There are longterm dangers in the war we…

This week in Washington, war fever fully took hold. At briefings this week, members of the White House press corps took turns trying to find new ways to push the US into a direct military conflict with Russia. A few months ago, as things were winding down in Congress, I started going to the White House press briefings more often. It’s been interesting to watch the contrast between those briefings and press conferences on Capitol Hill. The biggest difference is the way in which White House reporters ask the same question over and over even if they know they’re not going to get an answer. On the Hill, if a reporter asked Chuck Schumer, for instance, if he planned to put the voting rights bill on the floor, and he said no, it wouldn’t really occur to other reporters to ask the question again. But that’s often what happens at the White House.

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