Benjamin Franklin and the Prayer That Didn’t Happen

Benjamin Franklin and the Prayer That Didn’t Happen
By Libby Anne

October 23, 2017 at 08:04AM
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The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist

The Boomtown That Shouldn’t Exist
By mgrunwald@politico.com (Michael Grunwald)

October 20, 2017 at 05:10AM
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Rachel Maddow Is Wrong: There is No Connection Between Chad’s Withdrawal of Forces in West Africa and the Ambush on 3rd Special Forces Group and Nigerien Soldiers

Rachel Maddow Is Wrong: There is No Connection Between Chad’s Withdrawal of Forces in West Africa and the Ambush on 3rd Special Forces Group and Nigerien Soldiers
By Adam L Silverman

October 20, 2017 at 12:43PM
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Wisconsin Shows How To Do Voter Suppression Right

Wisconsin Shows How To Do Voter Suppression Right
By Kevin Drum

October 20, 2017 at 07:18AM
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«But perhaps you’re still not convinced? After all, blacks voted in unusually large numbers for Barack Obama, so it’s only natural that black turnout declined when he wasn’t on the ballot. And that’s true. But check out this chart:»

Trump Has a New Talking Point on Health Care: Block Grants

Trump Has a New Talking Point on Health Care: Block Grants
By Nancy LeTourneau

October 19, 2017 at 08:00AM
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«Perhaps I’m wrong. Maybe Trump has taken a deep dive into the various Republican proposals and thoughtfully summed up their intentions with the term “block grant.” That would be a first, wouldn’t it? The best evidence that is not likely the case is that, as Paul Waldman notes, his flip-flopping on the Alexander—Murray compromise indicates that he doesn’t have a clue what it actually does.»

The Populist Right Tears Down a Press It Can’t Replace

The Populist Right Tears Down a Press It Can’t Replace
By Conor Friedersdorf

October 18, 2017 at 08:10AM
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«The episode was a credit to the reporters, editors, and publishers who broke the story; an example of why it is vital to support an independent press that probes wrongdoing; and a spur to examine all the factors that delayed the truth outing for so long, including apparent failures by some journalists and news-gathering organizations.

Still, it was surreal to see pundits employed by populist news organizations that didn’t break the story characterizing it as a dark moment for the liberal mainstream media.»

The Marriage of Violence and Masculinity: Todd Starnes and the Values Voter Summit

The Marriage of Violence and Masculinity: Todd Starnes and the Values Voter Summit
By Libby Anne

October 18, 2017 at 08:05AM
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«We see how Starnes defines “masculine”—drives a pickup truck, uses the bathroom standing up, eats meat—and what Starnes views as not masculine—being intellectual, wearing skinny jeans, and drinking tea. (As for the things in Starnes’ list being representative of a man “made in God’s image,” I’d like to point out that there are no pickup trucks in the Bible.)»

The Decline of Manufacturing Has Not Turned America Into a Hellhole

The Decline of Manufacturing Has Not Turned America Into a Hellhole
By Kevin Drum

October 18, 2017 at 06:45AM
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«In other words, Navarro is wrong about nearly everything. However, opioid use is up and single-parent households have increased. I guess two out of twelve isn’t bad.

Oh, and one other thing: manufacturing employment has been dropping in every rich country. This is hardly unique to the United States:»

A Tax Proposal That Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty

A Tax Proposal That Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty
By Gene B. Sperling

October 17, 2017 at 12:22PM
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The Problem Defining Gerrymandering And What Can Be Done

The Problem Defining Gerrymandering And What Can Be Done
By Matt Pancia

October 17, 2017 at 02:54PM
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«All of the above suggests that contending with the existence of gerrymandered maps will be difficult. We’d be better off stopping them from being drawn in the first place.

Luckily, there are a variety of popular, relatively-mild political options to do so at our disposal, the most effective of which would be requiring transparent, independent commissions to draw district maps.»