Monthly Archives: December 2018

Expect More and More

An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves. But that’s too glib. There are analytical realists. They look at that past year, at what happened. They … Continue reading

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In the Dead Zone

The week between Christmas and New Year’s Day is the dead zone – this year Tuesday to Tuesday. Anyone who can take the week off takes the week off. Politicians leave Washington. What they could do for the year they … Continue reading

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A Government in Hiding

There are governments in exile. There was Charles de Gaulle and the French Committee of National Liberation – the real French government in London, not the fake French government in Vichy, or so de Gaulle said. The allies decided that … Continue reading

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All the Strangeness

President Trump finally had to do what all other presidents do, routinely. He had to adhere to the norms. He visited the troops in Iraq. But he refused to be normal. He’d show them, he’d show them all. He told … Continue reading

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The Two Missing Days

Things should have stopped for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but things didn’t stop. No one paid attention, but now that won’t do. Odd things have been happening. The New York Times’ Katie Rogers was keeping track: President Trump retooled … Continue reading

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The Christmas Pause

It’s time for family, elsewhere – back on Wednesday evening – “Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments … Continue reading

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Ebenezer Trump

Not much has changed since 1843, when Charles Dickens gave the world that tale of a miserable miserly vindictive but rich old man alone in the night just before Christmas – who only changes his ways after the ghost of … Continue reading

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