The swirling controversy over allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape a 15-year-old when he was 17 is a reminder that Democrats were right to accept the resignation of Sen. Al Franken months ago.via The Kavanaugh assault allegations are a reminder that Democrats were smart to push out Al Franken
“I would really like to see an apology from some of the people who wrote columns demanding that liberals give Trump credit for his obviously fake diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea.”Matthew Yglesias on Twitter
It’s always a con, there is nothing “real” about anything Trump says or does. No one should have been surprised that there was no progress with NK. It’s always a con.
This idea, while fun to think about and, in my view, at least somewhat attractive as a kind of aspirational future vision of the world, obviously does not have any mainstream adherents in practical American politics. But the Trump administration suggests that the open borders lobby is, in fact, massive and powerful and that essentially all critics of its approach to immigration policy are open borders fanatics.via The pernicious myth of “open borders”
This is a particularly extreme version of the “unitary executive” doctrine that conservative legal scholars sometimes appeal to (especially when there’s a Republican president), drawing on the notion that the executive branch of government — including the federal police agencies and federal prosecutors — are a single entity personified by the president. But to push that logic into this terrain would not only give the president carte blanche to persecute his enemies but essentially vitiate the idea that there are any enforceable laws at all.
This isn’t new. This came up during Bush43.
the fact of the matter is that everyone earns higher wages in affluent cities, for basically the same reason that everyone from Mexican day laborers to Indian computer programmers can greatly increase their earnings by immigrating to the United States — places matter. The problem is that for a lot of people, it’s too expensive to make the move.via There’s no good alternative to building more homes in expensive cities
TL; DR: The Blue State model works.
Owning human chattel — and offering intellectual and political defenses of the institution of American slavery — is an important and dishonorable part of Thomas Jefferson’s legacy. But it’s the entirety of Davis’s legacy.
Talking about how great a job you’ll do is easy. Actual policy is hard.
If you think investigating if the president has been compromised by a foreign power is less important than investigating Hillary one more time by looking into Loretta Lynch; you are a fundamentally ridiculous person.
The GOP is focused on discrediting Comey and any possible angle that shifts this onto Hillary and Loretta Lynch.
This is one of the most important stories that is being ignored. This was a big deal. GAO data is being kept from tax payers.
The Laffer curve, as explained with cartoons and sandwiches.
Historically the United States has considered land use to be a local issue and transportation planning to be a state issue, but Japan does it the other way around and has both more housing affordability and better transportation
Worth a read.
That swamp keeps getting deeper.
My guess is that he will ignore the data and argue around the numbers to justify his policy choices.
The only thing worse than Obamacare is not having Obamacare.
Ignore the sex tape talk. The FSB doesn’t have to have a sex tape in order to claim that a tape exists, assuming they have heard Mr. Trump describe something a sex act.
Focus on the possible quid pro quo.
Time to shift economic activity from the overcrowded coasts to places that need more of it.
This would help the rust belt.
Hints of systematic corruption.
Worth a read. This is not normal. In any other administration, this would be a huge scandal. Under Trump this is being played off as an ethical rounding error.
> Trump’s pose as an anti-finance populist may be the single greatest trick of his entire campaign. Alongside some rhetoric, after all, Trump has an actual policy agenda that he is running on — and that agenda is incredibly favorable to bankers. He wants less regulation of banks and lower taxes for hedge fund and private equity managers.
> And despite repeatedly attacking Clinton for her ties to Wall Street, Trump has close ties to the banking industry himself. His real estate empire has created a network of conflicts of interest (and opportunities to massively enrich himself) never before seen in an American president.
Obamacare did not tank the economy. Obama is not destroying the economy. ChYgnA isn’t killing us. No one is laughing at us. Trump’s statements about how bad it is are not reflected in the actual numbers. It might be how people feel but it doesn’t reflect reality.
This should be standard. Documenting lies and nonsense should be a given.
Nationalism gets confused for fascism too easily.
What they found is that most of these groups aren’t really raising money in order to support conservative candidates for office or to lobby on behalf of conservative causes — they’re raising millions of dollars and then spending 80 to 90 percent of that money on fees to consulting firms that are run by the people who started the groups. In effect, you have direct mail and email campaigns whose sole purpose is to raise funds to pay direct mail and email operatives.
This explains why do many want to run in the GOP primary. It’s good for fund raising.
You see in Bush’s conduct and Cornyn’s tweet a persistent unwillingness to recognize the existence of disparate forces in the world. Al-Qaeda merges alternately with Saddam Hussein or the regime in Iran in a hazy muddle of “Muslims behaving badly.” It’s a deeply flawed analysis of the world and it’s one of the main reasons it took so long for bin Laden to be brought to justice.
Despite the cliché that technology today is progressing faster than ever, the per-worker output of the American economy actually increased at its fastest-ever rate in the quarter century between 1948 and 1973.
Regulating entry into certain kinds of professions on the grounds of health and safety makes sense, but once a process is set up to exclude people from doing a job, incumbent practitioners have a strong economic incentive to use the licensing board as a means to eliminate competition.
This was tried by Jerry Brown (I think) and the attack ads making health and safety started before the ink was dry on the bill’s first draft.
If every poor adult in America married another poor adult, in other words, we would see a significant drop in the poverty rate. Nobody’s actual income would have increased, of course, but through the magic of statistics we would achieve a significant win in the war on poverty.