Obama’s Temperament
Oct27

Obama’s Temperament

Matthew Yglesias commends President Obama’s cool temperament on Vox.com. Journalists have systematic professional incentives to overreact. You don’t get ahead by writing boring stories, so you develop a nose for the provocative and start dealing in superlatives. Yet few people can make it through life acting purely out of cynicism. It helps enormously in this profession to be a genuine temperamental over-reactor. Certainly...

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Humoring the headlines (Guest Voice)
Oct26

Humoring the headlines (Guest Voice)

Humoring the headlines By Laurie Baron SAN DIEGO? As the world spins out of control, these new reality shows are being readied for broadcast. * Survivor: Three contestants will be parachuted into areas ISIS occupies. One will be wearing a cross and an American flag lapel pin; the second will be wearing a Jewish star and an Israeli lapel pin; and, the third will be dressed in a Peshmerga uniform. The contestant who can evade being...

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Josh Marshall on the Palin Brawl
Oct24

Josh Marshall on the Palin Brawl

Josh Marshall offers an insightful take on the meaning of the Palin brawl on Talking Points Memo. As you’ve likely seen Sarah Palin and her daughter Bristol have now spoken out about their notorious boozy family brawl, recasting Bristol’s attack on the event’s host as a morality tale about violence against women and media bias. We should note that probably no one in American public life better embodies the...

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Move to Disqus Commenting System
Oct24

Move to Disqus Commenting System

Hello readers. We have moved back to the Disqus commenting system after not using it for 4 years. Back when we first used Disqus, it wasn’t nearly as robust and was going through growing pains. Disqus is now much improved and is used on many major media outlet sites as well. Disqus has threaded comments, social media sharing, editing of your comments, as well as voting. We’ve done this due to the large amounts of comment...

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Most/Least Trusted News Sources, Ctd.
Oct23

Most/Least Trusted News Sources, Ctd.

Politifact.com offers a comment from its archives on the Pew study of most and least trusted news sources. PunditFact is tracking the accuracy of claims made on the five major networks using our network scorecards. By that measure, 61 percent of the claims fact-checked on Fox News have been rated Mostly False, False or Pants on Fire, the most among any of the major networks.   As for the rest: • 45 percent of the claims made on...

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Beinart on US Isolationism
Oct22

Beinart on US Isolationism

Peter Beinart on the myth of American Isolationism in The National Journal. Given the overwhelming evidence, both from politicians and the public, that isolationism in America today is virtually nonexistent, why do so many high-profile commentators and politicians depict it as a grave threat? One clue lies in a word that these Cassandras use as a virtual synonym for isolationism: “retreat.” If the subtitle of Bret Stephens’s...

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Jack Vance
Oct22

Jack Vance

 I read with great zeal the works of Asimov and Heinlein. But my favorite was always the works of the late great Jack Vance.  I am re-reading the Caldwal trilogy. Science Fiction at it’s best but also literature . [Ed note: A 2009 profile in The New York Times Magazine described Vance as "one of American literature's most distinctive and undervalued voices". He died at his home in Oakland, California on May 26, 2013, aged 96....

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Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies
Oct21

Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee dies

WASHINGTON – Ben Bradlee, the hard-charging editor who guided The Washington Post through its Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Watergate scandal and invigorated its newsroom for more than two decades, died Tuesday. He was 93. Mr. Bradlee died at his home of natural causes, the Post reported. As managing editor first and later as executive editor,… Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee...

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Thirty (plus) Years War
Oct20

Thirty (plus) Years War

Peter Van Buren comments on our most recent war in the Middle East in The American Conservative. The most likely outcome of all this killing, whatever the fate of the Islamic State, is worsening chaos across Iraq, Syria, and other countries in the region, including possibly Turkey. As Andrew Bacevich observed, “Even if we win, we lose. Defeating the Islamic State would only commit the United States more deeply to a decades-old...

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GOP Crazy Now Normal
Oct15

GOP Crazy Now Normal

Paul Waldman says crazy statements by Republican candidates are now accepted by the press as normal in The Washington Post. For instance, when Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst flirted with the “Agenda 21? conspiracy theory — a favorite of Glenn Beck, in which the U.S. government and the United Nations are supposedly conspiring to force rural people in Iowa and elsewhere to leave their homes and be relocated to urban centers — national...

