April 27, 2017

Rachel Maddow Turned a Scoop on Donald Trump’s Taxes Into a Cynical, Self-Defeating Spectacle.

At 7:36 p.m. Tuesday night, Rachel Maddow tweeted “BREAKING: We’ve got Trump tax returns. Tonight, 9pm ET. MSNBC. (Seriously),” sending the internet into a frenzy of theorizing. Did Maddow have Donald Trump’s tax returns or just one of the Trumps’ tax returns? Could this be it, the tax return that would bring down the Donald? […]

Obama’s Gun Violence Tears: Authentic Grief or Cynical Theater?

Yesterday, I discussed President Obama’s gun control pep rally — at which he employed characteristically deceitful and demagogic rhetoric — on Fox News with my frequent liberal sparring partner Julie Roginsky. Among other topics, we addressed whether Obama’s much-discussed emotional display was genuine or a political put-on. On that particular question, we (and Donald Trump, interestingly) were in agreement: […]

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