Donald Trump has inflicted painful damage to the American justice system — but there's a way to unravel it

In America’s cold civil war, it’s easy to focus on the pitched battles for the presidency and congress and, aside from occasional Supreme Court decisions that manage to penetrate our consciousness, forget an entire third branch of government. That’s because the fights over the political branches are surface operations while the battle for the courts is most akin to submarine warfare.

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Here's an agonizing illustration of what we could be doing instead of watching America disintegrate amid the coronavirus crisis

The most famous torment of Greek myth was the punishment of Tantalus (the origin of our word “tantalize”), who was cursed to be forever hungry and thirsty with food and water just out of reach. Focusing on what might have been is invariably jarring, which is why psychologists warn against spending a lot of time thinking about what might have been if only circumstances were different.

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It’s not just Iowa: The Democrats’ entire nomination process is dumb and needs to be blown up

It’s a myth that the Chinese use the same word for crisis and opportunity, but it’s nonetheless sound advice to never let a crisis go to waste…and Democrats are surely experiencing a major crisis right now in their presidential nominating process. It is imperative that they take advantage of it to make some fundamental changes.

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Democrats face this critical challenge in 2020 -- and here's what they must do to inspire their voters

The biggest tension among Democrats this year has been over the choice between competing 2020 election strategies: motivating their base to increase turnout and avoid third-party defections, or moderating their pitch to capture swing voters.

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