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Michael Brendan Dougherty

Senior correspondent

Michael Brendan Dougherty is senior correspondent at TheWeek.com. He is the founder and editor of The Slurve, a newsletter about baseball. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Slate and The American Conservative.

A new nationalism is rising. Don't let Donald Trump destroy it.
Nationalism doesn't have to be as narrow as Trump's view.
Opinion

A new nationalism is rising. Don't let Donald Trump destroy it.

How Donald Trump watered down the very idea of American greatness
Donald Trump campaign hats
Opinion

How Donald Trump watered down the very idea of American greatness

Why Ted Cruz's huge convention gamble will pay off in the end
Ted Cruz speaks at the convention
Opinion

Why Ted Cruz's huge convention gamble will pay off in the end

Finally, an effective Republican attack on Hillary
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bashes Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention.
Opinion

Finally, an effective Republican attack on Hillary

Why the Trump convention crackles with life
Trump at the 2016 RNC.
Opinion

Why the Trump convention crackles with life

Turkey is now a huge liability for NATO — and America
Turkey President Erdogan
Opinion

Turkey is now a huge liability for NATO — and America

How Trumpism hid in plain sight for 15 years
There were signs of Trump everywhere, if anyone was paying attention.
Opinion

How Trumpism hid in plain sight for 15 years

Why Mike Pence would do little to help Donald Trump
Donald Trump and Mike Pence.
Opinion

Why Mike Pence would do little to help Donald Trump

What Donald Trump's VP choice will signal about his radical candidacy
Newt Gingrich: a mind-mend choice.
Opinion

What Donald Trump's VP choice will signal about his radical candidacy

There is no good reason for any fence-sitting Republican to endorse Donald Trump
Endorsing Donald Trump won't be worth it.
Opinion

There is no good reason for any fence-sitting Republican to endorse Donald Trump

2016 is the year of paralysis in the face of certain disaster
Just waiting for it to come our way.
Opinion

2016 is the year of paralysis in the face of certain disaster

2016 is already a catastrophic year for the pro-life movement
Anti-abortion activists.
Opinion

2016 is already a catastrophic year for the pro-life movement

The weird kabuki of Democrats and Republicans lying about the Middle East
U.S. Special Forces in Afghanistan, 2009.
Opinion

The weird kabuki of Democrats and Republicans lying about the Middle East

The dark pessimism of American Christians
Dark days ahead.
Opinion

The dark pessimism of American Christians

Everyone needs to stop freaking out about Brexit
Everybody just calm down.
Opinion

Everyone needs to stop freaking out about Brexit

Why is America backing Saudi Arabia's atrocious war in Yemen?
Saudi-backed Yemeni government fighters ahead of offensive
Opinion

Why is America backing Saudi Arabia's atrocious war in Yemen?

Why Britain should leave the EU
Should Britain stay in the European Union?
Opinion

Why Britain should leave the EU

Forgive Pope Francis for his sins against reason
The Pope just can't help himself.
Opinion

Forgive Pope Francis for his sins against reason

Dump Trump!
Donald Trump's support is dwindling.
Opinion

Dump Trump!

Donald Trump's malicious stupidity
Dangerous rhetoric.
Opinion

Donald Trump's malicious stupidity

Is #NeverTrump working?
A hashtag could take down Donald Trump.
Opinion

Is #NeverTrump working?

The existential despair of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump
It's a tough time for us all.
Opinion

The existential despair of Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump

The Libertarian presidential ticket is super qualified — and entirely unappealing
The Libertarian ticket is stronger than it's ever been.
Opinion

The Libertarian presidential ticket is super qualified — and entirely unappealing

The injustice and impossibility of asking immigrants to save the Western welfare state
Migrants are forced to wait in Budapest.
Opinion

The injustice and impossibility of asking immigrants to save the Western welfare state

How Baby Boomer psychodrama infected the 2016 election
The Boomers' last stand
Opinion

How Baby Boomer psychodrama infected the 2016 election

How David Cameron unwittingly disproved himself on the Brexit
Prime Minister David Cameron leads the campaign to remain part of the European Union.
Opinion

How David Cameron unwittingly disproved himself on the Brexit

Donald Trump's bar-stool foreign policy
Donald Trump's foreign policy will not hold up.
Opinion

Donald Trump's bar-stool foreign policy

How the Bernie Sanders insurgency staved off a much bigger threat to the Democratic Party
Welcoming Socialists into the party.
Analysis

How the Bernie Sanders insurgency staved off a much bigger threat to the Democratic Party

Why 'Crooked Hillary' is likely to stick
Clinton and the Democrats have only themselves to blame.
Opinion

Why 'Crooked Hillary' is likely to stick

Afraid of Trump becoming a dictator? Blame Bush and Obama.
The power of the executive office.
Opinion

Afraid of Trump becoming a dictator? Blame Bush and Obama.

Why the Little Sisters of the Poor shouldn't settle for a stingy exemption
The Little Sisters of the Poor should demand to have their beliefs taken seriously.
Opinion

Why the Little Sisters of the Poor shouldn't settle for a stingy exemption

Obama's odious war in Yemen
President Obama put the U.S. in the midsts of another war.
Opinion

Obama's odious war in Yemen

The Republican Party now belongs to Donald Trump
He'll do what he wants with it.
Opinion

The Republican Party now belongs to Donald Trump

The myth of Donald Trump's upper-class support
Donald Trump supporters at a rally.
Opinion

The myth of Donald Trump's upper-class support

Why I won't vote in November
This is what happens when there are no good options.
Opinion

Why I won't vote in November

How Hillary Clinton could blow it
Trump has a way of twisting attacks in his favor.
Opinion

How Hillary Clinton could blow it