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The Potemkin Wall

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On January 10, 2019
How effective is the kind of steel pike barrier that Trump’s been peddling? As it turns out, it can’t withstand a saw. In fact, “testing by DHS in late 2017 showed all eight prototypes, including the steel slats, were vulnerable to breaching.” My wife knows a thing or two about security and walls. She agreed […]
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Yesterday, Tucker Carlson, in the process of attacking opponents of Brett “Yalie MacYaleface” Kavanaugh, had this to say: You can see in the protests by the way, these are not the children of the working class. These are not people who took time off from HVAC school to go protest or block traffic. These are […]
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Johnathan Swann reports that congressional Republicans are terrified. What are they scared of? That if the the Democrats take the House, they will exercise oversight over the Trump administration and Trump’s conflicts of interest. Privately, [congressional Republicans] are scrambling to prepare for the worst. This document, which catalogs requests Democrats have already made, is part […]
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Things are… not good

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On June 28, 2018
I’m late to the rending of garments. It’s hard to escape the feeling that the United States has hit crisis point. But crises are not purely objective conditions. They are as much cultural and psychological in nature. In crises, we experience a sense of accelerating events. These demand choices in the short term that, if […]

Normalizing Trump

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On April 9, 2018

In late March, ABC News reported that the Republican National Committee has spent nearly $1 million at Trump properties since the election. In total, “Republican-affiliated” groups have &#

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