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The consolidation of Republican control of the Supreme Court is really, really bad. It’s worth noting that Trump packing the circuit courts with young neoconfederate cranks is also really bad: Kenneth Lee was confirmed on Wednesday, along a party-line vote, to the Ninth Circuit. The vote came despite the fact that neither of his home state senators returned […]

Roe and Rage

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On May 17, 2019

This piece by Rebecca Traister is yer essential weekend reading: I have been thinking, like so many people this week, about rage. Who I’m mad at, what that anger’s good for, how what makes me madd

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Good piece on the, ah, flexible views of sleazy Republican fixers Bill Barr and Ken Starr (who were also the worst soft-rock duo of 1976): But Trump is notably attempting to shut off Congress’s power to expose corruption and wrongdoing, too. The administration is making blanket arguments against Congress’s ability to subpoena witnesses and documents. […]
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The Long Disjunction

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On May 16, 2019
As part of a very good article about how to place Obama and Trump in “political time,” Thomas Edsall has a generous discussion of the paper Julia Azari and I recently presented: Here is how Azari, in an unpublished paper written with Scott Lemieux, a political scientist at the University of Washington, pursues the idea […]
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Now You Tell Us

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On May 15, 2019
Bill Nelson was telling the truth: Gov. Ron DeSantis met with the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security last Friday to discuss the revelation in Robert Mueller’s report that “at least one” Florida county had its election information accessed by Russian hackers in 2016. DeSantis told reporters Tuesday that he had been briefed […]
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