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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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“Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy

We need go-go capitalism to afford a generous welfare state, and people won’t support go-go capitalism without a safety net. “Socialists” and Republicans forget different parts of this lesson. “Socialism” vs. “capitalism” is a false dichotomy “We need go-go capitalism to afford a generous welfare state, and people won’t support go-go capitalism without a safety […]

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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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Right-wing prof Niall Ferguson plotted to get dirt on a liberal student

The latest campus free speech controversy has a twist: It involves a conservative professor conspiring with students, in emails that sound like they were written by comic book villains, to dig up dirt on a progressive undergraduate. (via Right-wing prof Niall Ferguson plotted to get dirt on a liberal student – Vox) Paid protestors! Campus […]

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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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Study: overhyped media narratives about America’s fading white majority fuel anxiety

The very same census report projects that as far out as 2060, 68.5 percent of the population will be white. It’s just that a reasonably large share of the white population will be partially descended from Latin American immigrants. A further 6.2 percent of the population will belong to “two or more races,” with a […]

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Stormy Daniels is crowding out Democrats’ 2018 message

Stormy Daniels has dominated the domestic political news environment over the past week, with high-profile media appearances by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and Daniels’s attorney Michael Avenatti making headlines and leading the Sunday shows. via Stormy Daniels is crowding out Democrats’ 2018 message This should have been a bigger story.

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A pregnant black woman is in prison for defending herself. Mainstream gun groups are silent.

Last summer, a black woman in Michigan defended herself, her mother, and her 2-year-old daughter with a registered (and unloaded) gun against a woman who she and her attorneys say tried to hit them with a car. via A pregnant black woman is in prison for defending herself. Mainstream gun groups are silent. This should […]

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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 […]