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Mar 14, 2018

The New York Times | Opinion Today- March 14, 2018.

The New York Times 
 

Wednesday, March 14, 2018



Op-Ed Columnist
Conor Lamb Roared. Republicans Should Quake.
By FRANK BRUNI
The Democrat’s showing in Pennsylvania foretells a brutal November for President Trump and his party.
Op-Ed Columnist
Some Things Are True Even if Trump Believes Them
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
He’s right that we have a real trade problem with China. But he’s wrong about what to do about it.
Op-Ed Columnist
When Trump Takes Charge
By ROSS DOUTHAT
The president might want to actually use the office, not just occupy it.
Op-Ed Columnist
Why Pasta Is the Answer to Trump
By FRANK BRUNI
This is a story about rigatoni. And bucatini. And yes, the president.
Editorial
America Has Failed Its Kids on Guns. It’s Time to Let Them Lead.
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
The nation’s adults must listen to the students walking out of their schools Wednesday to protest gun violence.
Editorial
Having a Torturer Lead the C.I.A.
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Few American officials were so directly involved in the frenzy of abuse after 9/11 as Gina Haspel, President Trump’s choice to head the agency.
Editorial
Trump May Make America Miss Rex Tillerson
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD
Tillerson eviscerated the State Department, but his replacement, Mike Pompeo, will encourage the president’s hot-headed hawkishness.
Op-Ed Contributor
Samantha Power: How Mike Pompeo Could Save the State Department
By SAMANTHA POWER
He can’t change the president, but he can get back to trying to solve problems in the real world.
Op-Ed Contributor
Where Does Mike Pompeo Stand on the Issues? Too Close to Trump
By PAUL R. PILLAR
Here’s how on issue after issue, the new secretary of state is too similar to the president.
David Leonhardt

David Leonhardt

Op-Ed Columnist
Conor Lamb, a Democrat, appears to have pulled off a shocking upset in a Pennsylvania congressional election last night.
The race is still too close to call. But Lamb has a 641-vote lead over the Republican, Rick Saccone, and the remaining uncounted ballots are absentee ballots, which tend to lean Democratic.
It will be a remarkable win if Lamb holds on. Donald Trump in 2016 and Mitt Romney in 2012 both won this district, in the Pittsburgh area, by almost 20 percentage points. Last night’s result is a sign that, while Trump may be holding onto his base, most voters are unhappy with his presidency. Republicans are looking at a very difficult midterm election.
One other point: There’s an ongoing debate, which I’ve covered before, about whether Democrats should focus this year on turning out their base or persuading swing voters. Lamb’s probable win helps answer the question: Both.
Democrats appear to have turned out at a much higher rate than Republicans last night, as G. Elliott Morris notes (with handy charts). But Lamb — a populist who is moderate on cultural issues — also clearly won over a bunch of Trump voters, given the district’s conservatism.
The 2018 midterm elections are a vital chance to check Trump’s power. They are, as David Remnick wrote this week, a “stress test of liberal democracy.” Given their importance, Democrats shouldn’t get caught up in either-or debates about turnout and persuasion.
Rexit. Serve President Trump at your own risk.
Just think about how badly Rex Tillerson damaged his reputation over the last 18 months. He went from being the longtime chief executive of one of the world’s biggest companies to suffering Trump’s repeated public humiliations. They culminated in yesterday’s firing by tweet.
Elsewhere: In the end, the leader Tillerson failed to understand was not any foreign head of state but his own boss, argues Politico’s Susan Glasser.
Many liberals are celebrating Tillerson’s firing as the end of the tenure of the nation’s worst secretary of state. But as The New Republic’s Jeet Heer and The Times’s editorial board each write, Tillerson’s replacement, Mike Pompeo, could make Tillerson’s sins look small by comparison.
Also in The Times, Samantha Power and Paul Pillar offer their perspectives on Pompeo. In The New Yorker, Dexter Filkins looked at Gina Haspel, Trump’s new choice to run the C.I.A., and her background overseeing illegal torture.
Contributing Op-Ed Writer
Gina Haspel’s Rise Is No Victory for Feminism
By MONA ELTAHAWY
The woman President Trump has chosen to lead the C.I.A. assisted torture and helped deceive the American people. Other women should not be applauding.
Contributing Op-Ed Writer
Germany’s National Anthem May Be Sexist. Is America’s Racist?
By JENNIFER FINNEY BOYLAN
“The Star-Spangled Banner” is not alone in having some disturbing lyrics.
Contributing Op-Ed Writer
Why I Am Dreading Netanyahu’s Departure
By SHMUEL ROSNER
Israel has had more than enough experience with novice politicians. That’s not what we need right now.
Contributing Op-Ed Writer
So You’ve Got Populists in Your Parliament. What Next?
By ANNA SAUERBREY
Germany is in the middle of a forced lesson in how to deal with an empowered far-right party.
Op-Ed Contributors
Dear National Rifle Association: We Won’t Let You Win. From, Teenagers.
By DARCY SCHLEIFSTEIN, ZACHARY DOUGHERTY AND SARAH EMILY BAUM
Our parents did not succeed in ensuring our safety at school. So we must do it ourselves.
Op-Ed Contributor
China’s Economy Is Not Normal. It Doesn’t Have to Be.
By YUKON HUANG
What seem like weaknesses — imbalance, debt — have been strengths: Even corruption has spurred growth.
Op-Ed Contributor
The Real Problem With Video Games
By SETH SCHIESEL
It’s not the violent content. It’s the toxic culture.
Op-Ed Contributor
Turning Back the Clock on Protecting Alaska’s Wild Lands
By MIKE DOMBECK
An Alaskan senator wants to open millions of acres in the Tongass National Forest to road building and logging.
The Stone
Bannon’s Deviant ‘Badge of Honor’
By JASON STANLEY
The tactic of subverting language to turn vice into virtue has a very dark past.
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