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Donald Trump Is President, America Will Survive This

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While vigilance is called for, America will survive Donald Trump just as it has survived everything else we’ve faced since the nation’s founding.

No Hispanics in Trump Cabinet (Not Much Diversity in General)

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Via the DMN:  Trump Cabinet will be the first in decades without a Hispanic member Donald Trump’s Cabinet is poised to become the first since 1988 without any Hispanic officials — sparking rebukes from members of the nation’s second-largest ethnic group — as Trump tapped former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for agriculture secretary. This is not especially surprising. […]

Trump Forks Over $25 Million To Settle Trump University Cases

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With just a day to go before he becomes the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump has officially settled the lawsuits filed against him regarding the so-called ‘Trump University,’ which was the subject of numerous consumer and fraud complaints: Days before President-elect Donald Trump is set to take the oath to uphold the […]

Global Temperatures Set Another Record In 2016

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The reality of global climate change made itself evident again in 2016.

Obama Commutes Chelsea Manning’s Sentence

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A potentially controversial commutation from President Obama today.

Donald Trump To Take First Weekend As POTUS Off

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Donald Trump will take some time off after taking the Oath of Office.

Trump’s Approval Numbers not Very Approving

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Via CNN:  CNN/ORC Poll: Confidence drops in Trump transition Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president. Following a tumultuous transition period, approval ratings for Trump’s […]

Ethics Concern Raised over HHS Nominee

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Via CNN:  Trump’s cabinet pick invested in company, then introduced a bill to help it Rep. Tom Price last year purchased shares in a medical device manufacturer days before introducing legislation that would have directly benefited the company, raising new ethics concerns for President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Health and Human Services secretary. Price bought […]

Monica Crowley Backs Out Of Post In Trump Administration After Plagiarism Charges

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After a week or more of plagiarism allegations, Monica Crowley has withdrawn from the position she was named to in the Trump Administration: Conservative author and television personality Monica Crowley is stepping away from her appointment to a senior communications role in Donald Trump’s incoming administration, CNN confirms. The move comes after CNN’s KFile uncovered multiple […]

Supreme Court To Hear Argument In Free Speech Case

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An important free speech case is coming up this week at the Supreme Court.

Will Donald Trump be a “Legitimate” President?

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The answer is pretty straight-forward.

Further Evidence Of Monica Crowley’s Plagiarism

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Based on a CNN analysis, it appears the plagiarism in Monica Crowley’s dissertation was even more extensive than previously reported: Conservative commentator Monica Crowley, who is slated to serve in a top national security communications role in Donald Trump’s presidential administration, plagiarized thousands of words of her 2000 dissertation for her Columbia University Ph.D., a CNN […]

Trump Appointee Monica Crowley Faces Further Plagiarism Allegations

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First it was her book, then it was her Ph.D. dissertation, now we’ve learned that Donald Trump National Security nominee Monica Crowley appears to have plagiarized at least fifty times in columns she wrote for The Washington Times: Monica Crowley, Donald Trump’s pick for a senior national security communications role, plagiarized multiple sources in some of her […]

Joe Biden On The Verge Of Setting A Record For Vice-Presidents

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Unless something happens in the next ten days, Joe Biden will become the first two-term Vice-President who didn’t need to cast a tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

Harper Collins Pulls Monica Crowley Book After Plagiarism Charges

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As Steven Taylor has noted, Monica Crowley, who has been chosen by Donald Trump for a position at the National Security Council, has been accused of plagiarism in both her book and her dissertation in cases that seem to be fairly clear-cut and damning. Now, Harper Collins has announced that it is pulling copies of her […]

Joe Biden To Leave Washington, D.C. By Amtrak

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After the Inauguration of President-Elect Trump and Vice-President-Elect Pence, Joe Biden will be leaving D.C. the way he arrived for much of his Senate career: Joe Biden will resume a long-held personal ritual when he leaves Washington for his home state of Delaware after President-elect Donald Trump’z inauguration on Jan. 20: taking the train. “Jan […]

Key Republicans Pushing To Have Obamacare Replacement In Place Before Voting On Repeal

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With repeal of the Affordable Care Act now likely sooner rather than later, key Republicans are urging the party to have a replacement in place before repeal is voted on.

Crowley’s Dissertation….

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Via Politico:  Trump Pick Monica Crowley Plagiarized Parts of Her Ph.D. Dissertation. An examination of the dissertation and the sources it cites identified around more than a dozen sections of text that have been lifted, with little to no changes, from other scholarly works without proper attribution. In some instances, Crowley footnoted her source but did […]

Monica Crowley: Plagiarist

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Via CNN:  Trump national security pick Monica Crowley plagiarized multiple sources in 2012 book The review of Crowley’s June 2012 book, “What The (Bleep) Just Happened,” found upwards of 50 examples of plagiarism from numerous sources, including the copying with minor changes of news articles, other columnists, think tanks, and Wikipedia. The New York Times […]

Donald Trump Asks Congress, Not Mexico, To Pay For His Border Wall

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Once again, Donald Trump has played his supporters for suckers.

December Jobs Report Reveals Tepid Jobs Growth

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A tepid December jobs report tops off a tepid year.

Trump Tweets about the new Apprentice…

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I saw these on FB and they were so bizarrely petty that I thought they were fake.  But, in fact, I found them on his Twitter feed: Wow, the ratings are in and Arnold Schwarzenegger got “swamped” (or destroyed) by comparison to the ratings machine, DJT. So much for…. — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January […]

An Excellent Question (The New Love for Assange)

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What is the deal with the love-fest for Julian Assange?

