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Boys’ Club

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On June 26, 2019
Yep. Klein points out that the genuinely warm personal relationships Biden developed over 36 years in the Senate — many of them based on help he got from fellow senators when he dealt with personal tragedy and illness — has made it impossible for him to understand the difference between the personal and the political: […]

Some suburb of Hell

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On June 26, 2019

Excellent piece by Andrea Pitzer on the past and future of concentration camps. What does a country owe desperate people whom it does not consider to be its citizens? The twentieth century posed this

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On June 26, 2019

Home Warsan Shire no one leaves home unlesshome is the mouth of a shark. you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well. your neighbours running faster than you, the boy you w

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A minority position

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On June 25, 2019
Masha Gessen on the curious logic by which if something is bad enough that must mean it’s not happening: Donald Trump has played this trick on Americans many times, beginning with his very election: first, he was impossible, and then he was President. Did that mean that the impossible had happened—an extremely hard concept to absorb—or did it […]
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The wheels of justice

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On June 21, 2019
Good Radley Balko thread on how innocent people plead out to crimes they didn’t commit when the alternative is sitting around in jail for months at a time and losing your job/apartment etc. in the process: This is a thread about time and the criminal justice system. We tend to think that the time of […]
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The radicals

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On June 18, 2019
Eric Levitz makes an important point here: Some Democratic presidential candidates say that America’s economic system is badly broken and in need of sweeping, structural change. Others say that the existing order is fundamentally sound, even if it could use a few modest renovations. The former are widely portrayed as ideologues or extremists, the latter as moderates. And it’s certainly […]
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