May 31, 2020

Patriotism and the presidency

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 6 Jan 2017 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 Patriotism and the presidency By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – The first prerequisite for any U.S. president is patriotism, that one simple, overused word that means a person has the best interests of the nation […]

Devolution of America

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5 Jan 2017 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 Devolution of America By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Before the election, conventional wisdom had the GOP coming apart, had the Tea Party at war with traditional Republicans, and had fiscal hawks battling social conservatives. […]

Obama’s gift to Trump: increased executive power

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 29 Dec 2016 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 Obama’s gift to Trump: increased executive power By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – Thanks to President Obama, President-elect Trump is going to inherit the most powerful executive branch in modern times. It is not what […]

Safety vs. liberty

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 21 Dec 2016 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 Safety vs. liberty By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – The Christmas market attack in Berlin is forcing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to confront the age-old choice between public safety and individual rights.  Because of Germany’s […]

The Ayn Rand Cabinet

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 15 Dec 2016 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 The Ayn Rand Cabinet By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – So far there are three prospective members of Donald Trump’s Cabinet who are admirers of Ayn Rand, and so is Donald Trump. He sees himself […]

His name is Conflict-of-Interest

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 Dec 2016 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 His name is Conflict-of-Interest By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – It is a raw exercise of Robber Baron power. Rex Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil is being nominated for secretary of State by President-elect […]

Electoral possibilities may trump probabilities

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 11 Dec 2016 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 Electoral possibilities may trump probabilities By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – On December 19th the 538 presidential electors will remain in their home states where 306 of them will cast their votes, most likely for […]

The Russian bear is a paper tiger

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 9 Dec 2016 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 The Russian bear is a paper tiger By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – During the campaign, Donald Trump often spoke admiringly about Russian President Putin, citing his strength as a leader and how Putin has […]

The Law of Inverse Construction: As goes the euro, so go the EU and NATO

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 5 Dec 2016 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 The Law of Inverse Construction: As goes the euro, so go the EU and NATO By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – The political crisis in Italy, marked by the resignation of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi […]

Dignity wasn’t present

  IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1 Dec 2016 WASHINGTON MERRY-GO-ROUND Today’s Events in Historical Perspective America’s Longest-Running Column, Founded 1932 Dignity wasn’t present By Douglas Cohn and Eleanor Clift WASHINGTON – When you see that picture of an obsequious Mitt Romney eating crow with Donald Trump, what’s your takeaway? Who is using whom? Is Romney doing his […]