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We already know they are willing to abuse national security for partisan politics.

Since long before he was a politician, he’s lied frequently and even written in multiple books about his profound belief in the value of lying as a means to get ahead. And he’s good at it. After his Atlantic City casinos went bust, he successfully duped a bunch of mom-and-pop equity investors out of their […]

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The Kavanaugh assault allegations are a reminder that Democrats were smart to push out Al Franken

The swirling controversy over allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape a 15-year-old when he was 17 is a reminder that Democrats were right to accept the resignation of Sen. Al Franken months ago. via The Kavanaugh assault allegations are a reminder that Democrats were smart to push out Al Franken

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Matthew Yglesias on Twitter

“I would really like to see an apology from some of the people who wrote columns demanding that liberals give Trump credit for his obviously fake diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea.” Matthew Yglesias on Twitter It’s always a con, there is nothing “real” about anything Trump says or does. No one should have been surprised […]

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The pernicious myth of “open borders”

This idea, while fun to think about and, in my view, at least somewhat attractive as a kind of aspirational future vision of the world, obviously does not have any mainstream adherents in practical American politics. But the Trump administration suggests that the open borders lobby is, in fact, massive and powerful and that essentially […]

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Trump’s memo response to Mueller’s interview subpoena is tyrannical

This is a particularly extreme version of the “unitary executive” doctrine that conservative legal scholars sometimes appeal to (especially when there’s a Republican president), drawing on the notion that the executive branch of government — including the federal police agencies and federal prosecutors — are a single entity personified by the president. But to push […]

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There’s no good alternative to building more homes in expensive cities

the fact of the matter is that everyone earns higher wages in affluent cities, for basically the same reason that everyone from Mexican day laborers to Indian computer programmers can greatly increase their earnings by immigrating to the United States — places matter. The problem is that for a lot of people, it’s too expensive […]

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The huge problem with comparing Lee and Davis to Washington and Jefferson

The huge problem with comparing Lee and Davis to Washington and Jefferson Owning human chattel — and offering intellectual and political defenses of the institution of American slavery — is an important and dishonorable part of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy. But it’s the entirety of Davis’s legacy.

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Donald Trump is really sad he’s not running against Hillary Clinton anymore

Donald Trump is really sad he’s not running against Hillary Clinton anymore Talking about how great a job you’ll do is easy. Actual policy is hard.

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James Comey’s testimony shows Hillary Clinton was right all along

James Comey’s testimony shows Hillary Clinton was right all along If you think investigating if the president has been compromised by a foreign power is less important than investigating Hillary one more time by looking into Loretta Lynch; you are a fundamentally ridiculous person.

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The most important Comey takeaway is that congressional Republicans don’t care

The most important Comey takeaway is that congressional Republicans don’t care The GOP is focused on discrediting Comey and any possible angle that shifts this onto Hillary and Loretta Lynch.