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BRUMMETT ONLINE: Fakery on the frontier

Subscriber onlyThe preposterous second-place president-elect, Donald Trump, huffily refused to accept a news-conference question last week from the reporter for CNN, which Trump called “fake news.” Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: The GIF under the tree

Subscriber onlyThis will be a short modern history of the General Improvement Fund. That's an element of the state government budget that has amounted to an outrage in recent years and now is criminally corrupt in at least one instance. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: No soup for you!

Subscriber onlyOn Tuesday, Gov. Asa Hutchinson told the joint legislative assembly loftily that the time had come to put partisanship aside and do what was best for the state. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Meek, maybe ... but spunky

Subscriber onlyA meek little guy with a mustache announced himself the new sheriff in town at the Arkansas Supreme Court on Tuesday. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: Missing the point, again

Subscriber onlyActress Meryl Streep accepted a lifetime achievement award Sunday evening from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Golden Globe Awards. She used the occasion to lament the mean-spiritedness of the nation’s looming dark cloud of a president whom she never named. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: Farewell, old friend

Subscriber onlyIn the early evening of Jan. 16, 1975, nearly 42 years ago, Stanley Russ of Conway was worried that a Democratic runoff that was tantamount to election was about to be stolen from him. Continue reading...

All about the show

Subscriber onlyRepublicans apparently will kill Obamacare mostly for show, then put much of it back incrementally over time with what will more closely resemble Hillary Clinton's proposed "fix" than Donald Trump's bellowed "repeal." Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: An ignominious start

Subscriber onlyAnd they were off. Continue reading...

BRUMMETT ONLINE: A hillbilly’s elegy

Subscriber onlyJ.D. Vance, the up-from-ruins author of the book "Hillbilly Elegy" that has come to define the neglected and resentful working-class white people who elected Donald Trump, has written a farewell tribute to Barack Obama. Continue reading...

JOHN BRUMMETT: What do we want?

Subscriber onlyPresident-elect Donald Trump put on Twitter last week that new economic indicators are uncommonly good. Then he wrote, "Thanks, Donald." Continue reading...

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