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Charles Lipson

Charles Lipson is the Peter B. Ritzma professor of political science emeritus at the University of Chicago, where he founded the Program on International Politics, Economics and Security, and a Spectator contributing writer.

Politics

The Democrats’ dirty secret? They don’t want witnesses

Getting John Bolton to testify might only prolong their political misery

By Charles Lipson

Politics

The Senate impeachment trial is all about November

The real argument is intended for the public in 10 months

By Charles Lipson

Middle East

Will the Iran-US confrontation spiral out of control? Even the experts don’t know

Escalation poses major risks for both Tehran and Washington — and they both know it

By Charles Lipson

Politics

Pelosi’s impeachment delay is an unforced error

Refusing to hand impeachment articles to the Senate looks like partisan pique because it is

By Charles Lipson

Politics

The Founding Fathers’ focus group on impeachment, 1787

What if we really, really don’t like the president? What do you think about that as a reason for giving him the heave-ho?

By Charles Lipson

Politics

The Democrats’ bad start to the impeachment hearings

To remove a president, they need evidence of serious malfeasance. Hearsay testimony about diplomatic process is not enough

By Charles Lipson

Politics

The age of invective

Nasty, illiberal rhetoric threatens liberal democracy

By Charles Lipson

Politics

What Pelosi really wants from impeachment

Her aim is to prevent Trump’s reelection

By Charles Lipson

The tedious failure of the Mueller hearings

Robert Mueller capped a distinguished career of public service with an undistinguished performance

By Charles Lipson

Jeffrey Epstein’s Lolita Express and the art of unequal justice

The nexus of power, money, and influence is why this scandal is likely to widen

By Charles Lipson

Politics

The Democrats’ Catch-22 in the primaries

In winning the primaries, they lose ordinary voters

By Charles Lipson

Politics

IN BRIEF: A quick summary of AG Barr’s letter to Congress

No coordination or collusion between Trump campaign and Russians

By Charles Lipson

Politics

The question isn’t if Joe Biden will screw up: it’s when

Can anyone win the 2020 Democratic primary without destroying their chances in the general election?

By Charles Lipson

North Korea

The Trump-Kim summit: what we know and what’s useless prattle

Almost everything you can hear, and several things you wont

By Charles Lipson

Politics

A quick and dirty guide to Chicago’s down and dirty mayoral election

For decades, Chicago has held its elections in February precisely because it is cold, often snowy, and hard to get to the polls

By Charles Lipson

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