The Congress/English Dictionary

Nancy Pelosi and Paul Ryan exchanging pleasantries at the opening of the 115th Congress.CreditAndrew Harrer/Bloomberg

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His supporters may adore him for “saying what everyone thinks,” but President-elect Donald J. Trump is about to confront the indecipherable jargon of Capitol Hill, which will go well beyond his 140-character norm. Here’s my contribution to the success of his presidency: “The “Congress/English Dictionary.”

CONGRESS: “The distinguished gentleman.” ENGLISH: “The insufferable idiot.”

CONGRESS: “My good friend from the other side of the aisle.” ENGLISH: “My adversary, who must have been raised by, like, aliens.” Continue reading

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Trump May Make Bipartisanship Popular Again

Preparations for the inauguration being readied near the U.S. Capitol, on Thursday.CreditSam Hodgson for The New York Times

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Like many Americans, I’ve worried about the consequences of Donald J. Trump’s presidency during the long interregnum leading to Inauguration Day, about his unresolved business conflicts, tendencies toward authoritarianism and his policies.

But I’ve found comfort in a surprising group of right-leaning people who share my fears, though not my political outlook: Jennifer Rubin, Kathleen Parker and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post; the conservative intellectual David Frum; the Republican consultants Rick Wilson, Matthew Dowd and Ana Navarro; and the former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin. Continue reading

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With Trump it’s not the ideology, it’s the disorder

“With Trump it’s not the ideology, it’s the disorder. Containing that could be the patriotic cause that brings us together.”

From David Brooks

 

David Brooks, “The Internal Invasion”

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The Surreal Trump Inauguration

People in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration. CreditDamon Winter/The New York Times

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Usually before a major moment of political theater — be it a convention speech, a debate, a State of the Union or an Inaugural Address — there is a lot of talk about what the main player, the candidate or president, can do to reach out, to win over, to unite and to persuade. Continue reading

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Real crises need real solutions

“Real crises need real solutions. They can’t be resolved with a killer tweet, or by having your friends in the F.B.I. or the Kremlin feed the media stories that take your problems off the front page.”

From Paul Krugman

Paul Krugman, “Donald the Unready

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We Still Need an Answer, Mr. President-Elect

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The president-elect and his transition team still have not fully answered the question:

“Mr. President-elect, can you stand here today, once and for all and say that no one connected to you or your campaign had any contact with Russia leading up to or during the presidential campaign?” Continue reading

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What Trump Taught Me About Being Asian-American

Chinatown, in New York City. CreditChristopher Gregory for The New York Times

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Tonight, my Chinese family and I will be at a restaurant in Brooklyn’s Chinatown eating fried tofu and Peking duck while Donald J. Trump attends Inaugural Balls. If you told me a year ago that we would be commiserating banquet-style while an internet troll was sworn in as president, I would have snorted derisively into my illegal shark fin soup.

Growing up in Manhattan, the American-born child of immigrants from Hong Kong, I was embarrassed by my family’s strange holidays. I never learned to speak the language, or even use chopsticks. Disney’s “Mulan” felt like a caricature of every stereotype I was teased about in school. When “Fresh Off the Boat” aired on television, it seemed that people like me were the butt of a nationally understood joke — especially when Chinese people were portrayed by Korean actors. Continue reading

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