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Schumer and the Democrats Prepare to FightSchumer and the Democrats Prepare to Fight

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:11:13 -0600

Dana Milbank, Washington Post
As of Jan. 20, Chuck Schumer will be the most important Democrat in the land. But spend a few minutes with the incoming Senate minority leader and it’s clear where the real power lies.

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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

Fred Barnes, 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...

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Hey, White Working Class, Wake Up!Hey, White Working Class, Wake Up!

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:12:12 -0600

Joy-Ann Reid, The Daily Beast
The Carrier deal was a sham. Ivanka's moving her shoe production out of Chinaâ??and into Ethiopia. Wake up, people. You've been played.

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Doubling Down on 'Deplorable'Doubling Down on 'Deplorable'

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:12:44 -0600

James Taranto, Wall Street Journal
“I know how to be a gracious loser.”

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The American Dream, Quantified at LastThe American Dream, Quantified at Last

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:13:57 -0600

David Leonhardt, New York Times
The phrase “American dream” was invented during the Great Depression. It comes from a popular 1931 book by the historian James Truslow Adams, who defined it as “that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone.”

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Make American Industry Competitive AgainMake American Industry Competitive Again

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:14:50 -0600

Steven Malanga, 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...

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Donald Trump's Mobster MentalityDonald Trump's Mobster Mentality

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:15:03 -0600

Paul Waldman, The Week
Trump is now the boss â?? and just like it is with the mob, everybody has to pay up

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Here's What Obama Still Doesn't Get About TerrorismHere's What Obama Still Doesn't Get About Terrorism

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:15:19 -0600

Bryan Dean Wright, LA Times
President Obama on Tuesday delivered his final defense of the nation's counter-terrorism strategy. He rightfully claimed progress on a number of fronts, including the death of Osama bin Laden , an end to waterboarding and the effective use of drones to kill terrorists. Just one week after the Islamic State -inspired attack in Columbus, Ohio, he also reiterated that there is no war between the United States and Islam. Islamic State and Al Qaeda , he said, do not speak for Muslims everywhere.

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Let's Relocate a Bunch of Government Agencies to the MidwestLet's Relocate a Bunch of Government Agencies to the Midwest

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:15:35 -0600

Matt Yglesias, Vox
Time to shift economic activity from the overcrowded coasts to places that need more of it.

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So Where's That Big Beautiful Door?So Where's That Big Beautiful Door?

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:15:46 -0600

F.H. Buckley, USA Today
We should look to our neighbors in Canada for an immigration program that puts their own workers first.

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How Casinos Enable Gambling AddictsHow Casinos Enable Gambling Addicts

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:14:26 -0600

John Rosengren, The Atlantic
On the morning of Monday, August 13, 2012, Scott Stevens loaded a brown hunting bag into his Jeep Grand Cherokee, then went to the master bedroom, where he hugged Stacy, his wife of 23 years. “I love you,” he told her.

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The World Fears Trump's America. That's a Good Thing.The World Fears Trump's America. That's a Good Thing.

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:20:06 -0600

Mark Moyar, New York Times
Among global elites, Donald J. Trump’s recent phone call with Taiwan’s president has induced fear on a scale seldom matched since Ronald Reagan’s “Evil Empire” speech. The Sydney Morning Herald warned that the phone call “risks provoking a cold war between the United States and China with potentially catastrophic economic and security implications.” The fright appears to confirm the narrative formed earlier this year by headlines like “Donald Trump Terrifies World Leaders.”

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Trump Could Threaten U.S. Superpower StatusTrump Could Threaten U.S. Superpower Status

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:21:00 -0600

Sens. Cardin & Feinstein, USA Today
President Obama is right — if President-elect Donald Trump succeeds, America succeeds. But the opposite is equally true. The costs of a failed Trump presidency would be profound for the security of the United States and countries around the world. With each passing day, we grow increasingly concerned that President-elect Trump fails to grasp the solemn, serious responsibilities that come with being our nation’s commander in chief. Protecting and advancing our national security interests is arguably the president’s most important duty.

