Trudeau Hype, the Girls Finale, and Trump’s Military Boasts
Still cute, though: Justin Trudeau is far from being the free world’s crusading answer to Donald Trump, card-carrying Canadian Jesse Brown writes. He’s more of a Barack Obama—“a centrist in progressive clothing.”
Not yet, buddy: Trump’s Easter tweets included a boast about a “building” military “rapidly becoming stronger than ever before.” This is a case of wishful thinking and false advertising, Fred Kaplan writes. In the event, the president has yet to even submit a defense budget.
Meanwhile, in Georgia: A special election this week has the chance to hand the Democrats a Congressional seat in the state’s 6th District for the first time since 1979. Believe it, Michelle Goldberg argues: candidate Jon Ossoff’s win would “seriously weaken” Donald Trump.
Meanwhile meanwhile, in Arkansas: Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to fast-track eight executions because the state’s supply of a key lethal-injection drug will expire by the end of the month. Too bad, Dahlia Lithwick writes. A federal judge who placed a blanket stay on the executions this weekend was entirely correct to do so.
With a whimper: Girls’ series finale, which aired on HBO on Sunday night, was more of a gentle coda than a festival of narrative resolution, Willa Paskin thinks. But maybe that’s OK; the episode left plenty of emotional room for the show’s fans to say goodbye to its characters.
For fun: Mash meat into paste, why don’t you? Like they did in the 18th century.
Back from my leave, and feeling so right,