Emily's husband; Charlotte, Tommy, Molly's dad. Author, FDR, Obama books. MSNBC analyst, DailyBeast columnist. Co-host, Sirius XM Alter Family Politics.

‘The Populist Explosion’ Dissects the History of the Anti-Elite Worldview

nytimes.com — Judis extends this unified theory of populism to the present day, when stagnant wages, corporate desertions and widespread fear of being cast adrift in the global economy have brought Bernie Sanders and Trump together in their contempt for trade deals.

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President Donald Trump’s Team of Terribles Would Bring Bridgegate to Oval Office

thedailybeast.com — NEWARK - Whenever I talk to Trump supporters, they always say two things: He knows business and he'd have "people around him" to rein him in. A guy who loses nearly a billion dollars in the boom economy of the 1990s is not exactly a star businessman. And the team?

Obama's Denver Debate Choke: Inside the Debate Prep

newrepublic.com — Part of the problem was that the president was uncomfortable with the advice he was getting. Early on in prep, Klain suggested he adopt Paul Westhead's run-and-gun offense, which emphasized fast breaks for easy points and only a light defense against Romney's shots. "You'll win 162 to 160," he said.

Hillary Clinton Is Right: Donald Trump Threatens World War III

thedailybeast.com — Stark Choice One of the best lines in Hillary Clinton's acceptance speech came when she quoted Jackie Kennedy's relief that "little men" weren't in charge during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, when the world came, as Robert McNamara once told me, "just inches" from nuclear war.

The Carters’ Platinum Anniversary

newyorker.com — Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter were making coffee in their suite at the Westin in Annapolis while, downstairs, a few hundred donors, friends, and Carter Administration veterans (Walter Mondale, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jerry Rafshoon) had gathered for the annual Carter Center Weekend.

Donald Trump Drags GOP Into Very Ugly Territory

thedailybeast.com — It's tough judging Donald Trump on a historical continuum. We've never before seen an unsmiling nominee hectoring and fear-mongering for more than an hour. William Jennings Bryan came close as the Democratic nominee in 1896, though at least his Cross of Gold speech was eloquent. But there are echoes across the generations.

Touring Auschwitz the Week After Elie Wiesel’s Death

thedailybeast.com — The witness has forced himself to testify. For the youth of today, for the children who will be born tomorrow. He does not want his past to become their future. -- Night, by Eli Wiesel. This week, just after the death of Eli Wiesel, I traveled with my family to Auschwitz, the largest crime scene in world history.

What’s the Matter with the Left?

washingtonmonthly.com — In 2004, Thomas Frank wrote an important book, What's the Matter with Kansas?, that tried to answer the question of why a state with a populist tradition (though he exaggerated it) was now producing toxic right-wing politics. Frank had a polemical edge, but mostly he sorted through the complexities of why so many working-class Americans routinely vote against their own economic interests.

As President, Trump’s ‘Asia Pivot’ Will Be Toward War

thedailybeast.com — Hillary Clinton came out swinging at Donald Trump Thursday, making specific reference to the scary prospect of him taking possession of the nuclear codes: "It's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin."
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Oct 24, 2016

RT @NormOrnstein: Yet another cringeworthy story by reporter trying to win a Pulitzer by getting Clinton. Where are the editors? https://t.co/clc3YGtl0y

Oct 24, 2016

That's what always surprised me in my convos with Tom--the pragmatism. Bernie supporters could learn from that.  https://twitter.com/ronbrownstein/status/790471283678978048 

Oct 24, 2016

RT @ron_fournier: You're undermining US troops in the midst of a battle. Do you not know that or do you not care?  https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/790337063489040384 

Oct 24, 2016

RT @RonBrownstein: Smart funny decent curious and he wrote a document that will be read in 100 years to understand it's time: how many…

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