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Dick Polman

Dick Polman is the national political columnist at NewsWorks/WHYY in Philadelphia ( and a “Writer in Residence” at the University of Pennsylvania. Email him at

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We know — or think we know — why so many people stormed the U.S. Capitol. Most notably, a defeated leader pumped his Kool-Aid down their throats. But that’s not the whole story...

By Dick Polman March 6, 2021
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It’s so lamentably easy to stew with the ongoing gush of bad news. Punxsutawney Phil has fled to his hidey hole after glimpsing six more weeks of vaccine chaos.

By Dick Polman February 7, 2021
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I’ll readily admit that the face gracing the $20 bill is not our most urgent issue – not with 420,000 people needlessly dead and 45 Republican senators saying that their insurrectionist in exile should get a pass.

By Dick Polman January 31, 2021
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Wednesday, the adults finally got back the car keys. What a relief. You’re probably more exhausted than elated, but I bet you’ve salvaged a smidgen of that residual optimism that has always powered Americans forward.

By Dick Polman January 24, 2021
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Mike Pence has long believed that his ascent to the vice presidency was the result of divine intervention, that it was all part of God’s plan.

By Dick Polman January 17, 2021
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The domestic terrorism that we witnessed Wednesday was always bound to happen. The feral creature who nurtured it had long signaled us that it was coming.

By Dick Polman January 10, 2021
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Nobody deserves to die in a pandemic.

By Dick Polman December 30, 2020
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Some Democrats freaked out the other night when Joe Biden said that we should slowly transition from oil to renewable energy.

By Dick Polman October 27, 2020
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In case you feared that the looming Supreme Court fight would distract everyone from Donald Trump’s culpability in the deaths of 200,000 Americans, fear not. Trump can’t resist making a fool of himself.

By Dick Polman September 27, 2020
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In American law, criminal negligence is conduct in which a person ignores a known or obvious risk, or disregards the lives and safety of others.

By Dick Polman September 13, 2020

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