Paul Ryan Breaks With Trump On International Trade Policies

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In a break with President-Elect Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Congress would block any effort to increase tariffs.

The GOP’s Supreme Court Gamble Pays Off

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Just under a year ago, Senate Republicans took a big risk regarding the Supreme Court. Now, it’s paid off big time.

New Senate Democratic Leader Regrets Supporting Filibuster Reform

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The new leader of the Senate’s Democrats says he regrets supporting the filibuster reforms his party passed in 2013.

House GOP Votes To Gut Independent Congressional Ethics Board (Update: GOP Pulls Rules Change At Last Minute)

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On the eve of the 115th Congress, House Republicans voted to gut a key office charged with investigating Congressional ethics.

Don’t Want to Live your Life Counting on an Impeachment Fantasy

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Impeachment fantasies are the new EC fantasy.

Trump Faces a Confidence Deficit

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Via Gallup:  Many in U.S. Skeptical Trump Can Handle Presidential Duties As Donald Trump prepares to take the presidential oath on Jan. 20, less than half of Americans are confident in his ability to handle an international crisis (46%), to use military force wisely (47%) or to prevent major scandals in his administration (44%). At […]

All Hail the Virtue of the Oligarchs

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“Wealthy folks have no need to steal or engage in corruption.”  Larry Kudlow, in regards to Trump’s cabinet. I am not even sure where to begin.  One thought is that both Plato and Aristotle would have found this a laughable proposition–both thought that being governed by the wealthy would lead to ruin.  Beyond that, history […]

None of that “Uniter, not a Divider” Business, I Guess

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The president-elect tweets: Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love! — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2016

Trump Claims Special Knowledge of Hacking; Will Let us Know Later

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Trump’s populism, personalism, and irresponsibility are on display.

A Quote to Ponder

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Doing a little research and came across this: “The conception of political equality from the Declaration of Independence, to Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, to the Fifteenth, Seventeenth, and Nineteenth Amendments can mean only one thing-one person, one vote”–Justice William O. Douglas, writing for the majority in Gray v. Sanders (1963). This was, interestingly enough, in the context of […]

The Power of Partisanship

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The Atlantic‘s  It’s Not About the Economy is a disheartening, albeit unsurprising, read.  It is just another reminder that partisanship trumps facts and evidence, which helps explain the difficulties in our current political context. “People’s predispositions affect their factual beliefs about the world,” said Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College who has researched […]

John Kerry Is Right About Middle East Peace, But It Hardly Matters At This Point

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Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Middle East peace was largely correct, but his words are pointless given the fact that neither Israel nor the Palestinians seem serious about peacefully resolving their differences.

Obama: I Could Have Beaten Trump And Won A Third Term

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President Obama thinks he would have beaten Donald Trump. And he’s probably right.

United Nations Resolution Vote Leads To More Tension Between U.S. And Israel

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While you were celebrating Christmas, Israel was blasting the Obama Administration and cozying up to the incoming Trump Administration.

Today in Constitutional Longshots

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There has been a sense of denial (in my opinion) by some on the leftward side of politics in the last month regarding Trumps’ ascendancy to the presidency and all that entails.  The most prominent examples were seen in various arguments and assertions about how the electoral college could/would forestall a President Trump.  Now Sam […]

Because we Need another “Republic v. Democracy” Post

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But just to mix things up, I won’t write it, but will instead link to Eugene Volokh in WaPo:  The United States is both a ‘republic’ and a ‘democracy’ — because ‘democracy’ is like ‘cash’ I often hear people argue (often quite militantly) that the United States is a republic, not a democracy. But that’s a […]

More on the “Republic, not a Democracy” Business as Linked to the Electoral College

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Be clear on what one is defending.

A “Republic v. Democracy” Lexicon

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Concepts, basic applications, and even a bibliography! Merry Festivus, everyone.

Roy Moore For Senate?

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Assuming that Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is confirmed as Attorney General next month, which is pretty much certain, then Alabama’s Governor will have the responsibility of naming a replacement to fill his seat until a Special Election can be held. Unfortunately, one of the names he’s apparently considering is someone who clearly doesn’t belong in […]

Today in Bad Ideas: a 5% Tariff

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A trial balloon hopefully made of lead.

Least Shocking Poll of the Year

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USAT looks to 2020 and discovers: On the theory that it’s never too early to launch the next campaign, the new USA TODAY/Suffolk University Poll has identified an overwhelming front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. It’s someone entirely new. Literally. Not an identifiable person. Just “someone entirely new.” When that description was included […]

Government Reports Strong Economic Growth In Third Quarter, But It’s Unlikely To Last

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The economy grew strongly in the third quarter of the year, but it doesn’t seem likely to last.

Republicans Cower In Fear In The Face Of Trump And His Supporters

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Republicans are afraid to oppose Donald Trump for fear that his supporters will come after them.

Swamp Draining Update

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Via Politico, Trump sycophant, Newt Gingrich: “We’ve never seen this kind of wealth in the White House, and so traditional rules don’t work,” Gingrich said Monday during an appearance on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” about the president-elect’s business interests. “We’re going to have to think up a whole new approach.” And should someone in the […]

Some Additional Thoughts on the Faithless

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The number of faithless electors was both historical and trivial.

Electoral College Farce

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While hardly the most compelling argument against an archaic institution, yesterday’s silliness was noteworthy.

Massive Faithlessness in the EC

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Via CNN: Trump received 304 electoral votes to Hillary Clinton’s 227. Seven “faithless” electors voted for other candidates, costing Trump two votes and Clinton four. Hawaii’s votes — three for Clinton and one breaking from the state’s results and supporting Bernie Sanders — were the last to be counted. I think I predicted 3, and […]

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