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Opinion | How the G.O.P. Built Donald Trump’s Cages - The New York Times
Helping these nations stabilize themselves is key to reducing the flow of asylum seekers. But Mr. Trump does not like complexity or long-term strategizing. He prefers casting blame and making threats.
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I lost because I wasn’t Trump enough. All Republicans should worry. - The Washington Post
We have become so desensitized to the president’s tortured relationship with the truth that we don’t challenge the inaccurate things he and others say. There should be a consequence to making things up. But inexplicably, as a society, we have somehow fallen into a collective amnesia in thinking that it doesn’t matter when the highest officeholder in the land doesn’t tell the truth
trumpworld  wk74 
2 days ago
Vote against the GOP this November - The Washington Post
The congressional Republican caucuses must be substantially reduced. So substantially that their remnants, reduced to minorities, will be stripped of the Constitution’s Article I powers that they have been too invertebrate to use against the current wielder of Article II powers.
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2 days ago
NYTimes: Why Competition Won’t Bring Down Drug Prices
This phenomenon, what economists call “sticky pricing,” is common in pharmaceuticals. It has raised the price of drugs for serious conditions including multiple sclerosis and diabetes, even when there are multiple competing drugs.

The problem is that companies have decided it is not in their interest to compete.
drugs 
3 days ago
Opinion | When Did Caging Kids Become the Art of the Deal? - The New York Times
This bit of nastiness belongs entirely to Mr. Trump — he has made a choice to torment undocumented families — and his attempt to pass the buck is dishonest and gutless. In other words, it’s what we’ve come to expect when Mr. Trump finds himself in an uncomfortable spot.
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6 days ago
John Kelly reportedly doesn’t even care if Trump is impeached - Vox
Kelly has reportedly derided the president in private and, according to NBC News, has often called Trump an “idiot” while criticizing his lack of grasp on policy and government. In James Comey’s book A Higher Loyalty, the former FBI director said Kelly called him when he was fired and told him he was “sick” over the matter and referred to Trump as “dishonorable.”
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6 days ago
Opinion | The Rise of the Amnesty Thugs - The New York Times
What’s most significant is this: The Trump administration immigration officials have become exactly the kind of monsters that conservatism has always warned against.

For centuries, conservatives have repeated a specific critique against state power. Statism, conservatives have argued, has a tendency to become brutalist and inhumane because a bureaucracy can’t see or account for the complexity of reality.
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6 days ago
SE Cupp: RNC chair's tweet spells doom for the party I love (opinion) - CNN
"Where did its principles go? What became of Ronald Reagan's 'party of ideas'? One by one, those ideas were tossed aside for expediency and power -- except the tax cut. A time traveler from the Reagan era would no longer recognize the Republican Party, but most Republican politicians feel no embarrassment supporting policies they once condemned."

As the saying goes, if you stand for nothing, you'll fall for anything. We used to stand for something. Now, just one thing. And with that, you can mark the time of death: 6/13/18, 9:22 p.m. ET. #RIPGOP
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6 days ago
There may have been an FBI conspiracy involving the 2016 election. But not the one you think. - The Washington Post
At the same time, there were agents leaking information about investigations into the Clinton Foundation to none other than Rudy Giuliani, who would then go and air the charges on Fox News. Two days before Comey would tell Congress that the bureau had reopened the investigation into Clinton’s emails — a blockbuster announcement that may well have thrown the election to Trump — Giuliani said on Fox News, “I do think that all of these revelations about Hillary Clinton finally are beginning to have an impact. He’s got a surprise or two that you’re going to hear about in the next two days.”
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6 days ago
These Republicans have criticized Trump's 'zero tolerance' immigration policy - CNNPolitics
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said kids "should not be the victim of a broken illegal immigration system."
"All of us who are seeing images of these children being pulled away from moms and dads in tears are horrified. This has to stop," he said. "We should keep children with their parents. Kids need their moms. They need their dads."
Cruz said he's introducing legislation that will mandate that kids stay with parents, will expedite immigration proceedings and will mandate that asylum cases be heard within 72 hours, and case decided within two weeks.
cruz  trumpworld  wk74  post 
6 days ago
Here’s what’s buried beneath that FBI report: How rogue agents sabotaged the Clinton campaign | Salon.com
The media have done no serious introspection on this issue, and the dynamic continues to this day. There's a lot of critical coverage of Trump, but reporters will leap at any chance to "balance the scales," no matter how ludicrous. We have seen that once again this past week as the GOP handed the media the Strzok text as if they'd just just found the Ark of the Covenant.
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6 days ago
This isn’t religion. It’s perversion. - The Washington Post
This isn’t religion. It’s perversion. It is not the creed of a democratic government or political party but of an authoritarian cult.
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9 days ago
How the conventions of political journalism help spread Trump’s lies - The Washington Post
Buried in the report by the Department of Justice’s inspector general is evidence that former FBI director James B. Comey undertook actions that damaged Clinton’s candidacy, in part, because he had been spooked by such attacks.

