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There’s been some suggestion that Donald Trump entered Republic politics – and eventually ran for president – in order to perpetrate an affinity scam. By that I don’t mean he was interested in classic affinity fraud, but that he saw the Republican base as an easy mark; he only needed to parrot the messages coming out […]
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The malign incompetence of the Trump administration has already, by some estimates, killed at least 100,000 Americans. The US has failed to contain the pandemic, and CDC officials are increasingly pessimistic about where the country is headed. Our “test and trace” capabilities – that is, the very capabilities that were supposed to enable the country […]
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Why did the Payment Protection Program become a mechanism for the upward distribution of wealth? The New York Times provides one possible answer: the big banks who were best prepared to disburse funds favored their wealthy clients. [S]ome of the nation’s biggest banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and U.S. Bank, prioritized the applications of their […]
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There are a variety of forces pushing the United States toward the exit for global hegemony, but none is quite so frustrating as the Trump administration’s simple abdication from exercising leadership. Trump is doing his best to get the United States out of the game of providing international public and club goods. As Stephen Wertheim […]
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