtue.

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SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE? 1-18-2011
Friday, February 04, 2011 (27366 reads)


SHOULD WE TONE DOWN THE SATIRE?  1-18-2011 

The Arizona shooting has added more and more voices to the demand to restore civility to political discourse. Over and over we hear the demand to stop the vitriolic exchange of insults driven by mutual hostility.

What does this mean for political satire? By definition, satire is hostile and offensive. Even Art Buchwald, whose satire was relatively mellow and genial, said “Satire is malicious”.  Holding people up to ridicule is not a friendly act. It doesn’t seem consistent with the proposal to lower the temperature of political discourse. So should satirists now blunt the edge of their wit when commenting on political issues and leaders?



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