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The confidence man

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On April 20, 2018
This amazing story from the WAPO documents what future historians, assuming there are any, should classify as the Trump Lie.  The Trump Lie is a lie so outrageous that it ends up fooling even people who are well aware it’s a lie, because of its sheer shamelessness and audacity. Trump is totally obsessed (of course) […]

Rudy can fail

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On April 19, 2018

At least he knows something about mobbed-up guys: Former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, a combative former prosecutor and longtime ally of President Trump, told The Washington Post on Thursday th

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When did Jews become white?

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On April 18, 2018
Scott’s post on Richard Cohen’s almost parodic performance of a certain type of white male privilege reminds me of something I’ve been wondering about ever since Trump happened:  How “white” are Jews in America today? Two scenes from the Great American Novel: “Civilization’s going to pieces,” broke out Tom violently. “I’ve gotten to be a […]
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Willie Mays’s salary

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On April 12, 2018
As I walk through this wicked world, searching for light in the darkness of insanity, I find it’s important to occasionally focus on something like Willie Mays’s salary: Yes my graphs are terrible so don’t bother to point that out. Notes: (1) Mays was the highest-paid player in the major leagues in every season from […]
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Here is yet another in an apparently endless series of articles about how to make higher education more of a meritocracy, by making it easier for smart lower-middle, working class, and poor kids to either graduate from college, or graduate from selective colleges (an important distinction that, typically, gets blurred in most versions of the […]
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