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She Asked “Do I Look Like Man”
Oct14

She Asked “Do I Look Like Man”

The short answer is no. I just returned from a trip where I coached and mentored elite female athletes competing in or preparing for the triathlon World Championships; Ironman Hawaii. Ironman is a combined 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike and a 26.2 mile run. For the elite athletes it’s a race, not a bucket list event. For some it may be hard to wrap your head around that type of commitment. Female elite endurance athletes are stronger...

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Democrats’ chances are changing
Oct14

Democrats’ chances are changing

Democrats’ chances are changing. This just posted at the Times: … The chances of the Republicans taking control of the Senate have inched up to 68 percent. Democrats struggling to hang on to the Senate, who have been drowning in dreary news, have spotted a hopeful sign: Democratic voters who sat out the 2010 elections are becoming more interested in voting this time. In North Carolina, which permits early voting, 42,230...

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(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’
Oct13

(Updated) Ebola Crisis – U.S. Military: ‘It’s Our Job’

Update: The Australian government will not send doctors or nurses to West Africa to help contain the Ebola crisis until it is certain “all of the risks are being properly managed”, the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has said, according to The Guardian. Parts of Prime Minister Abbott’s remarks, as reported by The Guardian: “We aren’t going to send Australian doctors and nurses into harm’s way without being absolutely confident that all...

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Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles (Guest Voice)
Oct12

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles (Guest Voice)

Warsaw Has Lots of Apples – and Candles by Michael Winship WARSAW — People in Poland are eating apples these days. Lots of apples. Here in Warsaw, they’re pressed into your hands at a street festival, or baked into piles of pies and cakes. You see them everywhere. It’s an act of defiance. Moscow has banned the importing of fruits and vegetables to Russia, in retaliation for the West’s sanctions against the country for supporting the...

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Sullivan on the “Failed Presidency” Meme
Oct10

Sullivan on the “Failed Presidency” Meme

Andrew Sullivan debunks the “failed presidency” meme on The Daily Dish. Just a year ago, I had a conversation with a friend as the healthcare website was crashing. All that mattered, we agreed, was if, this time next year, the healthcare reform is working and the economy is doing better. Well, both those things have happened – Obamacare is actually a big success so far; the growth and unemployment rates are the envy of...

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Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward
Oct09

Ebola Crisis: Amidst ‘Hysteria’ and Criticism, Troops Move Forward

A majority of Americans support banning all flights to the United States from countries experiencing an Ebola outbreak, according to an “exclusive” NBC News online survey. The Liberian ambassador in Washington, Jeremiah Sulunteh, fears his country could be close to collapse from the Ebola outbreak and there are pleas for support from the international community, according to BBC News. Donald Trump came out firing today and criticized...

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Poll: Hillary Clinton Continues To Maintain Lead In 2016 Field
Oct08

Poll: Hillary Clinton Continues To Maintain Lead In 2016 Field

SAINT LEO, Fla., Oct. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A year before the 2016 presidential nomination contests formally begin, Hillary Clinton continues to hold substantial leads over all prospective challengers, both for the Democratic presidential nomination and in prospective general election matchups. This is according to a new national survey conducted by the Saint Leo University Polling… Graphic via...

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Logistical TMV posting delay today
Oct08

Logistical TMV posting delay today

There is a logistical posting delay on posts for today’s TMV of features normally on this site. Check back later in a few hours when things will be back to...

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“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs (Guest Voice)
Oct07

“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs (Guest Voice)

“How to win when you don’t have the votes – A Tale of Two Kochs by Slamfu So there has been an ever growing list of Republican shenanigans as they try to twist the voting process to counter the fact that in a lot of areas, they simply don’t have the votes. There are a few ways you can go about fixing that. Coming up with newer, better policies that affect more American voters in positive ways for instance. Or you can do this:...

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Krugman on GOP Voodoo Economics
Oct06

Krugman on GOP Voodoo Economics

Paul Krugman predicts the institutionalization of G.H.W. Bush’s aptly named “voodoo economics” should Republicans gain a Senate majority in The New York Times. During his failed bid for the 1980 Republican presidential nomination George H. W. Bush famously described Ronald Reagan’s “supply side” doctrine — the claim that cutting taxes on high incomes would lead to spectacular economic growth, so that tax cuts would...

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