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The Lie That Obama's Leaving Behind a Healthy EconomyThe Lie That Obama's Leaving Behind a Healthy Economy

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:21:24 -0600

Seth Lipsky, New York Post
After eight years of blaming America’s problems on George W. Bush, the press that got the election wrong is rolling out a new line — that President Obama is handing President-elect Donald Trump a booming economy. That takes some brass.

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Climate-Denying EPA Pick Is Worse Than You ThinkClimate-Denying EPA Pick Is Worse Than You Think

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:21:58 -0600

Jay Michaelson, The Daily Beast
Every scientist not on the corporate dole is upset about Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Like Betsy DeVos, who wants to destroy public education, and Jeff Sessions, who wants to destroy the Voting Rights Act, Pruitt is against the very laws he will soon be in charge of enforcing.

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Trump's EPA Will Make Obama Regret His OverreachTrump's EPA Will Make Obama Regret His Overreach

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:22:20 -0600

Patrick Michaels, The Hill
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s nomination for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency is as clear a signal as the incoming administration can send with regard to its environmental policies. It is also a sign that the administration is far more meticulous, internally consistent and thorough than its detractors have thought, and that it is on a clear mission not just to stop, but to reverse many of the actions of Obama’s EPA.

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Republicans, Dems and the Future of Racial PoliticsRepublicans, Dems and the Future of Racial Politics

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:00:15 -0600

Kotkin & Cox, RealClearPolitics
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...

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Repealing the Health Law--Fact vs. FictionRepealing the Health Law--Fact vs. Fiction

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:22:59 -0600

Gruber & Sommers, 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.

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After Repeal: The Republican Game PlanAfter Repeal: The Republican Game Plan

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:23:20 -0600

Michael Warren, 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...

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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

Linda Greenhouse, 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...

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Trump's Carrier Deal Is the Opposite of ConservatismTrump's Carrier Deal Is the Opposite of Conservatism

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:25:01 -0600

George Will, Washington Post
So, this is the new conservatism’s recipe for restored greatness: Political coercion shall supplant economic calculation in shaping decisions by companies in what is called, with diminishing accuracy, the private sector. This will be done partly as conservatism’s challenge to liberalism’s supremacy in the victimhood sweepstakes, telling aggrieved groups that they are helpless victims of vast, impersonal forces, against which they can be protected only by government interventions.

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What Trump Got That Romney Didn'tWhat Trump Got That Romney Didn't

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:19:18 -0600

Peggy Noonan, Wall Street Journal
Ideology isn’t enough to provide the unity America needs.

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Reid, Dems' Dogged Senate Leader, Bids FarewellReid, Dems' Dogged Senate Leader, Bids Farewell

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:12:41 -0600

James Arkin, RealClearPolitics
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.

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Clinton Conspiracy Theories Are a Generation in the MakingClinton Conspiracy Theories Are a Generation in the Making

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:26:28 -0600

Jill Abramson, Guardian
Since Trump won the election, the focus on his fringe connections has largely receded. Coverage of the new administration has quickly normalized. Washington reporters seem relieved to be covering a familiar ritual, the competition for top jobs in the Trump administration. Stories on Trump’s many conflicts of interest and abandoned promises have appeared, but none seem to resonate with the public.

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On Media Lies and Political LoreOn Media Lies and Political Lore

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:26:58 -0600

Ace, 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."

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Kellyanne Conway Plunges Into the Mommy WarsKellyanne Conway Plunges Into the Mommy Wars

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:34:39 -0600

Ruth Marcus, 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."

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How to Make Feminism Great AgainHow to Make Feminism Great Again

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:27:13 -0600

Christina Hoff Sommers, Chicago Tribune
Hillary Clinton's defeat is wreaking havoc in the sisterhood. Celebrity feminists are especially distraught. "Girls" star Lena Dunham developed hives and fled to Sedona for spiritual renewal. Katy Perry took to Twitter to declare "THE REVOLUTION IS COMING." For feminist icon Robin Morgan, the election is proof that "a diseased patriarchy is in a battle to the death with women."

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"Godspeed John Glenn""Godspeed John Glenn"

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:26:11 -0600

David Shribman, 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...

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Good Riddance, Harry Reid

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 08:04:21 -0600

Trump's Mistaken Microeconomics

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 06:38:30 -0600

What John Glenn's Amazing Journey Can Teach Us

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 07:06:36 -0600