Monthly Archives: April 2016

Bernie Sanders: Heartless Scrooge

Bernie Sanders announced layoffs of almost half of his staffers this week as the campaign prepares for the final primaries. The move makes sense. As Sanders himself explained, “We have had a very large staff, which was designed to deal

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Link Roundup, 4/28/2016

From the NYTimes: The Mirage of a Return to Manufacturing Greatness From the NYTimes (same writer): NAFTA May Have Saved Many Autoworkers’ Jobs From Quartz: iTunes is 13 years old-and it’s still awful From Daily Dot: Computer viruses found infecting

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Here’s why Indiana matters

As described in an earlier post, Trump’s wins in the Northeast were already priced-in. No one who has been paying attention is surprised or impressed. This all comes down to two contests, neither of which are very favorable to Trump.

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Election 2016: The Mythbusters Post

In an effort to fill a 24 hour news cycle while equipped with only 20 minutes of newsworthy content, cable news has veered into some pretty dodgy territory in this election cycle. We are not facing a very interesting or

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Harriet Tubman rescues Hamilton

When the Treasury announced that Alexander Hamilton might be removed from the $10 bill, it was a gut-punch to many traditional Republicans. Hamilton is the underrated star of the early Republic. The intellect behind George Washington, the first American economist,

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Trump is in trouble

The Donald had a big night in New York, inspiring a lot of big talk about momentum. Ignore it. The math is pretty ruthless. We are about to enter the best few weeks of Donald Trump’s life. He can expect

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Sex and the Modern Republican

Details of former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert’s sex abuse scandal are becoming increasingly grisly. The prospect of a second Clinton Administration is forcing us to look back on the first one with new eyes. It turns out that

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Thank God for big, faceless corporations

North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is scrambling to rescue his career. In an election year he should have known better than to sign a mindbogglingly stupid bill aimed at intimidating gays and lesbians. Republican Governors in such progressive strongholds as

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Link Roundup, 4/15/2016

From Politico: The first meeting of the RNC’s rules committee is next week. Nothing to see here… From Scientific American: Interesting new theories on the development of human monogamy. From Quartz: Marijuana legalization is forging strange new alliances. From the

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Not all racists are racist

“There are no racists in America.” That’s the tongue-in-cheek conclusion reached by Ta-Nehisi Coates in his book Between the World and Me. Americans have generally eschewed public expressions of racism even while actively perpetrating it. From separate but equal to

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