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Republicans Should Learn From Obama's MistakesRepublicans Should Learn From Obama's Mistakes
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 14:47:30 -0600
, The Weekly Standard
Shortly after his inauguration in 2009, President Obama invited Republican leaders in Congress to a White House meeting. The House members brought a proposal with ideas for stimulating the economy, then suffering through the Great Recession. In the meeting, Eric Cantor, then the House minority leader, suggested a small business-related tax cut. A few days later, Obama complained Republicans had decided to oppose his stimulus before he had spoken to their conference. Republicans had a reason. House Democrats had already drafted the bill without consulting them. Every GOP idea had been left...
Make American Industry Competitive AgainMake American Industry Competitive Again
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:14:50 -0600
, City Journal
President-elect Donald Trump garnered both acclamation and censure for his effort last week to stop Carrier Corporation from moving 1,000 manufacturing jobs to Mexico. Trump succeeded in part because the state of Indiana provided expensive tax incentives to the company and the president-elect himself threatened to impose a tariff on Carrier products produced outside the U.S. That’s a strategy which, if repeated every time a business threatened to take jobs overseas, would hardly amount to a win for American taxpayers and consumers. If Trump is really going to deliver on his pledge to...
Republicans, Dems and the Future of Racial PoliticsRepublicans, Dems and the Future of Racial Politics
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:00:15 -0600
From its inception, the American experiment has been dogged by racial issues. Sadly, this was even truer this year. Eight years after electing the first African-American president, not only are race relations getting worse, according to surveys, but the electorate remains as ethnically divided as in any time of recent history. Donald Trump has emerged in most media accounts as the candidate of Anglo voters, with a margin of 21 percentage points over Hillary Clinton among that segment of the electorate. Clinton’s embrace of “identity” politics may have played a role...
Repealing the Health Law--Fact vs. FictionRepealing the Health Law--Fact vs. Fiction
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:22:59 -0600
, Boston Globe
AS THE NEW administration and Republican allies in Congress plan their agenda for 2017, repeal of the Affordable Care Act is front and center. Senate Republicans last week put out a policy statement reiterating their plans to roll back the law and claimed — in part based on our research — that this would have only modest effects on the number of Americans without health insurance. Simply put, this is wrong and a misleading characterization of our work and that of others who have studied the ACA’s impact.
After Repeal: The Republican Game PlanAfter Repeal: The Republican Game Plan
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:23:20 -0600
, Weekly Standard
It's the opportunity Republicans have been awaiting for six years, which invites the obvious question: Are they going to screw it up? In January, a united Republican Congress and Republican White House will finally have the ability to dispose of Obamacare, the unpopular and destructive health-insurance law. After running four straight national elections against the jammed-through, unconstitutional, failing, expensive, and disastrous Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the GOP finally has the power to do something about it.It didn't take long for Republican leadership in both houses of...
Under Trump, Federal Courts Will Be Up for GrabsUnder Trump, Federal Courts Will Be Up for Grabs
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:24:44 -0600
, New York Times
In a recent issue of Judicature, an academic journal for judges published by Duke University Law School, Timothy J. Corrigan, a federal district judge in Florida, reflected on “the most multifaceted, emotional, and challenging task a judge performs ” — sentencing convicted criminal defendants. Judge Corrigan wrote about the broad discretion that district judges exercise, describing experiences from his 14 years on the bench that were both heart-rending (tear-stained letters from young children begging mercy for their parents) and hair-raising (an assassination attempt). The...
Reid, Dems' Dogged Senate Leader, Bids FarewellReid, Dems' Dogged Senate Leader, Bids Farewell
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:12:41 -0600
For 77 minutes on Thursday morning, Sen. Harry Reid reflected on his life, family, hometown and career in Washington as he spoke for the final time on the Senate floor after 30 years in the chamber. Then, hours later, as his official Senate portrait was unveiled, Reid – the quiet but hard-nosed Democratic leader of the last decade – was honored with speeches from pre-eminent politicos from both sides of the aisle: Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Reid’s successor, Sen. Chuck Schumer.
On Media Lies and Political LoreOn Media Lies and Political Lore
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:26:58 -0600
, Ace of Spades
Lore is kind of communal bullshit -- bullshit about your family legacy (how many people have "family lore" that tells them they're one thirty-second Cherokee, for example*), bullshit about sex, bullshit about how not to get pregnant, bullshit about how to increase your sexual potency (oysters! powdered rhino horn! gorilla dick jerky!). There is of course political lore -- a tradition of bullshit passed from one partisan to another, never really sourced to anything a rationalist would call an authority or proof. Just stuff that "everyone knows."
Kellyanne Conway Plunges Into the Mommy WarsKellyanne Conway Plunges Into the Mommy Wars
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:34:39 -0600
, Washington Post
As if she didn't have enough on her hands with the president-elect, Donald Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway has plunged full-force into a topic at least as emotionally charged: the Mommy Wars. Speaking at a Politico "Women Rule" event Wednesday, Conway cited her four young children as the reason for declining a White House job. "My children are 12, 12, 8 and 7, which is bad idea, bad idea, bad idea, bad idea for mom going inside," she said. "They have to come first and those are very fraught ages."
"Godspeed John Glenn""Godspeed John Glenn"
Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:26:11 -0600
, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
John Herschel Glenn Jr. — twice an astronaut, four times elected to the Senate, once a presidential candidate, 149 times a combat fighter pilot and forever an American symbol and hero — died Dec. 8, 2016, in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95. Mr. Glenn was a test pilot, a Mercury astronaut, an advocate of moderation in the Senate and in the Democratic Party, a prescient voice of warning against nuclear proliferation, a space shuttle payload specialist and a symbol of the vigor that Americans — whether as youthful dreamers or active seniors — brought to the 20th century. In...