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Stories by Lisa Van Dusen

The evolution of impeachment, or this time we’ll be pining for a sticky Gap dress

Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Like everything else in Trumpian Washington, impeachment would make previous iterations seem both sane and dignified.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In normal circumstances, beating Trump in 2020 would be a laugher. But again, in normal circumstances, he wouldn’t be … you know.
The image of a man staring down a column of tanks in Beijing 30 years ago is an indestructible tribute to what the tanks of D-Day were defending 45 years earlier.
The supremely gifted and fatefully flawed diplomat died in 2010 after collapsing in the office he never got to occupy. A new biography unfurls the backstory.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Sure, people laughed when Barack Obama’s White House operating principle was revealed. Apparently, it needs to be revived and repeated. Over and over again.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The Trump administration’s relations with the media, which began as shocking and outrageous, have become predictably, dangerously normalized.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The U.S. ex-vice-president’s experience on both foreign and domestic policy makes him a formidable presidential candidate. His decency makes him the perfect foil for Donald Trump.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Instead of enabling yet another circus in an era of circuses by impeaching Donald Trump, Democrats should defeat the symptom and clean up the system.
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Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Things have changed since the pro-democracy revolutions of post-Soviet eastern Europe, in part because of another revolution altogether—the Fourth Industrial one.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The man likely to be Ukraine’s new president is a comedian who played the president of Ukraine in a Netflix series. This could be just the casting breakthrough we need.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Political actors are now being cast, scripted, and rewarded to perform in engineered narratives as a means to an end. Really.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Donald Trump’s obliteration of political norms has made plausible the anointment of an erstwhile hacker, punk rocker, and manny as his potential successor. Try not to be judgy.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While elections in Israel are never boring, the results are certainly getting a little predictable.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
At a time when we should be connecting to produce sums greater than our parts, examples of just such moments stand out amid the divisions.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the completely avoidable and largely contrived brink of cataclysm looms, Prime Minister Theresa May should think outside the Brexit bollocks box and consider telling the truth.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Civilization seems to be living through another moment when the benefit of the doubt is being exploited as a weakness by corrupt actors.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
With our brains cyberconditioned to abandon discernment, we're losing the political survival mechanisms of shock and perspective.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the cost-benefit results of China's geopolitical rise clarify daily, the most alarming thing may be America's alarm.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The disruptive lunacy of the American president has amplified the appeal of anyone who doesn’t look, sound, and act like him. That’s excellent news for women.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Amid the current festival of previously unthinkable geopolitical squabbles, the battle for Canada's roadside moose-statue supremacy is one we can all get behind.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The infatuated president’s passion for Putin couldn’t have been more obvious if he’d humped the diminutive dictator’s leg and belted out the Russian national anthem during their Helsinki newser.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As we embark on a year in which the state of electioneering will be a barometer for democracy, there are questions bigger than the horse race.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Special counsel Robert Mueller may well solve America’s leadership crisis. If he doesn’t, the Democrats won’t just need someone who can win the presidency. They’ll need someone who can’t lose.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
As the world’s democratic and non-democratic tectonic plates continue to grind, the perpetual content feed is the new battlefield.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The patriarch of America’s Republican political dynasty defined leadership as duty, honour, country. His death is a reminder of how much character counts.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
The visionary former Colorado Senator whose bid for the presidency was derailed in 1987 wasn’t so much an early political casualty of celebrity journalism as he was an early content provider.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
While the entirely avoidable chaos unfolding in Western democracies sucks up all the oxygen, something important is happening in one of China’s purchased pearls.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
This week’s midterm-results recount is déjà vu for some observers of the state’s 2000 presidential-election recount. As one political aide who was there recounts: ‘PTSD. Thank you.’
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In the face of post-truth fatigue and an untimely deadline, here’s a pre-news piece filed from a rational parallel universe.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Britain’s first Brexit referendum was, by Canadian standards, deeply unserious. Now, it’s squeaky bum time.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
In the global war on democracy, the war zone has no borders and journalists are no longer seen as non-combatants.
Opinion|By Lisa Van Dusen
Maybe vicarious space travel is the perfect escape from our current planetary unpleasantness.

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