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I agree with Sanchez and Patashnik that there’s no necessary contradiction between Obama’s nominal opposition to same-sex marriage and opposition to the California Restoration of Bigotry initiative. As I think I mentioned before, Dan Pinello found a significant number of Massachusetts legislators who didn’t initially support same-sex marriage rights but was opposed to repealing them […]

Experience

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On July 1, 2008
Ari makes a good point: And furthermore, circling back to and expanding upon Wes Clark’s original point about experience, history is agnostic on whether great warriors make great presidents. In the “yea” column you’ll find George Washington. Because I’m feeling generous . . . . I’ll throw in Teddy Roosevelt. And if you insist that […]

Ah, Saletan

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On June 24, 2008

I should just stop reading him and lump him with MoDo. But alas. I have not. In this installment, Saletan takes on pharmacists who refuse to dispense oral contraception (nevermind emergency contracept

A newer deal?

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On June 10, 2008

It got somewhat lost yesterday, what with the world going loopy over a new iPhone, but the General Election kicked off properly, now that Senator Clinton has done the decent thing after finally acknow

Woodrow Wilson, speaking about the recent US occupation of Vera Cruz during his commencement address at the US Naval Academy, 5 June 1914: What do you think is the most lasting impression that those boys down at Vera Cruz are going to leave? They have had to use some force—I pray God it may not […]

There There?

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On June 4, 2008

K.A. Geier makes the case about the Purdum article. I guess that an article that focused very tightly on his financial affairs could have been more useful, but I guess I had heard about most of the co

Unreal

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On June 2, 2008

This sounds like something from a dystopian movie or novel (a la Children of Men). And yet, somehow, our country may be managing to compete with even the bleakest that Hollywood can produce. (via Lind

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