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A terror by which I hoped never to be engulfed: James Baldwin

To a point I understand why James Baldwin has vanished from Common Core required reading lists (I understand why Bayard Rustin doesn’t appear in hagiographies about the civil rights movement). Complexities of style has nothing to do with it; for … Continue reading

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“A debate about whether big government freed the slaves is pretty much the only debate that a liberal is guaranteed to win”

Adam Gopnick rebuts Jim DeMint’s moronic points about “big government” and what it did or didn’t do with slavery: A debate about whether big government freed the slaves is pretty much the only debate that a liberal is guaranteed to … Continue reading

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For the déjà vu file

Why can’t Barack Hussein Obama be more like LBJ? “The nature of politics has changed,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the White House communications director. “The electorate is more polarized. I think often members of Congress are more concerned with how the … Continue reading

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Revisionism redux: George H.W. Bush

He must be near death. This article feels like the first draft of an obituary: Also on hand will be another Democrat, former Representative David R. Obey of Wisconsin, who helped broker the 1990 budget deal that included tax increases. … Continue reading

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Primum non nocere: William Henry Harrison

Washington and our ignorance of public health collaborated to kill the ninth president: In those days the nation’s capital had no sewer system. Until 1850, some sewage simply flowed onto public grounds a short distance from the White House, where … Continue reading

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“Liberals think Democrats shot themselves in the foot on Social Security”

Speculation, as they say, but worth considering: Democrats used a familiar playbook, accusing Republican David Jolly of wanting to privatize the program. House Majority PAC, an outside group that supports Democratic candidates, dropped almost $750,000 on an ad warning that … Continue reading

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Freedom of Information Act and the CIA

Predictably the Sunday shows debated whether Dianne Feinstein, the senator from the intelligence community, is a hypocrite for crying foul over the CIA’s witholding the Panetta review (the former CIA director commissioned the review in 2009 to investigate torture, the … Continue reading

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Adolph Reed, Jr. and the collapse of the left

There’s too many provocative points in Adolph Reed, Jr.’s Salon interview with Thomas Frank. The essence: two neoliberal parties control America, one of which believes in a multicultural society while the other recoils from this society. Barack Obama meanwhile shimmers … Continue reading

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Rep. Trey Gowdy: mandatory sentences made little sense for minor offenses

Bipartisanship! While a range of judges, prosecutors and public defenders have for years raised concerns about disparities in punishment, it is this alliance that may make politically possible the most significant liberalization of sentencing laws since President Richard M. Nixon … Continue reading

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“None of this necessarily makes [Elizabeth] Warren herself the leader of the party….”

Remember FDR’s line? “I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it.” Columnists misinterpret it. Roosevelt intended no challenge. He alluded to political feasibility. If the left in his party wanted to force his hand, … Continue reading

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“All we’re doing is searching every home in the United States, every day, without exception, and if we find something noteworthy, we’ll let you know”

Rick Perlstein on the accidental nature of the Church Committee’s investigation of the NSA: Most dramatically, the congressional investigators discovered—again, almost accidentally—that the NSA had carried out a government program, begun in 1945 (seven years before the NSA was invented … Continue reading

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“Dessert, American style…”

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