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  1. On to tax reform!

    On to tax reform!
  2. So what have we learned from the past few days? ...

    So what have we learned from the past few days?

    That under the American system, you can't govern as a caucus of one no matter how many threats you issue?

    That a sizable minority of the GOP...
  3. So far, it seems more likely that people loudly...

    So far, it seems more likely that people loudly announce their intention to leave without following through. If Amy Schumer or Lena Dunham or Bryan Cranston were as good as their word, I'd be more...
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    Would that same logic apply to food, housing and...

    Would that same logic apply to food, housing and energy?
  5. I think if we were to see a mass out-migration of...

    I think if we were to see a mass out-migration of Americans seeking to extract more from other countries than is available at home, the effect on our national balance sheet would probably net out...
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    Step 1: Dictate the terms of what every health...

    Step 1: Dictate the terms of what every health policy must include.

    Step 2: Create penalties and subsidies related to who can charge how much for what to who.

    Step 3: Declare that "the free...
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    I see that another arrest has been made. A kid...

    I see that another arrest has been made. A kid with joint US-Israeli citizenship.
  8. Wow. Even your bums are up-market.

    Wow. Even your bums are up-market.
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    According to Wikipedia, about 130,000 service...

    According to Wikipedia, about 130,000 service members are deployed overseas. Hardly a demographic tsunami.
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    Neither does Trump, apparently. A lot has...

    Neither does Trump, apparently. A lot has happened since American power held back Stalin and starvation from Western Europe, and it may be that the Pax Americana is coming to an end. If Europe...
  11. Thread: No Facts

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    In some ways, such well-spun, elegant innuendo...

    In some ways, such well-spun, elegant innuendo makes Trump's more blatant lies seem almost refreshing.
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    Of the twenty-eight members of NATO, only five...

    Of the twenty-eight members of NATO, only five have honored their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense (the US, the UK, Poland, Greece and Estonia). Trump has remarked on this in his usual lurid...
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    I agree. I'm having enough trouble getting a dog...

    I agree. I'm having enough trouble getting a dog to pee outdoors.
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    Ever since What's the Matter with Kansas, I've...

    Ever since What's the Matter with Kansas, I've been impressed by the chutzpah of people who feel they understand a given voter's interests better than the voter does, based on the principle of...
  15. Thread: RIP Colin Dexter

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    RIP Colin Dexter

    I see that the creator of one of my favorite fictional detectives, Inspector Morse, has died. I can remember when a new Morse novel was cause to block out a weekend and lay in some supplies. I also...
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    Is there a difference between conservative and...

    Is there a difference between conservative and liberal views of human nature?

    I would say that conservatives probably take a somewhat darker view of human nature. People need to be governed by...
  17. Thread: "Feeling safe"

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    I'm not so much grateful for the humiliation and...

    I'm not so much grateful for the humiliation and discomfort it involved. I'm grateful for learning how to survive, function and (perhaps arguably) thrive in environments where my well-being was...
  18. Thread: "Feeling safe"

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    But the real problem in this case seems to be how...

    But the real problem in this case seems to be how a message is received.

    While I think civility is important, it's probably true that there is no way to present an idea that someone will not...
  19. Why is that the case? What is there about...

    Why is that the case? What is there about belonging to the minority of the straight, white and male that make them the "antithesis of diversity" in any conceivable situation?

    Is it an ideological...
  20. Thread: "Feeling safe"

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    If someone reacts to having their premises...

    If someone reacts to having their premises challenged as a form of assault they need to be protected from, then they probably aren't suited for a career in social work. In fact, they probably...
  21. Thread: No Facts

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    Well, Bill Clinton lied under oath, and we were...

    Well, Bill Clinton lied under oath, and we were told to "move on". So the bar must be pretty high.
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    I don't make the rules, I just explain them. We...

    I don't make the rules, I just explain them. We are the people who put Matt Damon on the Great Wall of China and cast John Wayne as Genghis Khan. Don't come looking to us for sensitivity and...
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    Supporting cast and comic relief.

    Supporting cast and comic relief.
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    German can still work, if played by British...

    German can still work, if played by British actors, such as Alan Richman in Die Hard or Olivier's Nazi dentist in Marathon Man. I will grant that there are fewer of them than there were some years...
  25. Thread: Trump's Budget

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    The current wailing and lamentations over the...

    The current wailing and lamentations over the proposed budget confirms, in my mind, the aphorism (attributed to many different sources) that a government powerful enough to give us everything we want...
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