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Old February 20th, 2018, 10:01 AM   #1
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"Our democracy is in serious danger,"

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"Our democracy is in serious danger," Thomas L. Friedman wrote. "President Trump is either totally compromised by the Russians or is a towering fool, or both, but either way he has shown himself unwilling or unable to defend America against a Russian campaign to divide and undermine our democracy."

That's a quote from Friedman's newest column, which came out on NYTimes.com Sunday night. His column normally appears in print on Wednesdays, so this one was just for the web. It has received an enormous amount of attention. More than 2,600 comments and still growing. As Friedman told me: "Not my day. Not in print. And it may be the most widely circulated column I've ever written."

His column -- titled "Whatever Trump Is Hiding Is Hurting All of Us Now" -- has been at the top of the NYT's "most emailed" and "popular on Facebook" lists all day. I noticed people who are usually virulent Friedman critics praising him for writing it. There's something about the last paragraph, in particular, that struck a chord. "This is code red," he wrote. "The biggest threat to the integrity of our democracy today is in the Oval Office."

So I called Friedman to find out how the column came about...
The rest of the article, justification for the opening paragraph and links at https://mailchi.mp/cnn/rs-feb-19-201...am=top-stories
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This Friedman is a nutter. End of story.
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Oh crap. I thought it was about Trudeau
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Old February 20th, 2018, 10:39 AM   #4
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Thomas L. Friedman is a three time Pulitzer Prize winner.
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Our Democracy? When did you become a U.S. citizen? If your not, why this obsession with U.S. politics?
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Thomas L. Friedman is a three time Pulitzer Prize winner.
I agree, our political system is wanting. But that's what happens when you have an entrenched "permanent political class" only interested in staying in power.
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He's compromised. That goes without saying now.
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Old February 20th, 2018, 11:09 AM   #8
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Friedman is a nutter, no matter what phony prizes he's won.

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This tweet from Donald Trump is inviting a lot of mockery this morning.
I have been much tougher on Russia than Obama, just look at the facts. Total Fake News!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
There’s just one problem: Trump has a point.

Barack Obama sold out our Eastern European allies on missile defense. He slow-walked aid to Ukraine and did little more than shrug when Crimea was annexed. He said “never mind” on his own “red line” in Syria and turned a blind eye to Putin’s intervention there, in large part because of his obsessions with getting the Iran deal. The Russian meddling in our elections started on Obama’s watch — and not just our elections but those of many of our allies. When Mitt Romney famously said Russia was our No. 1 geopolitical foe, Obama mocked him for it as did countless liberal journalists who are now converts to anti-Russia hawkery.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration has made life harder for Russia diplomatically and economically thanks to revving up our oil and gas production. It hasn’t been as tough as some — including me — would like, but it’s been tougher than the Obama administration. Or at least it’s not unreasonable.
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The mockery of Trump’s claim arises, I think, from two sources. The first is Trump himself. The administration has been tough on Russia, but Trump himself has not been rhetorically tough. For reasons that have launched a thousand theories, the president cannot bring himself to speak harshly about Vladimir Putin in a convincing way.

The second, related, reason is that the Russia investigation has become a carryall for anti-Trump obsessions among the press and Democrats generally. The narrative (God, I’m getting sick of that word) is that Trump is in league with the Russians. There’s no room in that storyline for the Trump administration to be hindering Russia. Nor is there room for the inconvenient fact that Obama deserves a good deal of blame for Russia’s mischief at home and abroad.
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How many Pulitzers has National Review won post Buckley Jr.?
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Pulitzer Prizes, a laugh a minute.

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