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Spirals of silence

Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson have written an invaluable article for The American Propect explaining how the GOP gets rewarded for appalling behavior despite shutdowns, a deviance between its social positions and the voting public’s, odious rhetoric, and bullying: In … Continue reading

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Bisexuality: indispensable frivolity

I’m surprised it took Gawker so long to unearth Tom Hardy’s remarks seven years ago, in which he admitted to boyhood homosexual experiences. His 2011 comments, the site notes, were not so enlightened: the usual repudiation of any hint of … Continue reading

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I sure feel better

I can’t claim credit for discovery. Thank you, Digby, for unearthing this example of how Beltway punditry killed the left wing — without being in tune.

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‘The death penalty in Nebraska is broken’

Wow: Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday when lawmakers boldly voted 30-19 to override the governor’s veto. There are 10 inmates on Nebraska’s death row — the 11th … Continue reading

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The risky backdrop of Burlington hippies in dreads

Meanwhile Politico publishes the same twaddle that convicted felons H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman peddled in 1970 about Democrats: The liberal bastion is an enthusiastic base of support for the senator, who is looking to harness disaffected liberal voters in … Continue reading

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Centrism: ‘anti-ideology’

Mike Konczal could have written this piece in 2011 but being Cassandra is a drag: Centrists position themselves as anti-ideology, representing a responsible compromise between liberals and conservatives. The word conjures sobriety and restraint, caution and moderation—all of which sound … Continue reading

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Shamir, Nicki + Beyonce, Larkin

Shamir – Ratchet He’s got a former Pitchforker assembling beats and a thick, dusky voice more suited to yé-yé. The beats themselves (cowbell and timbales and kick drums) and keyboard riffs (sequencers, electric piano runs) would have set this night … Continue reading

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