Alexandra Petri

Washington, D.C.

Columnist offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day

Education: Harvard College, BA in English, Classics Secondary Field

Latest from Alexandra Petri

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August 16, 2022

If Trump has nuclear documents at home, I’m sure it’s for good reason

The guy with the nuclear football insisted on loyally following Trump home, even though Trump repeatedly told him to “Go on, now. Git!” while blinking back tears.

August 12, 2022

GOP still unsure if guy who likens himself to Hitler should be leader

The alternative being considered was literally anyone else.

August 10, 2022

Dystopian nightmare! FBI obtains warrant, conducts search!

If the most powerful are not above the law, who can be?

August 9, 2022

Where do I sign up for the war on pink? Alexandra Petri answered your questions.

Read the transcript of Petri's latest Q&A with readers.

August 9, 2022

I just want this bill to have some fun (and help the rich avoid taxes)!

Sometimes you see a bill and you see how hard that bill is working to do good.

August 5, 2022

Whoops, we forgot women could still vote

We are chastened, and we won’t repeat this error.

August 3, 2022

Our third party is not a party of ideas! It is the idea of a party!

We are not the Fyre Festival of parties. Fyre Festival at least had sandwiches.

August 2, 2022

Marvel comics are now Penguin Classics. Time to turn classics into Marvel.

Hester Prynne uses the special powers given to her by her cool letter-A suit to shatter society’s expectations of what women can do!

July 29, 2022

More outtakes from Trump’s Jan. 7 speech

"That’s what I said. Is that not what I said?"

July 22, 2022