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Elizabeth Drew
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 9, 2018
The key lesson from the Wolff book on Trump
A new book on Donald Trump's White House mostly tells us what we already knew: that Trump is unqualified to be president and incapable of staffing his administration with competent aides.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 3, 2018
Brace for a Trump New Year
U..S President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress appear determined to torpedo Special Counsel Robert Mueller's independent legal inquiry.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 5, 2017
The madness of King Donald
The risk of a US military confrontation with North Korea, coupled with President Donald Trump's increasingly peculiar behavior, has put official Washington on edge.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 22, 2017
Why Steve Bannon had to go
Without any defined responsibilities, Trump's chief strategist intruded wherever he wished — and ended up with a lot of enemies.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jun 26, 2017
America's Russian-roulette presidency
There's no relief in sight for Donald Trump as investigators probe whether his compaign colluded with Russian efforts to tip the U.S. presidential election in his favor.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 13, 2017
Trump's crazed transition is making history
Judging by his post-election transition — which has been, hands down, the strangest in U.S. history — all we really know about how Donald Trump will govern is that we must expect the unexpected.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Dec 16, 2016
Will Trump get trumped?
In January, Donald Trump will head to Washington with his team of radical, inexperienced and inordinately wealthy Cabinet picks. But he is not nearly as invincible as he seems to believe.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 28, 2016
Why is the U.S. presidential race so close?
Many people around the world are probably wondering why Hillary Clinton — who is obviously more prepared and better suited for the U.S. presidency than her opponent, Donald Trump — isn't waltzing to victory.
COMMENTARY / World
Aug 9, 2016
Understanding America's electoral college
Thanks to America's Electoral College, in presidential elections it's not who wins the most votes nationwide that matters in the end, but who wins in which states.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
May 18, 2016
Can the U.S. political parties heal themselves?
With their nomination fights all but over, both the Democrats and the Republicans now face the challenge of reuniting for the fall campaign.
Japan Times
COMMENTARY / World
Jan 18, 2016
Sizing up America's presidential election so far
At this point in the U.S. presidential election campaign, with both major parties set to choose their nominees in state-level primary elections, predictions are impossible.
COMMENTARY / World
Sep 22, 2015
Could 2016 really see a Trump vs. Sanders race?
Those who quickly wrote off Donald Trump as a buffoon failed to see that he has shrewdly read the Republican zeitgeist, and that he knows precisely where to stick the knife into competitors.
COMMENTARY / World
Jul 19, 2015
America's why not election
The U.S. presidential election not only has more candidates than ever; it has the highest proportion of any election in memory of aspirants who are flat-out unqualified.
COMMENTARY / World
Mar 1, 2015
The not-ready-for-prime-time Republicans
In their first couple of months dominating the U.S. Congress, Republicans have passed no major legislation, taken largely negative positions and may be about to impede the operation of a crucial government department. In short, they're not where national leaders hoped they would be.

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