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The hack who repented
How a sleazy pol went to the White House and became a reformer

February 18, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

WHEN CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR became president of the United States, everyone knew what to expect — and it wasn't good. Arthur was a thoroughgoing hack. He was a partisan crony who had risen to influence as a loyal henchman of Senator Roscoe Conkling, the arrogant and ruthless boss of the New York Republican machine.

The prospect of Arthur in the White House, lamented the Chicago Tribune, was "a pending calamity of the utmost magnitude." As the eminent diplomat and historian Andrew Dickson White would later recall, the most common reaction to the news in political circles was: "Chet Arthur, president of the United States?! Good God!"

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The Tea Party, RIP

February 14, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

I ADMIRED the Tea Party. I regarded it as the most impressive American grassroots political movement in my adult life. I cheered its rise to influence in 2009 and 2010, applauded its focus on curbing government's exploding budgets and trillion-dollar deficits, and shared its opposition to the massive overreach of the Affordable Care Act. I defended it against scurrilous attacks from unhinged liberals, who demonized its members as segregationists, terrorists, and arsonists.

And now I mourn its demise.

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Poland and Israel need friendship, not a bitter fight over history

February 7, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

POLAND AND ISRAEL are embroiled in a diplomatic crisis, the worst between the two countries since the Cold War ended 30 years ago.

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A 'Wall of Shame' on the Mexican border

February 4, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

IN THE DESERT outside San Diego, tactical teams assigned to US Customs and Border Protection have been testing eight prototypes for the "great, great wall on our southern border" that Donald Trump has been calling for since the day he began his campaign for president. The panels are 30 feet high and 30 feet long, and cost an average of $450,000 each. They are made of solid concrete or a steel-and-concrete combination. According to Fox News, teams have spent three weeks trying to breach and scale the giant wall sections, "using jackhammers, saws, torches and other tools and climbing devices." So far they have proved virtually impassable.

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Trump protects Americans from affordable washing machines

January 31, 2018  •  The Boston Globe

PRESIDENT TRUMP last week slapped steep tariffs on imported solar cells and washing machines, in order, he said, to "benefit our consumers and . . . create a lot of jobs." The likelihood of achieving either of those goals is nil.

Trump imposed the solar-cell taxes at the behest of two US companies unable to match the low prices offered by their China-based competitors, which dominate the global market in solar panels. He ordered the washing machine tariffs for the benefit of Whirlpool Corp., which has been losing market share to two tenacious South Korean manufacturers, Samsung and LG Electronics.

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