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Trump Dumps Qaddafi!

Would that every day brought a story so entertaining: A tent on Donald Trump's estate in suburban New York City was dismantled Wednesday, and Libyan leader Moammar Khadafy apparently will not be showing up there at all. The dismantling came just after Westchester County Executive Andrew Spano said the Secret Service had told him Gadhafi would be coming to Trump's property. Spano's office later said the Secret Service reported he would not visit Bedford, after all — something "subject to change."... Trump had been criticized for renting space for Gadhafi, and his organization issued a statement

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A wonderful account from the NYT's Sharon Otterman. I hadn't realized the official time limit on speeches was meant to be fifteen minutes. The Libyan went six times that long. Also, a money quote: “We are content and happy if Obama can stay forever as the president of America." I have more than a few neighbors here in Brooklyn who might agree. And just when you thought things couldn't get any weirder, it appears that Qaddafi is en route to Donald Trump's estate, where his Bedouin tent has been pitched. Paging Tom Wolfe!

Immediately following Obama at the lectern here at the U.N. is the Libyan "leader of the revolution" (as he was introduced), who has emerged from his bizarre run-in with Donald Trump--and the interference of angry protesters--to deliver a predictably kooky speech. If I have it right through the shaky translation device clipped to my ear, Qaddafi is raging against Western imperialism and manipulation of the U.N. by great powers which renders smaller nations irrelevant: "You are just like the speakers in hyde park -- no more no less ...

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Backward Runs 'Newsweek'

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Trump Trumps

Donald Trump told the New York Post that he was endorsing Rudy Guiliani for the Republican nomination and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic one. I understand why he might like Rudy. But Hillary? Maybe it's his commitment to "the politics of meaning," that phony pseudo-religious dispensation she was peddling early in her husband's first term. Now either Guiliani or Clinton would be better than Trump. You do remember, though--don't you?--that he has often threatened a presidential race himself.

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Third Out

AMERICAN POLITICS isn't physics, but it has rules nonetheless. And one of the clearest has to do with third parties. Since the nation's founding, no third party has knocked off one of the reigning two, and none has taken power. (The Republican Party of the 1850s, sometimes cited as an exception, actually emerged as a major party after the Whig Party expired.) That's not to say third parties always fail; they just succeed in a different way. When third parties succeed, it's because they change the terms of debate. They take a cry from the margins of American life—an issue, or an interest, or a

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Relativity Theory

Were he not a reactionary and a demagogue, I would feel sorry for Pat Buchanan. Not long ago he held a respected position within the Republican Party, wherein he gave keynote speeches at political conventions, represented the conservative viewpoint on TV talk shows, and was courted by party leaders. Now he has become a figure of almost universal disrepute.

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The Speculator

My strange road trip with George Soros.

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