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Politics is an iterated game

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On August 3, 2020
I wrote recently about how Republicans filling a last-minute or especially lame duck Supreme Court vacancy with Trump way behind in the polls or having lost is exactly the kind of thing (like the blockade of the D.C. Circuit) that can radicalize institutional conservatives. Moderate Democrats have started to signal this even more quickly than […]
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The raging COVID-19 pandemic looks like it might be a tipping point for peonage ball: A group that claims to represent “hundreds of Pac-12 football players” distributed a news release on Sunday that includes a set of demands surrounding health and safety protections; the fight against racial injustice; the preservation of all existing Pac-12 sports; […]

Wilford Brimley

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On August 2, 2020

There are some people who really ought to live forever contrary to any logic, and he was one of them: Wilford Brimley, a portly actor with a walrus mustache who found his niche playing cantankerous co

Real Americans

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On July 31, 2020

I’d like to focus on one particular aspect of the article about how Trump went to Jared for his pandemic relief that Paul discussed earlier: Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the e

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Shorter the Trump administration: journalists who are not full-time propagandists for our administration are terrorists: The Department of Homeland Security has compiled “intelligence reports” about the work of American journalists covering protests in Portland, Ore., in what current and former officials called an alarming use of a government system meant to share information about suspected […]
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