Right on cue, the news media’s coverage of the inspector general’s report is also confirming the same lesson: Bad-faith ref-working is producing its desired results once again.
trumpworld  wk73 
10 days ago
FAQ's Skydive Surfcity California Beach Landing San Francisco
A good deal of acrophobia has to do with relativity. No, not what Einstein talked about. But seeing objects moving in relation to one another. At 15,000 feet, the ground is a long way off and you can’t really tell that you’re above anything. Not like climbing a ladder where you can see objects and gauge your distance from them. At something like 2,500 feet, the ground becomes too far away to worry about and acrophobia goes away. You probably know better than anyone what you can handle. But we did have someone who has acrophobia tell us that they’d rather jump out of a plane than climb a step-ladder. (They did a tandem and enjoyed it thoroughly.)
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10 days ago
The Repressive, Authoritarian Soul of “Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends” | The New Yorker
As one commenter writes, “What moral lesson are kids supposed to learn from this? Do as you’re told or you will be entombed forever in the darkness to die?”
thomas 
11 days ago
Netflix and Alphabet will need to become ISPs, fast | TechCrunch
One sad note though is how much the world of video is increasingly closed to startups. When companies like Netflix, which today closed with a market cap of almost $158 billion, can’t necessarily get enough negotiating power to ensure that consumers have direct access to them, no startup can ever hope to compete. America may believe in its entrepreneurs, but its competition laws have done nothing to keep the terrain open for them. Those implications are just beginning.
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11 days ago
Dr. Ruth, Dr. Kissinger, and Trump’s Cruelty to Families | The New Yorker
“The Evian Conference gave us no help,” Dr. Ruth said. “If not for the Kindertransport, I would not be here today. I hope something more comes from this conversation about the Syrian refugees than came from Evian.” At this point she was looking directly at Kissinger. Now I understood why Merkel had wanted her at the dinner. There wasn’t a trace of accusation in her voice—the whole time she’d been telling the story in the same half-apologetic tone—but no one, least of all Kissinger, could have missed her point: You and I were the same as each other, the same as the Syrians. I have not forgotten. Have you?
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12 days ago
Trump is everything Republicans said Obama was - The Washington Post
When it comes to foreign affairs — when it comes to everything, really — Trump is weighed down by inexperience, bedeviled by vanity and hobbled by impulsiveness. He’s a celebrity playing at president.

He’s everything, in other words, that Republicans feared Obama would be.
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12 days ago
Opinion | A Quisling and His Enablers - The New York Times
Why are Republican politicians unwilling to discharge their constitutional responsibilities? Relatively few of them, one suspects, actually want a trade war, let alone a breakup of the Western alliance. And many of them, one also suspects, are well aware that a de facto foreign agent sits in the Oval Office. But they are immobilized by a combination of venality and cowardice.
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13 days ago
Opinion | Donald Trump Is Not Playing by Your Rules - The New York Times
This is a fundamental challenge to the way politics is done. What Trump did to the G-7 is essentially the same thing he did to the G.O.P. He simply refused to play by everybody else’s rules and he effectively changed the game. Trump is really good at destroying systems people have lost faith in.

It’s why he is more comfortable dealing with dictators like Putin and Kim Jong-un than with democrats like Justin Trudeau. He and the dictators are basically playing the same game.
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13 days ago
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