Magazine February 6, 2017, Issue

Seven Lean Years

President Trump delivers his inaugural address, January 20, 2017. (Reuters photo: Lucy Nicholson)

By the time you read this, Donald Trump will have been sworn in as the 45th president of the United States.

Or maybe not. For all I know, some celebrities will have teamed up for a last-ditch viral video montage that proved so edgy and sentimentally profound that Trump was persuaded to step down and apologize to Hillary Clinton. You never know. Why else would they keep making them?

Either way, Barack Obama will no longer be president. Millions of Americans will delight in this fact, most of all Barack Obama, who seems eager to return to his roots as a community

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Andrew StilesAndrew Stiles is a political reporter for National Review Online. He previously worked at the Washington Free Beacon, and was an intern at The Hill newspaper. Stiles is a 2009 ...

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Books, Arts & Manners


Politics & Policy


Against Big-Government Conservatism Samuel R. Staley argues for a permanent revolving-loan bank (“The Infrastructure Bank We Need,” December 31). Staley conditions his proposal on the bank’s being “properly designed and constrained,” ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ So there were no left-wing Puerto Rican transsexual terrorists in federal prison? ‐ Representative John Lewis (D., Ga.) announced that he would skip Donald Trump’s inauguration: “I don’t see this ...
Politics & Policy


AT THE CHAPEL OF THE PINK SISTERS The crosses on the convent roofs Gleam sharply as the sun comes up. — Wallace Stevens, “Botanist on Alp (No. 2)” The March wind blows past the ...


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