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Section: New Republic (USA)

      The Senate Embraces Nihilism
      Feb01

      The Senate Embraces Nihilism

      A question came up during the Senate’s impeachment trial of President Donald Trump this week: What matters? To Alan Dershowitz, the answer was power. The Harvard University law professor emeritus argued on Wednesday night that Trump’s actions don’t actually matter as long as the president believes he did them for the right...

      Alan Dershowitz to Senators: L’Etat, C’est Trump
      Jan30

      Alan Dershowitz to Senators: L’Etat, C’est Trump

      For the Senate’s first day of questioning on Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s legal team tapped Patrick Philbin to answer most of the questions. Philbin, a deputy White House counsel, largely gave concise and sober answers to the senators’ queries. It was a refreshing change from the likes of Jay Sekulow, who addresses the...

      The Impeachment Trial Isn’t a Legal Process. It’s a Proxy War.
      Jan30

      The Impeachment Trial Isn’t a Legal Process. It’s a Proxy War.

      The impeachment trial of President Trump has been short on drama. The rules which govern the proceedings effectively preclude it—senators observing the trial sit testily, but quietly, through presentations from either side and submit their questions in writing directly to Chief Justice John Roberts. It’s been left to the two legal teams in...

      The Impeachment Trial Lawyers Have Joined the 2020 Campaign
      Jan29

      The Impeachment Trial Lawyers Have Joined the 2020 Campaign

      The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump has been short on drama. The rules which govern the proceedings effectively preclude it—Senators observing the trial sit testily, but quietly, through presentations from either side and submit their questions in writing directly to Chief Justice John Roberts. It’s been left to the two legal...

      John Bolton Is Trying to Make a Buck. So Is Everyone Else in Washington.
      Jan29

      John Bolton Is Trying to Make a Buck. So Is Everyone Else in Washington.

      There is good reason to think that John Bolton, Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, is in it for the money. Bolton has spent the last several months playing footsie with Congress, teasing that he has secrets to spill about Trump’s involvement in the Ukraine scandal but refusing to participate in the impeachment inquiry or...

      John Bolton Has Run the Trump White House’s Greatest Scam
      Jan28

      John Bolton Has Run the Trump White House’s Greatest Scam

      Anton Chekhov, the 19th century Russian author, did not believe in red herrings. The metaphorical gun that bears his name is a reminder to writers that everything matters, or at least that everything should matter, when crafting a novel. “If in the first act you have hung a pistol on the wall, then in the following one, it should be fired,” he...

      Beyond the Growth Gospel
      Jan27

      Beyond the Growth Gospel

      The history of modern economic planning doubles as a resort travelogue. In 1947, the forefathers of neoliberalism launched their world-conquering project at the Hôtel Du Parc on Mont Pèlerin in the Swiss Alps. Global economic consensus has remained synonymous with jet-setting hospitality in the decades since. From Davos to Doha, today’s...

      The Best Defense of Donald Trump
      Jan25

      The Best Defense of Donald Trump

      President Donald Trump’s lawyers will start delivering their opening statement on Saturday. Their defenses of his actions are unlikely to be cogent or persuasive. The trial brief his team filed earlier this week took alarming stances on executive power, effectively arguing that there are no constraints; therefore, the president cannot abuse...

      Adam Schiff and the End of Implausible Deniability
      Jan23

      Adam Schiff and the End of Implausible Deniability

      From time to time in the Trump era, Republican members of Congress have found themselves stricken with blindness, deafness, illiteracy, or some combination thereof. Their affliction tends to manifest whenever President Donald Trump and his allies do something troubling. They claimed that they didn’t watch coverage of a rally where his...

      The Democrats’ Airtight, Impotent Case for Impeaching Trump
      Jan23

      The Democrats’ Airtight, Impotent Case for Impeaching Trump

      Just over a year ago, hours after the new House Democratic majority was sworn in, incoming freshman Rashida Tlaib gave an impassioned speech to a crowd of revelers at an event sponsored by the progressive group MoveON. It was a speech about identity as a motivational force for political action, one that referred not only to her own Palestinian...